County Road Commission: The epitome of dysfunction
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A crank made too easy
Here at MyWHaT we lack the capacity to really follow the County Road Commission. They have been known to have oddly timed meetings and recently they didn’t even think it necessary to post agendas (RE). On occasion, however, we have mentioned them. Once on why a
transportation road mileage request failed (communication with constituents!) and, tangentially, there was a guest post on Michigan’s new law permitting the dissolving of County Road Commissions–recently, the Grand Traverse County Road Commission has increased that likelihood.
Last week the road commission myopically voted to stop funding the closest thing we have to regional planning, TC-TALUS (RE). Mind you, the CRC is only one contributor to the planning body operated though the NWMCouncil of Governments, but is a vital interest and their vote to retreat has many worried (RE)–rightly so.
With this vote they are effectively saying, we don’t want to coordinate with other agencies. They are also effectively saying that they don’t want to attract outside funding for transportation projects. As the Record Eagle’s Sunday editorial rightly points out, transportation funding is scarce and competitive. Communities without a regional approach only see their competitiveness, and opportunities for money, decrease (RE).
Anti-planners in the community and on the County Road Commission have spoken, and despite their continued call for more pavement, with these types of actions they only move further away from their dreams of a world paved over. Although we don’t agree here with their focus on roads built straighter, wider, faster, we do recognize that nothing will be built, including complete streets, without outside funding.
That the county road commission voted against a $20,000 annual planning allowance while still in the shadow of extending their own per diem allowance of $8,000 per commissioner (RE), to go with their questionable salary and health benefits, only adds to the nuttiness that northern Michigan has come to expect from the County Road Commission.
Related on MyWHaT:
- Give Me Transportation Millage, Not A Road Millage
- Dissolving road commissions a promising sign for bike and ped advocates
Record Eagle Coverage:
- Editorial: GT Road Commission goes off the deep end — again
- Grand Traverse road board stops funding of TC-TALUS
- GT Road Commission refuses to show meeting agenda
- Editorial: Commission per-diem battle turns absurd
- Per diems dispute
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