Meeting Overview: Kalamazoo Road Commission approves measures to remove debris from roads 7/19

On Tuesday, July 19 the Kalamazoo County Road Commissioners met and approved the contracts for several tree bids. Tree Bid three removes trees damaged by recent storms in 11 local townships. Janet Hay reports the story.

 

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On Tuesday, July 19 the Kalamazoo County Road Commissioners met and approved the contracts for several tree bids.

 

Tree Bid three removes trees damaged by recent storms in 11 local townships. The trees and debris fell in roadways and was pushed to the side of the road. The road commision then will have this removed. Contracts were awarded to Tree Works, K and H Tree Service, and American Arbor LLC.

 

Tree Bid four is for tree removal and pruning for chip seal projects in Richland, Pavilion and  Wakeshma townships. Contracts were awarded to Tree Works, K and H Tree Service, and American Arbor LLC.

 

Commissioner Michael Boersma voiced concern that the same three vendors were bidding on contracts and asked if there were any other companies offering tree services in the area.

 

“The good news is we had three bidders; sometimes we only have one bidder,” said Managing Director Joanna Johnson.

 

Johnson explained the places on the road commision website where vendors could be notified of Public Bids and reassured the board members that the road commission was doing due diligence to have a competitive bidding process. 

 

Johnson highlighted the chip seal work on Sprinkle Road, emphasizing that the work would preserve the investment made in the road. 

 

“It is indeed preserving our investment in that road surface for the long term to really alleviate longer road closures, if additional construction would be needed,” said Johnson. “It is a preservation technique and it is a lot of hard work through moving operations and a lot of traffic. We did get quite a bit of calls into the office wondering why we’re doing that when the road is already in good condition.”