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RC saves expenses by cooperating with local and regional gov’t

January 15, 2013
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - In an effort to save taxpayer money and qualify for a state revenue program, Rogers City has agreed to start maintaining a pathway along the shore of Lake Huron.

The city has an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to maintain all of the Huron Sunrise Trail, Mayor Beach Hall said. The city will do the work for the department, who in turn will reimburse the city. This will save the state money, as there no longer will be a need to travel to Rogers City to fix the trail. This paved, multi-use pathway stretches from Hoeft State Park, north of the city, to Sports Park near the city's southern edge.

The agreement is expected to save at least $500 per year, Hall said, adding he expected the actual savings to be higher. Past partnerships with MDOT have gone well for the city. It'll also help the city meet its Economic Vitality Incentive Program requirements.

"We certainly had a very successful run last year with the repaving of First Street ... which saved us some money," he said.

Rogers City now cooperates with local, regional and state government organizations in 32 ways, Hall said after the meeting. Other examples include the city's police department and Onaway's sharing firearms training with the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department, and collaborating with local planning commissions to get training. Council member Deb Greene pointed out during the meeting the city also gets funding from the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council to buy emergency equipment.

State lawmakers enacted the Economic Vitality Incentive Program in 2011, according to a state Department of the Treasurer website. It's intended to replace statutory revenue sharing payments, provided municipalities meet certain requirements. Sharing of services is one of them, and there are transparency and employee compensation requirements as well.

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