CDBG funding to support Auburn Road landscaping, sidewalks

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously extended its contract with Hennessey Engineers Inc. to provide engineering services for Shelby Township’s two 2017-18 Community Development Block Grant projects.

The two projects include creating sidewalks along Auburndale and Phillips streets and landscaping Auburn Road.

The CDBG allocations include $100,000 for the sidewalk project, $30,000 for the Auburn Road landscaping project and $15,310 for a minor home repair project operated through the county. The cost of the engineering services for the two projects is not to exceed $22,590 and will also come from CDBG funds.

Hennessey estimates that the sidewalk project, located on residential streets near Auburn and Ryan roads, will cost approximately $92,300.

The remaining CDBG funds will go toward landscaping work, including mulch replacement, landscape edging and potential additional plantings, along Auburn Road from Ryan to Dequindre roads.

“We anticipate starting the engineering for the sidewalks in 2017, with construction as early as 2018, and the Auburn Road landscaping is expected to be completed this fall,” Shelby Township Planner Glenn Wynn said.

The board also unanimously voted to contract Pontiac-based Koala-T Construction to construct a 5-foot-wide sidewalk and drainage improvements on the west side of Hixson Street, from Auburn to Durham roads, for a cost not to exceed $111,274.09. Koala-T Construction was the lowest of four bidders.

Last year, the township allocated $136,467 from its 2016-17 CDBG funds for the project. Wynn said Koala-T Construction intends to begin construction in mid-September and be done before the end of the month.

“Mr. Wynn, that comes in under budget,” Trustee Doug Wozniak said during the meeting. “Where do we put the extra money?”

Wynn said the remaining funds will go toward additional engineering costs and the Auburn Road landscaping project.

He said the township engineer is finishing up some specifics on the Auburn Road landscaping project, and the township hopes to bid out and complete the project this fall.

“(That the weeds are waist high) is an accurate statement,” Wynn said. “We had to do it in phases. The first year we did it, we weren’t able to adjust it. We needed to do mulching but couldn’t due to a change order,” he said. “Now we can go back, clean it up and add more plantings to consolidate that.”

For more information, call the Shelby Township Planning and Zoning Department at (586) 726-7243 or email