Greenville transportation committee sets goals for 2014


By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:13 am on Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee began its 2014 campaign rehashing some of its short-term and long-term goals, trying to focus its efforts back to its core goals. Committee members said because of declining membership the committee would shift its goals to those it can impact the most. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee began its 2014 campaign by rehashing some of its short-term and long-term goals, trying to focus its efforts back to its core goals.

Although attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, which occurs once a quarter, was higher than it has been in the past, committee members said because of declining membership the committee would shift its goals to those it can impact the most.

Those goals include promoting improvements of intersections along state and local routes, awareness of transportation issues and expansion and improvement of alternate transportation corridors to reduce traffic on state routes.

“When we wrote these goals, we were much larger,” said Vice Chairman John Johansen, who is also a Montcalm County commissioner. “We had 30 people coming and were looking to encompass a greater area, including land use, farm land preservation and so forth. We’ve narrowed it down more to specifics. I think some of the goals we have down here may not be appropriate.

“In other words, I think we should eliminate and cut these down a little,” he said.

Committee members were in agreement the group should focus less on things like land use and economic development and instead work at its top three goals of intersections, awareness and alternate routes.

“The first three goals are the direction this community is going,” said Mark Christensen, committee member and managing director of the Road Commission for Montcalm County. “I think we’ve been fairly successful working on the M-57 corridor.”

In other business, the committee elected officers for the 2014 calendar year. Ron Blanding, a Montcalm County commissioner, was reappointed chairman and Johansen was selected vice chairman.

The next quarterly meeting for the transportation committee is scheduled for April 23 at Courtland Township Hall.

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