State Rep. Tom Kunse today announced a $14 million grant for Reed City to improve the city’s water management.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) awarded $14 million to Reed City. The CWSRF program is a low-interest financing program that helps qualified local municipalities with the construction of necessary water pollution control facilities. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) offers many communities grants to substantially lower the balance of loans taken out for critical water infrastructure projects. These projects include wastewater treatment upgrades and the elimination of combined sewer system overflows, pumping station improvements, and non-point source pollution project to reduce nutrient and contaminant runoff to waterways.
“This vital grant will bring much-needed improvements to the overall management of Reed City’s water,” said Kunse, of Clare. “I hope this serves as a catalyst for further infrastructural improvements in the area.”
Rep. Kunse announced three more projects throughout his district:
- Reed City is set to receive $3.5 million to replace an old and unreliable watermain along Todd Avenue. An estimated 120 lead service lines will also be replaced across the distribution system, and sites will be restored to original condition. Reed City will also replace its water supply well number four, as it has exceeded its useful life and has limited isolation distance to neighboring properties. Additionally, other water system improvements including fire hydrant replacement and Geographic Information System database updates will be made.
- Harrison is set to receive $180,000 for a project involving work related to the city’s Distribution System Materials Inventory (DSMI) and drinking water Asset Management Plan (AMP). Harrison’s drinking water AMP will be updated based on a comprehensive asset inventory as well as other portions of the plan, including condition assessment, water system criticality, level of service assessment, capital improvement plan, and revenue structure development.
- Clare is set to receive nearly $130,000 for a project involving work related to the city’s drinking water AMP. The AMP will be updated based on capital improvement planning and revenue structure development. Moreover, Clare has already updated other portions of its AMP via a comprehensive asset inventory and will incorporate that information into their AMP and existing Geographic Information System database.
“These grants will bring much-needed improvements to our community,” Kunse said. “I am eager to see the final product.”
“Last year was such a success that we had to run it back again this year,” said Kunse. “Things can get tense in Lansing, but we’re all here because we want to make things better. The Legislative Softball Game allows us to throw politics aside, embrace bipartisanship, and raise money for a really important organization.”
“Five years after announcing her Michigan Sunshine Plan, the governor failed to even mention the historically inadequate transparency legislation she signed last year,” said Kunse, the Republic vice chair of the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. “Her silence is deafening. Gov. Whitmer talked endlessly about sunshine when she came into office. Six years later, both Lansing and our transparency laws are covered in fog.”
State Rep. Tom Kunse, R-Clare, will soon host local office hours in Evart and Clare. The meetings will take place at the following times and locations: Saturday, Feb. 10 Evart Library; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; 104 N Main St. in Evart. Monday, Feb. 19 Cops and Doughnuts; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; 521 N McEwan St. […]
“It’s frightening to consider how many kids may have been failed by the broken system in the 18 years since MDHHS was originally sued for negligence,” said Kunse, who serves on the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. “MDHHS is clearly incapable of creating meaningful change. The Oversight Committee must demand answers and explore solutions for these failures. This is urgent. We’re not talking about tax policy; we’re talking a state department failing vulnerable kids.”