Community Updates

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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Notice of Public Hearing, September 25, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

PROPOSED POLICE & FIRE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

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 Fruitport Charter Township Board proposes to create a special assessment district within the Township for the purpose of recovering all or a portion of the cost of providing public safety services to the properties within the highest usage areas in the Township.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the special assessment district proposed to be assessed is more particularly described as follows:

Sherman Boulevard Corridor and the Harvey Street Corridor and includes the following parcels:

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; 61-15-300-0001-50; 61-15-122-100-0009-54; 61-15-122-300-0001-46; 61-15-122-300-0001-48; 61-15-300-0001-52; 61-15-446-000-0004-00; 61-15-127-100-0016-00; 61-15-122-300-0001-60; 61-15-122-100-0009-50; 61-15-100-0009-52; 61-15-122-300-0001-10; 61-15-122-300-0001-05; 61-15-122-300-0001-15; 61-15-122-300-0001-00

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Township Board has passed a resolution tentatively declaring its intent to create the special assessment district. 

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Township Board has considered estimates of the cost of operating the police department and the fire department within the proposed district.  The Township estimates that the annual increases in costs will not exceed the annual increase in the cost of living index as shown in the Consumers Price Index of the U.S. Department of Labor, for “all items” for urban consumers.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a public hearing on the district and estimate of costs will be held at the Fruitport Charter Township Hall at 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415, at 7:00 p.m. on September 25, 2017.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the question of raising money for police and fire services by special assessment must be submitted to the electors of the Township if the owners of 10 percent of the land in the proposed special assessment district petition for a referendum.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that if the Township Board determines the need for such an assessment and approves the creation of such district, a special assessment may be levied against properties that benefit from such services.  Michigan Act 64 of 1989 and Michigan Act 186 of 1973, both as amended, provide that a special assessment must be protested at the hearing held for the purpose of confirming the special assessment roll before the Michigan Tax Tribunal may acquire jurisdiction of any dispute involving the special assessment.  The hearing for the purpose of confirming the special assessment roll will be held, if at all, at some time in the future pursuant to notice given as required by law.  Appearance and protest at such hearing is required in order to appeal the amount of the special assessment or assessments to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.  An owner of or party of interest in property to be assessed, or an agent thereof, may appear in person to protest the special assessments, or may protest the special assessments by letter filed with the Township Clerk at or prior to the time of the hearing, in which case appearance in person is not required.  A determination by the Township Board of the sufficiency of the need for assessment is not subject to attack except in an action brought in a court of competent jurisdiction within 30 days after the adoption of the resolution determining such sufficiency.

At the hearing, the Township Board will consider any written objections to any of the foregoing matters filed with the Township Board at or before the hearing as well as any revisions, corrections, amendments, or changes to the plans, estimates and costs, or special assessment district.

In future years, the Township Board proposes to re-determine the amount to be levied for police and fire services purposes in the district in conjunction with the annual Township budget hearing.  The Township Board will make a re-determination of the levy for the following year for police and fire services without further mailed notice, except for compliance with the Open Meetings Act, provided any increase in such levy does not exceed the estimated annual incremental cost increases by more than 10 percent.  However, if an increase in the levy in any year will exceed the estimated annual increase by more than 10 percent, notice of the re-determination hearing will be mailed to property owners.

All interested persons are invited to be present at the hearing and to submit any comments they may have.

The Township will provide necessary and reasonable aids and services for this hearing to individuals with disabilities upon seven days prior notice to the Township Clerk.

This notice will also be published in the Muskegon Chronicle:  September 19, 2017           

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Notice of Public Hearing, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

     PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on September 19, 2017, a public hearing will be held by the Fruitport Charter Township Planning Commission in the Township Hall of Fruitport Charter Township, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, Michigan 49415, at 7:00p.m.

The purpose is to consider a zoning text amendment ordinance regarding the keeping of animals.  Written comments will be received at the Township Hall, 5865 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI.

The Township will provide necessary and reasonable aids and services for this hearing to individuals with disabilities upon seven days prior notice to the Township Clerk.

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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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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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