2018-04-15 / News

Goodland Township to revise blight ordinance

GOODLAND TWP. — Earlier this year homeowners on Armstrong and Abbott roads got $5,000 trimmed off their assessed values at Board of Review because the neighbors had blighted properties.

That’s prompted Goodland Township trustees to have its attorney strengthen the township’s blight ordinance.

“Our old ordinance didn’t work very well,” said Goodland Township Supervisor Ron Cischke. He said currently people with blighted property get fined $200, they pay the fine and “life goes on.”

He said Lonnie Hayes, the township’s building inspector from the Construction Code Authority, discussed the township’s options for dealing with blight at their meeting Tuesday (April 10) night.

Cischke said one of the problems with the current ordinance is that the township can clean up a blighted property, but it has no way of recovering the costs.

Trustees voted to approve naming Brian Kinser as the Goodland Township Fire Dept.’s Asst. Fire Chief. Kinser replaces the township’s longtime assistant fire chief Dan Fifield who passed away in December following a long illness.

Cischke said Fifield, who was a member of the Michigan State Firemens Association’s board will be honored when the association holds its spring conference in Lapeer May 17-20.

Cischke said the township is getting close to closing on a deal to purchase nine acres from Helena Chemical to develop a township park.

He noted it’s been two years since the township first applied for a DNR grant to purchase the property. “Government moves slowly,” he said.

Ciscke hopes to have the $40,000 sale complete in “a month or two.” Once that’s done, the township will be able to move the historic Flansburgh School out of the township hall’s parking lot and onto its permanent site next to the township library.

Phil Foley

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