The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated over $71.9 million in long-term recovery funds to the State of Michigan to support recovery and mitigation efforts following severe storms and flooding in 2020 and 2021. Michigan received $59 million in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for 2020 and $12 million in CDBG-DR funds for 2021 to solve outstanding disaster recovery needs. The funds are being distributed through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
MEDC posted a tentative action planfor how to allocate the money. They held four public meetings to collect input and Four Lakes Task Force (FLTF) attended. We shared information and data advocating for funds to be given to FLTF, however the application process will not open until January 2023.
FLTF plans to apply for funding in whatever capacity it can, but there is not enough detail at this point to know if we will qualify for funding and where it could be directed. Right now, the grant has no provisions for individual homeowners or single-family housing - it's meant for community projects. If we do receive funding, the soonest it would be accessible is April of 2023.
October 11, 2022, 05:00 PM
October 11, 2022, 07:00 PM
Swanton Memorial Center, 6460 N Water Rd, Sanford, MI 48657
Railroad Trestle Recovered from Edenville Dam
In the October edition of the "Log Marks" newsletter by the Sanford Area Historical Society, they included a brief story about a trestle that was removed and restored from the Edenville Dam during reconstruction work on the site in 2021.
"It was given to the Sanford Centennial Museum for display. Originally 22 feet tall, the bottom was removed so that it could be stood upright (the bottom part of the logs will be made into lumber to use at the museum). It can be viewed on the north side of the railroad depot.
"Missing from the display are connecting beams and railroad ties that would be on top of the trestle beneath the rails (as seen in the picture below). After steam shovels fill hopper railcars with soil, they moved up the tracks and buried the trestles with the dirt, taking the dike of the dam higher."
It's not too late to register for the Engineering and Technical Symposium!
If you're interested in the technical side of dam restoration (hydrology, hydraulics, dam safety, dam regulations, ecosystem restoration, etc.), then you won't want to miss the seven sessions and 16 different vendors at "Path to Four Lakes Restoration: An Engineering and Technical Symposium" on October 20th.