The Fenton Township Board of Trustees will have a joint meeting with the Fenton Township Planning Commission on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss bringing municipal water to the Thompson Road Corridor and farther south. 

 This meeting will immediately follow that week’s regular Planning Commission meeting. 

 “With water coming down Thompson Road, we have an opportunity to start a planning process to look at this Thompson Road Corridor to make sure the development that comes in is consistent with what the township wants to see,” said Zoning Administrator Michael Deem. “We are ready to kick off this planning process and it is imperative that we get the Planning Commission and the township board together at this very first kickoff meeting so that we can make sure that our goals are aligned.”

 He said they anticipate construction to begin in June. The board and planning commission will discuss land use, zoning, transportation, water and sewer issues, transportation and more. The meeting is open to the public. 

 On Nov. 15, the board approved an engineering agreement for the project, which would extend the Genesee

County Water Supply System Southern Loop to include the Thompson Road Corridor, Fenton Road, Baldwin Road and to eventually come south to Lahring Road, Torrey Road, N. Long Lake Road and Fenton Road. 

 Thompson Road, near the U.S. 23 overpass, is zoned a mix of manufacturing, commercial, residential and planned unit development, mainly populated with manufacturers and businesses that retrieve water from wells. Genesee County has high amounts of arsenic in groundwater, forcing businesses and individuals to pay for remediation efforts.

 Design plans include a 16-inch transmission main along Fenton Road and Thompson Road, as well as a 16-inch transmission main extension along Baldwin Road, until the Shadyhill Lane subdivision in Grand Blanc Township. 

 In a letter to the Genesee County Drain Commission Division of Water and Waste Services (GCDC-WWS), Wade Trim outlined plans for 25,000 lineal feet of 16-inch ductile iron water main, a tunneled crossing below U.S. 23, a master meter to be constructed at the township line between Mundy Township and Fenton Township, and a master meter pit at the end of the Baldwin Road transmission main extension.

 The project will be done in phases. In Phase 1A, a water tower would be placed at the northeast corner of Fenton and Thompson roads, and the Phase 1B water tower would be located just east of northbound U.S. 23 near the Thompson Road ramps. 

 Engineers will be able to loop the water line in Mundy and Grand Blanc townships, which results in better water quality for residents. Engineering costs for the design for the Phase 1 water main and a 0.5 MG elevated water tank is expected to cost $382,000. Costs will be split between three municipalities. Fenton Township will pay 69% ($263,580), Mundy Township will pay 25% ($95,500) and Grand Blanc Township would pay 6% ($22,920). The majority of these lines would be located in Fenton Township. 

 Wade Trim services will not exceed the fee of $252,000 for the proposed transmission main and will not exceed $130,000 for the elevated storage tank. 

 On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Fenton Township Supervisor Vince Lorraine spoke at the Genesee County Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the high arsenic levels found in the Fenton Township area. He secured $6.5 million from the county. The funds will come from the county’s $78.6 million allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act.

 The entire project is expected to cost approximately $23.5 million. Lorraine’s goal is to use grant money and other federal funds to fund the majority of the project.

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