2018-03-22 / Local News

Bingham Twp. eyes grant opportunities

By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff

The Bingham Township Parks and Recreation Committee may update its Master Plan in the coming year to remain eligible for a variety of grant programs.

The Bingham Township Board this week authorized township Supervisor Midge Werner to contact planning consultants from Networks Northwest to see how much it might cost to update the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

If the cost of drafting the update is less than $1,000, Werner will be authorized to sign an agreement with Networks Northwest. The decision was made in a 4-0 vote of the Township Board during its regular monthly Monday. Trustee Gary McGhee was absent.

State law generally requires municipalities to update Master Plans every five years to retain eligibility for state grant funding. Members of the Bingham Township Parks and Recreation Committee may apply for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant or other grants in the years ahead to help pay for improvements to the township’s parks.

In other business at its March 19 meeting, the Bingham Township Board:

 Continued a review of the township’s Policies and Procedures Manual. The board agreed informally to make a few minor changes to the document, mostly to remove outdated language, and will continue the review process at next month’s meeting before adopting any changes.

 Reinforced a decision made last year to “opt out” of allowing medical marijuana facilities in the township based on a new state law. The board voted 4-0 to deny a request to revisit the issue from a resident who wrote to say he is still interested in growing medical marijuana in the township.

 Authorized Werner to sign an agreement with American Waste to conduct the township’s annual “cleanup” the morning of May 19. The township, and neighboring Suttons Bay Township, collaborate to offer the “free dump day” for residents by hiring trash trucks to collect household refuse and junk at the County Road Commission property on Eckerle Road in Suttons Bay.

 Learned that Cherryland Electric is no longer seeking an easement for utility lines on the township’s Boughey Park property. Werner said she was informed by Cherryland Officials that they will continue to use the M-22 right-of-way instead for utility lines.

 Heard during a “public comment” opportunity from former 101st District State Rep. Ray Franz of Onekama who is seeking the Republican nomination in August to run as State Senator for the 35th District in November, to replace State Sen. Darwin Booher who is term-limited.

 Learned that plans are being finalized for an April 27-29 workshop on how to repair and maintain cemetery gravestones and monuments, sponsored by the township’s Cemetery Committee. The maximum number of people allowed to participate, 15, have already been signed up.

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