Road Commission continues annual tradition, hosts tour

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

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As part of the tour, which is a collaborative effort with Kalkaska Area Transit, officials spent two hours touring the northern half of the county before having lunch and continuing the tour by visiting the southern half.

 

KALKASKA – The Kalkaska County Road Commission again hit the road recently, continuing what has become an annual tradition by taking other elected officials on a tour of the county’s roadways.

The KCRC recently hosted about two dozen township, county and state officials on a four-hour tour of area roads on Wednesday, June 19, allowing the county agency a chance to show off both what it’s accomplished in the past year, as well as note what remains on the “to-do” list.

“It’s our third annual tour,” said John Rogers, KCRC manager. “After the millage passed (in 2014), I was directed by our board to do this.”

The tour is actually a collaborative effort with Kalkaska Area Transit, which donates a driver and bus, and has been so successful that the KCRC has been honored by the Michigan County Road Association and will be featured in a future edition of the association’s magazine.

During the trip, Rogers said officials spent two hours touring the northern half of the county before having lunch and continuing the tour and visiting the southern half.

KCRC officials have tried to use the tours to highlight various projects, including what projects might have been recently completed, and what’s scheduled to be done in the near future – or need to be done, if funding were to become available.

“In four hours, you can’t show them everything,” Rogers said.

This year, Rogers added that the KCRC tried to focus on its maintenance efforts, highlighting roads that are still in good or fair shape due to previous work that might have been completed 10 or even 15 years ago.

And, the 2019 edition of the tour might have carried even greater significance. The KCRC is asking county voters in an Aug. 6 special election to renew a five-year, 1.0-mill millage that generates about $740,000 in revenue annually.

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