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The potholes on Silverwood Drive slow down motorists in the Silver Ridge subdivision off Owen Road in Fenton Township.  

 The Fenton Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 on Monday, July 15 to approve the Silver Ridge street improvement special assessment district, which involves repaving all eight streets, among other improvements.

 Supervisor Bonnie Mathis was absent. 

 The estimated cost of the project is approximately $1.3 million after the Genesee County Road Commission (GCRC) pays $187,500 for engineering and inspection costs. The work includes grading, ditching, shaping, resurfacing, reconstructing drainage structures and more. 

 The assessment would cost approximately $14,600 per parcel, based on the preliminary estimate from the GCRC. If the project is approved, the actual assessment will be based on the low bid for the project. 

 Broecker anticipates this will be a 15-year assessment. The life expectancy of the road is 20-plus years.

 According to July 15 meeting minutes, a petition was submitted with 62.14 percent of the total frontage, meeting the requirement to create a special assessment district.  

 A few residents spoke in favor of the assessment district. Margaret O’Riley said the roads are terrible and need to be replaced, and that improving the streets will improve property values. 

 Bob Bennett, who circulated the petitions, said he sees huge holes up and down the street, some up to 6 inches deep.

Cost breakdowns:

Amberwood Lane: $78,000

Autumn View Court: $106,000

Pebble Ridge Court: $104,000

Pine Ridge Court: $114,000

Shadow Oak Court: $100,000

Silverwood Court: $65,000

Silverwood Drive: $453,000

Split Rail Lane: $230,000

 Thomas Broecker, operations manager/deputy clerk, said the next step is to approve a project agreement between the GCRC and the township. When this is complete, the GCRC will begin design work. 

 “I would expect the design to be completed over the winter and the project bid out early in 2020. Once the bids have been reviewed and the lowest qualified bid identified, the township can then prepare the special assessment roll based on the low bid, and schedule a public hearing,” he said. 

 After the public hearing, the board can vote to confirm the roll and approve the issuance of bonds. Broecker said, ideally, it will be completed by spring 2020 and construction can start that spring or early summer.

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