Companies approach Road Commission for land lease opportunities
Adams Billboards is interested in leasing land to place billboards on several Washtenaw County Road Commission properties along Interstate 94 and M-52.
Representatives from the company identified seven sites along the two roads as potential sites for new billboards.
According to a letter to the Road Commission, “We would be solely responsible for all costs associated with construction and would participate in any public hearings or community forums to discuss the project(s) as required.”
The company followed up its interest Thursday afternoon at the commission's regular meeting.
The Road Commission would receive annual rent for use of the property along with “advertising opportunities for Road Commission projects and activities.” The company also offered digital displays for local, county and state emergencies such as Amber alerts, weather warnings, road closures and FBI fugitive alerts.”
“I’m in favor of anything that will bring in more money to fix potholes, bridges, roads, whatever, I hope we’ll look at sign proposals, cell towers, etc.,” said Road Commissioner Fred Veigel.
This isn’t the only company that’s expressed interest in leasing Road Commission property recently. Paxton Resources has approached the Road Commission about an oil and gas lease on an easement in Saline Township for oil and gas exploration.
The property is on Willow Road in the township, and although the Road Commission was at first reluctant to consider the request because the legal costs would likely outweigh any revenue benefits, additional information was supplied by the company and it’s expected that staff will explore the benefits and report back to the Road Commissioners at the next regular meeting.
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.