Eureka Township takes first step toward pavilion


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:19 am on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Township Board approved taking one step closer to the possible development of a township pavilion.

During Monday night’s meeting, the board approved allowing Planning Commission Vice Chairman Mark Wilkin to pursue writing a grant to cover the cost of a pavilion next to the township hall.

Wilkin said the township owns property that sits just south of the township hall and that is where the proposed pavilion would go.

“The cost is just about $7,800 for the (model) I am looking at,” said Wilkin, noting the plan also would include picnic tables and possibly more.

The grant is not due until September.

Board members agreed the idea would benefit the township.

“I think we ought to pursue it,” said Treasurer Cindy Hanson.

During the meeting, the board also approved taking a step toward reaching an annexation agreement with the city of Greenville regarding the proposed Mersen USA annexation.

After entering into closed session to discuss client-attorney privileged material relating to the annexation, the board returned to open session and made a motion for their attorney to draft a Public Act 108 agreement with the city.

The PA 108 would include the township receiving 3 mills in revenue sharing until the property is developed. From there, the township would receive 1 mill upon the date of occupancy.

The township draft also would include no commercial use from the Mersen USA property line to Backus Road for 10 years. After 10 years, the business would be able to ask for approval to use the land for commercial use.

This agreement, if accepted by the city of Greenville, would be good for 25 years.

Once the drafted PA 108 agreement is complete, it will go to the Greenville City Council for consideration.

 

In other business, the board…

• Approved sending a letter saying the township is still interested in hosting a recycling location in the case the Howard City location were to close down.

• Discussed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit between the township and the city of Greenville. Supervisor Rod Roy said a pre-trial conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 21 at the Stanton courthouse for the judge to speak with the lawyers.

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