Construction drops off in Leland Township
Construction activity appears down a bit in Leland Township.
Township zoning administrator Tim Cypher reported last week at the monthly Township Board meeting that the township issued five land use permits for July, which brings the total to 22 for the year. That’s a little behind last year. His was among other reports heard by board members.
Steve Patmore, sewer administrator, reported that the Duck Lake Road lift station needs a new pump and motor. The Duck Lake Road station handles wastewater from Leland; the new pump is expected to cost about $7,000.
Fire Board Chairman Cal Little reported that the Fire Board is in the process of drafting a mission statement for the Leland Township Fire and Rescue Department. The statement should be complete by next month for approval from the Township Board, Little said. The Fire Board is also working on a new job description for the open fire chief position, as well as a draft for the job posting it plans to place in several newspapers, trade magazines and websites, Little said. The Fire Board will seek to have the new job description approved by the Township Board before it moves ahead in the hiring process. Geoff Niessink is the department’s interim acting chief.
In other action items, the Leland board voted to approve a measure to pay $40,000 for improvements to Lake and River streets and resurfacing of about 1/2 mile of Kirt Road. The cost of the projects is estimated at $80,000, of which the Leelanau County Road Commission will pay half. Work is expected to be done about mid-September.
Leland Clerk Jane Keen voted against the measure, saying she was not sure if funds had been set aside in the budget. Township Supervisor Harry Larkin reported last Wednesday that the amount was indeed budgeted for. The Road Commission approved the cost-share agreement at its Aug. 7 meeting.
Leland board members also voted to close Cedar Street on Sept. 15 for the Antique Auto Show, which is held as part of Leland’s Heritage Days weekend. The event has gone on for the last four or five years, Keen said. “It’s grown and it’s very, very popular,” she said.