2012-04-19 / Local News

Hearing set for May 15 on dredging special assessment

A public hearing is set on a special assessment roll to pay for dredging the channel between Big Fisher and Big Glen Lake.

The Glen Arbor Township Board has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m., May 15 at the township hall. The hearing will directly precede the township board’s monthly meeting.

Supervisor John Soderholm presented the roll to the board as required by law at Tuesday’s monthly meeting. Property owners within the proposed special assessment district (SAD) will have an opportunity to comment on the proposal at the May public hearing.

At a February public hearing on the issue more than 15 property owners within the district turned out to speak on the issue. Not all were in agreement.

George Faulstich of the Fisher Lake Association presented the Township Board last fall with a petition to establish a SAD signed by property owners representing 76.8 percent of the 100.93 acres in the affected area.

Petitions requested township action to create the district to split the cost of periodic dredging equally between the township and those within the SAD.

However, some in the audience questioned whether the property owners are being “double-dipped” — paying the assessment as well as a portion of the township’s contribution toward dredging.

The price per parcel would amount to an estimated $38 to $39 a year. The township’s portion of the cost would represent about an additional dollar per year per property within the SAD.

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