|Senior Design 2007-8
Team 15: Better Than Your Village
From the preliminary brainstorming done by the village we have come up with the following objectives.
Our group has identified four challenges to this project:
1. Water Control– one quadrant of the village is dominated by the floodplain and protected wetland along the Kalamazoo River. Since Augusta Creek was rerouted to a millrace through the village, flooding of the creek along its original route is a concern. Furthermore, as the creek/millrace is a designated trout stream, it merits special treatment as a recreational resource.
2. Bridge Replacement/Restoration – an MDOT bridge as well as two more historical bridges across the canal are in poor condition and in need of replacement or rehabilitation. Connecting the village across the creek is a concern, especially as it is central to village recreation. A forth bridge over the old creek bed, while in fair condition, seems inappropriate.
3. Village Transportation –local and through traffic in the village are currently at odds. Heavy traffic volumes at excessive speeds along M-96 threaten pedestrians and cyclists and cause delays for turning traffic.
4. Recreational Grant – Preparation of a quality recreation plan is essential for attaining DNR and other possible funding. In this process an inventory of current recreational resources and assets must be conducted. New plans should not only make reference to the village’s comprehensive plan, but be consistent with the plans of other communities in the region.
The following table gives a rough breakdown of group responsibilities, according to experience and interest: