Supervisor's Blog

The Cornell Rd. Bridge is Officially OPEN!!!

By Al Cavasin / October 21, 2020 /

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?


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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Cemetery Dillema

By Al Cavasin / March 17, 2017 /

“Cemeteries are for the living, not for the dead.” I can’t remember who said that, but I feel pretty sure he wasn’t a Township Supervisor responsible for maintaining one.  Whether I like it or not, I, unfortunately, am. So we’re going to talk about cemeteries today, specifically, Maple Grove Cemetery; AKA Concord’s insatiable resource gobbler.…

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By Al Cavasin / February 13, 2017 /

And NOW for Something COMPLETELY Different! Happy Sunday, Concord! Let’s talk as little bit about PERMITS, shall we? Ever since I reached the age of reason and became cognizant of the fact that we have a government I came to realize that there were a limitless number of things about it that I absolutely detested.…

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