Muskegon voters rejected a millage request to repair the roads in 2014. Then they defeated a smaller proposed increase to fix the roads in 2015.

Tuesday night city leaders were asking citizens how they want to fund infrastructure improvements.

“We just want to talk to people and ask them what they think,” explained Muskegon mayor Steve Gawron.

City staff used hotdogs and ice cream cones to lure citizens to the McGraft Park Community Center for a conversation about road repairs and how to pay for them. Those who attended didn’t have all the answers, but some had suggestions for the city to consider going forward.

“Why are we only looking at mileages as a way to fund the cost of these infrastructure improvements?” wondered Donnell Harvey. “I think we need to find a different way. Something along the line of bonds.”

“We do not have an answer,” city manager Frank Peterson told the crowd. “We are not coming in with a pre-conceived notion of how we are going to get from point A to point B. We want to hear that from you.”

Muskegon leaders say they may hold more community conversations to hear citizen ideas for road repair before proposing a new plan.

“I think it is good they started the dialogue,” said Henry Flores. “I think the first steps are being taken,”

“I’m not sure we are any closer yet,” thought Francine Lessard. “I applaud them for trying to get citizen input.”

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