Graham Road first to get road millage funding

FLINT TWP. — With road millage funds secured for another ten years, approved by voters in the November election, the township board wasted little time starting its spending plan.

First on the list is a paving and ditching project for Graham Road that was turned down twice earlier this year.

The $168,001 estimate unanimously approved by the board is good for the 2015 paving season and may need adjustment next year when the work is done. The proposed repaving would be north and south of Corunna Road from Beecher Road to Beveridge Road, except for a small already improved segment near Court Street.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller noted that the project already has been endorsed by the township’s Road Advisory Committee.

Miller first brought the proposal to the board in April, on the condition that it would have to be paid for out of the general fund because road millage funding was used up. Miller’s motion for approval of the project died from lack of support.

At the Road Advisory’s request, Miller brought the Graham Road proposal back to the board in May for reconsideration. Her motion again failed to muster support.

Graham is one of many roads in poor shape that no one else is going to fix, Miller said at that time.

But other board members stuck to their refusal to pay for the project out of the general fund.

The third time proved the charm for the proposal but board members raised questions about the millage spending plan.

Trustee Frank Kasle said that subdivision projects for which residents pay a portion of costs helps to get more mileage out of road millage dollars. The Graham Road project will eat up a big chunk of available 2016 road millage funds.

“If we spend nearly half the money on one project, we can’t help others who want it,” he said.

MIller said the Road Advisory typically tries to do one large project each year. Road millage funding for 2016 is estimated at $399,200.

Miller said she hoped the Graham project cost estimate would still be good next spring when the paving season starts. She said she wanted to get board to approve the project now to get the ball rolling so that the Genesee County Road Commission can start the work as soon as possible next spring.

The cost estimate also may be skewed by the addition of extended paving. The project south of Corunna Road was slated to end at Corbin Drive but board members said it seemed more feasible to extend the repaving a few hundred more feet to the end of Graham Road at Beveridge Road.

Miller said that work north of Corunna Road would extend from Beecher Road south, crossing Calkins, passing Dye Elementary School and circling around to just north of Court Street where Graham Road widens and still is in good shape.

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