2018-02-15 / Local News

Leelanau Twp. hopes to build road to recycling

Recycling bins in Northport Village may soon be easier to access.

Several actions were taken at Tuesday evening by the Leelanau Township board, which plans to seek bids to build a driveway behind the township Fire Hall to access the county-run recycling center. Sealed bids will be due March 1.

Located just north of Northport along Mill St., the center is convenient for residents. But cars tend to spend time in the Fire Hall parking lot, which could create a problem with trucks speeding to an emergency.

Trustee Gary Fredrickson presented the plans for a 33-foot gravel road leading from Mill St. to a parking area and recycling bins.

“It’s a larger issue than just a few recycling bins. It’s next to the fire station, and it’s avoiding public traffic,” Fredrickson said.

Mill St. — M-201 — is also a state highway, which has put a speed bump in the process. Any drive or road cut off a state road requires special permitting, so the board took steps to complete a performance resolution for the Michigan Department of Transportation. This resolution will allow authorized individuals to request permits for work like this to be done.

The recycling center is technically designed to be a temporary location, but board members see this development as a positive step for the township.

Funding for the project is still under development and will require a collaborative effort. A community action group calling itself “Concerned Citizens for Keeping Recycling Services in Leelanau Township” has created a campaign to combine funding from public and private sources.

To meet the estimated $50,000 pricetags, funds will be sought from Leelanau County, private donations and the Leelanau Township Community Foundation.

County Commissioner Ty Wessell supports the project. “This is proving to be a true collaborative effort between residents, local businesses, organizations, the Solid Waste Council, the Leelanau Township Community Foundation, village and township,” he said.

“I am impressed by our community’s response to this effort,” Wessell said. “The generous pledges received from organizations and individuals provide solid evidence of support for recycling.”

In other items, the board:

 Approved a quote from Garage Door Services of Traverse City to install three garage door openers at the township maintenance building.

 Passed a motion for all township employees to be required to receive pay via direct deposit.

 Accepted a bid from Reliable HVAC Solutions to replace the heat exchange unit at the Omena fire hall for $2,258.

 Passed motion to request bids for mowing at Woolsey Airport and Eighth St. Cemetery

 Authorized a credit card for use by Leelanau Township board.

 Allowed the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission to use of space at Omena fire hall.

 Discussed and supported a public suggestion for treasurer Denise Dunn to explore state funding as an alternative to a millage request to help make sewer bonds. She plans to talk with members of the state Legislature.

Return to top