In other news, Grove Street Bridge will be closed for the next few weeks for minor maintenance and a new coat of paint; Other road repairs include: W Randall Street from 64th to Eastmanville this Friday 8/19 and Monday 8/22, Center Street and Ottawa Street (Cleveland St. to Main St.) and 48th Avenue (Cleveland to City Limits) on August 30. One lane will be open at all times. We will update these projects if timelines change.
We have a relatively light agenda in comparison to other council meetings but don’t hesitate to contact me nonetheless if you have any questions or comments regarding the agenda items. I especially urge council members to seek updates regarding the various utility projects if there remain questions. Have a wonderful weekend. Summer hasn’t left yet so take advantage and be safe out there!
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Work continues to finalize the scope of the upgrade to bring the plant to 2.5 MGD. Financing, or the manner in how the project will be funded, remains the core of our efforts. This past Monday we had a meeting with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and others, to review options and the status of their efforts to find a solution to assist the city in paying for the upgrades. I’m somewhat sad to state that there is no firm resolution to define the funding. It continues to be a frustrating experience in moving beyond good intentions to moving towards actually accomplishing a goal such as constructing the upgrade and resolving issues. As more information is obtained, it will be shared with council.
Water Project Phase I
Again, as with the WWTP upgrade, there have been delays due to finalizing the scope of the project which is being influenced by parties outside of the city’s control. I know this reads like double speak but the reality is staff will ultimately do what is in the best interest of the city. The design environment remains in flux due to financial considerations that are pressured by growth projections from our customers that still remain tangential.
Strategic Planning – A Reminder
For the last few months, the below text was included in Council packets. These words still remain as a reminder of future tasks we as a group will ultimately embrace. Some areas you may what to begin thinking about, but certainly not limited to, are:
a. Economic development
b. Future recreation facilities
c. Utilization of Deer Creek watershed that runs through the city
d. Future of utility expansion
e. Issues of aesthetics for new construction, parks, and gateways into the city
f. Regional planning
g. Long-term vision for sidewalk maintenance and new construction
h. Bike trails
i. Road Maintenance and Reconstruction Policy
j. Public safety