Elk Township approves junk ordinance
ELK TWP. — During the Elk Township board meeting last Thursday, board members approved passing a proposed junk ordinance with a 4-1 vote.
“We revisited the proposed junk ordinance page by page. Our lawyer approved it as legal and enforceable. Once the board was happy with the contents of the ordinance, we passed it with four in favor and one opposed and no abstentions,” said Elk Township Supervisor Lou Fitz.
A copy of the approved ordinance can be viewed at the township hall during the clerk’s office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday.
Also during the meeting, Fitz reported getting a response from the Mason County Road Commission regarding Eight Mile Road from Bass Lake Road to Tyndall Road being used by their gravel vehicles, causing damage to this section of road. Elk Township asked them to repair the road damage, but Mason County Road Commission said there are not enough funds and offered no remedy.
The board passed a resolution to give citizen recognition to Marilyn Zdebski for outstanding achievement for 18 years as chair of the Sauble, Elk and Eden Township Fire Board on which she has served as a board member for 30 years. She also was recognized for her five-year service as chair of Elk Township Road Committee. She resigned from both positions.
In other business:
• Fitz reported the project to build a pavilion at the park is moving along. The board is waiting on engineered drawings and will then proceed with permits. Improvements to the township hall parking lot are coming along with trees being cut. Excavating is set to begin.
• U.S. Forest Service Officer Patrick Wiese gave a presentation, encouraging residents to not burn without a permit, to not put yard waste in the national forest and not to tear up roads with off road vehicles.
• The board approved a request for a curve sign on West River Road and 11 Mile Road. The township will request the sign from the Lake County Road Commission, who will then bill the township.
• The board contracted with A1 Service for a township cleanup day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 2 at Skinner Park.