Township officials receive donation from Bosch.

October 10, 2012  PLYMOUTH VOICE.


Robert Bosch Corp. executives presented the Plymouth Township Trustees a check for $30,000 at the regular board meeting Tuesday to help fund the construction of a $350,000 warming pavilion inside Township Park.

At the July 17 meeting of the board members, trustees voted 5-1 to accept a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for $100,000 to build a new pavilion at the north end of the Township Park near the baseball diamonds.

According to township officials, this is a reimbursable grant, which means the township will need to fund and build the pavilion within two years before obtaining the $100,000 from the state. Supervisor Richard Reaume said the estimated project would cost $350,000. Reaume said the board has plans to use a $41,000 Wayne County grant initially targeted for a drinking fountain, along with a $25,000 grant from the Johnson Controls Foundation and the $30,000 grant presented by Bosch Corp. Foundation, at the meeting.

There are still many unanswered questions.

Three months ago, when board members were asked about the pavilion at a regular meeting, they failed to respond. Just before the Aug. 1 deadline to accept the grant, or risk forfeiture, it was revealed that the township had dedicated $86,000 to the project and would need to raise an additional $164,000, provided the design and construction costs don’t exceed the projected $350,000 cost.

Questions regarding plans and the bid process also remain unanswered by trustees. Reaume made no comment as to a back-up plan should the other anticipated funding not materialize. There was no discussion at the Oct. 9 board meeting when township officials and Bosch executives posed for a photo with a 5-foot long plywood sign resembling the check.

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