Yep, it’s true! The Cornell Rd. Bridge that was condemned and closed on March 16th, 2020 was officially opened for traffic Monday, October 19th, 2020. That’s 7 months, start to finish. 7 months! Is that not just absolutely amazing? Well, I think it is! Especially when you consider there are bridges in Jackson County and throughout Michigan that have been closed awaiting repairs or replacement for well over a year. So I guess you could say those of us in Concord Township, and especially those of us who rely on Cornell Rd. as a major piece of our transportation architecture, are well and truly blessed!
Throughout the irritation the bridge closure brought, I fielded a lot of calls concerning it, some critical, some frantic, some inquisitive and some not. I did my level best to field all of them and I passed those that were beyond my level of technical acuity on to Mr. Jim Cole, of JCDOT, who always responded immediately. He not only kept the flow of information going, I credit him with speed and efficiency of getting this project funded and completed in record time. I’ve worked with a lot of people in my life, thousands really, but few achieve the level of competence and comradery he does.
Ever since Jim told us he had procured funding for and was ordering our dandy new bridge, many people had called or emailed to congratulate or thank me for getting the bridge replaced. Trust me, it’s always nice to have people say positive things to you, but I gotta be honest here: I never lifted a shovel of dirt, drove a nail or turned a bolt to get that job done – not one. I am an innocent bystander. All of the credit for this goes directly to Jim Cole and the staff at JCDOT, without whom we’d still be looking for a place to ford the river. All of the kudos and congrats go to them, and if we’re smart, we’ll make certain they know how much we appreciate their efforts on our behalf.
So why not take 20 seconds out of your busy day and click here: Jim Cole to send him a simple “Thank You” for his efforts on our behalf. Especially if you live on Cornell Rd!!!
And finally, I have attached a few pictures of our recently paved bridge, but the scenery is gummed up with a bunch of orange barrels. They will be removed as soon as the new guardrails are installed in the next week or so, but they are needed to protect our Jim-dandy new bridge from potential damage. BTW: They are thinking of calling that style of bridge the “Jackson Arches”. What do you guys think? Should we give it a name? If so – what?
At our most recent Board of Trustees Meeting (October 12th, 2020) we were informed that Naomi Carr, a member of both our Planning Committee and Board of Trustees would be resigning as a result of a major change in her personal life. You see, that’s because she will be changing her official residence – as…Read More
Yes, Folks, after just over 3 years of concentrated effort by many people in our community we FINALLY! have a fully searchable, up-to-the-minute, professional Code of Ordinances available for anyone who needs to know what the laws are here in Concord Township! Anyone who has an interest or a need can access this document any…Read More
If you missed our last meeting, you’re in good company – but that is not necessarily a good thing. Of the 2700 (M/L) residents of our budding little Metropolis, 2,692 were no shows. So…if you were one of them and you’d like to know what we were doing, well….you can read up on it here:…Read More
According to my sources close to the Vatican, Mike Small has passed the spatula on to Shelley Blair and her partner Edgar Moske. The venerable JAX BBQ has now been rechristened HotRodz Smokehouse and the Concord “Q” tradition continues. Shelley worked for Mike almost from the beginning of JAX and recently partnered with Ed to…Read More
Many things are happening in and around our little slice of paradise here in Concord, and in keeping with our recent theme of “Only God News From Now On” (that’s a great jam, by the way…) let me fill y’all in on what’s happening: Here in the Township: At last night’s Township Board meeting, our…Read More
First thing this morning I took a short trek east on Cornell Rd. to the bridge over the Kalamazoo which has been AWOL for the entire summer thus far. What I found was a very pleasant surprise indeed! Our JCDOT has installed our new bridge and are placing the finishing touches on it as this…Read More
NOTICE OF REGISTRATION FOR THE ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY AUGUST 4, 2020 CONCORD TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF CONCORD TOWNSHIP: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that any qualified elector of Concord Township who is not already registered, may register to vote at the office of the Township Clerk; the office of the…Read More
Well, Folks, You may be happy to know that we have finally hammered out an agreement JCDOT to address some of our most serious driveability issues in the Township. Working closely with Jim Cole at JCDOT we identified our gravel roads as the most seriously in need of attention here in Concord. With a…Read More