2018-08-30 / Local News

Bingham OKs Vineyard run for charity

By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff

The Bingham Township Board last week acted on a request for another athletic event.

The 5th Annual Vineyard to Bay running event will be held Sunday in Bingham and Elmwood townships.

Although portions of the 5-kilometer and 15-kilometer runs are on county rights-of way and parts are on the Leelanau Trail, organizers had been informed that they needed permission from local townships. The Bingham Township Board agreed in a 5-0 vote last week to grant permission for the run and to accept a $40 permit fee from the organizers.

Also at the meeting, the board hired a local auditing firm Tobin & Company to conduct an annual audit of the township’s finances for fiscal 2018.

The audit fee will be $4,500. The township’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Tobin has been conducting annual audits for Bingham Township for years. The board agreed by consensus last week that it’s time to put the job out for bids – something they will consider for next fiscal year.

The Bingham Board also held a public hearing on an amendment to the township’s “no parking” ordinance. The amendment would expand an area in which no parking is allowed along County Road 641 (S. Lake Leelanau Drive) near the end of Bingham Road where a Michigan Department of Natural Resources boat launch is located.

Supervisor Midge Werner explained that overflow from a parking lot at the state-owned boat launch during the peak boating season often reduces sight distance for vehicles turning off Bingham Road (County Road 618) onto County Road 641.

No public comment was offered during the public hearing. The board subsequently voted 5-0 to adopt the amendment.

Werner explained that the amendment will allow the Road Commission to install new “no parking” signs along the county road, and the Sheriff’s Department has agreed to enforce the restrictions.

Finally, the board purchased a new $931 laptop computer and software for use by election officials. Clerk Kathy Morio said a 10-year-old laptop used during the Primary Election just barely met the township’s needs on Aug. 7 and must be replaced.

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