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Private Property Construction Projects
Projects to add, widen or repair a driveway on private property are
likely to involve the use of a
portion of the City's street right-of-way, which
includes public streets, sidewalks, and the outlawn area between the
street and sidewalk.
Citizens should contact the City's Engineering Department to obtain the
necessary permits and review the appropriate guidelines for
working in the City's right-of-way.
regulating driveways are available at the Engineering Department Office
Drawings that indicate property lines are also available for review at the Engineering Department Office on the second
floor of City Hall. These can
be helpful aids to reference when planning a private property
Sewer Lead Locations
The Engineering Department keeps records of sewer connections into
most homes in the city. If you would like
to know where the sewer pipe leaves your home, crosses your yard and
discharges into the sewer main in the
street, you can
find out on your property's sewer location card. These cards
show the location of the sewer lead piping from the house to the city
sewer main in the middle of the street.
When new connections or alterations are made to a home, Engineering
Department staff inspect the work to verify that the pipes are installed
at the proper grades and that the connections are made properly. City
staff also record measurements on the pipe location; this information is
used to update sewer card records. These records are then available to
homeowners when and if problems occur in the future.
Sewer location cards are on file in the Engineering Department.
can stop in and pick up a copy of their card, or it can be faxed or
e-mailed. Call the Engineering Department at 989-837-3348 to find out
Yard Drainage/Flooding Problems
Occasionally, storm water runoff from a one yard can flow onto
an adjoining property. The storm water can be a nuisance for the
homeowner and can usually be directed into the City storm sewer system.
The Engineering Department can evaluate the
drainage patterns of storm water across a given area and make recommendations on how property
owners can fix the problem. This is usually accomplished by burying
pipes to carry the excess
water to the City's storm sewer system.
Sometimes, these types of situations can be avoided by following
some suggestions offered by the Wastewater Department. The department provides tips
how you can help reduce flooding
due to rainfall or snowmelt.
New Subdivisions and Commercial Development Reviews
Construction and design of all new subdivision streets and
utilities are reviewed and inspected by the Engineering Department.
This includes all public utilities that are constructed within private
The Engineering Department also acquires real estate and public
easements across private properties for the construction of public
infrastructure such as new streets.
The Engineering Department will review requests for new sewers,
water mains, and streets in accordance with the
section of this website.
All proposed development projects must also be reviewed by the
Planning and Community Development Department.
Private Utility Construction
The Engineering Department issues permits for private utility
construction on public property to Consumers Energy, SBC, AT&T,
Ameritech, Charter Communications and other companies. The underground
and above-ground facilities of
these companies occupy the public right-of-way of all city streets.
The Engineering Department
reviews plans for new private utility main construction requests and
determines whether the requests comply with City standards: the City's
review process includes the following:
the City looks for proper
horizontal and vertical separation from underground City utilities;
City staff tries to minimize
the installation of large underground or surface structures in the City
as much as possible, the
City tries to minimize the number of installations that occur under public paved
Construction and the Outlawn Near Your Home
Signage in the Outlawn: During City-coordinated construction
projects, contractors doing the work sometimes place traffic control signs in
the public outlawn area adjacent to a private property. These signs are
ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians traveling in the
construction area as well as the contractor's employees working there. These signs are set up and taken down by the
contractors as required at different phases of the construction process.
Restoration of Outlawn: Following the
City's construction on a street,
driveway or sidewalk, the City's contractor will place new topsoil and hydroseed in the
disturbed areas. Property owners are encouraged to
read and follow a pamphlet provided by the
City about the
care and watering
of the newly seeded surfaces to assure growth of the new lawn area.
This pamphlet will be given to all property owners upon completion of a
City-coordinated construction project.