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Bates Township looks for cause of ‘smelly’ water issue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marian Volek   
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:40 PM

BATES TOWNSHIP—The Bates Township Board of Trustees is hoping to solve an issue of bad-smelling water for several residents on Trybom Road.
 At the board’s Jan. 11 meeting, Township Supervisor Grant Helgemo said the problem, which has been ongoing for several months, “comes and goes.”
 One home will have the problem, and the house next door won’t, he said. The pipes and plumbing in the houses have been inventoried, and a source hasn’t been identified. It is a bacteria, he said, that is harmless but annoying.

 “We have to get to the bottom of this,” he said.
 He received the board’s approval to have the well tested and the homes tested by an outside company.
 --Preliminary engineering is still being completed for the township’s upcoming water project.
 --The Township Board is looking to update a cemetery map. GEI Consultant Jeff Bal told the board it would cost about $250 and, once completed, could be updated as needed. Helgemo said he would like to see the township employees actually do a walk-through while mapping, to ensure accuracy.
 --Helgemo updated the board on his research into the Bates School. There appear to be no records regarding the consolidation agreement. He contacted the register of deeds, the county clerk’s office, and looked up newspaper articles from the time of consolidation.
 “There appears to be no paperwork,” he said.
 He added there doesn’t seem to be any paperwork regarding the grant received for roof replacement several years ago.
 --The board adopted the county’s amended solid waste plan.
 --Helgemo said the township’s Planning Commission was hoping to send out a questionnaire, perhaps with the township newsletter, asking residents what they want to see for the future of the township.
 --The board set its budget workshop for March 21 at 6 p.m. and its budget hearing for March 28 at 6 p.m.
 --Township Clerk Barbara Moncivais reminded the board and the audience of the upcoming election Feb. 28. If anyone needs an absentee ballot, they must request either a Democrat or Republican ballot, or may choose a ballot that only offers the Health Department millage request.
 --Zoning Administrator Gale Stowell reported a total of 23 permits were issued last year. He also reported one junk car violation in December, which has been corrected.



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