Paying for Light Poles

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

The Lansing Board of Water and Light sent a letter to the Eaton County Road Commission last month asking for $460,000 to move 5 utility poles along Mt. Hope Road. That stretch is being widened to handle increased traffic near the new General Motors assembly plant.

The money to move the poles, though, is not in Eaton County's construction budget. The project is paid for mostly by grants, and no one budgeted to move the poles.

What's more, Delta Township manager Richard Watkins says, if Delta Township is responsible for payment, the city of Lansing will be too. Because of a 425 Tax Agreement, the city is responsibility for much of the land around the GM plant.

BWL says this is always the responsibility of the entity that is in charge of the project. Moving the poles is expensive because they are heavy-duty steel.

The parties will meet Tuesday to discuss the issue.


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