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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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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