2018-08-12 / News

Attica Twp. officials consider canceling two land-use permits

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


Jim Morris and his attorney Mike Nolan listen as Attica Township trustees discuss Morris’ tire shop Thursday evening. 
Photo by Phil Foley Jim Morris and his attorney Mike Nolan listen as Attica Township trustees discuss Morris’ tire shop Thursday evening. Photo by Phil Foley ATTICA TWP. — Two Attica Township businesses are in danger of getting shut down by township officials.

Township trustees voted Thursday evening to hold public hearings at their September meeting to consider rescinding special land use approvals for 1200 Lake George Road LLC and Jim’s Used Tires.

Last August trustees gave Imlay City-area businessman Israel Ferrett permission to reopen a 30-year-old gravel pit on South Lake George Road as 1200 Lake George Road LLC with 11 conditions, including posting a $50,000 bond with the township. Thursday night, township supervisor Al Ochadleus told trustees that Ferrett has yet to comply with any of the conditions of his special-land use approval.

In 2013 township trustees gave Jim Morris, owner of Jim’s Recycling, special landuse approval to open a used-tire business on the northwest corner of Imlay City and Lake Pleasant Road. Ochadleus said one of the conditions for opening Jim’s Used Tires was a limit of one dumpster for storing recycled tires. However, since then a dozen dumpsters have been placed on the property.

“They’re not in compliance with the site plan,” said Ochadleus.

Township attorney Mike Gildner sent Morris a letter June 25 telling him he needed to remove all but one of the dumpsters.

Trustee Rich Lacy asked if a code enforcement officer had been out to the tire store or the gravel pit. Ochadleus said the township doesn’t have one.

Lacy voted no to hold hearings to rescind the special land-use approvals for both the tire store and the gravel pit.

Gildner told trustees that he had received a letter from attorneys for Ferrett threatening litigation.

Ochadleus said if the two businesses don’t comply with the conditions of their special land-use permits and the township rescinds them, the township could go to circuit court seeking injunctions to shut them down.

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