Dexter Township Hall Parking Lot to Get $135,000 Facelift

The township will seek requests for proposals to reconstruct the parking lot in the summer.

The Dexter Board of Trustees unanimously voted to move forward with a construction project to rehabilitate the parking lot at the township hall at 6880 Dexter-Pinckney Road.

On Tuesday, board members directed the Livonia-based engineering firm of Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. to post requests for proposals for the project, which is estimated to cost roughly $135,000.

According to information provided by the board, the township's 2012-2013 fiscal year budget includes an allocation of $142,000 to cover the project.

The rehabilitation will include repaving the lot, adding a handicap accessible ramp, lighting improvements, and landscaping improvements.

Township Supervisor Pat Kelly said township officials will ask the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority for a donation to offset the cost of the project since the parking lot is one of the WWRA's designated drop-off sites for recycling.

The WWRA recently contributed $53,000 to the city of Chelsea's recycling center at the Chelsea Fairgrounds.

"I'm hopeful that the WWRA's contribution to Dexter Township will be in line with their recent decision to allocate funding to the Chelsea bin site," Kelly said.

Township Trustee Mike Howard said if the WWRA opts out of contributing, he feels the recycling bins should be relocated to another location.

"We can't be spending $100,000 on a parking lot, only to have to do it again in six or seven years," Howard said. "A lot of the traffic at the township hall comes from residents dropping off recycling and WWRA trucks collecting product."

Trustee Jason Maciejewski, WWRA board representative, said the board will meet next week to discuss a potential donation.

Matt Parks, a representative for OHM, said construction could get started as early as July or August.

Laura Jones February 20, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Since the parking lot is to be redone, perhaps putting in a truck lane for the recycling trucks to use would make sense and limit the wear and tear on the rest of the lot? It may also make sense to create a drive for the recycling that loops away from the front of the building and more towards the rear, again limiting that recurrent traffic to a specific area and pattern with less township business traffic.
Mary James February 21, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Here's a great opportunity for the Twp to get rid of the exotic (non native) and invasive (easily spread by seed) plants along the edge of the Twp bldg and use natives that might inspire other residents to plant shrubs, groundcovers, and flowers that would support butterflies and other pollinators. It's embarrassing that there is no reflection of environmental awareness at the Twp offices, given the residents' concern about such issues as expressed in the last Twp survey...


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