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.

Township board to fund monument-al effort

Almer Township is going resurrect some monuments.
The township board voted June 8 to pay the Tuscola County Road Commission about $16,000 to find and fix some survey monuments around Almer Township. Supervisor Jim Mantey said some of the monuments have been lost over the years. He said there are about 20 survey monuments that need to be found or replaced.
The monuments don’t really affect the roads, he said, but every time a resident wants to build or is buying or selling property, surveyors need to be able to verify the boundaries of the parcel and that requires a starting point – the surveyor’s monument.