State funding could pave the way for Fisher Road resurfacing

By: Kara Szymanski | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 14, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS — Officials in Grosse Pointe City and Grosse Pointe Farms are hoping the third time will be the charm when it comes to seeking state funding to resurface Fisher Road.

Grosse Pointe City Manager Pete Dame said that, for the third straight year, the City and Farms are applying for a grant with the Michigan Department of Transportation that would enable them to fix Fisher Road between Mack and Charlevoix avenues and between Kercheval and Charlevoix avenues. Dame said they’re applying through a competitive grant program designed for roadwork in small municipalities.

“We’re hoping to make our application more attractive” by increasing the funding match by the City and Farms from 50% to 60%, Dame said during an April 19 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting by Zoom.

The total estimated project cost is $812,200, with the City and Farms each offering to split the grant match by paying $243,660 apiece.

“Generally, the Farms and the City have split the cost of (repairing) Fisher Road,” Dame said.

Fisher is the border between the Farms and City, with homeowners on one side living in the Farms and homeowners on the other living in the City.

Although it’s a major expenditure, the state grant is “still a better deal than getting nothing,” Dame said.

The stretches of Fisher targeted by the grant application need fixing. Dame said the section between Charlevoix and Mack “is also the most beat-up by the buses.”

Others agree that Fisher needs to be addressed.

“It’s really bad,” Grosse Pointe City Councilman Daniel Williams said.

Dame said that if the City receives the grant, Fisher Road work wouldn’t displace any road projects slated to take place in 2022. He said the City would use monies other than from the road improvement fund to meet the grant match, possibly obtaining the money from the capital projects fund.

The City Council voted unanimously April 19 in favor of the project and providing matching funds.