2016-11-10 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
November 10, 2011

For the second time in as many years, voters in Suttons Bay Township this week rejected a quarter-mill property tax increase to support their township parks programs. It was the only property tax to fail out of five millages before voters in an off-year election. Some 28 percent of the registered voters went to the polls, the highest within any township in Leelanau County.

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The County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday mulled over options for filling the position vacated nearly three weeks ago by former county administrator Eric Cline, who resigned behind closed doors during his evaluation. The top option to emerge was having County Board Chair Tom Van Pelt, a cherry farmer from Leelanau Township, fill in during the process for finding Cline’s replacement. Van Pelt said he was putting in about an extra 20 hours per week handling duties that normally would fall to the county administrator position, and would be happy to continue in that capacity if compensated.

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Northport hunter Richard W. Deering grows cherries and, as he proved last week, some mighty fine bucks. The rack of the buck he shot while archery hunting had a rack with 8 1/2 inch tines and an inside spread of 18 1/2 inches — but they were not dwarfed by the buck’s body. Deering figures the deer, which was probably 6-years-old, weighed 265 pounds before field dressing.

10 YEARS AGO
November 9, 2006

A proposal to raise property taxes by a half-mill for 15 years to support a “farmland preservation” program in Leelanau County was soundly rejected Tuesday by county voters. The final unofficial tally on Wednesday morning was 4.426 voters in favor and 7,265 against the proposal — a margin of 24 percent. A group campaigning against the proposal, Leelanau Taxpayers United, was outspent by a margin of 25-to-1 during the campaign by proponents of the millage, Save Leelanau Farmland.

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Don’t expect to find a public apology to Elmwood Township supervisor Derith Smith from three Elmwood Township activists in this edition of the Enterprise. Or possibly future editions as well. Smith was awarded a collective $107,000 last Wednesday at the end of a five-day civil trial that concluded with all six jurors also ordering the three defendants to publish apologies in the Enterprise and Traverse City Record-Eagle. However, there are no apologies in this edition. Smith sued the three for defamation of character.

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A mere 90 Leelanau County voters — fewer than one percent of those casting ballots — made the difference in Tuesday’s vote to approve a 1-mill property tax increase for two years to support county operations and 9-1-1 emergency services.

35 YEARS AGO
November 12, 1981

Relax, ladies. You can now legally enter a “saloon” in Northport. You can even now legally spit on the sidewalk on your way out, if you want to. The Northport Village Council Thursday night repealed 22 outdated, obsolete or archaic ordinances, leaving the village with just 18 laws on the books. Most of the obsolete ordinances found by a 3-man, eh, person committee dated back to the first 20 years of this century.

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There are almost 300 restaurants in Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties, reflecting the nationwide boom in the food business as more and more Americans eat fewer and fewer meals at home. And for those 300 restaurants, the Tri-County Health Department has only one — that’s right, one — full time health inspector. His name is Tom Buss, and if he looks a bit harried sometimes, that’s understandable.

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Leelanau County’s state-funded experiment in rural mass transit will get rolling early Monday morning — but without regular routes. Leelanau Public Transit director Rick Kaufman said Monday that the buses will go virtually anywhere in the county within a mile of main trunklines to pick up customers on morning and evening commuter runs to and from Traverse City.

60 YEARS AGO
November 8, 1956

With a record 4,314 of its 5,180 (83 percent) registered voters going to the polls Tuesday, Leelanau County went Republican by a margin of about 2-1 and elected a new road commissioner, prosecuting attorney and probate judge. A special proposition in Leelanau Township on permitting sale of liquor by the glass lost 373 to 275.

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Appointment of George McManus Jr. of Old Mission as cherry marketing agent for Leelanau and other western Michigan counties was announced this week by the state board of agriculture. He will be employed full-time to help cherry growers and processors solve some of their marketing problems.

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December 10 has been set as the date of a special meeting at which stockholders of the Leelanau Transit Company will decide whether to seek permission from the Interstate Commerce Commission to abandon the C & O railroad line between Hatches Crossing and Northport and dissolve the Transit Company through which they own the 23.4 miles of roadbed.

120 YEARS AGO
November 5, 1896

County Clerk, Hinshaw has issued 32 deer hunters licenses so far this season.

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Jesse Delong and Will Dalton dug 290 bushels of potatoes one day last week.

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Leland polled 208 votes on Tuesday, the largest vote ever polled in this township.

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