Hansen bill helps fund community road projects

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Thursday passed a measure sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen that would provide money to smaller communities for road preservation and construction.

Senate Bill 1116 would create the Community Service Infrastructure Fund, a matching grant program assisting cities and villages with populations of 11,000 or fewer.

“Coming from a small, rural area, I understand the hardships local governments encounter when finding funds for local roadway projects,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “Currently, there are state programs to address road repairs around the state but none are specific to smaller communities in need. My goal is to aid these areas, which often have aging roads in need of repair.”

Under the bill, the cost for each project awarded funding could not exceed $250,000, and the community would be required to match at least 50 percent of that cost. The funds could be used for reconstruction, replacement, rehabilitation, capital preservation maintenance and similar projects.

Cities and villages would apply for funding through a process determined by the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Economic Development. The program would be in place for five years, allowing future legislators to evaluate it and make any necessary changes.

SB 1116 has been sent to the Michigan House for further consideration.

Hansen receives Check In Michigan 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen on Wednesday received the Check In Michigan 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Capitol for his work advancing Michigan lodging and tourism policy.

Check In Michigan was formerly the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association. Check In Michigan President and CEO Deanna Richeson presented the award to Hansen.

“The hospitality industry in Michigan is a vibrant and critical part of our economy,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “It is an honor to receive this award and to have played a part in supporting lodging and tourism.”

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Senate passes Hansen bill to spur job creation

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate passed a measure Tuesday that would attract business investment to Muskegon by enabling the city to use former prison property for industrial purposes, said bill sponsor Sen. Goeff Hansen.

Senate Bill 1118 would authorize the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) to transfer part of the property where the former West Shoreline Correctional Facility is located to the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. The Authority could then transfer the property to the city.

“This is great news for the city of Muskegon,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “The city has been working very hard for more than five years to attract new industry to our community, but like many urban communities across Michigan we have lacked readily available land to meet the needs of today’s industrial end users.

“The West Shoreline Correctional Facility property will provide an additional 70 acres of land adjacent to an industrial park, making our region more competitive in attracting new investment and job creation.”

SB 1118 has been sent to the Michigan House for further consideration.