Macomb Township board approves rezoning request, denies design services

Local Girl Scout honored

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published April 2, 2019

 At the March 27 Board of Trustees meeting, it was approved that a 2.6-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of 22 Mile and Card roads would be rezoned to make room for a daycare facility.

At the March 27 Board of Trustees meeting, it was approved that a 2.6-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of 22 Mile and Card roads would be rezoned to make room for a daycare facility.

File photo by Deb Jacques

 Macomb Township resident Dave Esch addresses the Board of Trustees on March 27. Esch, who farms on land next to the proposed site of a nature preserve park, said that as a farmer, he has a financial interest in his land.

Macomb Township resident Dave Esch addresses the Board of Trustees on March 27. Esch, who farms on land next to the proposed site of a nature preserve park, said that as a farmer, he has a financial interest in his land.

Photo by Alex Szwarc

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Three requests of note were approved at the March 27 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

The Planning Department first wanted the board to approve a rezoning request from an agricultural space to an office low rise. The land is on the northwest corner of 22 Mile Road and Card Road.

The purpose of the rezoning is for a daycare facility to be built on the 2.6-acre land.

Also at the meeting, the board unanimously adopted a resolution to authorize the submission of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant for 26 Mile Road properties.

At the March 13 board meeting, several residents voiced their opinion on whether or not Macomb Township should move forward to purchase land for a nature preserve park in the township’s northeast corner. The 40-acre property is located at 22200 26 Mile Road, east of Card Road.

Planning Director Patrick Meagher said it costs $1.25 million for the grant application.

Resident Dave Esch addressed the board, saying that as a farmer, he has a financial interest in a piece of land his family has owned for many years. He said his land is on the western edge outside of the 40-acre property.

“We occasionally have problems with trespassers,” he said. “The problem is that they leave stuff of take stuff. The concern with the park next door is we would like to see park-goers along with their animals stay on the park and don’t encroach on our property.”

In Engineering Department business, Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin asked the board to deny a request to authorize Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. to provide design engineering and surveying services for Amber Ridge, a residential development along the north side of 23 Mile Road, between North Avenue and Fairchild Road.

“Doing some research, it looks like Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick hasn’t done any work on this property,” Van Tiflin said. “I’m recommending denial because I don’t want to set the precedent that any developer can come in and use the consultant that we use.”   

He said it is a conflict of interest to utilize the engineering consultant for this type of work, since one of AEW’s main functions as a consultant is to perform engineering review on behalf of Macomb Township.

He added that additional developers have requested the design and surveying services of AEW for projects; however, these projects have been under the circumstances that AEW had completed previous work on those specific developments, and these projects were simply a continuation of previous work performed.

“Making sure that you’re looking out for conflict of interest in our township is very much appreciated,” Trustee Tim Bussineau said.

In new business from the Supervisor’s Office, a resolution passed honoring Makayla Ramos, of Macomb Township, for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. It is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.

For her Gold Award project, Ramos addressed the need to decrease waste in landfills by encouraging the recycling of colored pens and markers within four schools in Chippewa Valley Schools.

“The Girl Scout Gold Award is equivalent to the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout,” Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn said at the meeting.

Ramos has been a member of Girl Scout Troop 30308 for 13 years.

On May 5, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan will recognize 25 young women as recipients of the award.

The board proclaimed that May 5 will be “Makayla Ramos Day” in Macomb Township.

The board’s next meeting is April 10 at 7 p.m.