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Posted: 02/26/14

Ray board approves new
cell tower in the township

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      The Ray Township Board of Trustees approved a zoning ordinance amendment for the construction of a cell tower at their meeting Feb. 18.
       Verizon is constructing a cell tower at the Ray Township Transfer Station on 29 Mile Road between Romeo Plank and Kunstman roads. The tower exceeds 175 feet in height. After much deliberation by the Ray Township Planning Commission, planners approved the construction of the tower, with the recommendation that the zoning ordinance be amended to allow the tower's overall height not to exceed 200 feet.
       The ordinance also encourages construction on township property when found to be needed or desirable.
       "It doesn't matter in their opinion whether it's residential or industrial or whatever it might be, then any application for a tower be approved with regard to its zoning," said Township Supervisor Charlie Bohm.
       Also at the meeting, Township Clerk Paula Artman read a letter from Ray Township Lions Club President Thomas Haynes concerning whether Township Treasurer Doug Stier is a resident of Ray Township or not. Haynes challenged Stier's registration under Michigan election law 168.512, and attached a copy of the law to his letter. Artman said she will follow through with Haynes's letter and contact the state of Michigan for instructions.
       The board also approved a plan to use their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to expand the senior center walking path and to expand the programs at the Ray Township Senior Center. The township will receive $90,000 and must spend it within the next 18 months. Eighty-five percent can be spent on brick and mortar projects, and the remaining 15 percent can be spent on community service projects. On July 1, the board will receive approval for CDBG funds, and then must submit the proposals for the projects, and will later be reimbursed for the project costs.
       Plans for the senior center would include hiring an exercise instructor and purchasing exercise equipment. Artman listed the projected costs for the senior center programs at $26,150, but only $13,500 would be available in CDBG funds.
       The board also received requests from the Ray Township Lions Club and Richmond Lenox E.M.S. for funds.
       "As much as I love the Ray Lions, and I participate in the Ray Lions; they do a wonderful job, and I love them all, (but) I really think that we need to keep (the funds) for our senior program," said Artman.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       • Tabled a request to approve a letter of support from Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh about a resolution to allocate surplus funds in order to provide maintenance for local roads until a clarification could be made if the resolution had already been approved or not.
       • Announced that the senior center walking path would be closed until weather conditions improve and due to the increased costs of salt and a shortage of salt. Paved areas around the senior center will be kept open.


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