Pittsfield Board Denies Rezoning for Speedway at Industrial and Michigan

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 12/20/2019 - 11:42

Pittsfield trustees wrapped up their last board meeting for the calendar year last week by denying a rezoning application and approving several end-of-year purchase agreements, including the purchase of new vehicles for the township’s police department and consulting services for a greenway project.

Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday against a rezoning application submitted to the township by the gas station chain Speedway. According to the application, Speedway requested a rezone of a 4.08-acre parcel of land at the northeast corner of East Michigan Avenue and Industrial Drive, with interest to develop a gas station at that location. The vacant four acres are currently public facility land and owned by Saline Area Schools.

The rezoning application was first heard by the Pittsfield planning commission in September, with the commission in October unanimously recommending the trustees deny Speedway’s request. According to the planning commission’s recommendation, the application did not meet the standards of the township’s master plan and would create more congestion to the Michigan Avenue area. Additionally, water and sewer services are currently not available at the site.

New police vehicles, greenway project

Trustees unanimously approved an agreement between the township and Stantec Consulting for engineering design services to extend the Platt Road Greenway by an additional 1.3 miles. The engineering contract, at a cost not to exceed $154,000, includes plans for paved pathways, two mid-block crossings at Wall Park and at Township Hall. The preliminary plans, proposed by Stantec, would add to Pittsfield’s current 12.6 miles of pathways and would connect six of the township’s parks.

The board of trustees also approved the purchase of two 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles, one 2020 Dodge Charger police vehicle and one 2020 Ford Fusion for the police department. The four police vehicles will be purchased at a cost not to exceed $163,377. Three of the new vehicles would replace existing department vehicles, with the fourth being assigned to the department’s DEA task force detective.

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Antonio Sanchez is an experienced journalist who covered city and county government for the Rio Rancho Observer in New Mexico.