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Caro City Completes Upgrade Project - and more to come
Mary Drier/ Ben Smith
Sun, 01 Dec 2019 20:35:14 EST
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The city of Caro has made a lot of improvements over the last few months, and more will be done in the coming months. The council approved the Downtown Development Authority's proposal to upgrade the lighting in the downtown area. In early summer, 30 lights were replaced. In the fall, approval was given to replace 30 more at the cost of $10,118. Also, several parking lots had stripe repainted, and some had cracks sealed. and, in the coming months there will be changes made at city hall when a 2,300-square foot addition is built by Booms Construction of Bad Axe for $394,000 to relocate the police department. That project is expected to start in the spring and be completed in about four months. Officials have been working on plans for three years to relocate police operations to the municipal building that was built about 20 years ago. However, the addition will take up part of a parking lot, and parking is at a premium in that area along M-81. Because of that, Rowe Professional Services Co. was hired for $10,300 to analyze parking around city hall. A possible option that was discussed was razing a house on Washington Street the city owns to create more parking space. Currently, the police department is located at 150 Montague Ave. That building was built in the 1950s, and once housed village/city operations as well as Indianfields Township offices, and the police department. When Caro changed from being a village to a city, Indianfields Township had to build a new hall outside of the city limits. In other police matters, adding another part-time officer to the police roster was approved. The department will now have six full-time officers and three part-time officers.