By CRISTINA TRAPANI-SCOTT
CLINTON — The Village of Clinton Manager Kevin Cornish said the receipt of $685,000 of federal stimulus money should allow the village to proceed with the Tecumseh-Clinton Road renovation project in 2010 as he had hoped.
The money, which was earmarked for a county rural task force project, was awarded to the village last Wednesday by a vote of two to one of the task force committee made up of Cornish, Lenawee County Road Commission representative John Keck and Lenawee Transportation Corporation representative Marcia Bohannon.
“It’s very good news for us,” said Cornish. “We need the money in order to get the project done. It’s extremely good news.”
The money does come with the resolution that the village will give $600,000 to Lenawee County Road Commission should the village receive a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Category A grant that it has applied for. “We are still working aggressively to secure the category A money,” Cornish said.
The village has been looking at ways to fund a $2.3 million renovation of the increasingly deteriorating road for several years without passing the bulk of the cost on to its residents. It’s already secured funding through grants for half the cost of the project, the stimulus money will leave $600,000 that Cornish said will likely be paid half with village funds and half through a loan.