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DPW benefits from state funding to assist with harsh winter costs

  Counties, cities and villages across the state recently received a combined $60.9 million to help restore road maintenance budgets that were depleted by Michigan’s tough winter.

  The City of Frankenmuth has  received $20,927.65 for use on its streets. Saginaw County received $805,768.68 while neighboring Tuscola County collected $351,511.80.

  The money will be used for pothole repair as equipment maintenance, salt, fuel and more.

  “This is money we have already received to pay the bills for winter maintenance,” Frankenmuth DPW Superintendent Randy Braeutigam said. “This reimburses our maintenance coffers.”

  Frankenmuth city was approximately $60,000 over its normal winter budget about one month ago. Braeutigam said the nearly $21,000 was split between the Local and Major street funds.

  Little summer road work is planned at this point.

  Overall, over $39 million will benefit the state’s 83 counties and nearly $22 million will help out cities and villages.

  Other neighboring communities getting assistance include Vassar ($12,689.13), Birch Run ($7,229.02), Reese ($6,853.96) and Saginaw City ($274,164.65).

  The $60.9 million is part of $100 million for special winter road maintenance provided in a supplemental appropriations bill enacted by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law March 14 by Governor Rick Snyder.

  “These funds are badly needed by counties, cities and villages to compensate for the extraordinarily high costs of plowing, salting and filling potholes this past winter,” Michigan State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said. “We are all extremely appreciative of the governor’s and legislature’s understanding of the toll this brutal winter has taken on road budgets.”

  MDOT allocated the one-time appropriation of $100 million according to Public Act 51 of 1951 road funding formula.

  The Act 51 formula is complex. How much a county, city or village receives in funding through Act 51 depends on several factors, including road mileage and population. Counties, cities and villages receiving portions of the $60.9 million must use the money for winter maintenance costs, and not for things such as administration, overhead and other indirect costs.

(c) 2006 Frankenmuth News