ATMA says goodbye to longtime member

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Elwood Myers was thanked for his lengthy service to the community, though he missed his last meeting as a member of Antrim Township Municipal Authority. Myers was on the board for 20 years, and a township supervisor before that, said his peers on Dec. 30.

“He’s been a vital part of the township for a long time,” said chairman Rodney Eberly. “Anything that I can say doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. I just want to recognize Elwood tonight for his service.”

Public works director Carl Rundquist added that Myers agreed to be available to answer questions in the future. “He’s a wealth of knowledge.”

In regular business, Rundquist updated the board on the Shanks Church Road sewer bypass project. The sewer line upgrade has been in the planning stages for some time. The sites for necessary rights-of-way had not yet been selected, he said.

Because of sanitary sewer overflow issues, DEP was concerned about when the work would commence. ATMA had hired engineering firm GHD to design the sewer lines to bypass the nearby subdivisions.

“They’re (DEP) getting real anxious on this date,” Rundquist continued. “We said we’d start this design in December. Well, it’s almost gone.” The board also approved the 2014 water budget.

By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot