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Newsletter: How Do I Fund My Asset Management Plan or CIP? (July 2019)

Community leaders in Michigan today are challenged more than ever to finance infrastructure improvements that are both fiscally sound and consistent with community goals. Most communities have relatively new Asset Management Plans (AMPs) for their wastewater, stormwater and/or public water … Continued

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Newsletter: Land Surveys (MI, April 2019)

Land Surveys – Law Change Requires Survey Recording  Did you know that Michigan surveyors are now required to record surveys completed for the purpose of a sale or land transfer? PA 132, often referred to as the “Survey Act,” changed … Continued

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Newsletter: Next Level Trails (IN, March 2019)

New Indiana Grant Makes Trail Connections The largest infusion of state trail funding in Indiana history – $90 million – is available for the development of significant trails throughout the state. The Next Level Trails (NLT) grant program, part of … Continued

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Newsletter: Shared Parking: Have You Evaluated Your Community?

Shared parking is being encouraged by community planners now more than ever before. Is your community one of them? The main benefits of shared parking include: Optimizing the use of existing parking infrastructure Minimizing run-off with less pavement Eliminating the … Continued

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Newsletter: New State Regulations Aimed at Getting the Lead Out

Did you know that Michigan community water suppliers and managers are on the clock to provide the Department of Environmental Quality with a current inventory of service line materials under the state’s new lead and copper regulations? The distribution systems … Continued

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Newsletter: INDOT Call for Projects

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is preparing to receive funding applications for bridge, road, safety, sidewalk or any type of project that is eligible under the Federal Transportation Highway Bill (FAST ACT). A “Call for Projects” opens this week … Continued

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Newsletter: PFAS: Is your Drinking Water Safe?

After all the news in the last few years in Michigan, are you wondering if you have PFAS in the water you are drinking at home or in the community you are visiting? PFAS is Michigan’s latest emerging contaminant and … Continued

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Newsletter: Indiana Grant Program Paving Town Success

The Town of Roanoke this year will be completing six different road projects, including two roads that were totally reconstructed, thanks to a Community Crossings grant it received last year from the Indiana State Department of Transportation (INDOT). The Town … Continued

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Newsletter – August 2013 “You Could Lose Your Road Funding”

You need to keep your Employee of Responsible Charge (ERC) certifications current or risk losing funding for your Local Public Agency (LPA) projects! Any LPAs with active federal-aid projects or new federal-aid projects for which approval is being sought must have at least one … Continued

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Newsletter – September 2011 “Safe Routes to School”

Did you know that there is a 100% grant available to improve walking and biking facilities through the “Safe Routes to Schools” (SRTS) program. Notably, these grants funded 100% of the cost of planning, development, and construction of improvements to … Continued

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Newsletter – June 2011 “Funding Municipal Utility Projects”

What does it cost your community to do nothing? Sometimes we hear “We aren’t raising rates. We aren’t doing any projects—we can’t afford them now.” Is it logical to have higher costs in your utility system while customer usage is falling and creating lower … Continued

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Newsletter – February 2011 “Complete Streets”

In July 2010, the Michigan Senate and Representatives approved “Complete Street” legislation and it was signed into law by the Governor last fall. The bills, known as Public Acts 134 and 135, affect the Act 51 monies that many Michigan … Continued