CDBG funds slated for road improvement




FLINT TWP. — Road improvements on Algonac Street and Eberly Road will be paid for this spring with remaining Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

The township board unanimously approved of the expenditure at its March 18 meeting. Funding is coming from an unexpended CDBG fund balance of $55,528 most of which must be spent by April 30.

Estimates from the Genesee County Road Commission for $9,570 each for paving the Eberly apron south of Corunna Road and milling and paving the Algonac aprons north and south of Corunna Road.

Danny Zerka, a business owner on Corunna Road spoke in favor of the project prior to the board’s vote of approval. His business, Zerka Rental Homes, is located at the corner of Algonac and Corunna.

The first 15 feet of road is paved and the rest is dirt, he said. As the weather warms up the road tends to get potholes.

“I want to say please and thank you,’’ Zerka said of the pending road improvements. “It will improve the quality of life for residents and also our customers,’’ he said.

In other action, the board also approved the 2013 dust control program for dirt roads.

The county road commission pays the total cost of materials for the first application of calcium chloride at an application rate of 2000 gallons per mile. The township can elect to pay for second and third applications with a choice of calcium chloride at a spread rate of 1,500 or 2000 gallons per mile or for a mineral well brine application at 4,000 gallons per mile.

The cost per application at 2,000 gallons per mile spread rate is $21,882 based on the township’s estimated 20.84 miles of unpaved roads.


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