2016-11-17 / Life in Leelanau

Kasson inks two-year snowfall contract

A two-year contract for snow removal has been approved by the Kasson Township Board.

The board voted 4-0 earlier this month to accept a bid from Lanham Construction to remove snow from township-owned sites for the 2016- 17 and 2017-18 seasons.

The bid, the only one received, was submitted by Mike Lanham of Lanham Construction, a family business operated by he and his father, Fred Lanham, township supervisor.

Fred Lanham did not vote due to a conflict of interest.

In the first year of the contract, the agreement includes shoveling the ramp and steps at the township hall, clearing the parking lot when snowfall is four inches or greater; and on the days of meetings.

The rate per occasion at the township hall is $27.50 for snowfall up to 11 inches; $55 when it’s 12 inches or more.

The township also pays to keep snow clear from a fire suppression well located in MapleWood Commons south of Maple City off Co. Rd. 677. The rate is $12.50 for snowfall up to 11 inches and $25 per occasion when snowfall is 12 inches or greater.

For winter 2017-18, rates at the township hall will increase to $30 per occasion for snowfall of 11 inches or less; $60 for snow of more than a foot.

The rate for keeping the fire suppression well accessible will be unchanged.

In other business during the rescheduled monthly meeting, the board adopted it annual winter tax collection resolution.

The document states that winter tax is due and payable Dec. 1 through Feb. 14, 2017, without penalty. For taxes to be receipted for 2016, payment must be received by Dec. 31.

Payments made between Feb. 14 through Feb. 28, will be assess a 3 percent penalty. Outstanding taxes as of March 1 will be subject to additional penalties and collected by the Leelanau County Treasurer.

— by Amy Hubbell

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