BOYNE CITY -- Because of a recent change in Michigan Department of Transportation policy, the Charlevoix County Road Commission, transit authority, cities, villages and townships have scheduled a public hearing at 3 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the Boyne City offices to select 2013 county road and transit projects.
The board will accept written comments at its Charlevoix office prior to the hearing.
"A local carryover balance of this size is detrimental to both the local and MDOT programs," said Mark Van Port Fleet, director of highway development for the department of transportation. "Not only should these funds be used to fund local system needs, MDOT may not be able to continue advancing projects late in the fiscal year to spend the federal aid."
He disagrees with the new policy that local governments spend up federal aid within a year rather than saving it up for larger projects over the course of a few years, said Boyne City City Manager Michael Cain.
When funds are available for only one year and then they're gone, he said, large projects such as the Park Street reconstruction in Boyne City would need to be done in smaller segments instead of all at once. That, he continued, could mean decreased efficiencies and higher overall project costs.