Ready or not? Residents are stocking up on salt and shovels

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer

At Ace Hardware on Cedar Street, Manager Chris Iott says if you wait too long, it’s too late. That’s the case for hundreds of residents in Mason, who have snow- and ice-covered sidewalks and roadways. Part of the problem is people not adequately prepared, according to Iott. “People will prepare for summer because they know they’re going to have to mow the lawn,” Iott said. “People don’t prepare as much for winter because you may or may not get big snow.

Debate continues about road commissions' future

By PATRICK HOWARD
Capital News Service
LANSING – Critics are still questioning a new law that allows a county’s board of commissioners to abolish and undertake road commission duties. While understanding the intentions of the legislation – to consolidate local government entities while saving money – skeptics say they are unsure whether the measure will actually alleviate costs. According to John Niemela, director of the County Road Association of Michigan, there is little to no evidence that consolidation would save taxpayer dollars. “Road commission administrative expenses are very low,” Niemela said. “The bulk of a road commission’s funding is directed toward static expenses such as road materials, road maintenance and road improvement projects.

Township raises concerns about road repair funds

By Rachel Jackson
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer

To Bath Township residents, the melting snow caused by warmer temperatures will be welcomed after a harsh winter, but to Bath roads, it will receive less of a homecoming. “It’s pothole season,” Clinton County Road Commission Managing Director Joe Pulver said. “When there’s moisture under the surface, the ground really starts to move around. It’s a lot of disrepair.”

Roads all over Michigan will crack and crumble as a result of temperature fluctuations, forcing road commissions to make hasty repairs in the coming weeks to ensure drivers’ safety. Declining road conditions have plagued the state for years but have become more of an issue recently during the statewide recession, during which state-allocated funds to localities have dropped precipitously.