Updates

  • Pipe-cam shows flow obstructions by direction drilling

    By Mark Prein, PE Directional drilling is a wonderful new pipe installation technology, but smaller pipes can cut through existing, larger pipes like a hot knife through butter during drilling. Not only does this cause a flow obstruction, but when a gas or power line cuts into a pipe, its poses safety issues for cleaning […]

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  • Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Trail Officially Open!

    By Scott Post, PE On one of the first truly beautiful spring days, the Friends of the CIS Trail held the official ribbon cutting ceremony opening the trail in St. Johns, April 18. Over 200 people attended the event, many of them arriving by bicycle from Muir, Pewamo, Fowler and Ovid on the organized “Bike […]

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  • P&N mourns death of 60-year airport engineer, Bob Peckham

    Our former colleague, friend, and consultant Bob Peckham passed away last week Thursday at the age of 92. We express our sympathy to his family, his long-time clients, and to his former and our current Traverse City office employees, Art Christiansen and Stephanie Green. Bob was a WWII veteran, devoted aeronautics engineer, and the founder […]

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  • Do you really need an engineer to design your trail?

    Several years ago, I met Fred Meijer at a meeting. Mr. Meijer was well known for his philanthropy, especially in the development of bicycle paths across West Michigan. When he found out that I design these paths, he baitingly asked me, “Why do we need an engineer to design bike paths?” I gave him all […]

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  • Happy Michigan Trails Week! September 20-27

    Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed September 20-27 Michigan Trails Week, and the MDNR is inviting everyone to go off-road and to be part of the celebration. “Grab your friends and family, find a trail and let the adventure begin!” To end the week, on September 27, Recreation Passports and vehicle entry fees will be waived […]

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  • Funds available to remove dams and replace culverts

    The US Fish & Wildlife Service once again has funds available to help owners remove dams and replace old culverts. The application deadline is November 7, 2014. The National Fish Passage Program provides funds to remove dams and to replace “perched” culverts—those that prohibit upstream fish passage because the culvert bottom is too high for […]

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  • Round Two SAW Grant Recipients Announced

    MDEQ has released the Round Two SAW Grant Recipients List. Those communities highlighted in blue will receive a total of over $91 million in SAW Grants later this fall. Congratulations to all of them!

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  • Aeronautics Commission honors Mackinac County Airport manager Paul Fullerton

    Last week the Michigan Aeronautics Commission (MAC) presented its Award of Excellence to long-time aviator and P&N client, Paul Fullerton, manager of the Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace, Michigan. Fullerton has worked in aviation for more than 35 years serving the citizens of Mackinac County, Mackinac Island, and Bois Blanc Island. The MAC salutes […]

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  • New Funding Source: Crowdfunding via Patronicity

    We blogged about this in July, and now have more details. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has partnered with Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity to create a Michigan-based crowdfunding platform called Public Spaces Community Places. Residents and businesses in communities can use it to raise money for their own public spaces. The cool thing: […]

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  • Restore your community’s forestry with Community Forestry Grants Program

    Have you noticed a loss of trees in your community, due to the harsh winter or disease? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has $100,000 available for street/park tree management and planning, urban forestry, Arbor Day celebrations, or urban forestry education/training events through its 2014 Community Forestry Grants Program. Applications are due September 12. Grants […]

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