The first year of our 10 year plan was a success. We are on par to reach 100% funding in 2027 using a more conservative 5.75% Rate of Return. (ROR). For the first time in over 20 years, our Annual Retirement Contribution (ARC) has decreased!. Our success in addressing our pension liability could not have happened without Meridian residents' support of our Police and Fire Millage in August of 2017.
In October of 2018 the new Township Solar Panel Array was constructed. The Meridian Township Board agreed to invest in a renewable energy system, reflecting a commitment to a Climate Action Plan they adopted in 2017.
in 2017 and 2018 the Township Board put $600,000 each year towards fixing our neighborhood roads. This is in addition to the $250,000 annually that is generated from our road millage. Nonetheless, over 50 miles of our roads have a poor or failing PASER rating. In 2019 we will have to address our roads issues with a long term comprehensive solution. For an update on our current road projects, For more information on our roads, please Click Here.
In the wake of the Larry Nassar conviction, in 2018 Meridian Township created a CSC community-wide program led by sexual assault survivor Brianne Randall-Gay. Our Police Department completed a review of almost 600 cases on sexual assault from 2000 – 2017. For more information and a statement from Brianne Randall-Gay, go to the Meridian Township YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/CSCtrainingvideo
Update: In February of 2018 Redi-Ride expanded to 5 new locations including Bath Mejiers, MSU Clinical Center and Costco.
On August 27th 2018 CATA added 3 service hours a day (M-F), now available from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
In 2018 the Township Board set a goal to achieve Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC) Certification through the Michigan Department of Economic. Our exceptional Economic Development staff has met that goal and our RRC Certification will be awarded in November of 2018. Meridian Township will be the first township in Michigan to receive the RRC Certification.
Our very successful Farmers' Market has outgrown its current location. We have a plan for the construction of a new Farmers’ Market on Central Park Drive, near Studio C Theater. Land acquisition has been completed and Groundbreaking for new Farmers' Market is planned for early Spring of 2019.
The Township Board has held several meetings crafting a Medical Marijuana ordinance for Meridian. A new ordinance is expected to be completed by December of 2018.
In November of 2017 the Board approved the 2017 Master Plan. It represents the vision, values, goals, and objectives for the future.The Master Plan is focused on preserving and enhancing the best characteristics of the Township while making the most of opportunities that come with new development. It is an organic document and it will be revised as our Township evolves and grows in the years ahead. Click for more information.
Our new Meridian Township logo and branding campaign was completed in 2017. A new website was launched and communications staff and vendors are continuing to improve its usability for residents. Go to www.Meridian.mi.us to see our new look and website.
A new Towner Road Park was opened in August of 2018 and 2019 will see a full year of sports including Baseball, Tennis, Lacrosse and Pickle ball. For a directory of Meridian Township's 20-plus parks, land preserves, and bike trail system, please click here.