Community Updates

Meeting canceled

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Due to a lack of agenda items, the Fruitport Township board meeting has been canceled for Monday, November 27, 2017.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Notice of Public Hearing, December 19, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
                                                          SPECIAL LAND USE REQUEST
                         
      PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Fruitport Charter Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on December 19, 2017 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 the storage of towable (non-motorized) recreational vehicles at 4800 S. Harvey St, Muskegon, MI 49444, Fruitport Township.  Parcel ID #61-15-115-300-0026-00.

      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.

                                                                                                                                Andrea Anderson
                                                                                                                                  Township Clerk

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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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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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