Saline City Council Notebook: Zippy Auto Wash, Monroe Street Bridge and More

 04/18/2017 - 00:36

Saline City Council handled issues at a fairly brisk pace when it met Monday evening. Perhaps it’s because all seven council members were in agreement on every vote.

Here’s a quick rundown of the action:

Council Chooses Company for Ann Arbor Street Hand Rail

It won’t be long before the city gets rid of that ugly yellow tape that warns people about the giant step between sidewalks on North Ann Arbor Street. City council voted to approve Adrian-Tecumseh Fence’s $13,221.32 bid for a black decorative fence. The bid was almost $7,000 cheaper than the bid from Future Fence Company.

City Approves Application for Bridge Repair

Hoping to receive state and federal funding to repair the South Monroe Street bridge, city council voted to approve a resolution to facilitate and application for funding from the State of Michigan and Federal Bridge Program. According to DPW Director Jeff Fordice, recent inspections showed that it’s time for the city to begin planning rehabilitation of the bridge. A study estimated about $540,000 for the project.

Fordice noted the city was previously turned down when it applied for the same funding. Fordice said that the program typically chooses bridges in worse shape than the Monroe Street bridge. Still, the funding available made the application effort worth the time.

City Approves Special Land Use for Zippy Auto Wash

Nobody spoke during a public hearing on the Special Land Use for Zippy Auto Wash. Corey and Michelle Weaver plan to build a 5,170 square-foot car wash on Lot 19 of the Sauk Trail Business Park at 1200 E. Michigan Ave.

City planners must still approve the final site plan for the project.

Date Change

City Council approved changing the fire special assessment public hearing from May 1 to May 15.

Salt Barn Roof to Be Replaced

Council approved $25,694 for replacement of the DPW’s Salt Barn. Roofs for such structures typically have a five-year warranty and 10-year life expectancy.  The current roof came with salt barn in 2006 and has been damaged over time, Fordice told council.

The contract was awarded to Clear Heights Construction, LLC, of Byron Center.

Police Update

Police Chief Larry Hrinik reported to council that much progress has been made in the area of training, policy and communication.

Automated Vehicles

Phil Santer, VP and Chief of Staff for Ann Arbor Spark, appeared to council to speak about the emergence of automated vehicles. Santer said automated vehicles are the future and that Michigan’s automotive industry is competing with California’s software industry to control the field. Santer said it’s time for municipalities to start thinking about the type of infrastructure which will be necessary to support automated vehicles.

Santer said that while younger generations are typically early adopters of new technology, he believed it would be senior citizens who might be the greatest consumers of automated vehicle technology, as it would increase their ability to be mobile.

Supporting the Farmers Market

Val Mann, a member of Friends of the Farmers Market, appeared before city council to read a letter urging the city to invest in its market. She provided council with data about the number of people the market brings downtown each week. The market attracts about 440 visitors a week.





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