Pleasant Plains Township gives fire department updates
PLEASANT PLAINS TWP. — During the Pleasant Plains Township meeting on Monday, the board gave the public an update on progress with the fire building. Other fire department matters also were discussed.
Currently, engineering drawings have been approved and plumbing and electric are being worked on. Also, the front of the building will be a steel structure instead of a wooden structure as originally planned.
"We have to get the building done," said Pleasant Plains Township Supervisor Tammy Ghent. "There have been a lot of setbacks we were not counting on. We should be moving forward."
Also during the meeting, the board approved up to $1,300 for a new computer so fire department reports can be submitted online, as recommended by the Pleasant Plains Township Fire Committee. The Dell computer will be independently built and include software.
Pleasant Plains Township Fire Chief Greg Shoemaker said the fire department is up to 21 personnel, with five members in training, and the U.S. Forestry donated a brush truck.
In other business:
• The board approved contributing $1,000 to Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
• The board approved an updated zoning map for the zoning ordinance.
• The board approved a controlled junk and debris ordinance for public and private property.
• The board approved placing an ad in the paper for two weeks requesting bids for a refuse contract.
• Kathy Oostmeyer, president of Pathfinder Community Library Board, gave a presentation asking citizens to vote in favor of the Lake County library millage proposal on the Aug. 7 ballot.
• Lake County Commissioner Kris Balulis gave a report stating the commissioners accepted the Lake County Planning Commission master plan. The public has a window of 63 days to review the plan and address the commissioners with questions or concerns.
• Sheriff Rich Martin provided a certificate of appreciation to Pleasant Plains Township Fire Chief Greg Shoemaker for his help with traffic planning during Blessing of the Bikes.
• The Lake County Community Foundation awarded the township $1,700 for fire equipment.
• Planning commissioner Su Ehling said there was a public hearing for a medical marijuana provisioning center to be located where Pure Michigan Solutions is at on M-37. She also said next month there will be a public hearing on the tiny households ordinance for housing structures between 400 to 720 square feet. This will allow for people to build on smaller lots, she added.
• The board approved placing ads in the newspaper for board of review applicants.
• Zoning administrator Bob Sanders said the number of land-use permits he issues are increasing, which he said is good for the tax base and indicates improved economy.
• Sanders said his office hours changed to 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. He also is available by appointment.
• During the cemetery report, it was announced the water and sprinklers are working at the cemetery.