There was a packed house at the Houghton City Council Chambers last night, as residents were there to ask questions at the Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment Meeting.
City Manager Eric Waara, after a brief introduction regarding the meeting, turned the mic over to Michelle Thomas from Veridia, and she gave an update on what Veridia was doing, and that things that may have been said at the beginning of the process, are not necessarily going to happen.
Waara then reminded everyone the last structural analysis was done in 1999, and that they would compare the new one, with the old one.
Resident questions included “Would driverless cars would have an impact on the study?” “Are there plans to make Montezuma Avenue a Two Lane road?” And “What was it costing the city, for the structural analysis?”
Driverless cars will be included in the analysis, MDOT has no foreseeable plans for Montezuma Avenue and Veridia and the city are splitting the $35,000 cost of the analysis.
The structural analysis is expected by mid-April, although it may come sooner.
A master plan for the city, through 2023, is available at city hall.
Once the meeting adjourned, Waara was confident the meeting answered most questions residents had.
Additional public input sessions will be scheduled, when the structural analysis is turned in.