2018-07-11 / News

Neighbors still complaining about Southern Truck

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

ALMONT TWP. — Local residents Michael Cicchini and Richard Anderson have been regular fixtures at recent township meetings lately and Monday night’s township board meeting was no exception.

The pair are unhappy with their new neighbor, Southern Truck, and what they see as the township’s refusal to hold the company to the terms of its special land-use approval.

“It’s the same old stuff,” complained Cicchini holding a copy of a letter sent by Township Supervisor Paul Bowman. He also complained that the letter had been sent to his neighbor, but not him, although Bowman said he’d sent copies to everyone involved.

At issue for Cicchini is a security light on Southern Truck’s building that he says shines in his bedroom window and other items on the company’s site plan that were supposed to be completed last year, but weren’t.

“Right now, it’s an open site plan,” said Bowman, adding that Southern Truck has until Aug. 1 to complete the site plan. He added representatives of the company are expected at tonight’s (Wednesday, July 11) Almont Township Planning Commission.

Cicchini insisted the township’s ordinances require security lights to point away from residences or straight down on the side of buildings.

“That’s your interpretation,” countered Bowman.

Cicchini also complained that while the project’s site plan calls for three rows of buffer trees to be planted, only one has.

“Let the planning commission do their job,” said Bowman.

In other action:

• Township trustees approved rezoning a 100-by-2,200-foot strip of a small strip mall on North Van Dyke Road.

Kim Street, who’s a township trustee and a planning commissioner, said, “It’s just correcting an error.” She said the rest of the property and the property either side of it are all zoned C-3 and somehow a sliver of the strip mall was zoned C-1.

Township Trustees voted unanimously accepted the planning commission’s recommendation to change the zoning.

• Trustees accepted the July 1 resignation of long-time planning commissioner Jesse Thompson, who has moved to Florida.

Trustees voted to name Andrea Bara to fill out the remainder of Thompson’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Bara, who is an assistant to the Sterling Heights clerk, is a 19-year Almont Township resident. She and her husband, Steve, have three grown children.

“I’m very excited to be here,” she told trustees.

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