By Bill Constine, editor
Using $500,000 of Owosso reserves to get street projects accomplished in 2016 was proposed by Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick during Monday night’s City Council meeting discussion on “what” to do about needed street work. Two years ago voters rejected City Manager Don Crawford’s proposed $10 million, 30-year street bond proposal, then a year ago turned down a council request for just under 2 mills for two years.
Frederick said the reserve funds were built up with “deferred maintenance” money, thus $500,000 should be used.
For 2015, Crawford, who has favored “slurry sealing” as was done on some streets, including Oliver west of Shiawassee a few years ago, was told by the City Council to get sealcoating, with stones and asphalt, done this past summer, not “slurry sealing.” Eventually a contract was awarded in the summer, but nothing was done. The city contractor involved did not get street patches or sidewalk replacements done, then by late October, the city moved to cancel the contract and bring in another contractor to do work before it snows.
Crawford was asked by Councilman Burton Fox during Monday’s meeting “if” he planned on a larger sealcoating project for 2016, and Crawford said “yes.” That is normally done without any special assessments to abutting property owners. Asphalt projects and reconstruction work normally mean special assessments levied to property owners along the street involved.
Specifics of the 2016 street projects are to be outlined in council meetings, with a report expected for the 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, session.