Road Commission Managing Director Larry Orcutt says a recent billing amounted to around 12 hundred dollars and of that bill, four hundred 50 dollars ($450.00) would have been overhead costs.
Like it does for flashing signals elsewhere on its road system, Orcutt
feels the road commission could hire a contractor at much cheaper rates, but is prohibited from doing so for an M-DOT signal.
He also notes that the commissions reimbursement for any services provided to M-DOT on their system is capped at 11 and a half (11.50%) percent, regardless of cost, but it is unknown how the state came up with their rates and things could be very subjective.
noted that Alpena, with other commissions, is working through the County Road Association of Michigan
and lobbying the state legislature in an effort to come up with reasonable overhead rates.