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$1 million transit building expansion to start April 15

Barry County Transit Manager/Transportation Coordinator William Voigt officially notified the board of commissioners

Barry County Transit Manager/Transportation Coordinator William Voigt officially notified the board of commissioners Tuesday that the $1 million transit building renovation and expansion in Hastings is proceeding as planned.

“I promised to notify the board of the intended start date for the construction of the Barry County Transit facility renovation,” Voigt wrote to Chairwoman Heather Wing. “Please be advised that the contractor, CopperRock Construction, believes the date for the groundbreaking to be on or about April 15, of this year. Completion is slated for November.

“Please extend my appreciation to the full board for your support and guidance. I will be available to address the board and answer questions if desired.”

“So there we go,” Wing told county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. “We've got a groundbreaking happening pretty soon. ... That's exciting to know that things are moving along.”

Commissioners' unanimous approval of the project last September concluded a series of contentious debates about the potential for commercial development in that location at 1216 W. State St. as well as the impact of the project on the county's plan to locate a site and build a new jail. The current jail is at 1212 W. State St. on property behind and adjacent to the transit facility property.

Commissioner Howard Gibson noted that the contractor will have to dig out near the highway in front of the transit building to run a water suppression line for the fire system, so the county is coordinating with the city on that part of the project. CopperRock Construction is based in Grand Rapids.

In other business, the board:

- Rescheduled a special committee of the whole meeting to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. (The board had originally set a tentative date of March 28, but Wing said there was an unforeseeable conflict with that date.) This meeting will be in the Tyden Center in Hastings. The meeting is taking place to allow public input on proposed amendments to the county’s Farmland Preservation Ordinance as well as the creation of an Open Space Ordinance.

- Approved a resolution for an irrevocable line of credit totaling $381,000 for the Little Thornapple River Intercounty Drain. Three counties, Ionia, Kent and Barry, are part of the administrative consent order overseen by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Barry has the largest share – 63.5 percent. Ionia bears 36.3 percent and Kent County 0.37 percent of the financial assurance for the remediation project.

- Approved the purchase of replacement panels for bullet-resistant vests for $6,935, as requested by Undersheriff Matt Houchlei. The cost is to be paid from diverted felons fund.

- Appointed Jim Brown to serve in a general public position and Stuart Brent Cowan to serve in a position representing the solid waste industry on the Solid Waste Oversight Committee for the remainder of three-year terms that began Nov. 1, 2017, and expire Oct. 31, 2020.

- Appointed Nancy Kinney and Barbara Scott to serve on the Barry County Animal Shelter Advisory Board in citizen at large positions for one-year terms that begin Nov. 1 and expire Dec. 31.

- Appointed Patricia Giar to serve on the Barry County Animal Shelter Advisory Board in a citizen at large position for a two-year term that begins Nov. 1 and expire Dec. 31, 2020.

- Re-appointed Craig Stolsonburg to serve in the position of citizen at large, and David Jackson to serve in the position of county commissioner, on the Barry County Tax Allocation Board for one-year terms that begin April 1, and expire March 31, 2020.

- Reappointed David Jackson to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for a three-year term that began Jan. 1, and will expire Dec. 31, 2021.

- Reappointed Don Bowers and Ruth Perino to serve on the Barry County Community Mental Health Authority Board for three-year terms that begin April 1 and expire March 31, 2022.

- Appointed Robert Carr, Michael Pratt, Ken Vierzen, Steven Koerber, Randall Jonker and Cindy Koster to the Barry County Remonumentation Peer Review Board and authorized Chairwoman Heather Wing to sign the 2019 peer review agreements for state reimbursements.

- Reappointed Jack Nadwornik to serve on the Barry County Planning Commission for a three-year term that will begin May 1, and expire April 30, 2022.

- Approved Monumentation Surveyor Agreements between the county of Barry and Brian Reynolds (doing business as Reynolds Land Surveying and Mapping P.C.), Arrow Land Survey, Pathfinder Engineering Inc, Crane Land Survey, Carr and Associates LLC, Exxel Engineering, and Jonker Land Surveys PC for the 2019 contract year.

- Approved $2,538,517 in pre-paid invoices.

- Approved $53,050 in claims.

- Approved commissioner mileage reimbursements totaling $1,072.

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