Residents of that area recently submitted a petition to the township asking for the establishment of a special assessment district for the paving of that stretch of 158th. About 65 percent of the property owners — with regard to street frontage — have signed the petition.
On Monday night, the Township Board voted to accept the petition and scheduled the first public hearing for the project. The hearing will take place at the Township Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9.
“This is the third time that we’ve had the residents along this segment come to the township,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “I think they have more support at this stage than they have had in the past.”
The Ottawa County Road Commission estimates the project would cost $385,000.
If approved by the Township Board, the township would fund 100 percent of the project up-front and then assess half of the cost to the affected property owners, Cargo said. Also, the project would not be done until next year.
In order to establish a special assessment district, the township is required to host two public hearings prior to beginning the road maintenance project. Officials note that a notice of each public hearing must be published twice before each meeting, and a notice must be mailed to each property owner.
Cargo said information will be sent along to property owners detailing what their assessment costs will be in the event the proposal is approved.
“I want to get that information out to them,” the township manager said. “The Township Board has always made it a policy to give an example of what the costs are going to be.”