Community Updates

Public Hearing- October 22, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

POLICE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

                                                                           ON THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ROLL

 

TO: THE RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Township Board of the Charter Township of Fruitport will conduct a public hearing at the Township Hall at 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, Michigan, on October 22, 2018, at 7:00, p.m., to consider the proposed special assessment roll prepared by the Township Supervisor pursuant to the direction of the Township Board, concerning the Police Special Assessment District previously created.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Police Special Assessment District within which the cost of police services are proposed to be assessed includes the Sherman Boulevard Corridor and the Harvey Street Corridor.  The Sherman Boulevard Corridor and the Harvey Street Corridor together include the following properties:

            61-15-785-000-0012-00; 61-15-103-100-0005-00; 61-15-785-000-0002-00; 61-15-103-100-0003-00; 61-15-785-000-0009-00; 61-15-103-100-0015-00; 61-15-785-000-0008-00; 61-15-103-100-0002-00; 61-15-785-000-0001-00; 61-15-785-000-0003-00; 61-15-122-100-0009-50; 61-15-122-100-0009-51; 61-15-122-100-0009-52; 61-15-122-100-0009-53; 61-15-122-100-0009-54; 61-15-122-300-0001-00; 61-15-122-300-0001-05; 61-15-122-300-0001-10; 61-15-122-300-0001-15; 61-15-122-300-0001-46; 61-15-122-300-0001-48; 61-15-122-300-0001-50; 61-15-122-300-0001-52; 61-15-122-300-0001-60.

The operating millage paid by property owners in the Sherman Boulevard Corridor and the Harvey Street Corridor for 2017, plus the police millage paid by those property owners for 2017, do not cover the estimated costs of the police calls made to those corridor properties during 2017.  The opposite is true for property owners in the Township outside of the corridors.  To cover the deficit for the property owners in the corridors, the Township is proposing to assess the property owners in the corridors according to the police calls made to their properties during 2017.  Only those property owners in the corridors will be assessed whose estimated costs of police calls in 2017 exceeded the amounts paid by the property owners for the 2017 operating millage and police millage.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that copies of the police budget and of the proposed special assessment roll and the calculations used to compute the special assessment roll may be inspected at the office of the Township Clerk at 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, Michigan, Monday through Friday, except holidays, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and may also be inspected at the public hearing.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that at the public hearing, the Township Board will review the proposed special assessment roll and any comments or objections thereto which might be made or filed with the Board at or prior to the time of the public hearing, and will consider any revisions, amendments, or changes to the proposed special assessment roll and the amount of special assessments to be levied against benefited property.

Appearance and protest at this public hearing is required in order to appeal the amount of the special assessment to the State Tax Tribunal. An owner or party in interest or an agent for the owner or party may appear in person at this hearing to protest the special assessment or shall be permitted to file an appearance and protest by letter received at or before the public hearing; if such a letter is filed, then the personal appearance of the person protesting is not required.

The owner or any person having an interest in the real property who protests in person or in writing at this hearing as set forth above may file a written appeal of the special assessment with the State Tax Tribunal within 30 days after the confirmation of the special assessment roll by the Township Board.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that if the proposed special assessment roll is confirmed, or is modified and confirmed, the special assessment will be collected in the same manner as property taxes as provided for by law.

All interested persons are invited to be present at the aforesaid time and place to submit comments concerning any of the foregoing, or to protest the proposed special assessment roll and/or special assessment.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Township Board intends to calculate the amount to be assessed each year, for the coming year, using the calculation formula noted above.  The amount to be assessed on the tax statement each December shall be based upon calculations for the preceding calendar year.

The Township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed material being considered at the hearing, to individuals with disabilities at the hearing upon four days' notice to the Township Clerk. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Township Clerk at the address or telephone number listed below.

Andrea Anderson, Clerk

Fruitport Charter Township

5865 Airline Road

Fruitport, Michigan 49415

 

Phone: 231-865-3151

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2017 Annual Water Quality Report

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2017

ANNUAL WATER QUALITY REPORT

FOR

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

WATER SYSTEM

 

This report covers drinking water quality of the Fruitport Charter Township Water System during the 2017 calendar year.  Included are source water details, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) standards.

    In 2016, Fruitport Township purchased water from the City of Muskegon Heights and the City of Muskegon, which treats water from one of the highest quality surface water sources in the world, Lake Michigan.  The DEQ performed an assessment of the source water in 2003 to determine the susceptibility or the relative potential of contamination. The susceptibility rating is on a seven-tiered scale from “very-low” to “very-high” based primarily on geologic sensitivity, water chemistry, and contaminant sources. The source water susceptibility is categorized as moderately high.

       In 2017, Fruitport’s drinking water met all EPA and DEQ drinking water health standards.  Water quality and customer health is the primary concern of the Township’s Utility Department.  Some may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than others.  Immuno-compromised persons, such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the “Safe Drinking Water Hotline” (1-800-426-4791).

     All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  It is important to remember that the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk.  It is just as important to understand that a contaminant, as defined in this report, includes natural elements and compounds as well as synthetic compounds manufactured every day.   Even distilled water is not “pure” water because most distilled water does have very small quantities of “contaminants”. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

    The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

 

 

 

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

Microbial Contaminants – including viruses and bacteria, may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural operations, and wildlife.

Inorganic Contaminants – including salts and metals, are naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

Pesticides and Herbicides – can come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.

Organic Chemical Contaminants – including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.

Radioactive Contaminants –are naturally-occurring or result from oil and gas production and mining activities.

 

To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which provide the same protection for public health.

Consumer Awareness of Lead

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Fruitport Charter Township is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When water sits idle for several hours, the potential for lead exposure is reduced by flushing the tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or at http://w.w.w.epa.gov/safewater/lead

     In ongoing efforts to maintain a safe and dependable water supply it may be necessary to make improvements to the water system.  The costs of these improvements will be reflected in the rate structure.  Rate adjustments may be necessary in order to address these improvements.  If you have any questions about this report or water utility, please contact the Utility Office, at 865-3158.  If you want to participate in decisions that affect drinking water, please attend any of the regularly scheduled Township Board meetings, held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Hall at 5865 Airline Road.

      In the table on the back page of this report you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with.  To help you better understand these terms we’ve provided the following definitions:

 

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) – one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years, or a single penny in $10,000.00

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (μg/l) – one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.

Picocuries per liter (pCi/l) – picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

Turbidity – A measure of the cloudiness of the water.  Monitoring turbidity indicates the effectiveness of the filtration system.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - A measure of the clarity of the water.  Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Treatment Technique (TT) – A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLG’s allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCL’s are set as close to the MCLG as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Not-Detected (ND) – Laboratory analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLG’s do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

 

Cross Connections: Preventing the threat.

A cross connection is a dangerous piping arrangement which can allow unsafe water, sewage, chemical solutions or other dangerous liquids to enter the drinking water system.  Some suggestions to avoid a cross connection include keeping garden hoses off the ground and out of standing water and eliminating and preventing connection between the public water supply and private well systems.  

     All backflow prevention devices must be tested regularly according to DEQ Rules.  For customers that have backflow prevention devices, please contact the water office for the testing schedule for your device.

     For further information concerning cross connections and the prevention of cross connections, you may contact the Township’s Utility Department at: (231) 865-3158

 

 

 


 

 

TABLE OF DETECTED CONTAMINANTS

                                                                               2017 REGULATED MONITORING AT TREATMENT PLANT

 

SUBSTANCE

 

SAMPLE DATE

 

UNIT

 

RANGE OF

LEVELS

DETECTED

 

HIGHEST

LEVEL

DETECTED

HIGHEST LEVEL ALLOWED MCL OR TT

 

IDEAL LEVELS MCLG

 

VIOLATION

 

 

POSSIBLE SOURCES OF CONTAMINANT

Fluoride

2017

ppm

n/a

0.86

4.0

n/a

No

Added to promote strong teeth; Erosion

Turbidity *

2017

ntu

n/a

0.05

TT

n/a

No

Soil runoff / Lake Sediment

Total Organic Carbon**

2017

ppm

n/a

2.0

TT

n/a

No

Naturally present in the environment

Barium

2017

ppm

n/a

0.02

2

n/a

No

Erosion of natural deposits

 

      *   Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of the water. We monitor turbidity because it is a good indicator of water quality

     **   The Total Organic Carbon (TOC) is measured quarterly. Because we remove 25% of the TOC from our source water, we are in compliance.

            

                                                                2017 REGULATED MONITORING IN THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

 

 

SUBSTANCE

SAMPLE DATE

UNITS

RANGE OF LEVELS DETECTED

HIGHEST ANNUAL RUNNING AVERAGE

HIGHEST LEVEL ALLOWED MCL OR TT

IDEAL

LEVELS

MCLG

SAMPLES EXCEEDING

MCL

 

POSSIBLE SOURCES OF CONTAMINANT

Total Trihalomethanes

2017

ppb

34.1-62

53

80

n/a

NONE

By-product of drinking water chlorination

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)

2017

ppb

25.7-39.1

36

60

n/a

NONE

By-product of drinking water chlorination

Chlorine Residual

2017

ppm

0.03-1.65

0.94

4

n/a

NONE

Drinking water chlorination

 

                                                                      2017 REGULATED MONITORING AT THE CUSTOMER’S TAP

 

 

SUBSTANCE

 

SAMPLE DATE

 

UNITS

RANGE OF LEVELS DETECTED

 

90TH PERCENTILE

ACTION

LEVEL

(AL)

IDEAL LEVELS MCLG

SAMPLES EXCEEDING (AL)

 

POSSIBLE SOURCES OF CONTAMINANT

Copper * & **

Jan-Jun 2016

ppb

44-160

150

1300

1300

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems

Lead * & **

Jan-Jun 2016

ppb

0-4.3

1.9

15

0

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems

Copper * & **

Jul-Dec 2016

ppb

26-84

72

1300

1300

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems

Lead * & **

Jul-Dec 2016

ppb

0-4.2

1.5

15

0

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems

 

                                                                  2017 UNREGULATED MONITORING

 

SUBSTANCE

 

SAMPLE DATE

 

 

UNITS

RANGE OF LEVELS DETECTED

HIGHEST LEVEL DETECTED

AVERAGE LEVEL DETECTED

IDEAL

LEVELS

MCLG

SAMPLES

EXCEEDING

MCL

 

POSSIBLE SOURCE OF CONTAMINANT

Sodium

2017

ppm

n/a

10

n/a

n/a

NONE

Erosion of natural deposits; Ice and snow removal

 

*         The MDEQ requires us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.

           Some of our data, though representative, are more than one year old.

 

**       Results computed using the 90th percentile level. Monitoring period 09-30-14 to 12-31-

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Notice of Ordinance Adoption

Friday, April 13, 2018

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT
NOTICE OF POSTING OF ADOPTED ORDINANCE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Fruitport Charter Township Zoning Map Amendment Ordinance was adopted at a meeting of the Fruitport Charter Township Board Held on April 9, 2018.

The Amendment Ordinance No. 806 will rezone property located at 7046 Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49444 from R-4 Residential-Agricultural District to R-6 Single Family Residential District.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Amendment Ordinance will take effect the eighth day after this publication, unless the effective date is extended pursuant to Section 402 of Act 110, as amended (i.e., the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act).

The complete text of Ordinance 806 is available for public inspection in the office of the Clerk, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI during the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday and on the Township website at www.fruitporttownship-mi.gov.


FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

ORDINANCE NO. 806

ZONING MAP AMENDMENT ORDINANCE

 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING MAP DESCRIBED IN THE ZONING CHAPTER OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES FOR FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REZONING CERTAIN LANDS FROM THE R-4 RESIDENTIAL-AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT TO THE R-6 SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.

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

 Section 1.  Amendment.  Section 42-251 of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances, in Article VI of Chapter 42, shall be amended so that the following lands shall be rezoned from the R-4 Residential-Agricultural District to the R-6 Single Family Residential District.  The lands are in the Charter Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan, and are described as follows:

 Parcel 1 (#61-15-134-400-0003-00 or 7046 S. Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI 49444) Legal Description of the Proposed Property:

 FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

SEC 34 T9N R16W

S 230 FT OF N 485 FT OF W 184 FT OF NW ¼ OF SE ¼

AND W 163 FT OF N 255 FT OF NW ¼ OF SE ¼

SUBJ TO RD ROW OVER W 33 FT & N 33

1.92 AC

SUBJ TO WATER ESMT L/P 2323/429

(COMB W/15-134-400-0001-00 FOR 2011 ROLL)

Section 2.  Effective Date.  This amendment to the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances Zoning Ordinance was approved and adopted by the Township Board of Fruitport Charter Township, Muskegon County, Michigan on April 9, 2018, after a public hearing on March 20, 2018 as required pursuant to Michigan Act 110 of 2006, as amended; after introduction and a first reading on March 26, 2018, and after posting and publication following such first reading as required by Michigan Act 359 of 1947, as amended.  This Ordinance shall be effective on April 20, 2018, which is the eighth day after publication as is required by Section 401 of Act 110, as amended, provided that the effective date shall be extended as necessary to comply with the requirements of Section 402 of Act 110, as amended


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Notice of Ordinance Adoption

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT
NOTICE OF POSTING OF ADOPTED ORDINANCE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that at a meeting of the Fruitport Charter Township Board held on November 13, 2017 the Board had a second reading of and adopted the Rental Unit Registration Restatement Amendment Ordinance.

The Ordinance (No. 805) will update section 6-52 changing the renewal date from the end of the calendar year to the anniversary of issuance date, and also update section 6-58 changing the reference of a civil fine from 2-183 to 1-14. This Ordinance shall be effective 8 days after its publication.   

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 805

  RENTAL UNIT REGISTRATION RESTATEMENT AMENDMENT ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, BY RESTATING SECTION 6-52 REGARDING CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE FOR RENTAL UNITS; BY RESTATING SECTION 6-58 REGARDING CIVIL INFRACTIONS FOR RENTAL UNIT VIOLATIONS; AND BY PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE.

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

Section 1.        Certificate of Compliance. Section 6-52 in Article III, Chapter 6 of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances shall be restated in its entirety as follows.

            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 for one year from the date of issuance, 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.

            Section 2.        Municipal Civil Infraction.  Section 6-58 in Article III, Chapter 6 of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances shall be restated in its entirety as follows.

            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 1-14.  Repeat offenses under this article shall be subject to increased fines as set forth in section 1-14.

Section 3.        Effective Date. This Ordinance was approved and adopted by the Township Board of Fruitport Charter Township, Muskegon County, Michigan, on November 13, 2017, after introduction and first reading on October 23, 2017, and publication after the first reading as required by Act 359 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1947, as amended. This Ordinance shall be effective on November 24, 2017.

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FIRST READING- RENTAL UNIT REGISTRATION RESTATEMENT AMENDMENT ORDINANCE

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE HAD ITS FIRST READING AT A REGULAR MEETING ON OCTOBER 23, 2017:


ORDINANCE NO. 805

RENTAL UNIT REGISTRATION RESTATEMENT AMENDMENT ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF FRUITPORT, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, BY RESTATING SECTION 6-52 REGARDING CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE FOR RENTAL UNITS; BY RESTATING SECTION 6-58 REGARDING CIVIL INFRACTIONS FOR RENTAL UNIT VIOLATIONS; AND BY PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE.

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

Section 1.        Certificate of Compliance. Section 6-52 in Article III, Chapter 6 of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances shall be restated in its entirety as follows.

            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 for one year from the date of issuance, 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.

            Section 2.        Municipal Civil Infraction.  Section 6-58 in Article III, Chapter 6 of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances shall be restated in its entirety as follows.

            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 1-14.  Repeat offenses under this article shall be subject to increased fines as set forth in section 1-14.

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ADOPTION- KEEPING OF ANIMALS ORDINANCE

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS ADOPTED BY THE FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT A REGULAR MEETING ON OCTOBER 23, 2017:


FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

ORDINANCE NO. 804

ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT ORDINANCE

THIS IS AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING CHAPTER OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES FOR FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, CONCERNING THE KEEPING OF ANIMALS.

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

            Section 1.  Keeping of Animals.  Section 42-553 of Chapter 42 of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances, concerning the keeping of animals, is restated in its entirety as follows.

            Sec. 42-553.  Animals.

            (a)        Household pets:  The keeping of household pets, including cats, dogs, household fish, and household birds, is expressly permitted as an accessory use in any zoning district. The keeping of any other animals in any zoning district shall comply with the standards set forth in in subsection (b), subsection (c), subsection (d), or section 42-186.

 

            (b)        Beekeeping (apiaries):  Bees may not be kept in the R-1, R-2, R-3, R-5, and R-6 districts.  Beekeeping is only permitted in the R-4 district, in accordance with all applicable requirements of the Right to Farm Act, as amended or restated or superseded, and any other applicable law.

 

            (c)        Keeping of chickens (hens).

 

                        (1)        Mitigation:  The keeping of hens shall be done in a manner to mitigate any potential adverse impacts on surrounding properties.

 

                        (2)        Maximum:  A maximum of four hens may be kept per lot if the lot is at least 15,000 square feet.  One hen per one-tenth acre may be added with a maximum of 10 hens.

 

                        (3)        Roosters: Roosters are prohibited.

 

                        (4)        Enclosure:  Hens shall be provided with a covered enclosure and must be kept in the covered enclosure or an adjoining fenced enclosure in the side yard or rear yard at all times.

 

                        (5)        Enclosure location:  All covered enclosures or fenced enclosures shall be located in the rear yard, shall be no closer than five feet to any lot line, and shall be located a minimum of 25 feet from any dwelling on an adjacent lot.

 

                        (6)        Enclosure site:  The total square footage of any covered enclosure shall not exceed 80 square feet and shall be a maximum of eight feet in height.  This square footage shall not count against the total allowable accessory building square footage or number of allowable accessory buildings per this chapter.

 

                        (7)        Protection:  All feed and other items associated with the keeping of hens that attract rats, mice, or other rodents or vermin shall be secured and protected in sealed containers.

 

                        (8)        State compliance:  Hens shall be kept in compliance with all applicable generally accepted agricultural and management practices, as established by the state from time to time.

 

            (d)       Keeping of farm animals.

                        (1)       The keeping of farm animals may be considered by the township as a special use with the following standards to be considered. These provisions do not apply to farms in the R-4 district, provided all other applicable state and county requirements are met.

 

Animal

Zoning District

Permitted as Right

Zoning District Permitted as Special Use

 

Minimum Lot Area for First Animal

Lot Area for Additional Animal

Poultry (other than chickens) or rabbits

R-6

R-1

R-2

R-3

R-5

1 acre

.50 acre

Horses, ponies, other equine, mules, burros, llamas, and alpaca

 

R-1

R-2

R-3

R-5

R-6

3 acres

3 acres

Sheep or goats

 

R-1

R-2

R-3

R-5

R-6

2 acres

1 acre

 

                        (2)        All grazing areas shall be fenced. An accessory building shall be provided to house permitted animals. Any barn, and any outdoor feed (non-grazing) area or training or exercising corrals, shall be setback at least 50 feet from any dwelling.  All stables shall be enclosed by a suitable fence and shall be maintained so that odor, dust, noise, or water drainage shall not constitute a nuisance or hazard to adjoining properties.

 

                        (3)        The keeping of exotic animals, not normally considered farm animals or livestock or domesticated household pets, is prohibited.

 

            (e)        Slaughtering or processing:  The slaughtering or processing of any animals outside a completely enclosed building is prohibited.

 

            (f)        Keeping outside:  Animals allowed under this section but excluding household pets of the owner or occupant of a lot may be kept or allowed outside if a fence is constructed and maintained to keep the animals from leaving the lot; however, no horses or livestock will be allowed in any platted subdivision.

 

            Section 2.  Effective Date.  This Ordinance was approved and adopted by the Township Board of Fruitport Charter Township, Muskegon County, on October 23, 2017, after a public hearing as required pursuant to Michigan Act 110 of 2006, as amended, and after introduction and a first reading on October 9, 2017, and publication after such first reading as required by Michigan Act 359 of 1947, as amended. This Ordinance shall be effective on November 3, 2017, which is the eighth day after publication as is required by Section 401 of Act 110, as amended, provided that the effective date shall be extended as necessary to comply with the requirements of Section 402 of Act 110, as amended.

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Kuis Drain

Monday, September 18, 2017

***Press release on Kuis drain***
In 2014, the County Drain Commissioner held a board of determination (BOD) for the Kuis drain. Over 200 people attended the meeting and although many of those attendees opposed, the BOD decided to approve the drain project. The County did take the drain commission to court, not wanting to incur any cost for that drain, and lost. They appealed and lost there as well. Fruitport Township chose not to file suit against the Drain Commission. One resident filed, however dropped the suit before going to court. The minutes to the Board of determination meeting, as well as the engineering findings, are on the County Drain Commission website. Fruitport and its attorney attended a public meeting with the DEQ & Drain Commission concerning the drain. The DEQ did not find a need to alter the drain project.
The township’s attorney gave his opinion that we would need to spend a great deal of Public funds to hire an engineering firm to re-evaluate the drain and bring a different conclusion to an appeal court regarding the condition of the drain and the boundary. This would need to be compelling enough to have the court of appeals agree with a different opinion. He stated this would be very difficult, as well as costly, if we could even find an engineering firm with a different opinion. The Drain Commission has, by law, the authority to establish and assess drain projects. The township has no authority to create or halt a drain project that is deemed necessary and conducive to public health, convenience and welfare.
The township’s current administration has worked with the Drain Commissioner to help with some of the cost of the cleanout contract. The Commission’s engineer has gone line by line and has reduced some of the bid amount. MDOT is contributing over $200,000 for the work being done next to the highway, the township water department is paying for some of the work that is being done with regards to their water main, and the board removed a culvert replacement from the bid that Muskegon County Road Commission determined to have 25 years of life left in it. With no way to stop this process, (which could only have been done in 2014 at the Board of Determination and 10 days after with an appeal), the township is concentrating on reducing costs.
At the Fruitport Township Board meeting held on September 11, 2017, the Drain Commissioner was held up at another meeting; due to her arrival time being undetermined the board moved on to the next agenda items. The last item on the agenda was to go into closed session regarding a matter under the open meetings act, unrelated to the Kuis Drain. The Supervisor called the Drain Commissioners cell phone at that time and was unable to contact her. It was decided to move to the next agenda item and go into closed session. It was unfortunate the Drain Commissioner came shortly after that and the board was not there to hear comments from the audience. After the closed session the Drain Commissioner did update the township board and the board expressed its concerns regarding the necessity, scope and cost of the project.

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Adoption- Rental Unit Registration Restatement Ordinance

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The following ordinance had it's 2nd reading and was adopted at a regular meeting of the Fruitport Township Board on August 28, 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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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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