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CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The Clinton Township Board of Trustees has approved the hiring of the Township’s first economic development director. Brandon Jonas will join the leadership team at Clinton Township after working for the City of Roseville for eight years as an economic development specialist and director.
“It’s an extreme honor to be selected as Clinton Township’s first Economic Development Director,” said Jonas. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Roseville and appreciated all of the wonderful people who I have worked with over the years. There are great opportunities for new investment in Clinton Township, and I’m excited to be a part of the economic growth of the community.”
After unanimously passing the final draft of its Strategic Vision Plan, which calls for an economic development strategy, the Board quickly moved to meet one of its top priorities – the hiring of a director to focus on increasing commercial activity along its business corridors, like Gratiot and Groesbeck.
“I’m pleased with the hiring of Brandon Jonas, and I’m looking forward to his help in achieving our vision for economic development,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “Brandon will play a major role in our development strategies in the areas of tax incentives for business, streetscape improvements, and mixed-use development,” he said.
In Roseville, Jonas’ responsibilities included managing strategies to recruit and retain business activity through partnerships with Detroit Energy, Advancing Macomb, Macomb County Economic Development Services, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, and local chambers of commerce. He acted as the primary contact and technical advisor to Roseville’s business and entrepreneurial community and created the city’s first economic development profile and marketing plan to help spur growth and new investment.
Jonas, a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in finance, will begin his new position in Clinton Township on August 31.
During 2019, the Federal Trade Commission received 3.2 million consumer reports related to fraud, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues. Credit card and tax-related fraud are high on the list of identity theft crimes the FTC keeps track of.
It’s a certainty that identity theft is here to stay. The good news is that Clinton Township is doing what it can to help you protect yourself from criminals who would use your documents containing personal information to steal your identity and your money.
Typically, the Township holds its annual Shred Day event in May, but this year, it's on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shredding may end before 1 p.m. if enough paper is collected to fill the truck. And the truck may stay on-site to finish shredding what’s been collected after the event is officially shut down.
Shred Day is for Clinton Township residents only and will take place, in step with social distancing guidelines, at the Civic Center parking lot, rain or shine. We offer curbside service, which means you stay in your car, but you’ll need to roll down your window to show identification proving you are a Clinton Township resident.
There is no charge to drop off two grocery bags or two small boxes of paper. The limit is two bags or boxes only.
The short and long-term ramifications from identity theft can be devastating. Shred Day is your opportunity to protect yourself and have personal documents you no longer need shredded on-site at the Civic Center on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Prince Drewry Park will be the site of COVID-19 mobile testing on Tuesday, August 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Macomb County is offering free nasopharyngeal nasal swab testing to members of the community. Testing services are provided by Wayne State University Physician Group. Due to limited supplies, there are 200 tests available. Participants can register online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4baba723abf85-covid2. Once confirmed, text “Macomb Cares” to 48355 to complete a pre-intake form. If you do not have a cell phone, a test team member will help you before your test.
Prince Drewry Park is located at 22013 Quinn Road, Clinton Township, MI 48035.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – As Clinton Township continues to adjust operations and services in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the bidding process to commence water and sewer projects has resumed. At their regularly scheduled meeting held on July 27, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted to approve the resumption of capital projects to be bid.
In the wake of the Governor’s Executive orders to stem the tide of coronavirus outbreaks, Clinton Township temporarily paused the bidding process on budgeted projects to assess financial ramifications from COVID-19 related events. During that time, the Department of Public Services and the Finance Department have closely monitored the potential impact to water and sewer capital fund balances and revenues.
“The ongoing assessment of our fund balance has us to determine that we can move forward with bidding on up to $8 million in capital improvement projects for the 2021 fiscal year with no adverse financial impact,” said Public Services Director Mary Bednar.
Close to half of the budgeted dollars are for improvements to water mains and sewer lines and pump stations located in areas south of Metro Parkway.
I’m very much in favor and anxious to get started again replacing our infrastructure where necessary,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “We’re about halfway through our planned improvements, and when we’re finished, we’re probably going to start all over in other areas,” he said.
Earlier in the year, in March, the Township placed a hold on all non-emergency capital spending and discretionary expenditures until more was known about the long term social and economic impact of the coronavirus. At the time, spending on safety and the well-being of the staff and public were given the green light.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township has been active in the search for grant money to support services and shore up finances affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Township Supervisor Bob Cannon believes it’s important to aggressively seek out federal and state assistance where it exists to not only help bolster service to residents but to support staff as well. “To date, we’ve incurred costs directly related to the coronavirus to make the Civic Center safe for visitors and staff,” he said. “It’s imperative we seek out dollars where they are available.”
Cannon added that the Township offices have been open and safe for public use since June 15.
He went on to say he is appreciative of the efforts of Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Paul S. Brouwer, who for months has tallied Township expenses related to the pandemic, and Assistant Planning Director Matt Wallace. Wallace gave details on three federal relief programs beginning with the Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement program (PSPHPR).
“This is a grant to reimburse municipalities for staff expenses spent addressing the coronavirus during April and May,” he said. “We applied for these funds in July, requesting more than $4.35 million. The entire state budget for this program is $200 million, and we’ve been told if total requests exceed the budget, ours will be prorated to fit the budget.”
PSPHPR was created to reimburse for eligible public health and safety payroll expenditures under section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program (FRHPPP) was created to reimburse or pay for qualifying bonuses provided to first responders who have performed hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship related to COVID‐19.
“This is a grant to reimburse municipalities up to $1,000 per person for first responders,” said Wallace. “Municipalities can apply without having given the hazard pay, but the bonus must be paid out to eligible workers by Sept. 30.”
Wallace added the Township requested $170,000 to reimburse 170 police and fire workers. Reimbursements and payments are processed on a first‐come, first‐served basis.
The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program provides federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions in support of personnel, training, equipment, and supplies.
“This is a Department of Justice grant to reimburse our police and fire departments for costs related to addressing the coronavirus,” said Wallace. “It’s an $80,000 grant we’ve split between the two departments, which are using the funds for supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as pandemic-related overtime.”
Wallace said the grant has been approved, and the staff is currently assembling eligible costs for reimbursement.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The expiration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s moratorium on eviction notices and the end of expanded unemployment payments is shrinking the safety net for people struggling to meet their rent or mortgage obligations. For residents of Clinton Township who are facing coronavirus-related hardships, financial help is on the way.
The Township has established a rent mortgage assistance program for qualified applicants who are facing difficulty. The goal of the program is to prevent eviction or foreclosure by providing payment to the applicant’s landlord, or mortgage company, for up to three months.
At a recent Township Board of Trustee’s meeting, Assistant Planning Director Matt Wallace presented a plan to dedicate more than $330,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to eligible Township residents. The rent and mortgage assistance program will provide up to three months of payments as a result of job loss or other income hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is made available via the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“Now that the moratorium on evictions has been lifted, many families can be impacted because of job loss, reduced hours, or their inability to work because they have the virus or are caring for someone who does,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “I thank our Board of Trustees for approving the rent and mortgage assistance program last month, and I appreciate all the time Matt Wallace has put in to develop the details,” he said.
“The assistance dollars will be provided directly to the participant’s landlord or mortgage company, as is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),” said Wallace. “Mortgage payments will only be made to owner-occupied properties,” he said.
Wallace went on to say that rental assistance will be given only to certified rental units. If a request is made regarding a noncertified unit, the landlord will have an opportunity to certify.
However, monthly payments must be verified with a lease or mortgage statement. Per HUD regulations, rent and mortgage amounts must be considered reasonable for the market, and the Township reserves the right to determine what constitutes a reasonable amount.
“The program provides up to three consecutive months of assistance in the means most helpful to the applicant,” said Wallace. “For example, the applicant can apply for the first month they cannot pay their rent or mortgage and then receive a check for their second and third months as those payments are due – three separate checks in total. Alternately, if the applicant has three months’ worth of payments due when they apply, they can apply for the total all at once.” Wallace said he expects these to be the most common methods of assistance, but any measure that does not exceed the three-month limit will be considered.
If, before applying, an applicant owes more than three months’ worth of rent or mortgage, they will not receive assistance unless they provide proof of available funds to pay the balance between program assistance available and what is owed. The Township reserves the right to request acknowledgment from the landlord or mortgage company that the help to be provided will prevent immediate eviction or foreclosure. Also, applicants can request less than three months of payments. For example, they owe for only one month when applying; they can waive receipt of the second and third payments. Wallace said this is encouraged if the applicant finds or regains employment, or is no longer impacted by the coronavirus.
Potential recipients have a three-week window to submit applications. Additional time will be given if funding allows. Current income, pre-pandemic income (per tax return), and whether a residence is in a low or moderate-income census block group are factors in selection. Applicants are considered for assistance based on their 2019 Total Annual Household Income, percentage of income lost, housing cost burden, and whether the residence is located in a low or moderate-income neighborhood.
Applications for the Clinton Township rent and mortgage assistance program will be accepted until August 31, 2020.
For more information, or to apply, go to https://clintontownship.com/rent-and-mortgage-assistance.html.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP—Clinton Township’s Strategic Vision Plan, derived from community surveys and multiple stakeholder sessions, is a working document to guide the Township through the steps needed over the next three to five years, to create positive change, and continue to improve the quality of life in Clinton Township.
According to Township Supervisor Bob Cannon, the number one priority of the plan is to ensure quality roads by defining opportunities to support roadway maintenance, including funding, education, and a communication campaign.
“Most of our main roads are in good condition, and a part of that is because of pressure we put on the state and county, but we're willing to participate financially when possible,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “Clinton Township relies on the Macomb County Department of Roads for its source of funding for road improvements. We don’t have our own road department like our neighboring cities have, and while we’ve had some success managing our roads within these constraints, the growing need for maintenance calls for a different approach. We need a new, sustainable strategy for funding the improvement of our roadway network,” he said.
Cannon added that a significant component of the road strategy requires lobbying at the state level to change how road funding is accomplished. He believes the task will not be easy. “Public Act 51, which was passed nearly 70 years ago, defines the formula in which road funding is allocated throughout Michigan. It is an antiquated formula that shortchanges not only Clinton Township, but creates winners and losers when it comes to funding allocation. Creating a strategy to rethink this approach is the objective of our top priority,” he said.
Alongside roads as a top priority is the need to produce an economic development strategy with financial incentives to strengthen commercial corridors.
“We’re all aware of the decline of retail business, made worse by the global pandemic,” said Cannon. “The increase in commercial vacancies along our business corridors, like Gratiot and Groesbeck, are the main areas of focus as we move the Township forward. Strategies such as tax incentives, code enforcement, streetscape improvements, and mixed-use developments can help us achieve our vision for economic development. In addition, there is a desire to create a new community gathering place or downtown,” he said.
Cannon pointed out that the Board has already taken steps to advance economic development with the search for an economic development director who will work with the County and create and launch an economic development strategy.
Deputy Supervisor Liz Vogel, who directed Strategic Planning for the Township, said that process revealed three other priorities - marketing and communication of the Township’s assets, enhancing its non-motorized network by connecting existing pathways, and developing a river trial system to increase accessibility to the Clinton River. “Our community survey and stakeholder sessions indicated that many residents feel we need to promote what’s good about Clinton Township," she said. "Marketing and communicating our assets begins with an updated and interactive website that serves both internal and external communication."
Cannon believes that the Township’s trails and paths, when connected, will further open up areas for residents to recreate and travel in safety. Central to this plan is connecting the ways in and out George George Park, the Clinton River Spillway, and Freedom Trail.
The Clinton River was identified as another valued asset through community surveys and stakeholder and committee workshops. Its three branches merge in the heart of Township and have been symbolically added to its new logo design. Developing a river trail system that addresses debris removal, daylighting, and funding sources is the fifth top priority.
“Our Recreation Department will lead in the effort to connect to the non-motorized transportation network, parks, and other communities, develop access points for first responders, acquire strategic properties, and allow for fishing access,” said Cannon. “They’ll do this by pursuing federal, state, and regional funding, develop a wayfinding and signage program and host one of Macomb County’s River Run Wild programs.”
As implementation of the strategic vision plan begins, the Strategic Plan Committee may expand to include those from stakeholder groups, Township Staff, or interested residents.
To read more about the Strategic Vision Plan, go to https://ohm.filegenius.com/downloadPublic/9l4yqzeg2nep31e
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