Mark Haney

Shifting Perspectives: SCMCCI-Putman dispute still unresolved, but commissioners find fault with both parties

Shifting Perspectives: SCMCCI-Putman dispute still unresolved, but commissioners find fault with both parties

By Mark Haney | Reporter
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The dispute between South Central Michigan Construction Code Inspections and Putman Development remains unsettled, but the attitude of the Tuscola County Board of Commissioners has shifted in the two weeks since William E. Putman II appeared at the commissioners’ meeting room in the H.H. Purdy Building in Caro.
At stake is the fate of a 42,000-square-foot, $7 million new medical center on five acres of land at 1800 W. Caro Road, just west of Caro.
While work on that building has been going on since November, SCMCCI has yet to issue the Putmans a building permit. Instead, the building codes office has filed two stop-work orders against the development.

Trash refund raises questions within township

By Mark Haney | Reporter
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Eugene Kelly asked the Vassar Township board to refund some of the fees he’s paid for curbside garbage service.
Kelly was being charged double for garbage service because his property had both a single-family home and a house trailer on it. The garbage assessment is based on how many residences are on each property.
The board voted June 8 to refund the 2019 and 2020 garbage assessments. But township treasurer John Stack voted against “because I thought that trailer was supposed to be removed. I don’t understand that one.”

Long-term lease: County agrees to lease storage space from Dost Property

Back in March, the Tuscola County Board of Commissioners decided to rent space from Dost Property.
It took until Thursday for the commissioners to agree to the lease, and District 5 Commissioner Dan Grimshaw voted against the deal.
The lease gives the county 8,500 square feet in the basement of the building on North State Street, across from the county courthouse, at a cost of $3,720 a year, with the option to expand to up to 20,000 square feet of storage. The lease is good for 10 years, with the option of five additional 10-year renewals. The cost will go up, based on the national consumer price index.