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Posted: 11/22/06

Washington Board okays
ordinance, taping of meetings

by MICHELLE TANGUAY
Observer News Editor
      The Washington Township Board of Trustees Nov. 15 adopted a Rapid Entry Access Ordinance and hired a video manager to tape Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings.
       The new ordinance will regulate the Knox-Box system that was recommended to the board earlier this fall by Assistant Fire Chief David Poterek. The system allows the Fire Department emergency access to businesses and other properties that are secured, using a key that is held on a fire truck. That key then opens a box on the business that holds the key to the business or building, which prevents the department from having to use force to enter.
       The new ordinance does not apply to homes, officials said.
       "It is only applicable to new construction," said Township Attorney Bob Seibert who drafted the ordinance.
       The board also hired Robert Sergott to tape the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings. The meetings will then be aired on WBRW Channel 6. Sergott was hired earlier this year to tape the Board of Trustees' meetings, having submitted the low bid.
       The cost is $35 per hour, with a cap of $125.
       In other business, the board:
       * Set the special assessment roll for street lighting in Autumn Creek Subdivision. The roll is in the amount of $17,039 and each individual assessment will be $108.53. The assessment will be due Dec. 1.
       * Set the special assessment roll for the street lighting in Orchards Estates Subdivision in the amount of $7,832. Each individual assessment will be $217.56 and will be due Dec. 1.
       * Tabled action on a request for financial assistance from the charter townships of Comstock and Kalamazoo for their lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality pending the results of the Circuit Court procedure. The matter is expected to go to the Michigan Court of Appeals. The lawsuit pertains to the state-mandated stormwater discharge requirements.
       * Tabled action on paying for the paving of a three-mile stretch of the Macomb Orchard Trail between 29 and 32 Mile roads. The board will reconsider the matter during talks for the 2007-08 budget.
       * Reappointed Theodore Zech as the alternate dangerous building hearing officer. He will serve a four-year term expiring in November 2010.
       * Referred a request for the installation of a street light from the Village Place Condominium Association to the Township Attorney.
       * Approved an administrative change to a consent judgment that permits several lot splits in the Kirkway development. The splits were requested in order to get more favorable financing, according to officials.
       * Tabled action on a request for the extension of a METRO Act permit requested by AT&T. The permit allows the company access to and use of the public right-of-way.
      


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