By Janae Fear, staff writer
Owosso City Council discussed the possibility of a $10 million street improvement bond proposal at the Monday, March, 7 meeting. City Manager Don Crawford included a Resolution Submitting Bond Proposal for Street Improvements item of business on the agenda so that council could begin discussing the matter. Two previous street funding proposals have been turned down by voters in
Nov. 2013 when the city asked for a $10 million, 25-year proposal and also in Nov. 2014 when the city asked for a 2-year increase of 1.963 mills which would have raised approximately $470,000 for street repairs.
Mayor Ben Frederick suggested that street improvements should be an intensive part of the upcoming budget discussions. Some council members seem open to using reserve funds to get limited street improvements underway so that a construction season is not missed waiting to find out if a bond proposal would be approved.
Council will need to decide by May 10 for a proposal on the August ballot and by Aug. 16 for the Nov. ballot.