Developing and implementing a strategic long term solution for local street funding is at the top of Meridian Township’s 2019 Goals Action Plan.
The redevelopment of core blighted business districts and completing the plans to relocate the Farmers’ Market to the “Marketplace on the Green” are also top priorities. Here are the 2019 Goals Action Plan as adopted at the January 8, 2019 Township Board Meeting:
In conjunction with the Transportation Commission, and Township Board, develop and implement a strategic plan to increase our annual funding for local roads.
Complete the relocation of the Farmers’ Market to the “Marketplace on the Green” at the Meridian Mall.
Break ground on redevelopment of Downtown Okemos and Downtown Haslett.
With the support of the Transportation Commission, and Township Board, finalize and implement a long term funding plan for public transportation. The plan shall include a detailed scope for Redi-Ride services.
Continue to work to connect the Township's pathway system, including construction of the Okemos Road Boardwalk:
Meridian Township received $975,000 in funding from the Ingham County Parks and Trail Millage for a newly constructed boardwalk on Okemos Road between Central Park Drive and the Meridian Service Center. The remaining $325,000 of the 1.3 million-dollar project, will be funded by our local voter approved pathway millage.
The Okemos Road Boardwalk will complete the final remaining gap in the pathway system along the east side of Okemos Road. It will connect the pathway from Jolly Road to Lake Lansing Road. The Boardwalk will be constructed of wooden timbers and provide an off-road elevated walkway through the Mud Lake Drain wetland area south of Gaylord C. Smith Court.
Site preparation started over the winter and installation is expected to start mid-April. Construction of the boardwalk is anticipated to be complete and open to use by July 1, 2019.
Work closely with Meridian Mall ownership to strengthen the vitality of the mall’s future within our community.
Develop a plan to fairly negotiate new labor agreements with our seven bargaining groups.
Complete state accreditation of the Meridian Township Police Department through the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.
Continue to maximize recruiting and networking efforts to achieve increased diversity in our workforce.
Explore housing options and alternatives to encourage diverse populations and targeted groups to live in the Township.