Important Information

If you have not done so already, please contact a pre-approved contractor to get a quote for the private property water service work.

With all the upcoming water service work that will occur on private property, the neighborhood will get quite congested again with multiple contractors. Please be courteous and patient – once these connections are complete, the restoration process will begin in earnest to repair driveways, roads, and lawns.

When your new concrete driveway is poured, please do not drive on the new concrete for at least 4-5 days.

Please adhere to the social distancing requirements at all times. Due to COVID-19, Bultsma respectfully asks that residents limit contact with their crews. Bultsma indicated that if the potential exposure of their crews is too high, they may need to suspend construction indefinitely. If you have a question about construction, please contact one of the project representatives, preferably by telephone. Alternatively, you can contact your Association President, Jeff Steendam, and he can help you get answers.

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Prein&Newhof will have personnel in the field on behalf of Plainfield Charter Township.

Project Manager: Kevin Gritters, P.E., Prein&Newhof
(616) 432–6701

Onsite Contact: Wayne Wiersema, Prein&Newhof
(616) 340–9791

Project Engineer: Jeremy Kamp, P.E., Prein&Newhof
(616) 610–4062

Contractor Project Manager: Matt LaRue
Bultsma Excavating
(616) 335–4793

Contractor On-site Foreman: Randy Bos
On-Site Foreman
(616) 437–2746

Plainfield Township Officials:
Cameron VanWyngarden
Superintendent
Plainfield Charter Township
(616) 364–8466

Rick Solle, P.E.
Director of Public Services
Plainfield Charter Township
(616) 363–9660

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Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email or access to the internet.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a successful project!

Plainfield Township – Water System Extension: Wellington Ridge (Algoma Township)

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All water main installation is complete. See status map.

Bultsma completed all the water service stubs in Royal Hannah Drive and began installing services in Lady Lauren Drive south of Royal Hannah.

Bultsma and the Plainfield Water Department pressure tested and disinfected the water main in Sir Charles and the portion of water main in Lady Lauren north of Sir Charles.

 

What to Expect Next Week (May 25 – 30)

  • Bultsma will continue to install water service stubs in Lady Lauren south of Royal Hannah.
  • After the “south half” service stubs are complete, Bultsma will move to the “north half.”
  • When your water service stub is complete, you will receive a notice from Plainfield Township (Letter 3 of 3) to inform you that “connection to municipal water is now available.” If you have a quote for the private property work that has been approved by the Township, you can have the contractor you selected begin work immediately.

 

Projected Timeline

    • Mid-May
      • Water main should be completely installed.
    • End of May
      • Installation of water service stub should be underway.
    • June
      • All water services ready for private connects; Restoration and project completion.

 

  • *Note: Timeline dates are subject to change.
 

Bultsma has been working all week on water main installation along Sir Charles. They are on schedule to have all the water main for the project installed by the end of this week, depending on weather. See status map.

It is possible that concrete driveway replacement begins late this week. After concrete is poured, you should wait at least 4-5 days before you drive on the new concrete.

 

What to Expect Next Week (May 18 – 23)

  • Plainfield’s Water Department will be working with Bultsma to fill with water, pressure test, and disinfect the “north half” (water main in Sir Charles and north).
  • Bultsma will begin installing water service stubs in the “south half” (all homes south of Sir Charles) while the “north half” is being tested. Water services will be installed at this time from the water main to the right-of-way line. Bultsma will install the stub at the location residents marked for the water service.
  • Concrete driveway replacement will continue.
 

Project Timeline

  • Mid-May
    • Water main should be completely installed.
  • End of May
    • All water main should be installed and tested; Installation of water service stub should be underway.
  • June
    • Water services ready for private connects; Restoration and project completion.
  • *Note: Timeline dates are subject to change.
 
Today, May 8, Bultsma’s crew is not on site. This week, Bultsma completed the installation of water main along Lady Lauren. The only water main remaining to be installed is in Sir Charles. The connection was made to the existing water main at the west end of Royal Hannah, so all the water main south of Sir Charles is “live.” A Plainfield Water Department crew is on site today to fill with water all the new water main in Lady Lauren north of Sir Charles. Bultsma also completed the storm sewer replacement in Royal Hannah.

What to Expect Next Week (May 11 – 16)

  • Installation of water main in Sir Charles.
  • Bultsma will begin installing water service stubs from the water main to the right-of-way line. They will install the stub at the location residents marked for the water service.

Project Timeline

  • Mid-May
    • Water main should be installed in the northern “half” of Lady Lauren and in Sir Charles.
  • End of May
    • All water main should be installed and tested; Installation of water service should be underway.
  • June
    • Restoration and project completion
  • *Note: Timeline dates are subject to change.
Bultsma Excavating continued installing water main along Lady Lauren in the area of and continuing north from the Sir Charles intersection. See status map. The water main south of Sir Charles was pressure tested and disinfected. The pressure test and both bacteria tests passed successfully. Bultsma plans to do the water main tie-in to the existing water main (at the west end of Royal Hannah) either on Saturday, May 2, or early next week.

What to Expect Next Week (May 4 – 9)

  • Water main installation will continue next week in Lady Lauren north of Sir Charles.
  • Bultsma has changed plans slightly and at this point, does not plan to have a second crew come in next week to start installing the water service stubs to the right-of-way line. This will follow after the tie-in to the existing water main is complete.

Projected Timeline

  • Mid-May
    • Water main should be installed in the northern “half” of Lady Lauren and in Sir Charles.
  • End of May
    • All water main should be installed and tested; Installation of water service should be underway.
  • June
    • Restoration and project completion
  • *Note: Timeline dates are subject to change.
Bultsma Excavating installed water main this past week along Lady Lauren from the southern cul-de-sac approximately to the Sir Charles intersection. At this point, all the water main pipe is installed south of Sir Charles Drive. Overall, the project is proceeding more quickly than anticipated.  

What to Expect Next Week (April 27 – May 1)

  • Bultsma plans to pressure test and disinfect all the water main that has been installed to date.
  • While the water main is being tested, a crew will install storm sewer in Royal Hannah.
  • After the water main has successfully passed the pressure test and bacteriological sampling, a second crew will come in to install the water service stubs to the right-of-way line.
  • The pipe crew will continue to install water main in Sir Charles, continuing west toward the western cul-de-sac.

Projected Timeline

  • End of April
    • Water main should be installed and tested in Royal Hannah and in Lady South of Sir Charles.
  • Mid-May
    • Water main should be installed in the northern “half” of Lady Lauren and in Sir Charles.
  • End of May
    • All water main should be installed and tested; Installation of water service should be underway.
  • June
    • Restoration and project completion
  • *Note: Timeline dates are subject to change.
Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked through this project successfully so far!
Bultsma Excavating installed water main this past week along Royal Hannah Drive from the west end to the Lady Lauren intersection (approximately 1,200 feet).

What to Expect Next Week (April 20 – 24)

  • Bultsma plans to install water main in approximately the south half of Lady Lauren.
  • They will also start to pressure test and disinfect a portion of the new water main.
  • Our Prein&Newhof construction observer (on-site contact) will change next week to Wayne Wiersema. See new contact information at left.

Projected Timeline

  • End of April
    • Water main should be installed and tested in Royal Hannah up to the Lady Lauren intersection, plus some water main should be installed in Lady Lauren.
  • Mid-May
    • Water main should be installed from the south end of Lady Lauren up to the Sir Charles intersection.
  • End of May
    • Water main should be installed from the west end of Sir Charles to the Lady Lauren intersection.
  • End of June
    • Water main should be installed from the north end of Lady Lauren to the Sir Charles intersection, the easterly to Elstner.
  • *Note: Timeline dates are subject to change.
Bultsma Excavating began installing water main this past week in the private easement at the west end of Royal Hannah Drive. Since this is a critical infrastructure project, Bultsma plans to continue working through the recently-extended “Stay Home” order. The work will continue as long as it can be done so safely. We will update this page right away if this work plan changes.  

What to Expect Next Week (April 13–17)

  • Bultsma plans to lay water main from the private easement at the west end of Royal Hannah heading eastward.
  • This water main work will include some driveway approaches being removed and temporary access limitations. Please contact the Onsite Contact person if you have special access needs.
 

Projected Timeline

  • End of April 
    • Water main should be installed in Royal Hannah up to the Lady Lauren intersection.
  • Mid-May
    • Water main should be installed from the South end of Lady Lauren up to the Sir Charles intersection
  • End of May
    • Water main should be installed from the west end of Sir Charles to the Lady Lauren intersection
  • End of June
    • Water main should be installed from the north end of Lady Lauren to the Sir Charles intersection, the easterly to Elstner.
  • *Note: Timeline dates are subject to change.
  Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email or access to the internet. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a successful project in your neighborhood!
A pre-construction meeting was held Thursday, April 2, with project representatives. Bultsma Excavating will be providing a more detailed construction schedule soon and that will be shared when it is available. Overall, Bultsma indicated they hope to start laying the new water main as early as mid-next week (April 8+/-), starting at the west end of Royal Hannah. You may see Bultsma personnel on site April 3 making preparations for the project, but actual construction will not start until next week at the earliest.  

What to Expect Next Week (April 6–10)

  • Contract documents are being finalized and material submittals are being reviewed. When this paperwork is complete, the contractor will be give the Notice to Proceed.
  • Construction staking for Royal Hannah is scheduled for Monday, April 6
  • Bultsma intends to begin mobilizing equipment on site and may begin laying water main by mid-week.
  Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email or access to the internet. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a successful project in your neighborhood!
This past Monday, March 23, the Plainfield Charter Township Board of Trustees awarded the Wellington Ridge water main construction contract to Bultsma Excavating out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. You might ask: Why is Plainfield Township coordinating the construction project when I live in Algoma Township? The answer is that Algoma Township does not have a municipal water system, and Plainfield Township is extending its water system further into Algoma Township to supply Algoma residents affected by PFAS contamination. Will this project be affected by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-21? Overall, the answer is “no.” Plainfield Township has designated this as a critical infrastructure project, so construction will continue as planned. But as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that residents, contractors, and officials all respect social distancing guidelines and be courteous to and patient with each other. Construction in a developed neighborhood is always challenging, but it can go very smoothly if we all work together and communicate regularly. Project Safety Planning – If construction commences before the “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Executive Order expires, we will have additional challenges with more adults and children at home than is normal. You and your children may certainly watch the construction, but it is VERY important that you do so from a safe distance. PLEASE talk to your children about safety, and don’t expect the construction crews to watch your children during the workday. For the duration of this construction project, we will provide regular updates that will inform you of what is happening presently and what you can expect to see coming up, including water main construction, traffic control, project safety, access to homes, etc.

What to Expect (March 30—mid-April)

  • You will not see construction activity for at least a few weeks yet. You may see more activity than normal, though, including survey crews doing construction staking and utility companies marking the location of underground lines.
  • Bultsma has indicated they are anxious to begin construction as soon as possible. We anticipate receiving Bultsma’s detailed construction schedule that we can share with residents in the next couple weeks.
  • Behind the scenes, contract documents will be prepared and signed. Bultsma will provide material submittals for review and approval. We will hold a pre-construction meeting with Bultsma, Township officials, private utilities, and Wellington Ridge Association representatives.
  Please share this information with your neighbors who may not have email or access to the internet. Please contact any project representative if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a successful project in your neighborhood!