Michigan swamped with stimulus requests 3.18.09

Written by David Green.

When Michigan government officials put out the call for proposals to receive federal stimulus funds, the response was overwhelming.

More than 16,000 proposals arrived in Lansing, totaling $49 billion—far more than the state expects to receive from Washington.

The full list of proposals can be downloaded as a PDF form from a state website and many area projects appear on the list.

As reported last week, the City of Morenci applied for funding to replace the Main Street bridge over Silver Creek. Morenci Area Schools added the refurbishing projects that were scheduled to begin last year, but were delayed until this year due to concerns with bid prices.

The Medina Township board seeks $365,000 to rebuild 1.84 miles of Packard Road, east from U.S. 127.

The Michigan DNR put in its bid for structural repair of the Lake Hudson spillway barrier at a cost of $345,000. In addition, $575,000 is sought to repave the roads in the park.

The City of Hudson hopes to land $62,000 for a public access site along Bean Creek.

Sand Creek schools has an array of projects, including more energy-efficient lighting, a new roof for the gymnasium and the replacement of windows and a boiler.

Waldron schools is seeking new hot water heaters, security cameras and an addition to a trophy case.

Hudson schools proposed more than $2 million in projects, including improvement of athletic facilities, upgrades to existing school facilities and new construction.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office said that projects will be selected on a competitive grant basis.

In addition, she and all state governors will have some discretion to spend a portion of the economic recovery dollars. Michigan’s funds will be used to achieve these goals: creating jobs, training and educating Michigan citizens, and investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to create jobs, save money, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

“While this federal money will not put every Michigan worker back to work,” a spokesperson wrote, “it will put some people to work right away, and help us ramp up our effort to create good jobs in the future and grow the state’s economy.”

Priority will be given to projects that can award contracts within 120 days of enactment of the plan, can be completed within three years, and are located in economically distressed areas.

School districts are prohibited from using funds for the payment of maintenance costs, facilities used primarily for athletic contests and the improvement of stand-alone facilities whose purpose is not the education of children.

The state website indicates that some transportation infrastructure projects that are not on the request list will be considered for funding. Lenawee County is represented on the Rural Task Force by Stan Clingerman of the Hillsdale County Road Commission.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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