Board approves culvert replacement

Work will be done during repaving of 145th Avenue.
The culvert on 145th Avenue east of 64th Street that is scheduled to be replaced.

A culvert across 145th Avenue will be replaced during the repaving of the road between 60th and 66th streets.

The Laketown Township Board of Trustees approved the work order for $51,700 at the April 11, 2024, meeting. The work will replace the 60-inch diameter by 60-foot-long metal culvert with a 60-inch diameter by 64-foot-long concrete culvert under the road.

“Now’s the time to replace it,” said Manager Al Meshkin. The pipe, rusting and deteriorating, could last a few more years, but its replacement would eventually mean tearing up the resurfaced road.

The Allegan County Road Commission will do the replacement as well as the repaving of 3.1 miles of road with hot mix asphalt.

The road commission will also resurface 61st Street from 147th Avenue to 32nd Street, about 0.47 mile.

Work will be done this season.

Contracted services

In other business, the board heard presentations from six nonprofits that receive money from the township through contracted services agreements: Mediation Services, Holland Symphony, Reach for Recovery (formerly OAR), Escape Ministries, Holland American Legion Band and Resilience (formerly the Center for Women in Transition). More groups are expected to present at the May meeting.

The board decided in March to ask the groups to explain to the board how they benefit township residents.