Happy Holidays from all of us here at Plainfield Township to all of our residents wherever this season finds you. I would like to take a moment to honor our veterans for their service allowing us to celebrate these holidays and also those families that are always there for the vets as they do their jobs at home and abroad. As our vets stand the watch guarding outside our borders, their families stand the watch at home ensuring their sacrifice of time away, separation from their loved ones and dedication to our liberty is acknowledged and appreciated. Thanks you for all you do. Hurry home and be safe.
As is usual at this time of year, we had our annual audit presentation to the board in November. I am proud to say that even after all the work and new projects we performed this past year, we still ended with a positive fund equity of an additional $29,000 giving the township a general fund balance of over $800,000. This year we saved thousands by switching much of our street lights in the areas outside of downtown to LED fixtures. We anticipate the future bills to be reduced also. We received an additional $80,000 in grants to add to the already awarded $140,000 grant for the Loon Lake Park development. We completed a 1.1 mile hiking/biking path through the Loon Lake Park property that we purchased with a $444,000 grant back in 2014. The path is strictly non-motorized and connects Kokosing Road to the Loon Lake Park at M-65 and Wild Cherry Lane. It winds through the beautiful park property over two boardwalks and a bridge, over hills and creeks with two rest stations/interpretive signs and has enough potential for additional side trails to keep us busy for years. The property is gorgeous, the views are spectacular and our total investment is $65,000 from property purchase to completion and spread over a 5 year cycle. At the Plaza we opened access for all hour availability, which many members are taking advantage of and we completed the lecture hall outfitting and the historical museum is now open for viewing. If you have not had a chance to see the museum it is well worth the trip. As many of you know we doubled the park equipment at the Plainfield Park by the fire hall and plan on adding more next Spring. In addition, we have finally received approval from MDOT for an M-65 crossing at the school driveway, which we have asked for years ago and were told no since we were so close to the light controlled intersection. We are working to start this project in the Spring and hope to be completed before schools starts next Summer. We will also be working on changing all our interior lights over to LED, including the old hall fixtures. With our own scissor lift, this work becomes much easier and cost effective to perform. We just took delivery of our MFR rig, a 2020 Ford Explorer that we purchased through the Michigan purchasing plan called MIDEAL which is only offered to municipalities through the State of Michigan purchasing program. This will last us for years in the future and will allow our first responders to continue doing a wonderful job serving our community and our residents. These are examples of your tax dollars at work and amounts to years worth of budgeting for park development and vehicle replacement in addition to covering the basic operations costs. So thanks to you for your continued support which allows us to make this happen.
I have spoken many times about people and organizations that make a difference in a community but many times go unrecognized. We have an organization that has been around for decades and just by its presence make’s its value known. The Hale Area Citizens Patrol. I lived here when this organization was formed back in the mid-70’s. My Dad and many others volunteered to be a set of eyes and ears around our communities in the evenings to view and report any suspicious or out of the ordinary incidents to law enforcement. Because their presence is a deterrent to criminal activity it is very difficult to determine their actual impact since the impact results in an avoidance of crime. All we can report is the actual low crime rates that we enjoy in our area. Their activities stop crime before it happens and they depend on us for their support. Since its beginning they have depended upon donations from local residents and businesses to cover the gas and miscellaneous expenses of the program. They hold meetings on the last Sunday of every month at the Library meeting room in the old hall at 1:30 PM. All are welcome to attend and they are always looking for volunteers to patrol and assist. Going on vacation and would like a little extra attention, give them a call. They are committed to helping our community by making it safer for all. If your interested contact Greg Urbanczyk at 586-224-1491 or Connie Loomis at 728-4796 or if you are interested in helping financially call Doris Koepke at 305-9435. We need to thank these individuals for volunteering to help keep our community safe. THANK YOU HALE AREA CITIZENS PATROL
This next issue only affects those of you that own property in one of our 100 plus subdivisions that exist in our township. Many of these subdivisions were platted back in the early part of the 1900’s.
As such many have what we now call substandard lot sizes ranging as small as 30’ wide in some instances. Over time many property owners purchased and combined multiple lots onto one large parcel which was developed with dwellings and accessory buildings (garages,sheds,etc). Today we find owners selling/splitting/trading/combining these lots into new parcel configurations to continue development. However, be advised that once subdivision lots have been combined into one parcel id number they can not be split back apart without approval by the township assessing and zoning. You can write up, or have an attorney write up and execute any deed or purchase agreement that you want. By law, unless you have property division approval the transfer and/or sale is not complete and ownership is not transferred. In other words you still don’t own the property. Some splits may not be allowed. Such as if you or others have built a structure that as a combined parcel, meets all setbacks, but as a split parcel the structure violates the setback requirements. This split would not be allowed until the structure is moved or the lot lines are adjusted to a new location allowing the setbacks to be met. So if you are anticipating selling or purchasing some subdivision lots, be sure they receive approval before you commit.
As always if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our community please contact me. I am in the office Monday – Friday 7:30 – 4:00 at 989-728-2811 or my cell at 989-984-7073 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!
Fred Lewis – Supervisor