See Saginaw staff’s $32.1 million wish list for stimulus spending

SAGINAW, MI — With a $52 million U.S. stimulus package in hand, Saginaw City Hall department heads have created a “wish list” of 31 projects that could come to life with investment using the federal dollars.

Ranging from $7 million to $3,200, the items total $32.1 million.

Officials said they did not expect members of the Saginaw City Council – who hold the purse strings for the stimulus – to fund the entire $32.1million wish list with the $52 million raise. The list of potential purchases simply represents a menu that the council might consider when distributing wealth.

The wish list compiled by City Hall staff does not include a separate set of proposals submitted by residents, nonprofits and businesses from across the community. A public advisory group appointed by the council this month continues to collect and consider these ideas, and expects to eventually submit some of these proposals for consideration alongside the wish list submitted by the town hall.

It’s unclear when City Council will weigh in on any of the ideas.

The board this month approved only the second spending of the $52 million stimulus package so far. At a Monday, May 9 meeting, council members unanimously approved spending $864,750 in hazard pay for city employees who rendered service in the first year of the COVID pandemic. -19.

The first stimulus spending was approved in February, when the council signed a contract with Guidehouse, a Virginia-based consulting firm that helps city officials manage the spending process for money provided by the Department of US Treasury.

In fact, City Hall administrators provided Guidehouse with its 31-point list of projects submitted by staff. The consultants were asked to determine if all initiatives were eligible for stimulus investment based on Treasury Department guidelines.

Saginaw Town Manager Tim Morales said once Guidehouse provides feedback, he and his staff will determine which of the 31 projects to bring to council for consideration.

These 31 potential projects – from most expensive to least expensive – are as follows:

  • $7 million: Install a new sewage treatment pipeline that runs under the Saginaw River
  • $4.2 million for mechanical updates and reconstruction of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Saginaw City Hall, 1315 S. Washington
  • $4 million: Reconstruction of Combined Sewage Overflow Facility and Overlay Parking Structure on Hancock, near the Hamilton Street intersection in the Old Town business district
  • $4 million: Overhead costs related to the city’s parks and trail system, including deferred maintenance work
  • $3 million: An additional investment of $1 million per year – for three years – in community programs funded annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant initiative
  • $1.8 million: Additional funding for the city’s 18 neighborhood association groups
  • $1 million: Demolition of old Saginaw County Fairgrounds structures on East Genesee and Webber
  • $900,000: Small Business Loan Grants
  • $850,000: Funding for the reconstruction of the city-owned downtown parking lot at 220 South Baum
  • $800,000: General funding for the city’s environmental cleanup
  • $780,000: Update the Enterprise software system used by city staff for city services
  • $760,700: Employ two recruitment agents until 2026
  • $500,000: Purchase of the Avigilon monitoring system
  • $400,000: Purchase of roofs, heaters and vent units for city-owned properties maintained by the Saginaw Public Works Department
  • $400,000: Drainage updates at Oakwood and Forest Lawn cemeteries
  • $300,000: Investment in the Saginaw Downtown Development Authority’s Façade Improvement Grant Program, which helps businesses purchase property improvements
  • $300,000: Replace the aging Watch Guard program that provides vehicle coverage and body cameras for the Saginaw Police Department
  • $250,000: Installation of a walkway for the city’s waterfront pathway, positioned near the SVRC Marketplace building at 203 S. Washington
  • $195,800: A rear loader for environmental cleanup
  • $180,000: Purchase of Microsoft 365 software for municipal employees
  • $100,000: Additional overtime costs for Saginaw Police, to increase the number of officers on duty at one time
  • $100,000: Saginaw Police Department facility HVAC duct cleaning at 612 Federal
  • $75,000: Investment in a victim services specialist
  • $40,000: Purchase of safety equipment related to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus
  • $32,000: Replace Saginaw Water and Sewer Maintenance and Service Equipment
  • $25,000: HVAC duct cleaning in the Saginaw Public Works building at 1435 S. Washington
  • $24,000: Purchase three rooftop HVAC units for the Saginaw Fire Department’s Fire Station 1 at 801 Federal Ave.
  • $18,000: City Hotspot Directory
  • $15,000: Buy two-factor authentication for municipal software
  • $3,684: Provide mechanical updates to the HVAC system at Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust
  • $3,200: Retroactively reimburse a previous purchase of an air conditioner at the fire station

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