By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Wallace, Village Manager of Manchester, presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2018/2019 budget during last week’s village council meeting.
Highlights included the personal property tax reimbursement, which Wallace said could be inconsistent, and the police services contract, which had a 0% increase. Although the police services contract saw no increase, sewer (3%) and water (1%) rates are expected to increase.
Projects for the next year included short term and long-term ideas. Short term projects to be completed in the upcoming year included finishing the shared use trail, dredging of the millpond, construction of River Raisin Park, installation of a tipping hydrant, and purchase of a new v-plow and line painter.
Another project Wallace presented was a six-year street improvement plan. Since 2003 the Michigan State Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) has gathered information about the state’s roadway and bridge conditions based on the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER). Visit www.michigan.gov/tamc for more information. This information is used to manage and fund local road systems.
Wallace received bids for the 2018/19 street overlay projects, which are really just preventative maintenance more than full on construction, due to competitive pricing offered by Michigan Paving and Materials that allowed work on E. Main street to be moved up a year.
The contractor let Wallace know that the project could be completed by mid-June which falls under the 2017/18 Fiscal Year.
“We’ve always had PASER ratings for all our streets, we have to do that for the state, but the problem was we just didn’t have money,” said Wallace. “With the county approving a millage and the state starting to get a little more money, we have about $130,000 to put towards refurbishing our streets every year. We’ve always had a list, and we now know we’ve got a pretty regular source of money coming in and we wanted to make plans, use the ratings and get it out there.”
Improvements this year will be finished in June before summer events happening in Manchester said Wallace. The main area for improvement they’re starting with is on E. Main Street from Wolverine to Hibbert.
“We brought that one forward because there’s the whole thing at the new middle school, the schools are doing that. This is the roadway down to there and it needed the attention. Some are a block, some are several blocks, but it coincides with the work we started last year, now we’ve got it budgeted for six years.”
Other projects budgeted for the six years include Buford Street (from Vernon to E. Main), Vernon street (from Riverside to Buford), Mound Street (from Ann Arbor to Clarkston), Territorial street (from Washington to Macomb), Duncan Street (from Division to Hibbert), and Madison Street (from Washington to Macomb).
Council passed a motion that the contract with Michigan Paving and Material be accepted for the cost of $125,942 to be completed by June of 2018.
Long term projects were also discussed that included upgrades to the sewer plant and the Duncan Street Bridge Rehabilitation. After identifying the work that needs to be done over the next two years, council will begin to investigate funding sources.
“We’ve got total costs if we did everything in the dream world,” said Wallace. “But we know that’s not feasible with the millage available, and without coming out with big millage increases. We want to keep things as level as we can. We will work on those two things the next two years and come up with a plan either for next year with the budget that starts 2019/20 or 2020-21. It’s just bigger than what we can work into our regular capital improvement plan.”
A public hearing for the adoption of the 2018/19 budget has been set for June 4 at 7pm in the council chambers. The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a main talking point of the hearing.