Filer Twp. could change the way it manages its pavements

FILER TWP. — A resolution before the Filer Township Board of Directors could affect how the Township manages its roads.

The council could adopt what is called a complete streets policy this month. The policy is a guiding framework for road planning, construction and maintenance that prioritizes things like safety and walkability over speed.

The majority of states and hundreds of local jurisdictions nationwide have adopted complete streets policies, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

“Building Complete Streets combines innovations from multiple transportation disciplines to create safe, connected and equitable street networks,” reads the administration’s website.

A complete street may include such things as “sidewalks, bike lanes or wide paved shoulders, dedicated bus lanes, comfortable and accessible transit stops, frequent and safe crosswalks, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, sidewalk extensions, narrower traffic lanes (and) roundabouts”. ,” according to the Complete Streets Coalition website,

The council could adopt the policy at its next monthly meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Filer Township Hall, located at 2505 Filer City Road.

Other items on the meeting agenda include:

• Opening of tenders for the annual brush removal in the spring.

• Consideration of a request from the Manistee Recreation Association for annual support of $9,396 to $10,335.

• Consideration of a quote from Feliczak Electric for $2,382.51 for the purchase of interior and exterior light fixtures for the Filer Township Recreation Center.

• Approval of a request from the United Veteran’s Council to purchase veterans’ funeral flags at a cost of $300 for use in Filer Township cemeteries.

The meeting also includes two presentations: Tamara Buswinka, Director of the Filer Township Downtown Development Authority, and Mitch Deisch, Acting Executive Director of the Manistee Recreation Association.

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