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Two days ago, Dr. William C. Foster, owner of Fries Veterinary Clinic and one of the organizers behind the group known as Greater Durand Area Citizens for Responsible Growth, told Durand Now that the group is "working on getting our paperwork filed with the State and generating our Bylaws."
The group has met twice at the Durand Eagles Aerie #3851 on New Lothrop Road -- directly across the road from the proposed home of a major industrial development dubbed 'Project Tim,' that, to date, is cloaked in secrecy.
"We've had a pretty good turn out at the last two meetings, around 60 people or so," he said. "Our goals are to bring awareness to the proposed development, support responsible development in this community, and to support landowner rights in the township." Foster, who has expressed deep frustration with the rumored project and even deeper frustration with the local government's hand in keeping details sealed, said the group's next meeting will, again, be at the Eagles Club, on July 26th.
Yesterday, Crain's Detroit Business published a lengthy, detail-packed, article that brings together what little is known about the project in one place. The article doesn't present any new information on the project, but for persons looking to get caught up on what may or may not be coming to our community, this is a great place to start. Another great place to look is the Durand Now PROJECT TIM page, which also has much of the same information contained in the Crain's article.
Last week, the City of Durand distributed a "one sheet" from the project's developers that included some notable points about the proposed project:
- Fulfilling the promise to "Make America Great Again"
- Manufacture the lowest cost, highest quality product in the world...in America
- Produce clean energy - classified as renewable energy
- Rebuild America's infrastructure
- No impact to water sources
- 85,000 additional jobs (direct and induced)
This new information indicates that Project Tim is national infrastructure-related. The Department of Homeland Security defines national critical infrastructure as "the essential services that underpin American society and serve as the backbone of our nation's economy, security, and health. We know it as the power we use in our homes, the water we drink, the transportation that moves us, the stores we shop in, and the communication systems we rely on to stay in touch with friends and family."
One of the key concerns of residents has been potential pollution. This new information from the people and businesses behind Project Tim indicates "The goal of the project is to not draw water from the existing aquafer -- current water supply will not be affected." Further, the new information says Project Tim will "Establish America as the Global Leader in manufacturing and industrial efficiency" as it pertains to clean energy.
The product will be used both domestically and abroad, the new information suggests.
The full document released by the city can be found on our PROJECT TIM page.
The project has long been rumored to be a steel mill.
CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS PUBLISHES DETAIL-PACKED RECAP ON PROJECT TIM
What We Know (And Don't Know) So Far About Major Industrial Project
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Despite word that Vernon Township firefighters confirmed multiple funnel clouds and even a touchdown in the area of Sheridan and Ray (Miller) Roads near Gaines, and municipalities from Perry to Durand activating their storm sirens, no weather agency issued a tornado warning or watch on Tuesday night. In fact, no weather advisory at all was issued as a small storm cell pushed through southern Shiawassee County and into Genesee County.
STORM SIRENS HEARD, FUNNEL CLOUDS REPORTED BUT NO OFFICIAL ALERTS ISSUED
Weather Agencies Issue No Weather Warnings Despite Multiple Reports of Funnel Clouds, Storm Siren Activations