Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and 127th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Rolf Mammen signed an updated P4 agreement Jan. 9 in Harrison Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and 127th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Rolf Mammen signed an updated P4 agreement Jan. 9 in Harrison Township.

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Selfridge, Macomb County sign updated P4 agreement

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published January 20, 2020


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — An updated agreement between Macomb County and Selfridge Air National Guard Base is now official.

On Jan. 9, county officials and base leadership gathered at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township to sign a public-public, public-private partnerships, or P4, agreement and met regarding the Selfridge Sustainability Study, or S3.

127th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Rolf Mammen and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel signed the updated P4 agreement.

“This really is a great day,” Mammen said. “The National Guard, we believe, is a cornerstone of Michigan communities, and I can’t think of a better community partner than Macomb County.”

Mammen said the agreement is one of the objectives the state of Michigan is pushing for: to increase partnerships with academia and industry.    

He indicated that components of the agreement are issues the base is actively pursuing to make certain efficiencies.

“Over the years in Macomb County, we’ve come to realize the incredible asset that Selfridge is, not only to our nation’s defense first and foremost, but more importantly, to the economy here in Macomb County,” Hackel said.

He added that the county has always had a sense of pride in making things that protect Americans.

Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director Vicky  Rad said the county previously signed an agreement with Selfridge, but wanted to make sure a second look was given to it, with a relatively new commander. Mammen took command of the 127th Wing in May.

S3 is a collaborative land use planning effort between several local municipalities to identify and address compatibility issues.

Its goal is to reduce potential conflicts between the base and surrounding communities while accommodating new compatible growth and economic development.

The agreement’s purpose is to promote community planning, environmental protection and economic development in a manner that is compatible with military training, testing and operational missions, and seek/develop methods to minimize military operational impacts on adjacent lands.  

A kickoff committee meeting for the S3 followed the ceremonial signing. The S3 committee consists of community and state representation and working groups that feature the county planning offices, local planning staff, members from appropriate governmental agencies, and other identified local organizations with relevant technical expertise. Around 80 people attended the meeting.  

Macomb County communities of Chesterfield Township, Harrison Township, Macomb Township, Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, St. Clair Shores, Fraser, Roseville and New Baltimore, and Selfridge are represented on the committee.

During the meeting, Mike Hrapla, Matrix Design Group project manager, provided an overview of how the S3 process works. Matrix is a full-service planning and engineering firm with offices across the country.  

“It’s a unique process that’s different than a lot of contracts you might see where a consultant comes in, talks to you, gives a report, and that’s it. This study is a collaborative process and will cover 25 factors from a comprehensive perspective,” Hrapla said

Hrapla said the study will work with Selfridge to identify the influences of military operations that go into the community.  

There are three phases of the study — discovery, analysis and implementation — the longest of which is the discovery phase.    

Celeste Boccieri-Werner, Matrix Design Group project director, said the key for sustainability to the community with the 15-month program is balance.

“We have a great opportunity with the S3 to look at sustainability with all involved partners,” she said.  

The next committee meeting will occur in the summer. Three public meetings will be held later this year.

A $266,288 federal grant received in 2019 will be used for the sustainability study. In July, it was reported that the committee would produce a final report in 16-18 months.