Change orders to meet new building codes, upgrade lighting systems, install a metal roof, and other items for the township administration building under construction were approved Tuesday by the Lake Township trustees.
In all, the changes total more than $177,000, including tax and other fees, but much of that will be covered by the township’s replacement insurance as well as credits, Mark Hummer, township administrator, told the trustees.
The cost of the 22-gauge mechanically seamed metal roof and gutters and trim totals $165,200 but credits for shingles, labor, and gutters reduces that to $129,764.
The change orders were submitted by Rudolph/Libbe, the general contractor for the construction project, which is scheduled for completion in May.
The new building will replace a building that had been in use 17 years when it was destroyed June 5 by a tornado. It is being constructed at the same location, 27975 Cummings Road, but will be slightly larger, covering about 14,183 square feet.
Some of the changes stem from some items not being included in a damage appraisal by the township’s insurer conducted shortly after the tornado, Hummer said.
A lighting system for the emergency medical service quarters will cost $10,362, according to the resolution approving the change orders.
Tornado damage also figured into another business matter before the trustees. They authorized Hummer, who is also the township police chief, to purchase four 2008 Chevy Tahoes from the Michigan State University Surplus and Recycling Center for $51,600 for the police department.
Seven police vehicles were destroyed by the tornado and the cost of the four replacements will be covered by insurance, Hummer said, adding the replacement vehicles have, on average, 50,000-60,000 miles on them.
Interviews with local residents about their tornado experiences have been emotional, Richard Welling, a trustee, reported in an update of an oral history project.
He said he’s conducted nine interviews for the project.
“It’s been a very emotional experience. Some people cried,” he said. “A lot of people’s decisions made at the last minute probably saved their lives.”
Some of those interviewed had lost their homes and one man had been knocked unconscious and had trouble remembering much of that night.
Welling extended an invitation for other residents to contact him if they want to be included in the project.