It is my pleasure to provide you with the newest issue of my newsletter update. The newsletter allows the opportunity to provide relevant information on recent developments in Wayne County.
The county is currently weighing two options as to how to proceed with the unfinished consolidated jail project. One option is the proposal from Walsh Construction, LLC to complete the jail at the Gratiot Avenue location. The other option comes from Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures, which proposes to build an entirely new justice complex at a different location. The County Executive recently instructed his staff to direct their time and resources toward attempting to reach a contract with Rock Ventures on the jail. Extensive negotiations will be needed to address the specific facility needs of the Circuit Court, Sheriff and Prosecutor as well as multiple issues that could be deal breakers in the Rock proposal before it comes back to the full commission for approval. A final contract should be ready for consideration around the end of September, according to the administration. This does not mean that the Walsh proposal is off the table, however. As this issue proceeds, I will be scrutinizing it with the utmost consideration for county operational needs and its potential impact on county taxpayers.
The County Commission's Committee on Ways & Means is currently deliberating the Wayne County budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins on October 1. As a member of that committee, I look forward to continuing to provide due diligence and oversight of the county's finances. The proposed budget totals $1.459 billion, compared to the 2016-17 budget of $1.494 billion. It also includes a planned surplus of $4.23 million.
I recently received a commitment from the County Executive's office that left-turn signals would be installed at the corner of Cherry Hill and Inkster Road; a reversal of its previous position. The CEO's staff could not provide a timeframe for when the installation would be completed. This good news comes after more than a year of effort to have the county take a more thorough look at that intersection, which has been a continual safety concern for local officials and commuters.
I hope that you find this newsletter update to be informative. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding Wayne County or the 12th Commission District, please do not hesitate to contact me. I appreciate the opportunity to serve you on the Wayne County Commission.
Best regards, Glenn S. Anderson
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