Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn delivers the State of the Township at Sycamore Hills Golf Club March 8. She highlighted the continued growth of the township and what it means.

Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn delivers the State of the Township at Sycamore Hills Golf Club March 8. She highlighted the continued growth of the township and what it means.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Dunn highlights continued growth in annual address

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 12, 2019

 Clinton-Macomb Public Library Adult Services Librarian Sarah von Oeyen, right, was recognized at the State of Township on March 8. She will appear as a “Jeopardy!” contestant on March 28.

Clinton-Macomb Public Library Adult Services Librarian Sarah von Oeyen, right, was recognized at the State of Township on March 8. She will appear as a “Jeopardy!” contestant on March 28.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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On March 8, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn provided the audience of business and community leaders at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Macomb Township with her annual overview of accomplishments.

She began her remarks citing typical business conducted by township officials, like going over meeting agendas, assessing properties, fighting fires and planning for the future. 

“But, sometimes, requests or issues don’t have a quick answer, unless you have a crystal ball,” she said.

Over the course of her address, Dunn spoke about having a figurative crystal ball that she uses three to four times a week.

As in past addresses, Dunn brought up the continued growth of Macomb Township, stating it is the fastest growing township in Michigan in single-family housing.

A slideshow presentation included figures that showed that, in 2016, there were 503 housing permits issued. That number increased to 533 in 2018.  

For every house that is built in the township, Dunn said inspections are required.

“In 2018, there were 7,590 inspections,” she said. “Each inspector does six to seven inspections everyday, and double that amount in the summer. I asked, ‘Crystal ball, do all inspections usually get approved on the first visit and will this trend continue?’”

For housing development in the township, Dunn said that 17 of the 37 residential developments are currently under construction. Roughly 1,300 of the 2,055 sites are in the approval process and close to being available this spring.

She asked, “Crystal ball, will our building official, engineer and planner be really busy again this year?” 

Due to the rise in housing, the Macomb Township population from 2010 to 2018 increased by 9,122 residents, good for an 11 percent increase. 

A November population and household estimates for southeast Michigan report released by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, or SEMCOG, shows that out of municipalities in seven counties, Macomb Township had the largest numeric growth in that time period.

The additional staff workload led to six township departments requesting more employees.   

“Crystal ball went into overload mode,” Dunn said. 

Along with the rise in housing and population, comes more voters.

“Two new precincts were established – one at our own rec center and one at Bethel Church of the Nazarene,” Dunn said. 

Financially, she asked the crystal ball how the township is doing.

“We have an A-plus rating from our Plante Moran auditor,” she said.

Dunn, who was first elected supervisor in 2012, provided a brief update on the status of the 23 Mile Road widening project between North Avenue and Fairchild Road. The road is being widened from a two-lane road to five lanes.

“The sewer line is being moved to allow for more lanes of pavement and to improve the intersection,” she said. “Right now, this intersection at 23 Mile and North Avenue is a disaster. Avoid this if you can.”

Additional speakers at the event included state representatives Jeff Yaroch and Mike MacDonald, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

“What we need to get back to is the priorities and the issues and challenges we’re facing,” Hackel said. “The roads are the number one issue I hear about every day. There’s no denying the fact that we need additional funding.”

Dunn finished the morning by introducing Clinton-Macomb Public Library Adult Services Librarian Sarah von Oeyen. She will appear as a “Jeopardy!” contestant March 28. 

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