Linden — The Genesee County Road Commission will continue to provide snow and ice control on major roads in Linden as well as grading services for Ripley and W. Rolston roads.
On Monday, Nov. 14, the Linden City Council voted to extend the service agreement with the county for another two years. Snow and ice control on local roads will continue to be provided by city staff at the Department of Public Works (DPW). The city will reimburse the GCRC for its work on the major roads.
The city first entered into this intergovernmental agreement with the county in December 2021 to provide specific road maintenance assistance for major and local roads throughout the city. It was a one-year trial period to determine if the arrangement should be considered a short-term solution or a longer-term answer to challenges associated with specialized service delivery for the community, according to a letter to the council from City Manager Ellen Glass and Don Grice, DPW director. This extension ends in December 2024.
“The main intent of the agreement was to focus on areas of maintenance that require specialized services and equipment including CDL (commercial driver license) operations for snow and ice control, as well as motor grader work on dirt roads. The services provided through this agreement over the past year have proven to be very helpful while the Department of Public Works rebuilds our team,” according to the letter. “This agreement will continue to afford the DPW time to evaluate our operations and to determine what services the city should provide by means of in-house staff and equipment in the future.”
Major public roads:
• N. Bridge Street – North city limit to Broad Street
• S. Bridge Street – Broad Street to south city limit
• E. Broad Street (Silver Lake Road) — east city limit to Bridge Street
• W. Broad Street – Bridge Street to west city limit
• Hickory Street – Broad Street to Bridge Street
• E. Rolston – Bridge to Ripley Road
• W. Rolston Road – N. Bridge to Shiawassee Shores
• Main Street – Sharp Funeral Home to East Street
• Ripley Road - Rolston to Silver Lake (weekdays during school)
• Stan Eaton – Hyatt to Broad
• Hyatt Lane – Broad to Stan Eaton
Glass said they didn’t have any issues with the agreement and that it “helped significantly.”
“It’s been a big benefit while we sort of rebuild the department,” Grice said. “It’s worked well.”
Mayor Danielle Cusson and the councilors spoke in support of the agreement. Cusson asked if the city will end up selling the road grader, and Grice said yes.
“I’ve had residents up on Ripley Road say that the road is in the best condition that they’ve ever seen. So it sounds to me like the county is doing a good job,” he said. “I didn’t want to push and get rid of the grader too quick if that was going to backfire.”
They are currently using the grader to level the DPW yard.
Grice mentioned the issues in getting these types of vehicles serviced and retaining licensed staff. He believes the city needs to make a decision on if they want to make this a permanent agreement with the county.