Supervisor's Blog

The View From The Cheap Seats

By Al Cavasin / May 20, 2020 /

Hello, Concord!

Here we are pretty much halfway through the year but it sure doesn’t feel like it, does it?  If it weren’t for all the recently completed home repair, cleaning and construction projects I’d say so far it’s been a wash.  Fortunately, I think all of us have used this time to our advantage in one way or another, some to our great advantage.  My house, for instance, hasn’t been as clean as it is now in…well…ever.  I’ve managed to fix a whole bunch of broken stuff, most recently including an old rototiller that hasn’t run in 26 years.  No kidding!  And Linda and I have taken many opportunities to get out and deliberately patronize our local businesses over and above what we would normally do.  I only wish I could convince our community of how absolutely critical they are to our way of life here.

I’d like to dwell on this for a second because it’s important: Our business community is, in my experience, the most generous, supportive, helpful group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  We should all be jealous as hell of them, they make our community what it is.  There is no question that any one of them would be doing infinitely better were they located in Jackson, Battle Creek or Ann Arbor, but they chose to locate here and serve this community.  They support everything done in this community, and if we’re to be honest about it, without their support these things just wouldn’t happen.   Think about that.

Today, we are preparing to end (in some fashion) our forced incarceration.  Our temptation will always be to go where things are cheapest or we have the largest selection.  Resist that, at least initially.  Spend your money here, where it will make the most difference and have the greatest impact for you, your neighbors, your children and your community.


(Another) Moment of Gratitude.

Amongst the many – in fact uncountable – blessings we have in this community are two people I am privileged to call friends, who labor daily to keep us all informed about important events locally and what is going on in our community.  Both of them are unusually fair, evenhanded, apolitical and factual in their reportage and yet manage to be entertaining as well.  Clearly they enjoy what they are doing, more importantly, they enjoy who they are doing it for.  Both of them do excellent work for the Concord/Pulaski communities and they are yet one more very good reason for people to look to settle our area.  And who, may you ask, might these lexicographical titans of Jackson County be?  I thought you’d never ask!!!

Well, here you go:

Kibby Snow

Ken Wyatt


Road Warrior Update:

Whilst making my way by the long and winding detour to work the other day I chanced upon these happy asphalt technicians busily toiling away at our deteriorating roads.  They are part of the public/private partnership JCDOT is employing to help get our roads up to snuff for the coming summer driving season.  They are using a hot mix patching compound which sticks better, fills more solidly and lasts longer than the old cold patch did.  While it isn’t exactly a new road (and our roads are not going to be ‘good’ until they are) it’s the best we can do with the resources we have available.  By the way: if anyone out there is interested in initiating a citizens coalition to put a road millage on the ballot…just call me and I’ll get you started.


Cornell Rd. Bridge and All Its Little Buddies

According to my sources close to Trump’s White House, I have been informed that the Cornell Rd. Bridge has been ordered!!!!  The current target date for installation is still in the August/September time frame but I will be happy if it is in by hunting season.

Also my sources close to the Vatican tell me that JCDOT is working hard to secure funding for the King Rd, and Albion Rd. bridges as well.  I’m sure of this because they requested, and I provided, letters of support for their grant finding efforts.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m very happy that we’re getting this kind of attention from the County and special thanks go our to Jim Cole, my contact at JCDOT and the guy who is largely making this happen.

Another Coronavirus Victim

Thanks to the uncertainty caused in part by the virus itself and our governments’ knee jerk reactions to it, I have postponed indefinitely our traditional Community Clean Up Day and our Scrap Metal Drive for the Concord Fire Department.  Rather than jerk around the dozens of people required to make these events work, we will not reschedule them until I have a safe and predictable time frame.  So please continue to collect and store your scrap metal (in a place out of public view) and I’ll let you know when we can collect it – and thank you for supporting your Emergency Services Department.

The View From The Cheap Seats March 2019

By Al Cavasin / March 13, 2019 /

The View From the Cheap Seats March 2019 FYI:  There are roughly 2,700 souls resident in our fair little metropolis here.  Of those, we have about 1,800 registered voters.  Last Monday, in addition to the 5 member Board of Trustees (who are required to attend) there were exactly 3 members of our community at the…

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Seasonal Weight Restrictions

By Al Cavasin / March 13, 2019 /

NEWS RELEASE Jackson County Department of Transportation March 5th, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sheenita Davis Phone: 517.768.6202 Cell: 517.581.2428 Email: Seasonal Weight Restrictions The Jackson County Department of Transportation will impose Seasonal Weight Restrictions on Monday, March 11th at 6:00 a.m. Weight restrictions are imposed to protect roads during the annual spring cycle…

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Jackson District Library, Concord Branch Events

By Al Cavasin / March 13, 2019 /

JDL Spring Newsletter

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We Need Your Help With This!

By Al Cavasin / March 5, 2019 /

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Concord Township, Supervisor Al Cavasin Village of Concord, President Jeromy Bush CFD Chief, Lloyd Mosher Pulaski Township, Supervisor Bob Jones PFD Chief, Dan Riley As your government representatives, we need your advice!Over the past several weeks we’ve engaged in informal discussions aboutthe feasibility of merging the Concord and Pulaski Township FireDepartments…

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Orange Barrel Blues!

By Al Cavasin / March 5, 2019 /

Well folks, it’s like they say: There’s Good News and there’s Bad News. The Good News is that MDOT is going to completely rebuild M-60 through Spring Arbor Township, so in the end we will be driving on a dandy new road!!! The Bad News is that MDOT is going to completely rebuild M-60 through…

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The View From The Cheap Seats Feb. 2019

By Al Cavasin / February 13, 2019 /

The View From The Cheap Seats February 2019 Edition For those 2,694-and-some-odd Township residents who missed Monday’s Township Board meeting, here’s what’s going on: First, and most important, I had the distinct and much anticipated honor of appointing Ms. Naomi Carr to replace David “Fuzz” Miller on our Board of Trustees for the Township.  David…

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By Al Cavasin / June 29, 2017 /

Piggeries, Hog Hotels and things that go “oink” in the night – and other times, too. Several times over the last few weeks I was reminded of a couple of quotes which are appropriate to our current discussion.  One was from Abe Lincoln, he said: “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.” …

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News From the Dungeon

By Al Cavasin / May 18, 2017 /

It’s Hard to Put a Good Town Down!!! At least that’s what my sources at the Vatican say…. And now for news from the dungeon Sattler’s Tasty Treats opened this spring marking their 49th year in business!!! This makes them one of the longest running continuously operating businesses in the Township, and in the top 25 in…

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Our Roads

By Al Cavasin / May 17, 2017 /

This article is being provided in an effort to keep the citizens of the Concord Community informed as to the direction your local government is taking on the issues we find of concern.  There is much more information available on Face Book @:  Concord, MI. Community Forum.  Please log in and join the conversation. Short…

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View From the Cheap Seats

By Al Cavasin / April 28, 2017 /


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