Huron Township eligible to receive road repair funding under new initiative

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By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Some much needed resurfacing and repair work may be coming to some roads in Huron Township in the near future.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano announced the Township Roads Initiative on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

The initiative is designed to make funds available to help repair, resurface or reconstruct township roads.

According to a news release from Ficano’s administration, Wayne County’s nine townships are all eligible to participate. Huron Township, Canton, Redford, Northville, Brownstown, Van Buren, Plymouth, Grosse Ile and Sumpter will all have a chance to take advantage of the initiative.

According to the release, the Township Roads Initiative is a unique partnership between the Wayne County Department of Public Services and the county’s townships. The initiative will make $14 million available over the next two years to help address local township roads.

To be eligible, the roads must be zoned residential and have to be within Wayne County’s jurisdiction.

Counties are responsible for road repairs within a township, which differs from cities. Cities receive state gas tax revenues to help with road repairs.

$7 million in funds will be available for townships during the 2014-2015 fiscal years, while the other $7 million will be available during the 2015-2016 fiscal years.

In the release, Ficano stated that this initiative will bring much needed resources for residential township roads that need attention.

The initiative will be a reimbursement based program, which will require townships to match at least 20 percent of the total cost of a project to qualify. Wayne County will fund up to 80 percent of the project costs capped at the amount available for each township.

The amount of funds a township can receive will be based on population.

Huron Township, which has a population of just over 15,460, will have $500,000 available during each fiscal cycle.  The total initiative amount for Huron, which includes a 20% match by the township, will add up to $1,250,000.

Canton Township, which has the highest population when compared to the other eight townships in Wayne County, will receive an annual initiative amount of $1,500,000 for each fiscal cycle.

Each township is required to submit their proposals for repairs by November 30.

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