Survey says?

Twp. needs response from residents to repair River Forest Rd.

FLINT TWP. — Residents in the River Forest subdivision off Beecher road are being asked to return an income survey needed to help township officials secure funding to repair River Forest Road.

Badly deteriorated roads in the subdivision have been a problem for decades. Residents have constantly complained to the township board about the need for repairs.

Township officials have said repairs are expensive. One way to fix them would be through a special assessment, which residents would have to pay. Another way is to qualify for Community Development Block Grant Funds. To do that, the area must fall within low to moderate income federal guidelines, which is determined by the income surveys being circulated.

“We have to have 90 percent participation from those who live on that road,’’ said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller.

As of last week, only about 45 percent of residents had returned the survey, according to Township Clerk Kim Courts.

It is a private process, Courts said. The township sent out the surveys but they are mailed back to the Genesee County Planning Commission, which makes the determination if the area qualifies for CDBG funding.

“We need a better success rate (survey responses),” Courts said. “So I am hoping they (residents) are paying attention and will get those surveys in as soon as possible so we can get River Forest repaired.”

Courts said that some residents and the manager of an apartment complex have been going door-to-door to try to get more people to respond. Anyone with questions can call Courts at 810-l 600-3212.

No deadline was stated for return of the surveys but the township aboard approved last October adding River Forest to a proposed list of 2014 CDBG projects. Street improvements accounted for nearly half of an estimated $254,727 annual entitlement grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

River Forest residents have complained in the past that the bumpy roads pose a safety hazard to school buses and emergency vehicles as well as damage to private vehicles.

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