Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to take part in Jackson discussion focusing on new Detroit-Canada bridge

By Brian Wheeler | Jackson Citizen Patriot

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be coming to Jackson as part of an discussion about the governor’s push for a new bridge that will connect Detroit and Canada.

Here is the statement from state Reps. Earl Poleski and Mike Shirkey, who are hosting the event. It now will take place at Jackson High School:

A local town hall meeting next week on the Detroit-Windsor bridge proposals will move to a larger venue to accommodate a higher than expected turnout, state Reps. Earl Poleski and Mike Shirkey announced today.

The event, still scheduled for Tuesday, June 28 at 7 p.m., will now take place at Jackson High School’s auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave., Jackson. It was also announced that Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, and Mickey Blashfield, of the Ambassador Bridge Company, will attend to give both sides of the issue.

“People continue to ask me about the potential for a new international bridge, whether I’m at my local office hours, the grocery store or at church,” said Poleski, R-Jackson. “We’re delighted that Lt. Gov. Calley and Mr. Blashfield have agreed to take time out of their busy schedules. Outside of a formal legislative committee meeting, this will be the first time we have officials from both sides of the issue together in one room to publicly address the issue.”

WKHM-Radio Program Director Marc Daly will host the meeting, and residents will be allowed to submit questions.

“The town hall is a testament to open government and our continued efforts to ensure transparency in the democratic process,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “We encourage all local residents who have an interest in the issue to attend.”

State Sen. Mike Nofs, who represents most of Jackson County, also will attend the town hall.