CAPAC — The first shovels won't slice into the ground until sometime next April but the village is taking some of the first steps needed to rehabilitate Main Street.
At their February 6 meeting, the council voted to approve a lump sum proposal for design engineering services from Spicer Group in the amount of $28,500 for the project.
Spicer Engineers estimate the project, sectioned into two segments, will cost $381,500 with the majority of that—$305,200—being paid for with Rural Task Force funds from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Capac will be responsible for the remaining $76,300.
The village has plans to repair Main Street, both north and south of downtown, in a project slated to begin in April 2018. photo by Maria Brown.
The project will encompass those portions of Main Street in the village limits, immediately north and south of the downtown district. The southern portion of the work will start at the southern village limits up to Railroad Street. On the northern end, work will be down from Aldrich Street to the village limits at Park Street.
In all .64 miles of road will be resurfaced, sidewalk ramps will be replaced at intersections for compliance purposes and permanent signage will be upgraded.
Spicer anticipates the project can go out to bid in December 2017 with construction to follow in April 2018.
Additionally, the village will apply for a grant through SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) with hopes that money could be used to install a left-turn lane on Main Street at Kempf Ct. as part of the 2018 project.
If awarded, the village would be able to install crosswalks and additional signage.
In other council business:
•members approved a motion to hire a temporary part-time clerk/bookkeeper
•the council approved an employment agreement with DPW Supervisor Greg Smith.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.