Saline City Council Election: City Growth

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 10/11/2012 - 04:31

After booming growth from 1950 to 1980, and then again from 1990 in to the middle of the last decade, Saline's growth as slowed. SEMCOG projects the population will grow from 8,810 in 2010 to 8,942 in 2020. In fact, SEMCOG's projections show Saline growing to 9,550 by 2035, which represents growth of 740 people over 25 years. By comparison, the city grew by 4,000 residents between 1960 and 1980, and 2,200 residents between 1990 and 2010.

SEMCOG's job forecast for the city projects slow growth.

Today we ask city council candiates Dean Girbach and David Rhoads what kind of growth they want to see for the city of Saline. Girbach, Rhoads and Lee Bourgoin are running for three seats on city council. Bourgoin did not reply to our questions.

Here is our question.

What kind of growth, if any, do you wish to see for Saline? What role should the city council play in fostering that growth?

Dean Girbach

A city which does not grow or reinvent itself will fail. I prefer a regional plan on growth and development be coordinated with the county and townships. We must balance not only growth, but the allocations of public resources in a manner which make the most sense to effectively sustain our environment, ensure private investments, preserve ways of life and continue to make Saline and its surroundings desirable.

David Rhoads

I would like to see continued moderate growth in residences and businesses to ensure that our infrastructure and social mores can properly accommodate that growth. 

Lee Bourgoin

Did not reply

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