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Plainfield Township Supervisor’s corner – November

Last month, I wrote that we “do” take construction debris, and I apologize for the incorrect information. It should have said,  “we do not take construction debris”.  I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

In keeping along the same theme from the last couple of months, I need to relate to you a zoning story about a fence.  A resident comes in to get a zoning permit for a fence.  Pat goes over the zoning requirements about location and size and height.  The resident brings the permit back in, properly filled out, with a nice sketch showing all the necessary information and pays for the permit.  Now the sketch shows 4’ high fence panels, which according to our ordinance is in accordance with the rules.  As time goes on another resident from the area calls and asks when we changed our zoning requirements for fences.  When we explained that there had been no change, they informed us that the new fence in their area was 6’ high rather that 4’ as per the permit and the ordinance.  Upon inspection Pat finds that the resident had purchased 4’ panels and mounted them 2’ off the ground.  The resident was informed of their error and corrected the fence. 

Property lines continue to be an issue.  Before you start construction, I advise everyone to get a survey of their property to ensure that you are within your parcel or lot before you come in for a permit.  If you have not had a survey in the last 10 to 15 years, then you may want to consider one.  The Township is not responsible for locating your property lines.  The property owner is responsible. If you show us your property line and it is not correct, any problems that arise out of that mistake are on the homeowner.   

Due to such concerns, it is always advisable to get a current survey before buying or building on a piece of property, even if the current stakes look to be accurate.  A small inconsistency in an angular measurement can result in hundreds of square feet and possibly acres of land to be incorrectly transferred or used.  It is usually an innocent error since they are depending on the survey or the posts in the ground that have been passed down for generations as the property lines.  No one is trying to steal property, but when long standing property lines come under dispute, it will take time to sort out the truth and reach an agreement that all can approve without becoming enemies.  

Please remember neither of you created the discrepancy, it usually existed before you were the owner. We recommend to get a second survey if you dispute the first one.  If both surveys agree then the matter is settled and you can both move on.  If not, then leave it up to a court to decide if you can’t come to an agreement.  No matter what, anger and passion will enter into this disagreement.  Handling that becomes more of the issue that the actual line dispute itself.  Getting a third, unrelated and uninvolved party to listen to each side can sometimes help diffuse the issue.

The waste site is open Mon., Wed., Fri. ,and Sat., from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sun. from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. 

Our Garden Club is always looking for anyone interested in assisting them in caring for our planters in the downtown. The person to call is Kim Kocher, 989-899-1066, or Bev Mason, 989-305-8823. I want to thank these hard working volunteers for what they give 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.  from 7:30 a.m.  – 4 p.m. I can be reached at 989-728-2811 or my cell, at 989-984-7073 or by email supervisor@plainfieldtwpmi.com.

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