Township aids city with funding for senior center parking lot project

FLUSHING — Flushing Township has partnered with the City of Flushing to help fund a repaving project for the Flushing Area Senior Center/Flushing Area Library parking lot on 106 Elm Street.

On June 10, the Flushing Township Board of Trustees approved a measure to cover up to 50 percent of costs that are not currently funded for the project by the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Previously, the City of Flushing had received a CDBG grant of $28,245 to repave the parking lot, but bids came in over 50 percent higher than expected and pushed the project cost to over $50,000.

After city administration contacted Flushing Township for assistance, the township board decided to pitch in and help share some of the repaving costs. Flushing Township Supervisor Fred Thorsby said that helping the city with the project would be beneficial for the entire Flushing community, especially since the township owns part of the Flushing Area Library building and has helped to fund several recent senior center projects.

As part of their agreement with the city, Flushing Township officials expect to allocate between $15,000 to $19,000 for the project.

Following the township’s decision, Flushing City Council approved a proposal from Lois Kay Contracting Company to resurface the parking lot shared by the senior center and the library at a cost of $59,672.

In an unrelated action on June 14, the council also approved a bid from Eastern Asphalt Company to reconstruct and repave the downtown north alley and the north and south parking lots bounded by Maple Street, Cherry Street and Mill Street at a cost of $465,420. The city is aiming to get the project started sometime this month.