AuGres awarded with MEDC grant
Infrastructure to be rehabbed, renovated
AuGRES — The city of AuGres’ infrastructure will get a healthy overhaul due to a $750,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
City Manager Pat Killingbeck said much of the grant monies would be used to rehabilitate the sewer system for AuGres, including repairs and renovations to drains and a forced main from the city’s sanitary system to its wastewater treatment plant. The city applied for the grant last fall and was approved in late December, she added.
“It’s going to improve our infrastructure. … We’re just going to be starting work on it this week as far as drafting and designing,” Killingbeck said. “We’re planning to start it in the spring and we’re hoping to get it done in the fall.”
According to Killingbeck, the project will also address road issues that have arisen due to problems with the city’s drainage system.
“Some of the asphalt was breaking up because there was no drainage,” she said, adding most of road problems due to bad drainage can be seen at city intersections. “We need to correct that and the water off the road.”
She said curb and gutter work would occur to address some of the road issues.
However, the grant will cover more than just sewer and drainage problems. Some of the grant funds, Killingbeck said, will address pedestrian movement. She said a bike path established in the city by the Michigan Department of Transportation last year will be expanded, with bicycle access reaching to the mouth of the AuGres River. The path currently reaches from the city’s campground down Main Street, but is only about one mile. Some city residents have said that it would get more use if it were expanded to the mouth of the river.
The project’s engineering firm is SES Engineering, of Lansing. Killingbeck said individual portions of the project would be bid out.
AuGres had to provide $83,000 for a match out of its projects fund, Killingbeck said.