NEW BUFFALO – During a July 22 special meeting, the New Buffalo Township Board accepted a bid from Grand River Construction for $880,000 for the Exit 1 facelift project. 

The project, budgeted at $900,000, was delayed awaiting Michigan Department of Transportation and other agency approvals.

Supervisor Michele Heit said the work — which includes decorative fencing, lighting and a Gateway of Michigan sign — is now scheduled to start in September with hopes to finish by spring at the latest. Funds for the project will come from the township’s Local Revenue Sharing Board account which is primarily from Four Winds Casino payments in lieu of taxes.

Grand River Construction is the same firm that will be working on the New Buffalo City Whittaker Street Bridge this fall.

During the special meeting, the township also made minor editing changes to the fireworks ordinance passed at the last meeting and renewed its support of the Marquette Greenway’s application for a Michigan Department of Transportation grant.

During the meeting, Heit reminded residents that the New Buffalo Township Fire Department is accepting donations of school supplies to hand out to students during Public Safety Day on Sunday, Aug. 4, from noon to 3 p.m.  Donation can be dropped off at the township hall, 17425 Red Arrow Hwy.  The event includes an open house of the Clay Street Fire Station, 17655 E. Clay St., and equipment, squad cars and displays by local public safety departments and services as well as games and refreshments.

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