GREENVILLE — This city has reached an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which will allow Greenville to use remaining funds from a grant it received for the purchasing of two transit system buses for repairs and improvements on the transit garage.
The original grant was for the purchase of two less than 30-foot buses for Greenville’s Transit Department, but with up to $125,000 from the grant left over, City Manager George Bosanic said the hope was that money could be used to help the department solve structural issues with the transit garage.
The issue with the building has been a “sinking” of the base under the floor that cause large voids, which in turn cause the floor to crack and settle.
The cracking has led to several problems with the building’s plumbing and electrical components to the point bathroom facilities are unusable.
“We have a real problem with the transit building. Apparently it was built on a bog 30 years ago, or a sinkhole, I don’t know. One of the things we’re going to do is find out,” Bosanic said.
The city has worked with MDOT representatives to be able to rework the grant contract to allow for a study to be done on the building’s flooring and footings.
The funds will allow for the city to bring in a structural engineer to assess the issue and attempt to identify the cause. The city will be able to use additional leftover funding as well as other grant opportunities from MDOT to either repair the current building or if it is unrepairable to potentially build another.
“Apparently there is something going on here that if we can’t solve we’re going to be pouring money down a hole, literally,” Bosanic said. “If we don’t act on this grant it will go back to the state and be reallocated to other communities, and obviously we need it.”
Bosanic said the city does have enough land at the current building’s location on Fairplains Street to build another structure if needed.
He added that a new building would be “very roughly estimated” at $200,000.
The Transit system services more than 9,000 rides each quarter, according to Karen Raymor, the Transit office manager. That includes routes all throughout the city of Greenville and Eureka Township as well. Fares for township rides are slightly higher than in the city and range from $1.50 to $3.70, depending on the rider and the municipality.
The building, according to Raymor, was built in the late 1980s.