Township Officials Discuss Ending County Recycling Program, Washout Repair
The Saugatuck Township Board will be looking at sending out a notice to all residents identifying available recycling companies now that voters have turned down participation in a county program.
Township officials Monday briefly talked about the merits of continuing with a “voluntary” $25 payment per household to continue with the county program.
But Board Member Roy McIlwaine appeared to sum up his colleague’s feelings when he noted that it was not prudent to continue that voluntary program as any costs not covered by the voluntary $25 payments would have to come out of the township’s general fund and also would mean many residents with existing private recycling service would, once again, be subsidizing those who chose not to pay for similar private recycling service pickup.
The last day of local recycling pickup by the county - through its contractor Republic Services - is currently scheduled for Dec. 21.
In other action, McIlwaine, Township Clerk Brad Rudich and Township Manager Aaron Sheridan agreed to be the township representatives on a committee reviewing whether to join Saugatuck and Douglas in providing police coverage for Saugatuck Township. The group will be seeking two other community representatives to join them on that committee.
Township officials also discussed holding a public hearing in January to solicit township residents’ responses on whether or not to repair the washout section of Lakeshore Drive.
Various members of the board, Township Fire Chief Greg Janik, along with some officials of the township Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals - attending a joint session of the governing bodies - shared their thoughts that for various safety and transit concerns, they felt the roadway, needed to be repaired.
An investigation into repair costs, availability of any state or federal funding, and residents’ feelings about the issue would all have to be done before any decision could be made, the officials agreed.