Green Township applies to the Michigan Clean Water State Fund for the elevator station

GREEN TOWNSHIP – The Green Township Board held a public hearing on a proposed application to the Michigan State Revolving Clean Water Fund for funding to support the elevator station replacement project at 205th Avenue and Ross Parkway.

“The public hearing is requested by the state revolving fund to which we aim to apply,” said local supervisor Jim Chapman. “Fleis and VandenBrink have taken over the project again. There weren’t many questions. “

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund is a federal-state partnership that provides low-cost funding to communities for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. The terms of the loan may not exceed the useful life of the project and the interest rates must be at or below the market rate.

Funding for this year’s loan program is $ 800 million. There are no guarantees, but this year it looks like they will be able to finance all the projects at the state level, Scott Hall, from Fleis and VandenBrink Engineering, previously told the board.

City officials were alerted to problems with the lifting station in early 2021 and hired Fleis & VandenBrink to conduct a feasibility study to determine what would be needed to bring it up to standard.

The report stated that although the lifting station was well maintained, many components were at or above their unnecessary service life, the pumping station is in poor structural and mechanical condition and the pipes are significantly corroded and recommended complete replacement. lifting station. .

Initially estimated to cost about $ 600,000, Chapman said at the time that it would be tight, but local officials thought they would be able to find a way to finance it indoors, using money from the sewer fund, American funds. Rescue Act and a general loan.

Now that the total cost has risen significantly, city officials have said it is too large to be managed internally, as originally planned, and have begun looking for other funding options.

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