The special meeting of the Barry County Road Commission was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Chairman Willcutt for discussion regarding Davenport Road between Durkee Road and Martin Road including the possible abandonment.
Members present: Willcutt, Pashby and Managing Director Brad Lamberg. Dykstra excused.
Introductions, meeting format, and brief history were made by Chairman Willcutt.
Chairman Willcutt called for those in support of abandonment.
Mr. and Mrs. Diekhoff were in support of the abandonment due to significant dumping and road damage caused by off road vehicles.
There were no others in support of abandonment.
Chairman Willcutt called for those against abandonment.
Jim Wickham, Harv McClelland, Ken Heise, Gary Smith, Steve DeMaagd all spoke against the abandonment for reasons of wanting to keep the road open for public use and did not believe gating and abandonment would be successful.
There were no others against abandonment.
Miscellaneous comments and discussion ensued including public and land owners volunteering to keep the area picked up.
Motion by Commissioner Willcutt seconded by Commissioner Pashby to provide Woodland Township with an estimate to upgrade the road and work with Mr. Heise on obtaining material at a closer location, contact law enforcement to make them more aware of this problem, to look into county and/or township dumping ordinances that would increase the fines and responsibility of those caught dumping, and to re-address the future of this section of Davenport Road at the request of the township or citizens.
ROLL CALL: Yeas, Willcutt & Pashby
Meeting adjourned at 7:55 P.M.