2010-03-31 / News

Input sought on Sanilac Township waterline tap

By Margaret Whitmer Reporter

The Lexington Township board has approved sending a letter to shoreline residents north of the Village of Lexington to see how many might be interested in tapping into the water line that runs from the Village of Lexington to Sanilac Township.

Lakeshore residents north of the village currently have wells.

“There have been some people who have expressed interest, especially on the lakeside, who have trouble getting water,” said Township Clerk Mike Vandergraaff. “We just want to send a letter, seeing how many might be interested.”

Township Supervisor Chad Partaka is in the process of drafting the letter, which should reach lakeshore residents within the next month, said Vandergraaff.

The board also plans to survey residents in the Wild River Subdivision on the Black River near Aitken Road, regarding flooding in the area.

Vandergraaff addressed the board on behalf of Croswell resident Howard Lippenga, who stated that the Department of Natural Resources dredged the Black River in the early 1990s, but stopped at Aiken Road.

This has created a bottleneck that causes flooding, said Lippenga, who requested the township send a letter to the DNR asking them to investigate the problem.

The township board decided to poll nearby residents before sending a letter to the DNR.

The board also has approved an amendment that will ease restrictions on hobby farmers within the township. The amendment outlines how many and what type of animals residents in different zoning districts can own.

For example, residents in agricultural or low-density residential zones with properties of 2-5 acres may keep no more than two large farm animals, including cattle, horses, swine, ostrich, emu, llama, sheep, lambs and goats.

Or they may keep up to 10 turkeys, laying hens or ducks. Agricultural zoning is required to keep roosters, however, according to the new amendment.

The board also approved allowing the use of barbed wire for keeping the animals enclosed.

In other business, the board approved allowing agribusinesses to use up to six signs within the township to advertise their business. Five can be located anywhere in the township, including on M-25, and one on the property.The signs are not to exceed eight square feet.

The amendment takes effect eight days after a legal notice appears in local news media.

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