2018 year in review: Library, Grosse Pointe Park road millages passed by wide margins in November

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 28, 2018

 Campaigning outside of Maire Elementary School on Election Day are, from left, Mark Brewster, Grosse Pointe Public Library Director Jessica Keyser and GPPL Operations Manager Kim Hart. Keyser and Hart were campaigning for renewal of the library millage on their own time and as volunteers.

Campaigning outside of Maire Elementary School on Election Day are, from left, Mark Brewster, Grosse Pointe Public Library Director Jessica Keyser and GPPL Operations Manager Kim Hart. Keyser and Hart were campaigning for renewal of the library millage on their own time and as volunteers.

File photo by K. Michelle Moran

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GROSSE POINTES — Voters showed support for continuation of programs at the Grosse Pointe Public Library and roadwork in Grosse Pointe Park when they cast their ballots in the Nov. 6 election.

By wide margins, voters approved a renewal of the GPPL’s request for 0.6847 mills. The renewed millage will run for eight years, from 2020 to 2027; it will take effect after the current library millage expires in 2019. It accounts for about 30 percent of the GPPL’s budget.

“It goes towards everything we do to serve the community,” said GPPL Director Jessica Keyser. “It would severely impact our ability to serve the public if we lost this funding.”

Likewise, Grosse Pointe Park voters decided they wanted to see their city’s road repair project continue into the coming years.

Park voters overwhelmingly said yes to a continuation, of sorts, of the city’s dedicated road millage; the approved millage is technically considered new and is less costly, but it’s carrying on with work started under the current road millage. On Nov. 6, Park residents voted 4,549 to 1,883 — or almost 71 percent to just over 29 percent — in favor of a maximum levy of 1 mill for 10 years starting on Dec. 1, 2019, for road repairs, after the current five-year levy of 1.75 mills has expired.

A change in language for this millage from the previous one will enable the city to use funding for major and local streets, as well as alleys, curb work and other related road and paving projects.

“I greatly appreciate the confidence our voters have shown in the Grosse Pointe Park administration to approve the continuing support for paving our roads and related infrastructure,” Park Mayor Robert Denner said by email. “This will enable the city to complete paving of all residential — (a.k.a.) local — streets and begin the repaving of cross  — (a.k.a.) major — streets, (city-owned) parking lots and alleys. It will ensure that our driving infrastructure is consistent with the high standards of our community, supporting the very positive momentum in our residential and commercial neighborhoods.”

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