Thursday, October 1, 2020

Canton board members address leaky roof, internet access

Julie Brown, Special Writer

Canton Township first responders have seen no significant increase in calls for service during the pandemic, according to Christopher Stoecklein, who heads up fire services for the municipality. He told members of the board of trustees during the Sept. 22 online regular meeting that there had been no significant increase in runs recently associated with COVID-19. 

“There is no huge jump in numbers of coronavirus patients here,” commented Township Supervisor Pat Williams who added that he had recently learned from Wayne County Commissioner Melissa Daub that a long-term testing site was being considered, quite likely in Canton or Plymouth.

“Wayne County Health will be defining the what and who,” said Williams of a question about the number of cases from Trustee Anne Marie Graham-Hudak.

In other action, trustees approved a Comcast contract at a rate of  $25,470 a year, for five years, for Ethernet/WiFi services. Trustee John Anthony and Treasurer Dian Slavens were absent for the 5-0 approval vote.

That pact will connect wireless service to three remote locations, including Fire Station No. 2. explained Finance and Budget Director Wendy Trumbull, “It's really time we upgrade those.”

Trustee Steven Sneideman, who works in telecom agreed.

“I'm glad we're getting into the 21st century.” He asked about VPN security protection as well as how this agreement differs from an earlier partnership on wireless with local schools.

The Cherry Hill Village Theatre also has internet connectivity issues, officials noted.

Some $963,500 of the Capital Improvement Fund was allocated to Cass Sheetmetal of Detroit to replace the aquatic center roof of the Summit on the Park. Officials noted it was improperly installed and leaks.

Canton Leisure Services Director Greg Hohenberger said the leaky roof was an ongoing problem.

“Sixty years should be the minimum on a copper roof. We've been battling with that roof since I came to the township, 17 years ago. We've tried a number of fixes, patches.”

Legal action was considered in the past for the work done improperly, he noted.  

He added that current financial considerations do not favor a once-considered solar roof at the facility.

During the meeting, staff member Robert Varner outlined copper roof longevity benefits, and trustees voted to proceed with legal action by a 5-0 vote.