2017-08-10 / News Briefs

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Twp. targets tall grass

GAINES TOWNSHIP – At least one member of the Gaines Township Board of Trustees wants more muscle in the noxious weed ordinance.

Trustee Matt Moros said ordinance 86, which requires property owners to keep weeds and grass below 6 inches in height, is too “vague” and too time-consuming to enforce.

“Once someone is cited, they have 10 days to mow, then we call our mower and that could take another week,” Moros said.

Attorney Michael Gildner advised the board that they don’t have to give scofflaws 10 day’s grace if they publish a general notice at the start of the growing season.

For now, the board will look to hire one or two more mowers to reduce the backlog of work. Supervisor Paul Fortino indicated they also may look at increasing fines for ordinance violations.

“What we charge is less than it costs to pay someone to mow,” Fortino said. “It’s exacerbating the problem.” – L.R.

Water bills to increase

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Water bills are going up in Gaines Township.

Because of unanticipated expenses with the Karegnondi water line, the county has increased water rates for all customers.

“We’re just passing along the increase,” said township Supervisor Paul Fortino. “We’re not making any money off of it.”

The average customer will see a $6.50 per month rate jump beginning with the December bill. – L.R.

Township to hire officer

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Gaines Township residents will get a little more police protection in the evenings.

The police agencies that cover the township when local officers are not working have been directing residents with non-urgent issues to call or visit the township police station, according to police Chief Mark Schmitzer.

“People are knocking on my door at night,” Schmitzer said.

The township board authorized Schmitzer to hire an officer for two nights per week. – L.R.

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