Montcalm County Board of Commissioners may take over address appeals

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:31 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

STANTON — The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the Address Appeals Hearing Board.

The Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee voted Monday to recommend to the full board that the committee begin serving as the Appeals Hearing Board.

The full board will meet Aug. 27 to discuss and vote on the recommendation.

The Appeals Hearing Board currently consists of three commissioners and two citizens.

Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township proposed Monday that an amendment be made to the Appeals Hearing Board wording, stating: “The Economic Development and Physical Resources Committee of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners shall serve as the Appeals Hearing Board.”

Johansen noted the Address Appeals Hearing Board hasn’t had to meet very often in past years.

Commissioners have been discussing taking over the board since earlier this summer. The discussion has also touched on address problems throughout Montcalm County.

“I think we should require addresses on the signs of local businesses,” Commissioner Tom Lindeman of Greenville said at a previous committee meeting. “I noticed now there’s a few in Greenville that are doing this so you can see where you’re going. I would like to address this. There’s quite a few commercial areas in the county and you get out there and you don’t have any idea what the street address is.”

Greenville is currently exempt from a requirement to post addresses on businesses.

“It ought to be a thing that affects everybody,” said Commissioner Lloyd Walker of Greenville. “We don’t have that now and I don’t expect that to change. When you’re taking M-91, it’s numbered as a south address from Coles Corners, I think. You get down in Greenville and those are north addresses. The same thing happens in Edmore and other villages. It sure is a difficult thing when you’re reading an address in the paper and it’s such and such.”

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer agreed, noting it’s a challenge for medical first responders as well.

“The most confusing thing I think is M-57 west where you have city, township, city because of an irregular border,” Lindeman added.

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