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.