Midland, MI Road Diet under the microscope

One resident spoke up during the public comment portion of the Midland City Council’s Oct. 28 regular meeting to address the often contested road diet as well as the city’s Master Plan.

Gary Gordier, the former I.T. director for the City of Midland and a semi-retired business owner and technology consultant, submitted a nine page report and briefly addressed the council.

“When I presented it the response was ZERO,” Mr. Gordier told the City Paper. “One council member called me and apologized for the lack of response and failure to ask questions.”

Mr. Gordier says he also received a message from the City Manager acknowledging the need to update the Master Plan, but also defending other items. He said he will be responding to his letter.

Mr. Gordier’s report goes on to compare previous communities he’s lived in to that of Midland, saying that those communities hold outreach meetings in neighborhoods and listen to what the citizens see as concerns, ideas and opportunities for their community.