2010-02-04 / News

Muckenthaler hired as land use assistant

Roscommon Township officials Tuesday handled several issues pertaining to zoning, including hiring a land use assistant.

Four applicants for the land use assistant position were interviewed by Kim Akin, Planning Commission chairman, and Andrea Heistand, planning director (formerly known as land use officer).

Akin and Heistand recommended Tim Muckenthaler (who also serves as the township’s ordinance officer) and the board voted to hire him, effective Feb. 8. Abstaining from the vote was Trustee Tammy Muckenthaler, the applicant’s wife.

The board authorized a professional review of the township’s Zoning Ordinance.

Billy Fahey of Fahey, Schultz, Burzych, Rhodes, PLC, Okemos, will review the decades-old document for $3,000. Ron Meiring, the township’s attorney, will provide the township board with a final review.

The board approved job descriptions for the planning director and land use assistant positions. The planning director will, among other duties, review site plans, process zoning application variance requests and review applications for special or seasonal events and issue permits. The director is also required to attend Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission meetings. The land use assistant has many of the duties as director, and is to attend meetings as assigned.

The board also approved a $60 membership to the Michigan Association of Planning for Heistand.

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