2017-01-05 / Front Page

Supervisor, city manager sets goals for new year

By Sam Tunningley

With 2017 fast approaching, Frederick Thorsby, the supervisor of Flushing Township, is starting to consider what areas of progress should be top priority over the next 12 months.

Thorsby comes at a crucial time, following four years of divisive management. He said the board will need to “mend some fences” with a few of the surrounding areas to begin on the right foot and demonstrate strong leadership.

“The biggest thing, as far as goals, is to unify the township,” said Thorsby.

Thorsby named a few projects the board will focus on heading into next year, such as improvements for the nature park, working with the Genesee County Drain Commission to place a storm sewer on Tahquamenon Trail and installing warning sirens in the township.

City Manager Brad Barrett noted several projects Flushing is going to pursue in 2017, such as the replacing the decking on the Riverview Trail boardwalk, a Kroger fueling station on Pierson Rd. and the paving of several roads through a grant from the MI Department of Environment Quality.

The Riverview Trail project will be funded through a matching grant from the MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Program. The community was able to raise $50,000 through an online crowd-funding campaign commissioned by Barrett and City Council member Teresa Salem for the composite decking materials.

The city also submitted a grant application Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to extend the trail to the south side of the city.

“This project has already been financially supported by Saginaw Watershed Initiative Network. At this time, the city has to wait for formal legislative action before the actual $300,000 grant is approved,” said Barrett in an e-mail.

As for utility projects, the USDA has been working with the city on securing a loan in the amount of $3,000,000 to replace four-inch water mains located at Crescent Place, Warren Avenue, Leland Street, Thomas Street, Walnut Street, Luce Avenue and Frances Avenue in addition to an eight-inch water main located on Deland Road.

Paving of the roads – which include Laurie Drive (River Road to Mark Drive), Pleasantview Drive (Sunnyside Drive to Chestnut Street), Beechwood Court (Robinwood Drive to dead end) and Morrish Road to River City Rd. – is being paid for by a $102,991 Scrap Tire Market Development Grant. The roads will be paved using Rubber Modified Asphalt from $1,009 used tires.

Barrett said the city is waiting to secure an $187,500 grant to pave additional roads in 2017 and 2018.

For more information on projects regarding the City of Flushing, contact City Hall at 810-659-5665.

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