5 Things To Watch For This Week in Saline News

 08/07/2017 - 01:12
Kids compete in the tricycle races in downtown Saline at Saline Summerfest last year. The tricycle races will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

It's the first full week of August. As organizers prepare for Saline Summerfest and, a little further down the road, the Saline Community Fair, local governments and the school board will take up important matters this week.

Saline Annexation Proposal

It's not an action item, but the biggest item on Saline City Council's agenda Monday night is the proposed 425 agreement with Saline Township and Saline Ventures. The proposal would see Saline Ventures' land, west of Austin Commons between Michigan Avenue and Austin Road, annexed into the city. Saline Township would retain a 1.5 mill tax rate on the property. The major concern is the proposal that Saline Ventures would use the private water system that supplies the River Ridge development. In the past the city has always required developers to use city utilities when they become part of the city. But in this case, the cost of extending water and sewer to the neighborhood was been deemed prohibitive.

Many council members have expressed reservations about this proposal. So have residents of River Ridge, who worry about what expansion might do to their water and sewer service.

Saline Ventures has expressed willingness to remain in Saline Township and use the River Ridge water - which would block future city expansion to the west.

Saline Police Chief Search

Police Chief Larry Hrinik is retiring. The city is considering the expenditure of $24,000 to find his replacement. Mayor Marl is also recommending a task force to recommend three finalists to the City of Saline. The proposed task force includes Mayor Marl, Mayor Pro-Tem Linda TerHaar, City Councilor and ex-Deputy Police Chief Jack Ceo, City Manager Todd Campbell, Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth and WCSO Commander Marlene Radzik.

School Board to Consider Millage Renewals

The Board of Education will consider a recommended motion to hold special elections Nov. 7 to levy 0.5 mills for 10 years for the CARES millage and 0.35 mills for 10 years for the sinking fund millage. Both levies would re-establish the millages to the level they were at a decade ago. School board meets Tuesday at Pittsfield Township Hall.

Pittsfield Township To Review Police Dispatch Proposal

The Pittsfield Township Board meets Wednesday. The board will have a work session to review and consider a proposal to outsource its police dispatch service to Washtenaw County. Pittsfield Township Director of Public Safety Matthew Harshberger did not return a phone call Friday, though it's thought to be a cost-cutting move. The City of Saline has twice attempted to outsource its dispatch services. Each time, council scrapped the the proposal due to a vocal public response.

Summerfest is Friday and Saturday

Celebrate summer with friends, family and neighbors at Saline Summerfest, Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information.

Tran Longmoore
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