Welcome to Bridgewater Township, Michigan
Fall Clean – Up Day
Saturday, September 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Bridgewater Township Hall
10990 Clinton Road
“Tire disposal partly funded by the EGLE Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant”
Household Discards, Old Furniture, Mattresses, Broken Toys, Scrap Metal, Iron, Tires* and Appliances*. All Lawnmower and other Engines must have the GAS and OIL DRAINED. Electronic Appliances.
Please Do Not Bring:
Garbage such as Food Waste or Cat Litter; Liquids, Batteries, Fencing, Tree Stumps, Building Materials such as Brick, Concrete, or Building Waste, Chemicals, or Recyclable items. Please take recyclable items to the Bridgewater General Store.
* Appliances that contain FREON will NOT be accepted this year.
*Maximum 4 tires of any size.
Questions? Call Michelle 517-315-7545or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Commissioners Release List of Potential Projects for Washtenaw County Rescue Plan
Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has released a list of potential projects that could be included in the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan. This plan leverages the $71 million the county will receive through the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery program, along with other funding. The total will be approximately $100 million of investment in our community. The potential project list for these investments can be found here.
“The overarching goal of the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan is to help households and businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while also laying the groundwork for a more equitable future,” said Sue Shink, Chair of the Board of Commissioners and Commissioner for District 2. “The last year has exposed long-lasting disparities that are going to require targeted investments and structural change to address. The Washtenaw County Rescue Plan is one opportunity to begin doing just that.”
The list of potential projects has been organized into seven categories: Connecting Washtenaw County, Encouraging Generational Success, Addressing Housing Affordability and Homelessness, Creating a More Sustainable Community, Supporting a Strong Local Economy, Investing in our Health & Wellbeing, and Practicing Good Government. Not all projects listed qualify for American Rescue Plan funds. Some will require the county to use other available resources and funding streams.
Along with the priority project list, the Board also announced a public engagement process to gather feedback and connect with residents about the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan. This process includes a newly launched survey where residents can express support for different potential projects, offer feedback about each priority category, and suggest other possible uses as part of this plan. Commissioners will also plan to host in-person and virtual town halls in their districts in the coming weeks and months to meet with residents and discuss the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan. Those dates will be announced on the Board of Commissioners website as they are scheduled.
“This is a special opportunity for our community to start moving the needle on so many issues,” said Justin Hodge, Chair of Ways and Means Committee and Commissioner for District 5. “When making decisions as important as this, it’s important that in addition to looking at data and best practices, we also are engaging with our community to make sure this plan is tailored to meet the needs of Washtenaw County residents.”
The survey will be live throughout July for residents to submit their feedback. Town halls and community meetings will continue to be held throughout the summer and fall as specific proposals are developed, voted on, and implemented. Some of the proposed ideas will require future community engagement, meaning that this initial round of outreach will lay the groundwork for additional conversations as the Washtenaw Rescue Plan is implemented over the next 3 to 4 years.
“While we won’t be able to fund everything on this list with these funds, we do believe that with input from our community, we can create a plan that will help everyone in Washtenaw County gain access to the opportunity and resources they need to succeed,” said Chair Shink.
WASHTENAW COUNTY BROADBAND TASK FORCE
CALL TO ACTION
Title: Broadband Equity is Within Sight
Body: Washtenaw County Could be the First in Michigan to have 100% Digital Access
Did you know?
- Washtenaw County is receiving $72m in Covid relief funding (American Rescue Plan)
- These funds are not part of the county’s general fund and must be allocated by the end of 2024.
- An encouraged use of these funds is to build broadband infrastructure to un/underserved
- At least 3,317 households in Washtenaw County do not have access to the infrastructure to access the internet
- The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners could vote to use ARP funding and make Washtenaw County the first county in Michigan to have 100% broadband accessibility
- The cost of closing the digital divide in Washtenaw County is $14.7m (20% of the ARP funding the County will receive)
HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!! By July 5, 2021, email Broadband Task Force Chair Barb Fuller, email@example.com and let her know you support closing the digital divide in Washtenaw County. Share your stories, your frustrations and let her know our Board of Commissioners can be leaders in the county, the state and the country by allocating $14.7m to ensure every single household, regardless of location, has access to high speed internet.
Barb will compile your notes and send them to the Board of Commissioners -
Additionally – you may have your voice heard by phoning in to the Wednesday, July 7 Board of Commissioners meeting (Participate via Zoom: https://washtenaw.me/BOCZoom, passcode: 576150 To participate via Phone: dial 1 (312) 626-6799, webinar ID: 924 4462 0326) – you have up to 3 minutes to speak and encourage the commissioners to use 20% of the American Rescue Plan funding to deliver high speed internet to thousands of rural county residents.
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Award
Broadband Update RDOF Award
Additional Information from Washtenaw County