Pleasant Plains Twp. plans special assessment

PLEASANT PLAINS TWP. — A public hearing is planned for 5 p.m., Oct. 28, at the Pleasant Plains Township offices, to get input from the public regarding plans to establish a special assessment district to fund installation, maintenance and repair of street lights.

The Pleasant Plains Township Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to establish the special assessment district at its meeting on Sept. 30.

The resolution states that the board intends to proceed with the public improvements regarding street lights and to defray the associated costs by assessing the land within the special assessment district.

"Our millage for street lights was not renewed and the fund has been depleted," Pleasant Plains Township Supervisor Tammy Ghent said. "We don't have any additional operating millages and we do not get extra operating funds from anywhere else. We don't have the funds to cover this, so the best way we can do that is with a special assessment."

The board intends to proceed with public improvements consisting of installation, use, maintenance and repair of street lights within the township. The cost of the public improvements, including electrical costs, will be assessed against parcels of land benefited by the improvements with the establishment of the special assessment district.

The Special Assessment District No.1, will include all taxable parcels within the township located outside the boundaries of the village of Baldwin.

Those affected by the special assessment are encouraged to attend the public meeting to allow the board to hear and consider any objections to the proposed public improvements, or the proposed special assessment district, Ghent said.

A description of the improvements and cost estimates is available for public viewing at the township offices, 7333 S. M-37, Baldwin.

Anyone unable to attend the public hearing is welcome to voice their concerns in writing prior to the time of the public hearing. Opinions can be mailed to Pleasant Plains Township, 7333 S. M-37, Baldwin, MI, 49304.

For more information, call (231) 660-2369.