2018 Township Projects and Goals

Priority Redevelopment Sites - Create and adopt additional tools to assist in the redevelopment of our core commercial areas including the Four Corners of Okemos and Downtown Haslett.

Local Roads - Develop a comprehensive plan to fund our deteriorating local road system.

Ingham County Road Repair Projects

Climate Sustainability Plan - Implement a Township sponsored solar array and foster enacting timely components of the recently adopted Climate Sustainability Plan.

Medical Marijuana - Determine the appropriate course of action regarding medical marijuana.

Farmers' Market Plans -  Solidify our plans with the Meridian Mall for the construction of a new Farmers’ Market on Central Park Drive.

This project will move the existing Meridian Farmers’ Market across the street along Central Park Drive. It will create a new hub for recreation, fresh food and social gathering, while sharing existing paved parking with Meridian Mall. The easier access for visitors will make our already successful market even a more desirable place to visit! This project includes a pavilion, restroom, office for food assistance management, gathering plaza, music stage and playground. Artificial ice will provide opportunities for ice skating in the winter months, as well as during special events throughout the year! Construction will be completed in 2019.

North Meridian Road Park Pavilion - A new pavilion was recently added to North Meridian Road Park funded by a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. This grant also paid for an accessible picnic table and a barbecue grill.

Located at 5191 N. Meridian Road, this 60-acre park is a popular four-seasons park. In winter, families love going down the sledding hill, hiking and cross-country skiing along the two miles of nature trails. New trail signs were added this year. Expansion of the parking lot is planned for 2019.

Towner Road Park - Meridian Township acquired a 24-acre parcel in 2005 for the purpose of creating a sports facility to accommodate a deficiency of athletic fields in the northern portion of the community. Construction of the park began in 2017 and was completed in 2018. The development cost was $1,900,000 funded by the Meridian Township Park Millage.

Located at 2055 Towner Road in Haslett, Towner Road Park includes two multi-use athletic fields for lacrosse, football and soccer; two multi-use ball fields for baseball, softball and kickball with dugouts; six pickle ball courts, a large pavilion, restroom building, 1/3 mile paved loop walking trail and paved parking lot. Plans are underway for a new playground. 

Redevelopment Ready Community - Achieve Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC) Certification through the Michigan Department of Economic Development (MEDC).

Recruiting Diversity Efforts - Continue to maximize recruiting and networking efforts to achieve increased diversity in our workforce.

On November 16th the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) acknowledged Meridian Township’s accomplishment as the 29th community and as the first Township in Michigan to be certified under the statewide Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Program. 

Meridian Township Becomes 1st in Michigan to be Redevelopment Ready Certified Press Release November 16, 2018

 

Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) Initiatives

Emergency Siren Program - Implement a plan to provide a comprehensive emergency siren program throughout the Township and expand our efforts to lower our Fire Insurance Rating through the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) from a 4 to 3.

Meridian Township Website - Enhance our recently developed website to maximize exposure and provide timely information.

Develop a plan to continue to offer a curbside public transportation service beyond 2019.