Last month, Macomb Township approved a request from the water and sewer department for an emergency purchase for a water pump. The pump is located at the southwest corner of 22 Mile and Heydenreich roads.

Last month, Macomb Township approved a request from the water and sewer department for an emergency purchase for a water pump. The pump is located at the southwest corner of 22 Mile and Heydenreich roads.

File photo by Alex Szwarc


Water pump replaced, Macomb Township rezones former garden center site

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 11, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Amidst a rainstorm, Macomb Township took action on replacing a water station pump.

At the Sept. 22 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, from the water and sewer department came the request to approve the emergency purchase requisition for a pump at pump station No. 11.

The meeting was held during a week in which a few inches of rain fell in Macomb County.

Water and Sewer Department Superintendent Gerry Wangelin said it was an emergency purchase he ran by Supervisor Frank Viviano. The pump is located at the southwest corner of 22 Mile and Heydenreich roads.

“This pump that got tired out on us was approximately eight years old,” Wangelin said. “The pump came from New Jersey, and we had to act quick.”

While the former pump was out of service, Wangelin said a spare pump was installed, which operates at about 70% capacity.

The $8,160 payment for the new pump is to Kennedy Industries.

Also at the meeting, a public hearing was held for 2021 community development block grant, or CDBG, funding. 

Planning Director Josh Bocks said this is an additional round of funding; the first came in February.

He explained that additional funding is due to previously funded projects in Macomb County that did not utilize their funds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Township staff worked with the county to come up with three CDBG-eligible projects.

The projects include a patio area and computer lab at the Macomb Township Senior Center, and technology upgrades in the Macomb Township board room in Town Hall to assist with virtual meetings.

About $132,705 is for the patio; $42,567 for the computer lab; and $13,682 is allocated for technology upgrades.

The board also approved to rezone land that formerly housed a garden center. The rezoning was from residential one-family suburban to residential multiple-family low density. The parcels are on the eastside of Romeo Plank Road, north of 23 Mile Road.

Bocks said this area is the former site of Wade Nursery, owned by Macomb Township. Viviano said a portion of the Clinton River bisects the property, leaving the east side of the property landlocked and useless.

“In order for it to move forward and be consistent with its environment, multiple-residential is appropriate,” he said.

Bocks said Macomb County has identified part of the property as land that could be wetlands.

“There’s no development proposed right now,” he said.

Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said if a development moves forward and a site plan is approved, a developer would come to the township for engineering review and go to the Macomb County drain office and the state of Michigan.

The board also approved a rezoning for parcels located in three sections of the township. It deals with rezoning from residential one-family suburban, or R-1-S, to residential one-family urban, or R1.

The township is undertaking a rezoning of all R-1-S parcels.

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