Clare to utilize $500K grant to upgrade water mains

September 29, 2016

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

In a special ceremony Wednesday morning Clare City’s Mayor Pat Humphrey accepted a check a Michigan Economic Development Corporation Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant for $509,039 or 80 percent of the more than $600,000 project to upgrade just three blocks of City water mains on Ann Arbor Trail by next year. Twenty percent, just over $100,000 of the cost will be paid with city water funds.

Representing MEDC, James Espinoza presented a $509,000 check to the City of Clare Wednesday. Pictured from the left are Brandon Fewins representing U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office; Sarah Brooks from U.S. 4th District Representative John Moolenaar’s office; James Espinoza from the MEDC Community Assistance Team; Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey; Mayor Pro-tem Jean McConnell, DPW Supervisor Al Jessup; City Commissioner Karla Swanson and 33rd District State Senator Judy Emmons.

Representing MEDC, James Espinoza presented a $509,000 check to the City of Clare Wednesday. Pictured from the left are Brandon Fewins representing U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office; Sarah Brooks from U.S. 4th District Representative John Moolenaar’s office; James Espinoza from the MEDC Community Assistance Team; Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey; Mayor Pro-tem Jean McConnell, DPW Supervisor Al Jessup; City Commissioner Karla Swanson and 33rd District State Senator Judy Emmons.

The project will include replacing old water mains with new, larger supply lines, and complete reconstruction of the three blocks from Sixth Street to Wheaton.
In his introduction, Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey said, “Within the challenging economic times that local units of government find themselves following the Great Recession the City of Clare is tremendously appreciative to be selected to receive a $509,039 Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  With the ICE Grant we are able to significantly extend our limited resources and continue the needed work of improving the reliability and efficiency of its 26 mile municipal water system through the installation of 1,650 feet of new eight inch water main replacing the old, insufficiently sized and inadequate four inch cast iron water main.  Within this improvement project the City will also replace four fire hydrants, three water main values; completely reconstruct three blocks of public roadway; install 3,400 linear feet of new curbing and 250 square feet of public sidewalks.”
“This is a really big deal for us,” the Mayor added, “and we really appreciate the efforts of our staff including the City Manager, Clerk, Treasurer and DPW to secure the grant.”

James Espinoza, Region 5 Specialist on the MEDC Community Development team, said, “This whole community worked together. Forty communities applied for grant funds ranging from $500,000 to $1,000,000. Only seven were awarded for the Michigan Strategic Fund and Clare was one of the seven.”

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