2017-10-12 / Front Page

Four Denton properties up for review under dangerous building ordinance

Four Denton Township properties have been identified as candidates for removal under a dangerous building ordinance approved by the townships of Roscommon, Denton, Lake, Markey and Backus.

At its Oct. 4 meeting, the Denton Township Board recommended for re­moval 310 Devonshire, 111 Irma, 139 Forest Park Ct. and 212 Frank St. The properties will be reviewed by Building Inspector Dave Doll of the Houghton Lake Building Agency and then a hear­ing will be held on each property before Dangerous Building Hearing Officer Derrick Schultz of Lake City.

The Houghton Lake Building Agen­cy is to provide property owners a 10- day notice and make prehearing inspec­tions. Schul­tz is also expected to inspect properties in question.

Attorney Roxanne Seeber, lead pros­ecutor for zoning and code violations at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, P.C., was asked to attend the hearings, which will be open to the pub­lic.

Clerk Carol Asher said if the prop­erties are deemed dangerous, then the township will fund the demolition and later recoup the money on the tax bills.

Supervisor Robert Spaulding said no hearing dates have been set yet.

The township board also selected KCI of Grand Rapids for the preparing of winter 2017 tax bills. The township was informed by Roscommon County that it would no longer provide tax ser­vices.

Denton Township will contract with KCI for a total of $3,336.74, including postage and envelopes.

The board also amended its tall grass and weed ordinance. The ordinance reg­ulates the height of grass and weeds to a maximum of 12 inches, but the board amended Section 4 to exempt “any un­developed lots which have no buildings erected.”

Five properties were added to the winter tax bill as a result of nonpayment to the township for the cutting fee in ac­cordance with the tall grass and weed or­dinance. The respective bills, to be paid to Better Yards Landscaping, range from $129.33 to $187.99

The township contracted with Tru- Green for 2018 to winterize the soccer fields, Trestle Park and the EMS sta­tion for a total of $3,225.92. In addition, Tru-Green will eradicate vines growing along the cemetery fence for $250.

Gregory Ward and Pamela Chenault were granted a request for a release of a restrictive covenant for Lots 17 and 18 in Lake James Woodland. Ward said “a chain of mistakes” on the part of the township and the county had resulted in a garage being built on his lot. A new re­strictive covenant for Lots 16,17 and 18 was approved and the township is to pay any recording fees upon the filing.

The township board also approved a $500 donation toward the Tip-up Town fireworks.

Asher reported that the township re­ceived a $23,569 check from Dr. David Hock that came from the defunct Hough­ton Lake Development Corporation. The money was earmarked for the new pick­leball courts.

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