Union township walkable, bikeable community approved

The Union Township board has adopted a resolution for the walkable and bikeable community plan with a vote of 6-1.

Part of the project will be funded by a two-percent grant from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The township is also applying for a $10 million grant from the Federal Department of Transportation.

"The idea is to contribute through a community-wide effort so resources aren't wasted," said township manager Woody Woodruff. "One of the reasons we're submitting for a huge grant is to implement a circle tour that goes around the entire community."

Treasurer Pam Stovak said she does not think the government has or should have $10 million to spend, but agreed the project is a good thing for the community.

"This pot of money could do in two or three years what would have taken 10 to 15 years without it," said township supervisor John Barker.

Other Business

Union Township passed a motion with a 4-3 majority vote to adopt a yard sale ordinance.

The ordinance will require residents of the township to have no more than three garage or yard sales a year. They will also have to notify the township when they want to have one.

"I recognize there's not a landslide activity, but it's an important tool to enforce extreme situations that occur that need attention," said trustee Phil Mikus.

But because Union Township is a local government, trustee John Verwey said they should have the least amount of government regulation and this ordinance creates too much regulation.

Stovak said not only does she agree with Verwey, but she doesn't believe in creating an ordinance based on one formal complaint.

"I tend to agree with the planning commission on most instances," Barker said. "We expect people to be good neighbors and most are. Those (are) rare instances where we need to enforce regulation."

Woody Woodruff said while developing the ordinance, he spent a lot of time to conform with others in the area.

Clerk Peter Gallinat said it struck him as unusual that people wanting to have a garage sale would have to come down to the township.

"I was thinking to myself, 'Really?'" he said. "Regulating garage sales I look at as a unnecessary regulation"


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