2016-11-17 / Local News

Woodstone, Glen Arbor ink agreement should private sewer system fail

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff

A state-required maintenance agreement for a collective residential sewer was adopted this week by the Glen Arbor Township Board.

Board members voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve a contract with the Woodstone Condominium Association that puts in place a procedure to use in the event the joint sewer fails.

Woodstone is a private residential community in the woods and along the Crystal River. It was developed by Woodstone Partners, LLC (The Homestead Resort) and incorporated as a site condominium in 2000.

Supervisor John Soderholm explained that Woodstone has individual sewers that serve lots 1 through 39. Lots 40 and above are served by a shared system.

However, as part of the Department of Environmental Quality permitting process, the homeowner’s group was required to secure an agreement with the township to take over in the event of a system failure.

“The likelihood of failure is very small,” Soderholm said.

The arrangement has been in place for some time with the association putting up a $20,000 surety bond through the Homestead. However, that’s no longer an option for the resort, Soderholm said.

The new agreement calls for the homeowner’s association to:

 Establish an escrow account with $20,000 that the township could access for maintenance, or

 Establish a special assessment district to cover expenses in the event of a system failure.

Access to the account will require signatures from two of the following three subjects: the township supervisor, treasurer or a representative of the homeowner’s association.

In other business during the 45-minute meeting, the Township Board accepted a bid from D&W Mechanical to install a dehumidifier on one of the three furnaces at the township hall.

D&W will install the dehumidifier unit on the furnace that serves the administrative office at the rear of the hall, located on Western Avenue.

The company’s bid of $4,275 was the higher of two submitted. Nye Plumbing & Heating of Benzonia came in a little lower for the work at $3,900. However, the bid did not include electrical work that would be needed for the installation.

D&W’s bid included money for the electrical work.

Board members authorized Treasurer Terry Gretzema last month to seek bids for the dehumidifier to address mold problems at the rear of the township hall.

Other measures taken that fell below the board’s $2,500 threshold calling for bids were installation of gutters ($1,400) and tile work in the foyer of the township office ($750).

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