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Replacing water transmission lines a city capital improvement priority

  The Frankenmuth City Planning Commission will be holding a meeting to review and make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the city’s capital improvement plan.

  The meeting will be held at 7pm Tuesday, December 19, at the Frankenmuth City & Township Governmental Center.

  𠇋y law, each community is required to have a plan in place that identifies needed and desired capital improvements for the next five years,” Frankenmuth City Manager Bridget Smith said. 𠇋y state law, the planning commission is responsible for assembling the plan and making a recommendation to city council.”

  Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and learn about the process. Additional information is available on the website under “News and Announcements.”

  Projects under consideration for this coming fiscal year (2018-19) include substantial projects to improve the city’s reliability of drinking water. These include replacement of the transmission line that brings water from the City of Saginaw.

  “This project, slated for this coming spring, will replace the existing main along Junction Road, at an estimated cost of $3.4 million and Dehmel Road, at an estimated $600,000,” Smith stated.

  The city is also pursuing a grant through the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that provides 50-percent matching funds for local road improvements when using recycled rubber tires. The city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) has identified Craemer Drive and Craemer Court for this potential resurfacing project.

  Additional street maintenance is planned as well as sidewalk repairs, replacements and improvements.

  The city’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan 2018-2022 establishes, prioritizes and plans funding for projects to improve existing and develop new infrastructure and facilities.

  𠇊 CIP promotes better use of the city’s limited financial resources, reduces costs and assists in the coordination of public and private development,” Smith said. “The city’s five-year CIP serves as a long-range plan and it is reviewed and revised annually.”

  Priorities may be changed due to funding opportunities or circumstances that cause a more rapid deterioration of an asset. This may include anything from private development projects to natural disasters to other, unforeseen circumstances.

  𠇊s a basic tool for documenting anticipated capital projects, it includes a number of unfunded projects for which needs have been identified, but specific solutions and funding have not necessarily been determined,” Smith said.

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