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Barry Township OKs fire pit plan

Luke Froncheck

Staff Writer

An addition of a fire ring as well as four seating corners would be a “safe and enjoyable” addition to William Smith Park in Delton, Boy Scout Steven Olsen told the Barry Township Board Tuesday night

Olsen went to the meeting to request funding for his proposed addition. Construction of the fire pit would be Olsen's Eagle Scout project. The park, located off Orchard Road behind the fire barn, is owned and operated by the township.

A fire ring would make the park more of a year-round attraction, Olsen, 17, said, estimating the project would cost $4,000.

The township board liked the idea and approved up to $4,000. Supervisor Wes Kahler said they may have some materials left over from previous projects that could be used for the project and that might be a way to cut the potential cost of the project.

In addition to the fire ring, Olsen also will build four seating options so the total area required for the project would be 22 feet.

In other action, township officials:

• Voted to lower the taxpayer millage to support the Barry Township police. The rate is being lowered from 1.9539 mils to 1.7500 mils. The township discussed the fact that they had spoken about the potential change when they were budgeting for the current year.

“We’re very OK in police funding,” trustee Teresa Schuiteboer said.

The millage rate for the fire department will remain at 1.9539 mills and the administration rate will stay at 0.08278 mills.

• Voted to uphold a dangerous building recommendation for a building located on 4657 West Hickory Road. The property owners now have 60 days to tear down the building or the township will have to take further action.

• Discussed a resolution to install a Downtown Development Authority in Delton. They decided to table the resolution until next month so they would have more time to review the request from the business owners.


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