Cities hope to get state funding for Fisher Road

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 2, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY/GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe City and Farms officials are hoping they can take advantage of a new competitive grant program in the state budget.

The cities are jointly applying for a grant to resurface Fisher Road, between Charlevoix and Mack avenues in 2019, and between Charlevoix and Kercheval avenues in 2020. Farms City Manager Shane Reeside said the state grant is aimed at “doing projects that are multijurisdictional,” and Fisher is split down the middle between the City and Farms.

“We have the perfect project on Fisher Road (for this grant),” City Manager Pete Dame said.

Other criteria for the grants are major roads that are in bad condition and don’t qualify for federal funding, Dame said.

Officials said Fisher could use some work.

“I drive that every day,” City Councilman Daniel Williams said. “It’s a bad road.”

The City’s annual evaluation of its road conditions puts the portion of Fisher between Mack and Charlevoix in the poor category, the worst of the three rankings. Despite this rating, Dame said Fisher isn’t currently on the City’s six-year road project list.

The grant is a 50-50 match, meaning the state would come up with half of the funding and Grosse Pointe City and Farms would divide the remaining half between them. Dame said the maximum annual award per project is $250,000.

“This pot of money is fairly small,” he said.

Dame said the City’s engineers with Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. estimate that the stretch from Charlevoix to Mack would cost roughly $500,000, with the City and Farms each needing to come up with $125,000 if they receive the funding this year. The section from Kercheval to Charlevoix is shorter and in somewhat better shape, so that project would likely cost a total of $240,000, with $120,000 from the state and $60,000 apiece from the Farms and City, Dame said.

During a meeting March 18, the Grosse Pointe City Council voted unanimously in favor of applying for the grant. The Farms City Council voted unanimously in favor of the application at a meeting March 11.

Reeside said completing the application doesn’t force the cities to undertake the project, if officials decide against it in the future.

“It doesn’t mean we have to accept the money,” Reeside told his council. “We just feel it’s worth making the application.”