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LaGrange applying for storm water improvement grant


The LaGrange Town Council held a public hearing Monday evening as part of an application through Region III-A for a  $500,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to go toward fixing storm water issues on East Michigan Street.

The council heard a report from engineering firm DLZ that parts of the storm water system on East Michigan Street, from Detroit Street to Fly Creek, collapsed in some areas. The pipes also have cracking issues and the road surface no longer drains properly in some areas, the council was told.

The project, which wouldn’t start until 2013, has an estimated cost of $787,000. The local funds of $287,000 would come from the town’s remaining Major Moves money.

The project would see 18- to 24-inch pipes installed from Detroit Street to an outlet at Fly Creek.

The council noted that Michigan Street east of Fly Creek is also a concern, but that due to funding, they had to split the project into smaller sections.

In other business:

The council approved rezoning a building owned by Erik Pearson at 204 N. Detroit St. to a B-2 zone, allowing Pearson to have residential apartments at the location. Pearson had been to the council before seeking the rezone, stating that he intends to find commercial renters for the property at some point, but would like the option to have residential renters until then.