Road commission doesn’t receive funding

ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission received a notice from the Michigan Department of Transportation that its Category F application for the Transportation Economic Development Fund was not approved for funding.

An email the road commission received from Matt Wiitala of MDOT stated MDOT received applications requesting over $11.4 million from an appropriation of $2.5 million. The email also stated the project was eligible, but the current available funding limited the number of grants MDOT was able to award.

“The year before last year, construction for a tenth of a mile of Werth Road from US-23 to Lowell Road was needed,” Managing Director Larry Orcutt said. “Our long-term goal was to get the stretch from Lowell Road to Piper Road improved.”

Orcutt said that stretch is deteriorating quickly and the road commission would like to get it resurfaced and hopefully acquire some funding to help complete the project.

“The last two years, we’ve applied for funding through the Category F program to do that,” he said.

The road commission requested $375,000 from the fund, which was the maximum grant available.

In other business:

∫ the board re-elected Fred Sterns as chairman, Thomas Heise as vice chairman, and Thomas Spaulding as the third member.

∫ the road commission approved staff appointments with Orcutt re-elected as the managing director and Julia Patterson re-elected as the board secretary

∫ the road commission also set its meeting schedule for 2018. Meetings each month will take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. The December meeting will take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. due to scheduling conflicts.

Julie Goldberg can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5688.