Forest Township News
The summer is winding down with fall colors starting to show around the lake and in the woods. We hope that everyone has been able to enjoy this beautiful area throughout the summer.
The township has been continually working on roads and garbage removal throughout the summer. The roads got a bit rough during the dry spell in July, but, since the rain started in August, the road bed is much improved. We were able to put calcium chloride on two miles of East Bad Medicine, from the intersection of County Road 129 to Sunset Drive. That application seemed to be very helpful for dust control on our most traveled road. We also had Black Bear Beach Road widened as the trees were encroaching over the road causing problems for the road equipment doing maintenance. That project should be completed by the end of September. Finally, we have some designated road sections needing additional gravel that will be completed this fall.
Weeds on our roadway got a good foothold this spring so we have working to keep them in control. The roadways were sprayed and mowed in June before the seed pods formed. Those same steps will take place this fall with a second mowing and spot spraying. This should help keep the weeds in control going into winter. As you clean up your yards, watch for common tansy (yellow bloom) and spotted knapweed (purple bloom). Make sure these do not grow in your yards and do not dispose of these plants debris in the woods.
The township held two Amnesty Days this summer, Memorial weekend and the last weekend in August. Thanks to all residence that abided by the rules and took waste over to the town hall on the designated day. There continues to be illegal dumping throughout the summer. Remember we have cameras installed and there is a fine that is enforced when illegal dumping occurs. When there is not an Amnesty Day, the transfer station in Osage is open on Saturday morning year round and Tuesdayafternoon through October.
There has been no activity on the Verizon Tower construction to this point in time. What I do know is that the delay is due to the installation of electricity to the site. State permits are required and the cost for the electric is extremely high. Verizon is questioning whether the tower is cost effective. I will continue to work with the individual in charge and, as I receive information, I will ask the Association to forward any significant updates it in an email.
On behalf of Forest Township Supervisors, I hope you have a good fall and winter.