State Budget Provides Mt. Morris Township $2,320,000 for Local Street Funding

  
For Immediate Release 

Contact:        Jolena Sims

(810)785-9138

July 1, 2024

State Budget Provides Mt. Morris Township $2,320,000 for Local Street Funding

             The 2024-2025 State of Michigan Transportation Budget will provide $2,320,000 to the Charter Township of Mount Morris for much needed local street repairs.

            The funding resulted from a visit to Lansing by Township Supervisor Jolena Sims and several of the Townships residents with Senator John Cherry, Jr. and Representative Jasper Martus.  During the February 2024 meeting Supervisor Sims and Finance Director Latrelle Holmes provided an overview of the Township efforts to address this overwhelming community concern. Over the past 2 fiscal years the Township resurfaced twenty-one (21) local streets through Genesee County Act 51 (50/50), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

Due to multiple vacant parcels from years of blight removal, large number of Genesee County landbank properties, and from previous administration not making the roads a priority. Resultantly, the horrendous conditions of the municipalities local streets are greater than the Township ability to address through special assessments.   

            After accepting the invitation to ride the streets, Senator Cherry followed up with the Genesee County Road Commission to compile a list of the Townships worst streets and presented to the Senate and House Appropriation Committees for inclusion in the State of Michigan 2024-2025 budget which will be effective October 1, 2024.

Supervisor Sims expresses her sincere appreciation to Governor Whitmer and the State Legislature for this historic funding which will address approximately 10 miles of local streets and fulfills one of her top priorities from her 2020 campaign. 

- J. Sims