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Supervisor’s Corner: January 2023

By Fred Lewis, Supervisor Plainfield Township 

Well, we have moved into a new year, but we still have some of the same issues to deal with that come every winter. Snow plowing is a necessary evil in Northern Michigan in the winter. We were getting by pretty easy this winter until last week. Now we have to drag out the plows, snowblowers, shovels and salt.

I need to remind everyone that you cannot plow your snow from your driveway across the road. It is illegal to do so and can result in a $500 fine for each occurrence if you’re caught. It causes the road to have speed bumps where the overflow lays in the road causing hazardous driving conditions. It is dangerous for the plow driver as other drivers on the road are not expecting to encounter a truck, plow, or snowblower across the road. So please keep any snow on your own side of the road.

To the item I mentioned in November regarding the Consumer Hydro plants future, there is an update. We have joined with the Lake Allegan group, who are facing a similar scenario with the Allegan Dam. We have authored a letter to the governor requesting that she amend her MI Healthy Climate Plan to include hydro power as a clean energy source for Michigan. This would elevate the need to retain existing hydro plants to become part of her initiative to achieve clean energy status in Michigan by 2050. We are asking all who would like to support this initiative to go to the following link: https://form.jotform.com/223414794644158

It has the letter and allows you to add your name to the list of supporters for this cause. Time is of the essence since we are trying to get the letter to her by mid-February. Go to the site today to add your support and forward this link to other individuals that you believe may support this initiative.

The waste site is open Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are also open on Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.

The Garden Club is still looking for anyone interested in assisting them in caring for our planters downtown but the person to call is now Kim Kocher 989-899-1066 or Bev Mason 989-305-8823. Again, I want to thank these hard-working volunteers for what they do to keep our community looking beautiful.

As always if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our community please contact me. I am in the office Mon. – Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 989-728-2811, or my cell at 989-984-7073, or by email supervisor@plainfieldtwpmi.com.

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