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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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