PLEASANT PLAINS TWP. — The Pleasant Plains Township Board of Trustees will host an open house for its new fire department and township offices from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7333 S. M-37 in Baldwin.

"We want to thank the community for standing by us and helping us achieve our goals," Pleasant Plains Township Supervisor Tammy Ghent said. "We want to introduce the community to the new offices and the fire department building."

Food will be served from 1 to 3:30 p.m., with a special program at 2 p.m. The event will include activities for kids and community information.

The newly purchased fire truck will be on display and the fire department will have a fire fighters awards presentation.

In other business, the board passed a resolution to approve the special assessment for street lights at the meeting on Monday, Oct. 28. A public hearing on the special assessment took place prior to the beginning of the regular meeting.

Ghent said the board did not receive a lot of opposition to the planned special assessment during the public hearing portion of the meeting.

"We did have four letters in opposition from some who could not attend the meeting, but overall we did not have a large amount of opposition," she said.

The resolution will establish a special assessment district that will include all taxable parcels within the township located outside the boundaries of the village of Baldwin. The cost of maintenance and repairs of street lights will be assessed against parcels of land that will benefit from the improvements.

Ghent said the township does not have additional operating millages to pay for street light repair and maintenance, so the special assessment is necessary to cover the cost of those services.

At the meeting, the board also passed a resolution to approve the financing for the new fire truck. The financing term is for 12 years at $29,000 per year, for a total expenditure of $349,651. This total includes a remaining balance owed on a previous truck purchase.

"Both trucks will now be paid off at the end of the 12 years," Pleasant Plains Township Treasurer Ronette Hanna said.

"This money was earmarked in the budget for fire department expenditures," Ghent said. "When we were contracting with the village of Baldwin for fire services, there was $38,000 a year budgeted to go to their buildings. That money is now being spent on equipment for us here in Pleasant Plains. We are operating well within our budget, and the fire department was able to get a new truck."

Pleasant Plains Township Deputy Supervisor Jessica Schapp said the new truck is "beautiful and very easy to operate," unlike the former truck, and it also gives them the ability to tackle two structure fires at the same time, if necessary.

In addition, the board approved a recommendation from the planning commission to allow specific recreational marijuana facilities, including three growers, one processor, one secure transport, two retail stores, one compliance facility, one excess grower, one micro-business, one event organizer and one designated consumption center.

Ghent said the township attorney and the planning commission will be working on the necessary ordinances for licensing and regulation, and zoning of the facilities.

The board approved a resolution to opt in to recreational marijuana sales and distribution at their meeting in September.

"These businesses will bring jobs into the community and will generate revenue for the township," Ghent said.

During the meeting, road commission board member Richard Runnels reported the sinkhole on Bass Lake Road has been repaved and they are in the process of replacing all the culverts damaged by the recent storms. In addition, he said the sinkhole on South Branch Road has been filled and they are waiting on the final inspection before the paving can be completed. Once the paving is done, the road will be re-opened.

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