Officials Hope to Limit Tree Removal During Upcoming Project

July 14, 2014

Officials Hope to Limit Tree Removal During Upcoming Project

7/14/14 - Although it wasn't unanimous, the Genoa Township Board has approved funding for a limestone improvement project on Crooked Lake Road. With the exception of one member opposed due to concerns with tree removal and another absent from last week’s meeting, the board approved a $200,000 agreement with the Livingston County Road Commission. The board earlier identified priority projects to fund as part of a Capital Improvements Program. Number one was the installation of a traffic signal at Latson and Hampton Ridge Roads but that’s not viable this year. The limestone improvements on Crooked Lake Road ranked second on the list due to increased traffic being generated by the I-96/Latson Road interchange and will be done during the current construction season. There will be some tree removal associated with the drainage portion of the project, although how much is unknown. The original motion was modified to include language expressing encouragement from the board to limit tree removal. Linda Rowell was the lone dissenting vote but supports the project and said she wanted to hold off on a vote and committing any funding until there was a better idea of how many trees were targeted. Rowell stated it’s a hot issue and feels with the failed road millage, residents have already sent the message that they like the rural character of the community. The majority of the board was comfortable with moving forward and hopeful the commission would take resident concerns into account with tree removal as well as when it comes to drainage ditches being dug in yards. Some members commented that no one likes losing trees but Crooked Lake Road is county-owned and felt it wasn’t appropriate for the township to weigh in on what trees should stay or go since that’s the job of the road commission. (JM)

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