Per the Michigan Treasury Department, “The Federal Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF) was established under section 9901 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The fund provides substantial funding to local governments by either federal direct payments to Metropolitan Cities and Counties or state payments to Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government (NEU's).” The US Treasury website states, “The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers.”
Michigan’s total CLFRF funding of approximately $10.914 Billion has been divided as follows:
$6.54 Billion (60%) to the State of Michigan
$1.8 Billion (16.5%) to the 49 largest Michigan communities (Entitlement)
$1.93 Billion (17.7%) to the 83 county governments
$644 Million (5.9%) to 1,724 townships, cities, and villages (Non-Entitlement)
Fairgrove Township’s funding amount is $84,677. Currently, half the funds have been received, with the remaining half promised within 12 months. No funds have yet been spent.
The Act places restrictions upon how these funds may be spent as well as how expenditures must be accounted for and reported. A major focus is on infrastructure improvements, such as water, sanitary sewer, cellular, and high-speed internet systems. Unfortunately, this funding is wholly inadequate to provide these systems, unless limited to a small percentage of our population. Oddly, road and street improvements are not considered infrastructure for purposes of the Act. The funds may be used for emergency services and equipment such as fire, ambulance, and law enforcement. A portion may also be used by the Township to replace lost Township revenues caused by Covid-19 and the ensuing shutdown of Michigan businesses. The mandated formula for calculating the revenue loss has also been provided by the Michigan Treasury Department for our use.
Your Township Board is seeking citizen input regarding how to best utilize these funds to produce the greatest positive impact on our community while ensuring compliance with the Act. If you have ideas and would like to participate in this discussion, please contact one of your Township Board members. We sincerely seek your help to ensure the funds are used to their greatest potential.
Fairgrove Township is excited to announce that Thumbody Express is available to all Fairgrove Township residents. Fairgrove Township Board of Trustees has voted to show our support for this service by covering 50% of all fees through this fiscal year. Fairgrove Township falls into two zones for service fees, shown on the map below. East of Ringle Road is Zone 1, West of Ringle Rd is Zone 2. See fee schedule below. Township will cover 50% of rates listed.
Thumbody Express Contact
Website: Thumbody Express (hdc-caro.org)
Phone: 989-673-8488 Call to schedule a ride.
Fairgrove Township Board will have a regular monthly meeting on Monday, 1/17/2022 at 7:30 PM. The Township Board will be meeting in person at Fairgrove Township Hall.
This meeting will be rescheduled. Please watch for an updated date and time.
Fairgrove Township Board will meeting January 17,2022 at noon at Fairgrove Township Hall to discuss the current Township insurance coverage. The public is welcome.
The Fairgrove Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 8:30 am to hear comments regarding revisions to the Township’s zoning ordinance. At this time, all interested parties will be heard on the adoption of the revised zoning ordinance for the regulation of land development and the continuance of zoning districts which regulate the use of land and structures in Fairgrove Township, and to promote public health, safety, and welfare. Copies of the proposed revisions to the Township’s zoning ordinance are online at https://bit.ly/fairgrove2022 and at the Fairgrove Township Hall, 5002 Center Street, Fairgrove, 48733. Comments can be sent to Katie Gebhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons needing special assistance should contact Fairgrove Township two working days prior to the hearing.