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Cass County spends $600,000 on snow removal

Published 12:58pm Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Cass County Road Commission spent $600,000 this winter for snow removal, more than budgeted, but will recoup some of it through state funding.

According to financial director Brenda Janssen at a recent road commission meeting, Cass County got $287,934 from the state as its portion for snow removal and the rest will have to be made up in the budget during the year. She said normally $400,000 is budgeted for winter snow clearance.

Chief engineer Joseph Bellina said some roads may be closed if the runoff doesn’t seep into the fields. He asked residents to look on the road commission’s website on Monday mornings to check out the condition of the roads before traveling. The website is www.casscoroad.com.

Bellina also said that Decatur Road in Volinia Township will be resurfaced from Marcellus Highway north to Brewer Street this year. It has holes in it more than a foot deep, he said. Elkhart Road in Ontwa Township is scheduled to be resurfaced May 5.

During the meantime, crews have been patching potholes all over the county.

Bellina said that the Canadian National railroad crossing on M-62 in Cassopolis will be repaired this summer. He said the contract is through the Michigan Department of Transportation and is scheduled to be done in August, adding that even though it is scheduled after the Cass County Fair, “It’s good news it will be done.”

The board went into closed session to review applications for the managing director’s position upon the resignation of Christopher Bolt on March 2, who is managing St. Joseph County.

 

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