While the Pittsfield Township offices will be closed for the holidays, residents can still pay their winter tax bills.
The bills went out Dec. 1 and are due Feb. 16 before interest and penalties begin to accrue. The township offices will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 and will reopen Jan. 4.
Residents can pay their taxes:
by using the drop box or the mail;
through their bank
Payments received through the drop box or mail will dated as received Dec. 31. Bank and online payments will be marked received the day the payment is made.
Parks Millage up for Renewal in March
Pittsfield residents will be asked to approve a millage to support the Parks and Recreation Department next year.
The current millage will expire Dec. 31 and the new levy will be on the March 8 ballot. Even though this millage request for 0.4855 mill is less than the original half-mill approved in 2005, the March request is considered an increase since the parks millage will be zero.
Police Terminating K-9 Agreement with Ypsilanti
A lack of regular and reliable use of the joint K-9 unit has led to its demise, at least far as Pittsfield Township is concerned.
Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger said the township signed an agreement with Ypsilanti to share the K-9 unit in 2013. But over the following three years, Pittsfield only used the K-9 unit 16 times: nine in 2013, three times in 2014 and four times this year.
When the two entities signed the agreement there was high hopes, but it did not work out.
“It did not prove to be a mutual benefit,” Harshberger said. “We tried to get more use, but because the K-9 unit was a patrolling officer (for Ypsilanti), it was not always available so we had to call other K-9 units.
“We tried something, it didn’t work out.”
The township will sell its its share of the unit for $12,000.
Farmer Renews Lease to till land at Broadview Farms
The township renewed a contract with George McCalla to farm 220 acres at Broadview Farms. The land at 4100 Stone School Road is group of parcels that McCalla has farmed portions of since the 1960s.The township will receive $120 an acre tilled for crops and $60 an acre tilled for hay each year for five years.
McCalla is only renting land he is tilling and will take care not to spill dirt on land he is not leasing. He can only remove trees damaged by storms.
“Thank you for taking care of the land,” Treasurer Patricia Tupacz Scribner said to McCalla. “I enjoy your crops.”
Sushi Restaurant Denied Liquor License
A Japanese restaurant was denied a liquor license as the township seeks to hold onto its three remaining licenses.
Clerk Alan Israel said application from Sushi Dabu did not meet the criteria for an economic development tool. The township has lost several liquor licenses recently as businesses have sold theirs to others from out of town.
“The license is more valuable than the restaurant,” Israel said.
Israel said he met with the owners and talked with them about other licenses around the county and about new legislation in Lansing that could bring relief.
The township is not due to get more licenses until 2021.
Medical Marijuana Facility, Grow Operation apps will be Pricey
Applications for a Medical Marijuana Facility and Medical Marijuana Grow Operations and annual renewals were set at $2,500.
The fee to appeal denials will cost $1,500.
In separate move, the board approved a motion making the Public Safety Director responsible for approving or denying such requests.
The board voted unanimously to approve the fees, but Supervisor Mandy Grewal voted against the designation of the public safety director because she opposes resoltuions that give power to government officials.
“Using resolutions to give authority is sloppy,” Grewal said.