Thomas Township

The initiation of a Downtown Development Authority was originally considered in 1989.  In September of 1989 the idea of creating a DDA along M-46 (Gratiot Road) was brought to the Board.  After a great deal of discussion throughout the community, the effort failed with the final vote of the Board.

Approximately six years ago (2003),  the Township again tried to investigate the creation of a DDA, but once again, the process was put to a halt due to unsuccessful cooperation from the County.  The County at the time felt that they did not have the resources or the funds available for us to capture.  Without the County’s financial support the formation of a DDA was put on hold.

Then in 2006,  the Thomas Township Business Association approached the Thomas Township Board in regards to implementing a Downtown Development Authority District in Thomas Township.  Since that initial approach of the Business Association, we worked extremely hard toward creating the DDA.  A DDA Work Committee Board was formed and the members included; Bill Martin, Fred Gray, Tom Radewahn, Bob Frank, Pat Wurtzel, John Bintz, Reverend Robert Richards, Rob Eggers, Ed Brosofski, Ellen Ryder-Petre, Vern Weber, Joe LeFevre, as well as Russ Taylor, Township Manager and Dan Sika, Community Development Director.  The DDA Work Committee tentatively designated the DDA district and proceeded to contact property owners and business owners within the proposed district.  Three informational meetings were held in which letters of invitation went out to each property and business owner within the DDA district; Several news articles in reference to the DDA were also published in both The Saginaw News and The Township Times.  Thomas Township even went as far as contacting each business owner within the District to get a feel for what they wanted to be able to accomplish with the creation of the DDA.  What was found through this is that approximately 80% of the business owners that were contacted were in favor of implementing the DDA District in Thomas Township.

On June 19, 2007, Thomas Township adopted Ordinance No. 07-G-01 creating and establishing the Downtown Development Authority of Thomas Township.  The DDA was granted all powers permitted a Downtown Development Authority under the Act.  In creating and establishing the DDA, the Township found that the DDA was necessary for the best interests of the public to halt property value deterioration and increase property tax valuation where possible in the Township’s business district, to eliminate the causes of said deterioration and to promote economic growth.

In October of 2008, Thomas Township approved the collection of a 2 mill levy on all non-residential and non-agricultural parcels in the DDA District.  Funds from this levy will be used to finance the activities of the DDA.

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Category: Community EventsPicnic In The Park Concert Series- Laurie & The Lefties

Picnic In The Park Concert Series- Laurie & The Lefties
July 31, 2019August 1, 2019August 2, 2019August 3, 2019

Category: Community EventsShields Lions Club Parade

Shields Lions Club Parade
August 4, 2019August 5, 2019

Category: Community EventsBoard Meeting

Board Meeting
August 6, 2019

Category: Community EventsPicnic In The Park Concert Series- Michele Spitz

Picnic In The Park Concert Series- Michele Spitz
August 7, 2019August 8, 2019August 9, 2019August 10, 2019

Category: Community EventsBrush Site Open

Brush Site Open
August 11, 2019August 12, 2019August 13, 2019

Category: Community EventsZoning Board of Appeals (if needed)

Zoning Board of Appeals (if needed)

Category: Community EventsPicnic In The Park Concert Series- Todd Michael Band

Picnic In The Park Concert Series- Todd Michael Band
August 14, 2019August 15, 2019August 16, 2019August 17, 2019

Category: Community EventsRuff Around Roberts Park

Ruff Around Roberts Park
August 18, 2019August 19, 2019August 20, 2019August 21, 2019

Category: Community EventsPlanning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting
August 22, 2019August 23, 2019

Category: Community EventsSpecial Board Meeting

Special Board Meeting
August 24, 2019

Category: Community EventsBrush Site Open

Brush Site Open
August 25, 2019August 26, 2019

Category: Community EventsParks Commission Meeting

Parks Commission Meeting
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Category: Community EventsOffice Closed For Staff Training

Office Closed For Staff Training
August 30, 2019August 31, 2019

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