HIGH STANDARDS & BUDGETS ARE ALWAYS IN SEASON

Their mission involves calculating and planning ways to meet or exceed our communities’ expectations and standards for every season.

As you enjoy this year’s fall color tours,https://www.kalamazoocountyroads.com/fallroutemap.php rest assured that the Kalamazoo County Road Commission is busy. Their mission involves calculating and planning ways to meet or exceed our communities’ expectations and standards for every season.

 

September 27, 2022, meeting was no exception. The number of projects this team must manage and balance is mind-boggling.  Here are a few of the bids they awarded:

·   ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Peter’s Construction, a new bidder who provided the lowest offer.  They will be responsible for winter maintenance of our streets and roads.

·   Comstock Township Tree Bid #5 was awarded to help Comstock remove or prune 207 trees by mid-October.

·   In anticipation of increasing rates and supply chain delays while the commission approved just over $538.000 to place an order and lock in current prices for four heavy-duty cab and chassis trucks and more. 

 

The commission is having trouble securing workers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) that meet levels of availability previously enjoyed by our residents.  They also cited receiving fewer bids for projects as an extension of worker shortages.

 

To be sure, they do not accept overly inflated bids out of desperation, and they’ve utilized industry tools like Adobe Road Bids and the Builders Exchange. They also appreciated network collaborations outside the standard notification process, which increased the awareness of bids being available to more communities.

 

There is a new tab on the website to help track the project progress of all 15 commission partners. Sarah Phillips, Communications administrator, one of the teams who introduced “Township Connect.”

 

It is a pilot option to review and is temporarily added to an already informative website. Users can check the progress of a project from any of the 15 commission partners on their schedule or opt-in to receive emails regarding projects of interest.  The commission encourages users to weigh in and tell them about their experiences with “Township connect” before they make it a permanent addition to the website.

 

While closing the meeting with various member updates, Larry Stehouwer thanked everyone for their leadership and continued commitment to the community's people.