Mahle Job Creation/Grant Close-Out: Mahle Engine Components USA, one of the City’s major private sector employers, received a federal Community Development Block Grant in 2009 related to the expansion of its facility. This grant award allowed the City to build a new all season roadway allowing for increased truck traffic to and from the facility and for the enclosure of an open ditch. One requirement for receipt of the grant was the creation of new jobs at the St. Johns plant. Mahle has recently closed out this grant, and in the process reported a net addition of 30 new positions at its facility. We applaud Mahle for its expansion and related job creation.
Polling Place Change: The Precinct #1 polling place has moved. Originally at the Old Swegles School, voting for Precinct #1 voters will now be held at the First Baptist Church. For more information contact City Clerk Mindy Seavey at 989-224-8944 ext 223.
City Road Projects This Fall: The City will continue to upgrade local streets with available funds through the fall construction season. Due for heavy maintenance work are the following street sections: North Lansing Street between Lewis and Gibbs; North Swegles Street from M-21 to Railroad Street; Steel Street by the cemetery; Railroad Street between Spring and Oakland and the Rex Street cul de sac.
This street work will be funded with monies received through state gas taxes (Act 51 revenue). The City was fortunate to reserve some Act 51 money from other street reconstruction projects which came in below estimated costs. Monies obtained for Act 51 payments originate from taxes we pay for gasoline.
Compost Available At DPW: Residents are welcome to pick up free compost for their gardens and flower beds at the City’s DPW site, which is open 24/7. We encourage City residents to take advantage of this program.
Consumer’s Energy Grant: The City took advantage of an energy grant to replace fixtures and light bulbs in its public buildings. Significant savings will be realized over the long-term through this private-public collaboration.
Sidewalk Replacement Program: This has been another great summer to walk the pathways of our beautiful city. Unfortunately, some sidewalks have fallen into disrepair.
While the City has a sidewalk replacement program, funds are limited. The City has an adjunct program which allows property owners to replace sidewalk flags with financial assistance from the City. The City will contribute $1.75 per square foot for sidewalk replacement. At approximately $3.00 per square foot cost, that means property owners pay less than half the cost to upgrade their sidewalks. With the City’s cost-sharing, replacing one sidewalk flag will cost a property owner approximately $31.00.
Contact Jeff Stephens (224-8944, ext 281 or Steve Rademacher (224-8944, ext 229) for more information.
City And Public Schools Collaborate: The City and the St. Johns Public Schools continue to work together on important public projects that benefit both the schools and city residents. During the renovation of the high school the City will be making water main infrastructure improvements to improve water quality and enhance fire suppression capability for both the middle school/high school campus. We appreciate the co-operative spirit of the school administrators and school board as we work together on mutually beneficial projects.
Citizen Committee Volunteers Needed: The City has several committees that do important work for our community. Staffed by citizen volunteers, vacancies periodically arise as committee terms expire. If you are interested in serving on a committee for the City of St. Johns, please contact City Clerk Mindy Seavey at 989-224-8944, ext 223.