Rowe Professional Services presents infrastructure overview to council

DAVISON — City Engineer Leanne Panduren, with Rowe Professional Services, presented an overview of the city’s streets, sanitary sewer and water at the city council’s Jan. 25 meeting.

The infrastructure review gave council members some insight into what priorities they will need to focus on moving ahead and some of the costs facing the city in the future.

According to Panduren, from a pavement analysis report dated Nov. 2017, the city has 19.8 miles of streets. Of those streets, there are 2.8 miles of major streets, which is mostly along M-15.

Panduren said there is federal aid eligible to local streets, including: Main Street – Clark to Flint Street; Flint Street – M-15 to East City Limits; Clark Street – Davison to Main Street; Dayton Street – Clark to Rising Street; and Rising Street – Rising to M-15

The pavement analysis report also noted Pavement Condition (from 2017) which ranked Davison streets as 4.9 percent in Good Condition (Score 8-10). These streets require little or no maintenance.

It also shows that 22.7 percent of streets are in Fair Condition (Score 5-7). These require preservation maintenance.

The report also shows 72.4 percent of streets are in Poor Condition (Score 1-4). These require structural improvement or reconstruction.

Included in the report was Streets Funding, which includes Act 51 funding for major streets, local streets and non-motorized facilities.

City Treasurer Julie Pray said Julie Act 51 funding is the biggest source of funding for streets from Michigan. The city receives money on a monthly basis from the price of license tags, some gas tax and a variety of different sources.

“Seventy-five percent goes into major streets, while the rest goes into local funds,” said Pray. “We have to leave it in this fund and use it. We also get money from state to maintain M-15 – which for this year is about $32,000. This includes money for plowing, gutters, etc.”

About 1 percent of the city’s Act 51 funds goes toward non-motorized facilities, said Pray.

Other funds the city receives for roads include Federal Aid Eligible Projects and other Grant Funding (when available/ qualified) which includes:

• Scrap tire program

• Michigan Economic Development Corporation funds

• One-time programs

Panduren said the gas tax and street funding is not enough to get the city’s streets up to speed, unfortunately, which is a dilemma facing many other communities in Michigan.

“You could spend $18 million on your streets and still have to do another project the next year,” said Panduren. “The need is so great. Every Act 51 entity is applying for that money.”

The last time the city received an 80/20 grant from the state (funded 80 percent from the state and 20 percent by the city) was the Main Street reconstruction project in 2012.

The city won’t see another opportunity for such a grant until 2023

“There just isn’t enough money,” said Panduren. “That is why so many communities are trying to pass bonds.”

Attempts in recent years to increase the city’s millage to generate more money for roads have been rejected by voters.

In addition to streets, the overview included a look at the city’s water system. A 2013 study and proposed improvements from 2016 show the city has four active groundwater wells, one emergency backup well, a 1.9 MGD (Millions of Gallon Per Day) Water Treatment Plant, iron and arsenic removal and water softening and an elevated water storage tank.

Water distribution throughout the city is done through 25.6 miles of water main (dating between 1938-2015). Of those 25.6 miles, 26.1 percent is 12” pipe; 26.6 percent is 8” pipe; 44 percent is 6” inch pipe; and 3.3 percent is 2-4” inch pipe.

The city also maintains 21.02 miles (2”-24” pipe) of sanitary sewer, which includes 70.5 percent of 8-10” pipe; 0.4 percent force main; six lift stations and 531 manholes. The system is maintained through user charges and there is government funding available for some improvements. Source of funding include the State Revolving Fund (loan) through the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Department for the state; other EGLE Clean Water Funding Program (when available/ qualified); Rural Development Utility System Program (Grant/Loan) from the United State Department of Agriculture; and the MEDC (when available).

Also, a part of the overview was the city’s storm sewer system, which is currently in the process of an Asset Management Plan anticipated in May.

Collection system components for the storm sewer system include:

• 24.83 miles of sewer (4”-48” pipe)

• 61.5 percent 12-18” pipe

• 1,327 drainage structures (manholes and catch basins)