Road Maintenance/Improvement General
TYPES OF ROADS IN HAMBURG TOWNSHIP
IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING
A COMMONLY ASKED QUESTION: "WHY
ARE LIVINGSTON COUNTY AREA ROADS IN SUCH A MESS?"
Hamburg Township residents
sometimes look at the road surface quality and maintenance issues
in our area and ask the question "Why are Livingston County area roads in such
a mess?" The definition of what constitutes "such a mess" is
frequently debated and its varied possible causes are a subject
of endless speculation. But one thing is presently quite
clear - Livingston County does not receive a "fair share" of
state level road funding revenues based on today's needs.
A recent news article on WHMI - 93.5 FM, a local
radio station, summarized the situation as follows:
RANKS LOWEST IN PER CAPITA ROAD FINANCING
3/6/08 - Road funding is tight and depending on how you look at it,
Livingston County is at the bottom of the barrel. Road funding
comes from the federal government, vehicle registration fees and
the gas tax. The money is collected by the state and then distributed
by formula based on different criteria. That formula is more than
50 years old. A study from the Citizen’s Research Council
of Michigan concluded based on that formula, areas with high traffic
are getting ripped off. Managing Director of the Livingston County
Road Commission Mike Craine tells WHMI this is their 3rd year of
decreased funding and cuts are coming but hope springs eternal
for a change. However, as a practical matter he says we’re
in a state that doesn’t want to look at tax increases. State
Senator Valde Garcia of Marion Township says if you look at per
capita spending on roads, then Livingston County is the lowest
but there are other ways of looking at it. He adds that the legislature
attempted to change the formula several years ago but it was controversial
and difficult. He says until there is enough consensus for change,
the formula will remain as is. (JM) " - Source: WHMI
- 93.5 FM
Regarding Road Chloriding in Hamburg Township
In 1982, a 10-year, 1.0 mill road millage was levied
by the Township for road improvement, road maintenance and dust
abatement on public roads in Hamburg Township.
Over the past several years, the remaining road millage
funds have been used to chloride and provide dust abatement for
several of the public roads in Hamburg Township. As of Fall,
2006, however, there were no more road millage funds available
to allow the Township to continue chloriding these public roads.
The funds that remained in the road fund had been designated
to finance our portion of the 2004 Maltby Road paving project.
However, at its meeting on October 16, 2007, the Hamburg
Township Board of Trusteses passed a motion to approve the expenditure
for the 1st application of brine for 2008 that is within the
current fiscal year, and contemplate the next two applications
from the 2008 Fiscal Year. (Board Agenda Item No. 01073.002 Gravel
Road Dust Control)
All roads in Hamburg Township are by state law county roads
(except for those roads designated as private). As such, please direct
all concerns regarding the condition of your county roads to the
Livingston County Road Commission at (517) 546-4250 or to Dennis
Dolan, your County Commissioner, at 810-231-8167. Please be aware
that the Livingston County Road Commission has notified Hamburg Township
that the Road Commission has not found it possible to apply dust
control to roads other than primary roads.
Road Maintenance FAQ’s
1. We live on a private road and would
like the Township to hire someone to provide road maintenance
services. Can these costs be placed on our annual tax bill?
Yes. A majority of the property owners who will benefit from the
service may petition the Township to create a special assessment
district. If approved, the township will place the annual cost
for these services on the individual tax statements. For more information
please contact the Utilities Department at (810) 231-1000 Ext.
Grading & Dust Control FAQ’s
1. Our gravel road is a muddy mess; can
you do something to stop this springtime situation?
We can try, but in the spring when the frost comes out of the
road, what was once frozen and solid turns soft and unstable. It
will remain this way until the moisture comes out of the road.
The best cure for this is warm dry temperatures and a good wind.
If we attempt to grade and haul gravel on top of this condition,
it could turn into a bigger mess because the heavy equipment will
disturb the saturated ground even deeper, making it take longer
to dry out and firm up. Be assured we will respond to any request
of this nature and do the best we can to repair it.
2. How many times does the Township grade
the S.A.D. private gravel roads?
Roads are graded when the road conditions warrant grading. However,
the number of annual road gradings is limited to the number of
times petitioned and budgeted for through each of the individual
Special Assessment Districts. The Township will grade and spread
gravel on those roads needing repair. This is generally late spring
after the roads dry out from the ground frost and in the fall prior
to winter maintenance but will be done as needed throughout the
3. Dust Control is included in my S.A.D.;
when does the Township spray for dust control?
During the months when dust is a problem the roads are graded
prior to the application of 38% calcium chloride. The schedule
for spraying is generally one week prior to or after Memorial Day,
the 4 th of July, and Labor Day. The schedule may be slightly changed
due to the weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances
but will generally stick to the original schedule. Dust control
will be completed either the same day or the day after the roads
are graded. Gravel roads are not completely re-graded until they
are ready for a new application of chloride during the summer months.
1. My subdivision street needs to be resurfaced.
Can the Township do something about this?
All public roads are managed through the Livingston County Road
Commission. Property owners can petition the Township to create
a special assessment district for the road improvement. If more
than 50% of the property owners to be assessed sign a petition,
the Board can approve the project. The Livingston County Road Commission
will typically provide the engineering. The residents will be assessed
for the road improvement cost. The Township will sell bonds to
pay the project costs and the residents will reimburse the bond
loan with interest over a pre-set time period through annual special
assessment payments on the December tax bill. For more information
regarding resurfacing of public subdivision streets please contact
the Engineering Department of the Livingston County Road Commission
at (517) 546-4250.
2. We live on a private road. Are we responsible
for paving it?
Typically the property owners are responsible for paving of private
roads. However, the Township can administer a Special Assessment
District (S.A.D.) for residents who would like their private road
paved. Any residents who would like their private roads paved should
contact the Hamburg Township Utilities Department at (810) 231-1000
3. Asphalt maintenance is included in my
S.A.D.; when are the potholes repaired?
During the winter months the Township is planning for summer projects.
This process includes an on-site assessment of the paved private
streets maintained through Special Assessment Districts (S.A.D.s).
A list of repairs that need to be made is prepared and prioritized
based on need and the availability of resources needed to complete
the repairs. The purpose of the asphalt maintenance patch is to
repair those areas where potholes are prevalent. This activity
will extend the useful life of the pavement, but is not a total
resurfacing of the street. If residents wish to resurface their
streets a new Special Assessment District must be petitioned for
by the property owners. If you notice a pothole that needs to be
repaired please contact the Utilities Department at (810) 231-1000
1. Do I have to pay off my special assessment
when I sell my home?
The Township does not require that special assessments be paid
off when property is sold. That is a buyer-seller decision. The
assessment is against the property, not the property owner. The
assessment will continue with the parcel when ownership changes.
2. Does the Township have the name of a
road maintenance contractor for hire?
Sorry but the Township does not engage in recommendation of road
maintenance contractors for hire. We suggest residents seek references
for repairs from neighbors and friends.