Community Updates

1st Reading- Rental Unit Registration Restatement Ordinance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The following ordinance had it's 1st reading at a regular meeting of the Fruitport Township Board on August 14, 2017:

ORDINANCE NO. 803

RENTAL UNIT REGISTRATION RESTATEMENT ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, BY RESTATING ARTICLE III, CHAPTER 6, TO AMEND REGULATIONS CONCERNING RENTAL UNITS; AND BY PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE.

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN ORDAINS:

Section 1.        Chapter 6, Article III. Article III, Chapter 6 of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances, entitled “Rental Units,” is restated and shall read in its entirety as follows.

Sec. 6-50.        Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning.

Owner means the legal title holder of a rental unit or the premises within which the rental unit is situated. In those cases in which the owner is not a natural person, the owner shall be the president, general manager, or other chief executive officer of the organization. Where more than one natural person has an ownership interest, each person with an ownership interest shall be considered the owner. An owner may designate an agent to undertake any of the owner’s duties or to receive notices pursuant to this article.

Rental unit means any dwelling as defined in chapter 42 of this code.

Sec. 6-51.        Required registration.

(a)        No owner shall lease, rent, or otherwise allow a rental unit to be occupied unless the rental unit is registered with the township and maintains a valid certificate of compliance.

Registration of a rental unit shall include the following:

(1)        Completion and processing of a rental application;

(2)        A scheduled inspection of the rental unit, if necessary; and

(3)        Payment of all fees pursuant to this article;

(b)        The application shall be created by the township and shall be available at the township. It shall include at least the following information:

(1)        The address of the rental unit;

(2)        The names and addresses of all owners of the rental unit;

(3)        The name, address, and telephone number of the person authorized to collect rent from the individuals occupying the rental unit;

(4)        The designation of a responsible local agent, if applicable, including the responsible local agent’s name, local address, email, and telephone number;

(5)        The number of rental units in each building, if applicable; and

(6)        The signatures of all the owners as well as the responsible local agent, if applicable.

Sec. 6.52.        Certificate of compliance.

After the registration is complete, the township shall issue a certificate of compliance for the rental unit. The certificate of compliance shall be valid from the date of issuance until the end of the calendar year, at which point the certificate must be renewed. There shall be a fee of $10, payable upon receipt of the first certificate and subsequently payable upon an annual basis at the time of certificate renewal.

Sec. 6-53.        Inaccurate or incomplete registration information.

It shall be a violation of this article for an owner to provide inaccurate information for the registration of rental units or to fail to provide information required by the township for such registration.

Sec. 6-54.        Change in registration information.

The township must be informed of any change in registration information, including a transfer of ownership of the rental unit, within 60 days of the change.

Sec. 6-55.        Owner’s responsibilities.

            The owner shall be responsible for the following:

(1)        Maintaining the rental unit in accordance with this article and all other applicable township, county, state, and federal rules and regulations;

(2)        Maintaining a list of the number of occupants of the rental unit and each of their names;

(3)        Being available or having an agent available within 24 hours for emergency situations; and

(4)        Ensuring that the rental unit complies with all standards of this code, as well as all other local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Sec. 6-56.        Inspections.

All rental units may be inspected by the township upon request by the owner or occupant. The township shall also perform inspections of rental units pursuant to all other local, state, and federal laws and regulations.  In any event, rental units shall be inspected at least every four years.

Owners shall be assessed a cost for inspections, which shall not exceed the township’s actual, reasonable cost to provide the inspection. The amount of the inspection charge shall be the amount charged by the contractor performing inspections for the township, with prior notice from the contractor to the township.

Sec. 6-57.        Township correspondence.

Annually, the township shall attempt to send letters to the owners registered with the township which shall outline the rights and responsibilities of the owners and occupants pursuant to the international property maintenance code, as adopted by the township, or all other applicable local, state, and federal authority.

Sec. 6.58.        Municipal civil infraction.

Any person who violates any provision of this article is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to payment of a civil fine as set forth in section 2-183.  Repeat offenses under this article shall be subject to increased fines as set forth in section 2-183.


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Fruitport District Library Board Vacancy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fruitport Village and Township joined together to establish a Fruitport District Library January 3, 2017.

The Fruitport Village Council appoints three members, one of which may be a member of the council and Fruitport Township Board of Trustees appoint four members, one of which may be a member of the Township Board.

The Township has a vacant position open and is accepting letters of interest from residents living within the township. The interested resident may not live within the Village of Fruitport limits.

The Fruitport Library Committee will be accepting Letters of Interest until September 14, 2017. Please submit letters of interest attention to Rose Dillon, rdillon@fruitporttownship.com or mail to 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415. Phone contact: 231 865-3151

Additional information regarding the responsibilities of the board members can be obtained by contacting Rose.

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Library Update January 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 2017

Beginning January 6, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Fruitport will begin our service agreement with Spring Lake District Library for the months of January, February and March 2017. Fruitport Library residents will go to Spring Lake Library, let them know you are a Fruitport resident, fill out an application for a library card (you will need your driver’s license) and there will be no cost.

It is the goal of the Fruitport District Library Board of Directors to have a soft library opening April 1, 2017 with plans for a grand opening in May 2017.

The Fruitport District Library Agreement and Plan of Service have been approved by the Library of Michigan.

If you are in the area, you may want to stop by the Fruitport Library across from Fifth Third Bank in the Village of Fruitport to meet our new librarian, Bethany Nettleton. There will be some events that will be held at the library and we are looking for more ways to use the library for the community.

The Library of Michigan has informed us that Muskegon County patrons that are qualified Blind and Physically Handicapped and meet these state requirements can utilize the subregional library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped located at the MADL Administration Building, 4845 Airline Road, as this address receives funding from the State. Those qualifying can pick up their books at this address or can have them delivered to their homes.

Thank you for your continued support during this rebuilding time. Fruitport District Library will experience start up pains, but once we are open for service, library services and programs will be provided for Fruitport library users.

Please join us for the monthly library meeting at the Fruitport Township Hall the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. where you can meet the Fruitport District Library Board and Library Director.

 

Contact the Library Liasons for additional information:

Rose Dillon                                                                                         Donna Pope

231 865-3151                                                                                      231 366-6030

rdillon@fruitporttownship.com                                               d.arlenepope25@gmail

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FRIENDS OF THE FRUITPORT LIBRARY

Thursday, August 25, 2016

FRIENDS OF THE FRUITPORT LIBRARY

If you would like to be a part of a group of people who are passionate about libraries, please meet at the Fruitport Library on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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Fruitport Library Committee Responsibilities

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fruitport Library Committee

 

Members

Members of the committee are appointed by either the Fruitport Village Council or Township Board of Trustees to represent their shared interest in the library. The desire of the Committee is to present to our community a library we can all be proud of, a library that is a desirable place to be and to provide  an environment, atmosphere and materials that enhance our patron’s lives.

The building and grounds are located in the beautiful Pomona Park along Spring Lake.

Responsibilities

The members of the Fruitport Library Committee are all equal and are charged with the following duties and responsibilities:

Hold monthly meeting where review of building and grounds are discussed

Appoint a chairman, secretary and treasurer

Monitor and control revenues and expenses related to the building and grounds

Monitor the maintenance and cleanliness of the building and assure that equipment is in proper functioning condition

Monitor the maintenance of the grounds to make sure they are manicured and sprinkled in the summer and the walkways are salted and cleared for patrons in the winter.

Provide a reasonable perception of building and grounds to our library patrons

The committee chairman may make an expenditure up to $500.00 in only necessary situations.

Vacancy of a Member

If a member resigns, the committee will post for letters of interest. The committee will review letters and interview eligible candidates. The committee will make a recommendation to either the Township or Village depending on where the vacancy occurs.

Library Committee

The committee acts as a whole. One member may not act alone, or speak for the committee as a whole, unless authorized by the committee. Ethical Standards should be followed as all local, state and federal laws. Violation of such could require a resignation.

 

 

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Library Committee Vacancy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Library Committee Vacancy

Fruitport Village and Township joined together to establish a Library Committee several years ago.

The Village appoints three members, one of which is a member of the council and the Township appoints three members, one of which is a Board of Trustee member.

The Township has a vacancy position open and is accepting letters of interest from residents living within the township. This resident should not live within the Village of Fruitport limits.

The Fruitport Library Committee will be accepting Letters of Interest until August 31, 2016. Please submit interest attention to Rose Dillon, rdillon@fruitporttownship.com or mail to 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415.

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NOTICE OF (2) PUBLIC HEARINGS

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
 FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE  that the Fruitport Township Planning Commission will hold the following public hearings on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 (telephone: 231-865-3151).

1.) One public hearing will be held to consider a zone change from R-4 (Residential-Agricultural) to PUD (Planned Unit Development).  Property information:  Parcel #61-15-127-100-0015-00  and #61-15-127-100-0016-00 or 6072 S. Harvey Street and 6334 S. Harvey Street, Muskegon, MI.

2.)  The second public hearing will be held to consider a zone change from R-4 (Residential-Agricultural) to B-3 (Service Business) contract zoning.  Property information:  Parcel #61-15-113-400-0008-00 and 61-15-113-400-0008-10 or vacant land on Brooks Road and vacant land on Ellis Road, Muskegon, MI.

Written comments will be received at the Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, Michigan 49415 (telephone: 231-865-3151)  Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities upon five days’ notice to the Township Clerk.

                                                                                                               CAROL HULKA, CMMC
                                                                                                               Township Clerk

 

           

 

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AUGUST 2, 2016 PRIMARY ELECTION

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN AUGUST PRIMARY ELECTION

People who aren't registered to vote have until Tuesday, July 5 to register at any Secretary of State office, or at their county or local clerk's office.

HOW YOU CAN GET AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:

* Age 60 or older
* Physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
* Expecting to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be open on Election Day.
* In jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
* Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
* Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

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SPECIAL USE REQUEST

Thursday, June 9, 2016

                                                                                     FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
                                                                                          SPECIAL LAND USE REQUEST
                         
      PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Fruitport Charter Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on June 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415.

     The public hearing will consider a special land use for a child care – Daycare at 4757 Airline Road, Muskegon, Michigan 49444.  Parcel ID #61-15-115-300-0010-00.

      Written comments will be received at the Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, Michigan 49415 (telephone: 231-865-3151) Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

   The Township of Fruitport will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities upon 5 days’ notice to the Township Clerk.

                                                                                                                            CAROL HULKA, CMMC
                                                                                                                                  Township Clerk
                 
























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Adoption of Fruitport Cemetery Ordinance NO. 794

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The following ordinance was adopted at the Fruitport Charter Township Board meeting on May 9, 2016.


FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

CEMETERY ORDINANCE

ORDINANCE NO. 794

 

            AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, TO ADD A NEW CHAPTER 21 ENTITLED CEMETERIES, TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND GENERAL WELFARE BY ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE OPERATION, CONTROL, AND MANAGEMENT OF CEMETERIES OWNED BY THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

            THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, ORDAINS:

 

            Section 1.  Addition of Chapter 21.  Chapter 21 is added to the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances, which Chapter will be known and cited as the "Fruitport Charter Township Cemetery Ordinance" and shall read in its entirety as follows.

 

"CHAPTER 21

CEMETERIES

 

Sec. 21-1.  Definitions.

 

            The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this Chapter, unless otherwise specifically stated.

 

            Babyland.  A portion of the cemetery designated exclusively for the burial of an infant or stillborn.  The space shall consist of a land area three feet wide and three and one half feet in length.

 

            Cemetery.  Any cemetery owned and operated by the Township.

 

            Cemetery Board.  The Cemetery Board shall consist of the Township Clerk, Cemetery Sexton, and two other individuals appointed by the Township Board.

 

            Grave Site.  Shall consist of a land area five feet wide and eight to ten feet in length. Each site shall be assigned a name at the time of purchase.

 

            Interment.  The disposition of the remains of a deceased person.

 

Sec. 21-2.  General rules.

 

            It is important that all persons within the cemetery should avoid conduct unbecoming a reverent place.

 

            A.        Impermissible conduct includes but is not limited to:

 

                        1.         Talking in a loud or boisterous manner;

 

                        2.         Consuming alcoholic beverages;

 

                        3.         Picking or removing flowers;

 

                        4.         Vandalizing any memorial, marker, fence, or structure;

 

                        5.         Driving above posted speed limits;

 

                        6.         Driving beyond designated roadways;

 

                        7.         Hunting of any kind; and

 

                        8.         Jumping or climbing over cemetery fences.

 

            B.        The following is also prohibited within the cemetery grounds:

 

                        1.         Dogs; and

 

                        2.         Off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.

 

Sec. 21-3.  Funerals.

 

            No tents shall be permitted for services taking place from November 1 through the following April 1. 

 

Sec. 21-4.  Sale of grave sites.

 

            The sale of a grave site grants a right of burial only and does not convey any other title to the site sold.  All sales shall be approved by the Township Clerk in writing on the approved form, who shall keep records of all sales.

 

Sec. 21-5.  Transfer of grave sites.

 

            Any grave site transfers shall be approved by the Township Clerk, who will issue an Assignment of Burial Permit and shall maintain records of all transfers.  The Township shall collect a fee for this service.

 

Sec. 21-6.  Forfeiture of vacant grave sites.

 

            A.        Grave sites sold on or after January 1, 2016 and remaining vacant 40 years from the date of their sale shall automatically revert to the Township upon occurrence of the following events.

 

                        For purposes of this Section, "vacant" shall mean:

 

                        1.         No interment; and

 

                        2.         No marker or monument.

 

            Notice shall be sent by the Township by first class mail to the last known address of the last owner of record.  The notice shall inform the owner of the expiration of the 40-year period and that all rights with respect to the grave sites will be forfeited if the owner does not affirmatively indicate in writing to the Township within 90 days from the date of mailing of the notice the owner's desire to retain those rights.

 

            If no written response to the notice indicating a desire to retain the grave sites in question is received by the Township from the last owner of record of the grave sites, or from the last owner's heirs or legal representatives, within 60 days from the date of mailing the notice, then the Township shall publish a final notice in a local newspaper indicating a need for written response within 30 days.

 

            If no written response to the mailed or published notice indicating a desire to retain the grave sites in question is received by the Township from the last owner of record of the grave sites, or from the last owner's heirs or legal representatives, within 90 days from the mailing date of the first notice or within 30 days from the publication date of the final notice, then the grave sites shall be forfeited to the Township.  In the event of forfeiture, the owner(s) shall not be entitled to any payment or reimbursement.

 

            If a timely response to the notice is received by the Township, indicating a desire to retain the grave sites in question, this process shall be repeated every 10 years until the grave sites are used or revert to the Township.  Owners may also reset the 10 year timing by written notice affirming their desire to retain interment rights.

 

            B.        Grave sites sold before January 1, 2016 and remaining vacant 40 years from the date of their sale (or, if the date of sale is unknown, remaining vacant after January 1, 2026) shall revert to the Township only if the Township pursues the procedures in Subsection A above  and pursues other reasonable due process procedures if the owners are unknown to determine if the owners of the grave sites wish to retain their ownership rights.  Only if the Township does not receive a timely indication of continued interest in the ownership rights of the grave sites shall the grave sites revert to the Township.  As in Subsection A above, the process shall be repeated every 10 years as necessary.

 

Sec. 21-7.  Interment regulations.

 

            A.        Under the direction of the Township Clerk, all interment requests must be made to the Cemetery Sexton, who will have control of the opening of graves and other matters relating to burials.  The Township Clerk must keep records of all interments.

 

            B.        The Township shall be notified at least two business days in advance of the proposed interment, to allow sufficient time for the opening of the grave site.  No Monday interments will be allowed.

 

            C.        All full burials must be made in standard vaults made of concrete or other material approved by the Cemetery Board. 

 

Sec. 21-8.  Interment of cremated remains.

 

            No more than three cremains may be interred at a single grave site.  Cremation vaults are permitted but not required.

 

            The scattering of cremains anywhere in the cemetery is prohibited.

 

Sec. 21-9.  Repurchase of grave sites.

 

            Upon the written request of the owner or owner's representatives or heirs, the Township may repurchase any grave site for the original purchase price.

 

Sec. 21-10.  Markers.

 

            A.        All markers or memorials must be made of recognized durable granite marble, standard bronze, or other material equivalent in durability and approved by the Cemetery Board.

 

            B.        Only one marker shall be permitted per grave site.

 

            C.        All makers shall face the same direction as those surrounding.

 

            D.        Marker Sizes.  The following is an index to marker sizing and is a guideline to be followed by all monument companies which deliver monuments to the cemetery.  Any deviation requests shall be submitted to the Cemetery Board for consideration.  Any marker delivered to the cemetery with larger dimensions and without proper approval shall be unacceptable and shall not be allowed; if installed the larger marker shall be subject to immediate removal.

 

Type of Marker

(See Attached Figure 1)

Length

Width

Height

Flush markers - single

28 inches

16 inches

2 inch border - military

Flush markers - double

42 inches

16 inches

 

Bevel markers - single

32 inches

16 inches

36 inches (no bases allowed)

Slant markers - single

32 inches

16 inches

36 inches (32 inches with 4 inch

base)

Double markers

52 inches

16 inches

36 inches (32 inches with 4

inch base)

Babyland markers

16 inches

8 inches

16 inches (no bases allowed)

 

A double marker may have a base, but the overall size must remain within the guidelines. No marker shall exceed 36 inches tall, nor shall any 3-tier markers be allowed.

 

 

 

Sec. 21-11.  Footings or foundations.

 

            The footing or foundation upon which any maker is placed shall be constructed by the Cemetery Sexton at the expense of the owner of the grave site.  The footing or foundation shall be two  inches longer and two inches wider than the above-ground marker.

 

Sec. 21-12.  Decoration of grave sites.

 

            A.        Flowers, plants, or hanging pots shall be placed on the side of the marker, rather than in front or behind it.

 

            B.        Up to three items may be placed on a grave site.  However, the following items are not permitted: glass, wooden items, rocks, crosses, mulch, bark, statues, arbors, wire fences, or walls.  The only permitted benches are headstone benches, which must not exceed 30 inches on a single grave site or 48 inches on a double grave site.

 

            C.        Urns are to be emptied and turned over by each October 1.

 

            D.        Winter decorations may be placed on graves from November 1 through the following April 1.

 

Sec. 21-13.  Ground maintenance.

 

            A.        No planting of shrubs, bushes, or trees shall be allowed.  In the interest of maintaining proper appearance and use of the cemetery, the Cemetery Sexton reserves the right to remove or trim any tree, plant, or shrub currently located within the cemetery.

 

            B.        The Cemetery Sexton shall also have the right and authority to remove and dispose of any growth, emblem, display, or container that through decay, deterioration, damage, or otherwise become unsightly, a source of litter, or a maintenance problem.

 

            C.        Surfaces other than earth or sod are prohibited, unless established by the Township.

 

Sec. 21-14.  Liability for damage.

 

            The Township shall not be liable for any lost or damaged item from any grave site, or for damage to any grave site.

 

Sec. 21-15.  Cemetery charges.

 

            Cemetery charges are set forth in Section 14-2 of this Code.

 

Sec. 21-16.  Penalties.

 

            Any person who violates a provision of this Chapter shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction, and upon an admission or determination of responsibility thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500.00 plus court costs.  Each day that a violation occurs shall be considered to be a separate violation.  The issuance of a citation for a municipal civil infraction shall not in any way limit the Township in seeking enforcement of the provisions of this Chapter, including, but not limited to, requesting a civil restraining order from any court of competent jurisdiction."

 

            Section 2.  Repeal.  All resolutions, ordinances, orders in conflict in whole or in part with any of the provisions of this Chapter are, to the extent of such conflict, repealed.

 

            Section 3.  Effective date.  This Ordinance was approved and adopted by the Township Board of Fruitport Charter Township, Muskegon County, Michigan, on May 9, 2016, after introduction and a first reading on April 25, 2016, and publication after such first reading as required by Michigan Act 359 of 1947, as amended.  This Ordinance shall be effective 30 days after its publication.

 

 

 

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Brian Werschem, Township Supervisor                      Carol Hulka, Township Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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