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The work on Knox, Barley, and Storz includes full road reconstruction with the replacement of the water main, sanitary, and storm sewer.  The Contractor will be installing new water service lines and shut off valves behind the existing curbs.  The shut offs will be installed at the right-of-way line.  New sanitary laterals will also be installed to the right-of-way line. The work on Elm and Smith Streets will consist of the removal and replacement of a layer of asphalt. 

*Work is expected to begin on Knox Avenue May 5, 2014.                      
*Work on Barley Street and Storz Avenue will not begin until after June 14, 2014.
Elm and Smith Streets will have a layer of asphalt removed and replaced over a ten-day     period to be coordinated with the paving of Knox and Barley.

Contractor:     CL Trucking, Inc., Ionia, MI City

Residents with “invisible” fences for pet control or sprinkler systems within the right-of-way should remove or mark the location of the underground wiring and/or sprinkler heads in an effort to avoid damage.  If damage occurs, residents must make their own arrangements for repair of sprinkler systems and underground wires that are not public utilities.  Neither the contractor nor the City will be responsible for damage done to private underground wiring or sprinkler systems.  Other valuable amenities including landscaping material located within the right-of-way, which residents wish to keep, should be removed at this time.

The Contractor is permitted to work between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m, Monday through Saturday. Typically, work will be performed Monday through Friday only but some Saturday work may be necessary.

The roads under construction will normally be passable at the end of each day. However, there will be times when access will not be possible (i.e. the pouring of concrete).

Construction cleanup and restoration will take place following the pavement replacement. 
The majority of the work should be complete by August 22nd, with the exception being grass seeding, which will be done, when temperatures permit, prior to September 26, 2014.
 If you have any questions or concerns during the course of this project, please contact Interim City Manager Gorman at (517) 647-2931.

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The City of Portland is committed to ensuring that the fundamental principles of equal opportunity are upheld in all decisions involving our employees and contractors/consultants, and to ensuring that our residents are afforded access to all programs and services. The City serves all of its residents, including minority populations, low-income populations, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and those who traverse the state of Michigan.  Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is the overarching civil rights law which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, in any program, service or activity that receives federal assistance.  Specifically, Title VI assures that, “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance.”   The City of Portland recognizes its responsibility to provide fairness and equity in all of its programs, services, and activities, and that it must abide by and enforce federal and state civil rights legislation and  has developed a Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan to assure that services, programs, and activities of the City are offered, conducted, and administered fairly, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability of the participants or beneficiaries of federally funded programs, services, or activities.   Click here for a copy of that Plan and the City’s complaint form.


City Income Tax and Streets


The City of Portland is one of 22 Michigan Cities that has an Income Tax. In Portland these funds are used for paving, curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lights, and related water and sewer infrastructure improvements.

  • For more information on the City Income Tax click here.

  • For more information on street improvements funded with income tax money in the City of Portland and results from the PASER study done on City street conditions please click here.

  • For answers to frequently asked questions such as how income tax funds are used and other miscellaneous income tax facts click here.

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