Village council votes to support Safe Routes to School grant.

BALDWIN - The Baldwin Village Council voted unanimously to support the Safe Routes to School grant at the village council meeting, Monday night.

The Safe Routes to School grant, recommended to the council by the Lake County Road Commission, will install sidewalks on school routes, and put up markings and signs, but the main priority would be to construct in sidewalks, according to James Truxton, Baldwin village council president.

"This would encourage kids to walk to school," said Truxton, which he added would promote health and activity.

The grant offers up to $400,000 to install the upgrades.

"The county is interested in working with us and will split costs 50/50 with the village for for engineering fees," he said.

Truxton recommended the council pursue the grant. He said because of the nature of the grant, perhaps Act 51 money could help toward the project. Act 51 money is funding from the state of Michigan to improve roads. Kelsey Bennett made the motion, seconded by Mandy Truxton, to support the recommendation. The measure passed unanimously.

The council also discussed repairing two ruptured pressure tanks at the wastewater treatment plant.

"Both bladders ruptured on the pressure tanks. There was not much air cushion," said village council president James Truxton. "It will cost a lot for Northern Pump and Well to replace. The least expensive measure will be to galvanize two pressure tanks."

The council voted to hire Northern Pump and Well out of Lansing to install two galvanized tanks for $7,600, but are discussing it with the engineers before taking further action.