Town approves four crack-filling projects

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Town Board is ready to do their part for summer road construction season.

The board Tuesday approved crack filling projects on several town roads along with the repaving of Birch Tree Road.

The crack filling on Branch Road, Pioneer Road, Hillwind Road and Jennifer Drive, for a total of $18,950, will be the first step before a recommended seal coating on the first two roads, Town Chairman Warren Luedke told the board.

Luedke said the seal-coating on Branch and Pioneer was recommended by the contractor who will be doing the crack filling.

“He said they should be crack-filled and then seal-coated, then we will get a lot of life out of them,” Luedke reported.

“I think this is something we should do, take care of it before it gets too bad,” Supervisor Gene Blindauer agreed.

“We’ll get the numbers on seal-coating and talk about that next month,” Luedke added.

Luedke said the county Highway Department has provided an estimate of $20,762 for the town’s share of repaving Birch Tree Road.

“That’s a soft number,” Luedke cautioned. He added that the town of Rhine has also agreed to pay for their share of repaving the road on the south side of Crystal Lake, part of which lies in each township.

Fire Chief Denis Fellows presented some possible cost figures for a new tanker truck for the town fire department.

The town recently sold its old truck, which had a cracked frame and was no longer safe to drive on the road.

The two prices Fellows presented were just over $200,000.

“That’s just to give you an idea of the price range,” he told the supervisors. “We should get one as soon as we can, because we’ve been without one for awhile. It could affect the insurance rating for the town, which we just got lowered. We want to keep it there.”

“Keep bringing us more info on a new truck and we’ll go from there,” Luedke told Fellows.

The board approved a sewer and water easement for the Assembly of God Church across the Town Hall property.

Rev. Richard York said the church is planning some alteration and construction work at their building on Krumrey Street.

“It would be advantageous to come off Suhrke Road,” with the new lines, he explained. The easement would be across the town property and a private lot to the west on Suhrke.

“We would restore it fully,” York said of the excavation for the lines.

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