Sewer Projects

THIS PAGE PROVIDES REGULAR UPDATES. The purpose of this page is to provide continued information and transparency on this project.

UPDATE: Feb 26, 2021. The Environmental Report is completed. This includes the archeological survey. The Report has been submitted to USDA. USDA has sent the report to the Tribe for coordination. We will be posting the final report on this page soon for public viewing.

In a phone call with USDA finance, we learned that USDA has used 67% of the funds available for loans and grants. There may be more funding when USDA "pooling" occurs in August. USDA loan program is now at 1.75% interest rate. Our commercial system 's loan was 3.25%.

UPDATE: Feb 2, 2021. The Board of Trustees appointed Trustee Kramer as a project liaison with USDA, engineers and others, in and out of government. Trustee Kramer stated his intention to brief the Board (and the community) at each Board meeting.

WHAT CAUSED THE DELAY OF THE PROJECT? The reason for the delay was a change in the regulatory process. Last year, the USDA required sign off on the archeological review from the Michigan State Historical Office (SHPO). For that reason, the township had to commission an archeological study of the construction area by an independent consultant as part of the environmental review. The study is now at SHPO for review.


1. When SHPO completes their review, the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) will complete the environmental report.

2. When the environmental report is complete the Township will notify the public by advertising a Notice of Availability in a local newspaper of general circulation.

3. Township will prepare Notice of Intent to Apply. (COMPLETED)

4. Complete the USDA application package and submit

5. USDA reviews application, misc. submittal clarifications/amendments.

6. Receive Eligibility Letter from USDA with loan/grant parameters.

UPDATE: At the August 6, 2019 regular board meeting, Supervisor Ridley informed the board that the USDA is only accepting a loan application for District 2 at this time. If property owners in Districts 3, 4 and 5 express interest in obtaining loan and grant information in excess of 50% of land mass within the next 30 days they can be added to the application. The township board is holding a workshop on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, to discuss items relating to the sewer project: grinder pumps, sewer rates and the criteria sheet

UPDATE: On Friday, July 12, 2019, the township board voted to apply for a USDA Loan. Before the end of July,  Mike Ridley, Supervisor will meet with the Engineer and USDA/Rural Development for a required application meeting. Once the application has been submitted USDA/Rural Development has 45 days to respond to the township..

On July 6, 2019 Tuscarora Township hosted an informational presentation on the proposed sewer expansion in Indian River. In attendance was the Township Attorney and Engineer to answer questions.  At this early stage of the planning process IT IS IMPORTANT to note that all cost figures are ESTIMATES. The following projected costs were presented at the July 6th meeting. These are an estimation if all eligible parcels are combined into one tax identification. This reduces the number of Residential Equivalent Units and raises the cost.

Expected Costs for Sewer Expansion

The following estimated costs are from Performance Engineers, Inc., and contain no combined parcels.

Preliminary Service Area Map

District 2 - Cost for Pressure System

District 2 - Cost for Gravity System

District 3 NE of Bridge

District 4 - NE of River

District 5 - Rainbows End

Cost if every district is constructed

We will continue to provide updates on the progress of the project as they occur.