Jackson City Council planning to upgrade city

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – People have been riding up and down the streets behind Jackson High School for almost 100 years. It turns out the infrastructure below is the same. That’s why Jackson wants to spend close to $600,000.

Jackson City Councilperson Andrew Frounfelker said, “these streets were built in the 1920’s. The sewer and water mains underneath them are vintage to that era and this is just a routine situation where we would go through and start replacing those streets around the high school.”

But, it’s not just the sewers behind Jackson High School that need to be fixed. Another quarter million dollars is earmarked for the city’s sewers.

“We’re looking to retrofit these sewers by putting a plastic liner through them. That will help reinforce the brick. And, hopefully keep them going for another 100 years,” said Frounfelker.

It’s not just fixing up. It’s also about tearing down. The city purchased two downtown buildings for close to $170,000. Nobody knows who will replace the soon-to-be empty lots, but the city hopes to regenerate its money.

Frounfelker said, “find ways to get people that want to live here and work and to live that will pay income tax that will go towards general fund activities and the operation of the city, which will ultimately help pay for things like employees.”

So, it’s out with the old and in with the new as Jackson looks to the future.

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