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Requesting Public Improvement Projects
Each year, the Engineering Department
undertakes an aggressive program to maintain and upgrade our streets and
utilities such as water and sewer. As part of that program,
residents may request that the City of Midland consider specific public
improvement projects including:
installation and/or repair of sewer and water mains;
installation of sidewalks where they do not currently exist.
If you have a public improvement project that you would like considered,
please submit a written request detailing the project to the City
Engineering Department, 333 W. Ellsworth, Midland, MI 48640. Requests
are accepted until November 1 of each year. Please note that there is no guarantee that projects submitted
for consideration will be accepted.
Once the improvements list has been generated, the Engineering
Department estimates a cost for each requested project and prioritizes
the list according to the project's feasibility and available funding.
This list then goes to the Midland City Council after the first of the
year. The City Council evaluates each project and assigns a project
priority at a special Council meeting in January. Council then
determines which projects receive highest priority and allocates funding
for the chosen projects in the next fiscal year
Construction of approved public improvement
projects coordinated by the City begins in the following fiscal year.
Projects are usually completed within one to four months during
the summer of the year in which funding is provided.
Special Assessments – When a public street, sewer, water main
or sidewalk is installed where one does not currently exist, the
majority of the cost for constructing these improvements is paid for by
the property owners fronting the improvement. The property owner's share
of the costs is referred to as a special assessment.
Special assessments are approved by City Council following two
public hearings. These hearings
allow the benefiting property owners whose property
will front the improvement to voice any concerns or ask any questions
they may have about the project.
Once a special assessment
has been approved, the affected property owners have the option of paying
the full assessed amount within 30 days or paying over time. If
paying over time, the assessment appears on the property owner's tax bill and
includes interest charges.
County Road Millage – Every four years, Midland County voters
are asked to renew a 1-mil property tax millage for Midland County road
maintenance and improvement projects. The funds acquired from this
millage are split among the Village of Sanford, City of Coleman, Midland
County Road Commission and the City of Midland. The intent of the road
millage is to improve, maintain and construct new roadways to the
benefit of all residents in Midland County.
Major and Local Streets – The City of Midland receives funds
from the State of Michigan (in accordance with Act 51, Public Acts 1951,
as amended), which distributes gas and weight tax revenues to all
cities, villages and counties within the State of Michigan based on the mileage of the
Major and Local Street systems of each city, village or county. These
funds are utilized to reconstruct, resurface, repair and maintain the community's
street system, including snow plowing.