Bloomfield Twp. Residents to Vote on Renewing Safety Path Program Funding

Bloomfield Twp. Residents to Vote on Renewing Safety Path Program Funding

(Crystal A. Proxmire, June 30, 2018)

Bloomfield Township, MI – Bloomfield Township will be asking residents to renew funding of Safety Path Program.

Here is the ballot language:

Shall the Charter Township of Bloomfield be authorized to continue to levy the Safety Path Millage [which was previously approved on August 5, 2014 for up to 0.4655 mils for a period of five (5) years] for an additional five (5) years commencing with the December 2019 levy, to fund a safety path program, including construction and maintenance of safety paths and the acquisition of rights-of-way for such purpose? Approval of this proposal would permit a tax limitation levy of $0.4655 per $1,000.00 of taxable value on all taxable property in the Township. This millage will be subject to applicable statutory and constitutional tax limitation provisions at the time of levy and will not exceed the above-stated rate. It is estimated that this proposal would result in the authorization to collect $1,850,000 in the first year if approved and fully levied.

Here is more information about the Safety Path program, from the Township’s Website:

The program consists of constructing concrete safety paths throughout the Township as outlined in the 1999 Safety Path Master Plan, updated in 2008. The original paths were constructed to provide pedestrians, joggers, and bikers with safe passage from local neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, and other local points of interest. These concerns, combined with our residents’ interest in health and exercise, continue to drive this program.

In response to our residents’ interest, the Engineering and Environmental Services Department, working with our consulting engineers, update the Safety Path Master Plan annually. Future safety path routes are considered based upon the anticipated usage by residents, the ability to construct within the existing public right-of-way, and to preserve the surrounding natural features. Final detailed engineering plans are prepared for safety path routes after they have been determined to be feasible for construction within the cost of the program.

Benefits of this program:  Provides a safe passage for children to school; promotes health and exercise; and promotes awareness of Township landscapes and natural features.

2018 Safety Path Program

The 2018 Safety Path Program includes the following new paths to be constructed:

–Lincoln Road – south side from Telegraph Road to Lahser Road

Telegraph Road – east side from Maple Road to Quarton Road

News About Your Neighborhood Flyer

The following paths were completed in 2017:

-Long Lake Road – north side from West Bloomcrest Drive to Adams Road

-Woodward Avenue – east side from Manor Road to Big Beaver Road

-Woodward Avenue – east side from Big Beaver Road to Strathmore Street

2018 Safety Path Map

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