Thursday, July 13, 2006
The City of Fenton is considering applying to the State of Michigan and MDOT to take control of Silver Lake Road in Fenton. The idea is that if the City does not assume control of Silver Lake Road, that the only improvement that is scheduled to be made is a simple repaving and not until 2009. If the City of Fenton can gain control over Silver Lake Road, it can be widened to three lanes and curbs can be installed to assist with drainage. All for an estimated price tag of $3.8 million. I find this interesting especially in light of this recent Water Department project which has put the burden of two significant water rate hikes on the citizens in the last few years. Unexpected costs due to increased chemical costs first, and then not enough sewer hook ups causing yet another big water rate hike. Do we have the skills and talents we need to lead this City, who will present accurate information and estimates, and who can manage this mega-projects? As far as I'm concerned the jury is still out. I'm personally cautiously optimistic, and admittedly stupidly so, that we are equipped to handle these multi-million dollar projects.