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June 13, 2019                                                  ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                                  PAGE 5


        Lake Pointe residents discuss road repairs

                         Don Howard    questions about the SAD proce-                            ”                                 past SAD projects.
                          Staff Writer  dure and explain how resident      With more than 800 homes, and 2,268 residents,            In Deer Creek, 121 lots were
                                       support and approval would                                                                  assessed $1,977; in Plymouth
           Residents of the Lake Pointe  affect the homeowners and the  Lake Pointe is the largest subdivision in the township.    Commons, 130 lots were assessed
        subdivision    in  Plymouth    future progress of the work.                               $3,918; in Ridgewood Hills-West,
        Township met last week at the    Fellrath told the homeowners                                                              199.25 lots were each assessed
        Friendship Station to discuss the  in order to form the SAD, the             under the OpenGov section.                    $2,566 and in Hunters Creek 27
        condition and repair of subdivi-  majority of the Lake Pointe                                                              lots were each assessed $5,595,
        sion streets. The homeowners   homeowners in the designated   township, which usually borrows  cost of their home. Therefore,  according to township records.
        association officers invited   area must agree to pay the costs  the funds to pay for the improve-  the cost of paving or resurfacing  Of the four subdivisions that
        Township Director of Public    and the plan must then be      ments, and then bills the proper-  generally is borne by the proper-  approved SADs, approximately
        Services Patrick Fellrath, and  approved by township officials.   ty owners a portion of the  ty owners, usually in the form of  50 percent of the homeowners
        George Tsakoff of the Livonia    Regulations require 51 per-  expense based on the cost and  a special assessment district.”  paid the assessments up-front
        engineering and planning firm,  cent or greater of the property  amount of roadway on respective  In 2015, the township received  rather than the offered 10-year
        OHM Advisors, to answer ques-  owners-based on total frontage,  properties.                 $750,000 in county funding for  payment plan.
        tions and summarize the forma-  and 51 percent or greater of the  The township usually charges  road improvements. According  Tsakoff said he thought the
        tion of a Special Assessment   property owners based on total  residents an administrative fee  to township Treasurer Mark  roads “generally look in pretty
        District (SAD) program to pay for  number of units within the dis-  for the service and adds an esti-  Clinton, the funds were shared  good condition for their age,” but
        the needed repairs. Fellrath told  trict demonstrate support for the  mated 4 percent interest on the  across four approved SAD proj-  because they are past their full
        the audience that the homeown-  improvements by signing a valid  loan.                      ects along with some patchwork  life span “would have to be a full
        ers association had expressed a  petition after the forms are   Plymouth Township residen-  on previous SADs.  Clinton said  replacement.”
        substantial interest in repairing  approved, prepared and mailed,  tial streets are under the respon-  the larger the subdivision the  Tsakoff said one concern was
        the concrete roads in the subdi-  according to state statute.   sibility and ownership of Wayne  lesser the cost per homeowner.  whether OHM could find a
        vision, thought to be between 40  SADs are a tax mechanism    County. A statement on the coun-  The construction work on the  developer who would want to
        and 50 years old and past the  authorized by Michigan Public  ty website stipulates their inter-  subject four SADs was complet-  take on a project with the num-
        designed service life.         Act 188 which allow for the    pretation of that responsibility.  ed in 2017 and the assessments  ber of roads and the size of Lake
           The meeting was attended by  establishment of the assessment  “Wayne County also maintains  were billed on the homeowner's  Pointe. With more than 800
        a standing room only crowd,    districts for purposes of perform-  township residential streets  winter tax bills.  Clinton reported  homes and 2,268 residents, Lake
        breaking attendance records for  ing township improvements.   year-round, but it is not responsi-  that on all of the 2015 funding  Pointe is the largest subdivision
        any homeowners association     Property owners may pay for    ble for making major improve-  projects Wayne County con-    in the township. Fellrath said if
        meeting, according to board    road improvements over time    ment since the county did not  tributed 32.6 percent and the  the project comes to fruition, it
        members. An intense audience,  with a dedicated amount added  build them. Residential streets  homeowners 67.4 percent. He  could be the largest SAD road
        at times disruptive, listened to  to their property tax bills. The  are built by developers and paid  said the remainder of the funds  paving in the history of the town-
        Fellrath and Tsakoff answer    program is administered by the  for by homeowners as part of the  was used for crack sealing on  ship.

        Mill                                   morale. The quality of that work quickly  face of Atwater Brewery. He is about to  lic amenities for cyclists, fishermen and

                                               escalated into the public domain and solo
                                                                                                                              Roko is aware of the amount of work,
                                                                                     the Detroit Train Station renovation, a
                                               exhibitions and commissions for serious  begin work on a large mural installation at  Hines Park visitors.
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                                               art collectors across the country, including  commission from Lincoln Motors.  dedication and money the renovation will
                                               Lady GaGa, Jay Leno and the Holocaust   In addition to the historic mill building  take but is determined to bring the unused
        his career at Ford Motor Co. and as his  Museum, followed. Roko was named    which has been closed to the public for  and dilapidated building back into use as
        innate talent was recognized, he was   Detroit's Best Fine Artist for five consecu-  three decades, Roko hopes to transform  the architectural gem it once was.
        pulled from the factory floor to create  tive years and he was also selected to cre-  the blighted property surrounding the fac-  A public meeting has been scheduled
        murals in the plants to help improve   ate a series of paintings to act as the new  tory into a sculpture garden featuring  for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, to explain
                                                                                     works designed by elementary school   the plans for the restoration and future
                                                                                     youth.                                use of the old mill and determine public
                                                                                       The "Inner Child" garden would      support for the project. The meeting will
                                                                                     include walking paths and agricultural  take place at the Penn Theater, 760
                                                                                     installations open to the public from dawn  Penniman Ave. in downtown Plymouth,
                                                                                     to dusk daily. The plan also includes pub-  across from Kellogg Park.

        Tony Roko works with a student in his Plymouth studio.
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