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Supervisor News

From the Supervisor's Desk:

High water has caused damage to some boat houses, docks and created some shore erosion. With winter approaching and lake water freezing, more problems may arise in the spring as the DNR is projecting the waters levels may rise again over the next five months. More information is available from the State Department of EGLE regarding high water issues. EGLE is expediting shore permits working on a two-week turnaround time. For more information and assistance, contact:

EGLE Environmental Assistance Center
800-662-9287

EGLE-Assist@michigan.gov
www.michigan.gov/highwater

Use this web address to see Great Lakes Water Levels from the US Army Corps of Engineers:
https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Great-Lakes-Information/Great-Lakes-Information.aspx#ICG_ETH_22302

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Our DPW crew has been busy addressing sewer line and lift station problems on Blind Line Road and at the Shaffmaster lift station, respectively. We have been in contact with the DEQ, and we have received a quote from an engineering firm about those repairs. The Sewer Advisory Board is aware of these issues and we will be examining long-term solutions to our sewer system. Unfortunately, the solutions will be costly so we will also be researching grants and loans to help reduce our cost burden. Please alert the Township or DPW directly at 484-2026 should your alarm go off or if you notice any other issues with your sewer system.
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The Cedarville Harbor marina building is essentially finished. The parking lot is paved and striped. This attractive new addition will help boost the downtown economy of Cedarville and make the entire Les Cheneaux area more inviting to boaters and visitors. My thanks to all who helped make this harbor project a success!
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My thanks, too, to those who worked to shape our marijuana ordinance (Marijuana Ordinance No. 96) to fit the needs of our community. Whether one uses marijuana or not, recreational or adult-use marijuana is the State law and we are in a better position to manage the commercial development because of our ordinance. I’m sure we will hear more this coming year as business licenses are approved. Our ordinance allows for microbusinesses on par with our local alcohol and liquor licenses. However, a microbusiness will be allowed only in areas zoned agriculture or industrial. And each business must meet stringent state regulations before a license is granted. The Township retains the authority to review the business license and proposal before the business can operate. We have copies of the ordinance available in the Clerk’s office, and a copy is online at our website under Documents, Plans and Permits.
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As Christmas time approaches, please note our office hours:
Closed: Christmas: Day through December 29
   Closed: New Year’s Day
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My sincere best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season to you and your families.