PROGRAM: New Brighton City Manager Nate Geinzer gave a presentation about how Brighton is building an economic development plan, as well as updates on infrastructure and new projects in Brighton.
 
PROGRAM: New Brighton City Manager Nate Geinzer gave a presentation about how Brighton is building an economic development plan, as well as updates on infrastructure and new projects in Brighton.
GUESTS: Mark Barnett, Andrew Burrows and Michelle Miller from the satellite club.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Polio Plus hot dog day was a big success, thanks to Mike Bourke on the grill, Terry Gill who picked up the drinks cost and Adrienne Knack for buying the food (and for bringing along Andrew Burrows – who just passed the bar – to help with set-up. Favorite university voting has raised 1,500 leading into today, so today’s donations will bring that number up, which will be multiplied by Gates Foundation. Totals provided next week.
  • Last week’s pass the hat for Gleaners’ necessity items raised a generous 844 dollars.
  • Peggi Bourke announced the great news that Dakkota dropped off a check for 10,000 for next year’s Dash or Crash, making it the third year that Dakkota has been the top sponsor for the event: a total of 30,000 bucks to support Rotary projects.
  • Satellite club meets tonight at Downtown Main.
  • Rotary fundraiser in Farmington Hills features beer and wine Friday, Nov. 4. Jane McManus has tickets.
  • Mike McManus says the event honoring veterans last year at Ann Arbor Main club was awe-inspiring. This year’s event will honor a vet with a story about flying a B-17 over the English Channel during World War II and losing an engine. It’s Nov. 9 if you want to attend.
  • Larry Pfeil says that Habitat for Humanity loses a number of its great volunteer staff during the winter when warmer climates call. Those looking to help with four-hour shifts should contact him. Currently Habitat is building a home for a woman who lived in 13 different foster homes as a child. A build cost about 100,000 and any operation funds that can be spared because of volunteer time can be dedicated toward the build.
  • April Dertian reminded folks about the Red Tie gala for the Salvation Army on Nov. 5. It will feature a live Monopoly game with great prizes.
  • VINA tailgate part is Thursday where M-MSU fans raise funds for the Brighton-based dental clinic.
 
PROGRAM: Nate Geinzer, on the job as Brighton city manager since February, talked about how the city is working to support and encourage economic development within the city. He said it was important for city staff to meet with developers/investors in order to identify problems and issues from the get-go. He also said he staff stressed accessibility. Building a successful “economic development plan” is a work in progress and now includes four steps: Updating the zoning code; making the process more efficient; working with a new staff; and updating/improving the web site.
He also provided an impressive list of what’s going on in town. First, on the infrastructure side, there are two major road projects funded in part by federal dollars. Grand River Avenue next spring will be a mill and fill project from the I-96 bridge down to Ore Creek. Meanwhile, a reconstruction project at Challis Road has been moved up several years in light of the huge University of Michigan Health Systems project. The 135 million dollar U-M project is underway and will add 300-500 jobs.
Other developments include: Eperspacher expansion to 300,000 square feet, bringing employee count to 400; the Brighton Commercial Center along Grand River Avenue; Buono Gusto expansion; Potbelly; at least 3 hotels; Caretel Inn expansion; Lynch Funeral Home parking lot. There are a number of residential projects underway, including a restoration of a home along Main near the railroad tracks that the city hopes can be a model for other similar homes.
 
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Peggi Bourke, Larry Pfeil and Bill Anderson all came up empty in their quest for the Ace of Spades.