The building formerly known as the Dodge City
Discount store has been renovated to be the new Hamilton Township
Offices and Community Center.
National City Bank failed to pay 2010 and prior year property taxes
on the building and e 9.75 acres. Hamilton Township exercised a
state statute to acquire the property for “minimum amount”, the
amount of taxes owed. Property acquired in this manner by a
government entity must be for public use. Profit realized from
transactions of this type must be directed to the County Delinquent
Tax Fund. Township Attorney, David Dreyer, executed a procedure in
circuit court to assure clear title of the property.
Township public meetings were held to gain ideas for use of the
building and grounds. It became apparent that existing township
facilities were lacking; space, parking and location, to further
promote township business and provide a better facility for
community activities. Discussions transpired regarding a
recreational complex with basketball, horseshoes, soccer and walking
trails. It was decided to proceed slowly with recreational
improvements pending completion of the building renovation.
Many other townships funded new facilities in the past with grants.
Township resident, Shannon Greaves assisted Hamilton by applying for
over 30 grants. Few grants are being approved due to the slowed
economy. Hamilton was successful by receiving a $10,000 a grant from
Gerstacker Foundation of Midland, Michigan.
After many discussions, the Township Board voted to obtain estimates
for the renovation. Intelligent-Design, an architect firm was hired
to create a visual design, blueprints and a ball park cost estimate.
This information was needed for public review. The design and
estimates were presented at a township public meeting. The Township
Board contracted with Intel-Design to finalize blue prints and
solicit construction bids for the project.
Sealed bids were presented and opened at a special meeting held on
November 7, 2012. The Hamilton board approved the project and
selected Harwood Construction as general foreman for the project.
Work began immediately with completion scheduled by the end of April
2013. Renovations included: offices, kitchen area, bathrooms, covered
entrances, geo thermal heating/cooling system, insulation, generator
power backup, vinyl siding (office building), steel roof (both
buildings), energy efficient smaller windows, ceiling, lighting,
vinyl flooring and a crushed rock parking lot.
Fate of the old township hall at Townline Lk Rd., has not been
determined at this time. Sale is not likely, public use of the
flowing well must be maintained, rental is a possibility. Another
option would be to demo the building and create a park area for use
of the flow well. Public input will be gathered prior to any
decision on disposition.
Community Meeting Room