2018-01-04 / Front Page

Flushing city and township reflect back on 2017, outline projects for next year

By Sam Tunningley
810-452-2661 • stunningley@mihomepaper.com


The Flushing Area Senior Center announced a new wood shop in the Early Childhood Center to open this month. Director Gary Dearing said he has been working with [L-R] Carl Hansen, Cecil Peterson, Mike Stanton and Bruce Smith to get the shop in order for its opening on January 9. 
Photo by Sam Tunningley The Flushing Area Senior Center announced a new wood shop in the Early Childhood Center to open this month. Director Gary Dearing said he has been working with [L-R] Carl Hansen, Cecil Peterson, Mike Stanton and Bruce Smith to get the shop in order for its opening on January 9. Photo by Sam Tunningley The city of Flushing and Flushing Township both had a year of realized projects and successful transitions to look back on as they head into 2018.

One of the most notable achievements from the city was the re-decking of the Riverview Trail Boardwalk with composite materials completed in June. Former councilwoman Teresa Salem, who had made the boardwalk her longtime passion project while working for the city, began an online donation page last year to raise funds for a match grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Salem, with the help of the community, raised over $50,000 in 60 days.

The Flushing Lions Club and the Flushing Rotary Club both had milestone anniversaries in 2017. The Flushing Lions Club celebrated 75 years in the community, and continue to commit acts of charity encompassing everything from the food bank donations to help with local festivals.


The Riverview Trail’s Boardwalk was completed this year, made possible through a successful fundraising campaign spearheaded by Flushing City Council member Teresa Salem. Salem raised over $50,000 through online donations to replace the old decking on the boardwalk with composite materials. The Riverview Trail’s Boardwalk was completed this year, made possible through a successful fundraising campaign spearheaded by Flushing City Council member Teresa Salem. Salem raised over $50,000 through online donations to replace the old decking on the boardwalk with composite materials. The Flushing Rotary Club had their 25th anniversary and received an honorary proclamation from Mayor Kevin Keane. Since its beginning, the club has put over $600,000 back into the community.

As for the next year, City Manager Brad Barrett said the city has several projects budgeted for the fiscal year, including beginning the Master Plan process, which could take upwards of 12 months; replacing the 4-inch water mains in the city with a $3 million dollar USDA Rural Development Loan; using DNR Trust Fund grant money to extend the trail on the south end of town; and $375,000 worth of local street paving.


[L] Flushing City Mayor Kevin Keane honors [R] Rotary Club of Flushing’s current president Kristy Brown with a proclamation for their outstanding and continued service during its 25 years in the community. 
Photo by Sam Tunningley [L] Flushing City Mayor Kevin Keane honors [R] Rotary Club of Flushing’s current president Kristy Brown with a proclamation for their outstanding and continued service during its 25 years in the community. Photo by Sam Tunningley A portion of the money used to pave the street will be reimbursed through the MDEQ Scrap Tire Market Development Grant.

Flushing Township Supervisor Frederick Thorsby said the township has a few things in store for the coming year. A major focus now is to hire a new building inspector; the township is planning to contract with SafeBuilt. He said two more projects are also underway: a handicap canoe and kayak launch at the park and new signage for the bus routes.

The biggest achievement during the past year, he said, is how everyone is working together after the discord characterizing the past board. He praised their cohesiveness and discussion as signs of positive things to come.

“Not everyone always has the viewpoint, but we all are to help the community,” said Thorsby.

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