Almena Twp. considers fire millage; approves marihuana permitting ordinances

    ALMENA TWP. -  The Almena Township Board may ask township voters to approve  an increase in the township fire  millage.
    At the June 19 Almena Township Board meeting, township board member Kelly Redmond presented a  report on pricing data from the Paw Paw Fire Department and the Mattawan Fire District.
    Mattawan Fire District Chief Terron McLean presented his department’s six-year plan and recommended increasing the township fire millage from the current 1.0 mil to at least 1.5 mils in order to sustain income and expenditures. Funds generated by the millage that are not used would be added to the Mattawan Fire District’s savings for expected future costs.
    A millage increase would be levied across the township and  provide additional money for all three fire departments.
    The board approved marihuana permitting or-dinances, in relation to  recreational and medical marihuana businesses. The current ordinance will be repealed.   
    The main change was separating the ordinance into two separate ordinances (medical and recreational) due to recreational marihuana being subject to voter recall per the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA).
    The proposed application window will determine whether a lottery system (medical) or a competitive process (recreational) will be used to address selection and consideration when multiple applications are received.
    Special land use and site plan applications have to be approved by the township board before a marihuana permit application will be accepted.
    Annual permit renewal will be required on the one-year anniversary.
    The board also passed  an ordinance for recreational marihuana establishments, as defined  in a document provided by Horizon Planning.
    The board approved the Floraison, LLC, marihuana permit. The permit complied with four standards of approval.However, all the site plan conditions have not been met.
    The township’s marihuana permit lists conditions for approval which include the state permit, all site plan conditions, compliance with approved site plan and building permit, and maintaining ongoing compliance with the Almena Township Marihuana Establishment permitting ordinance.
    The board  approved the permit with the conditions of approval.
    A third site plan was submitted for a marihuana provisioning center. The issue is expected to come before the Almena Township Planning Commission, which will hold a public hearing July 1.
    The board approved a motion to dissolve the township’s Parks and Rec-reation  Committee, as it has met its purpose and the board no longer chooses to have a committee of this nature.
    The board approved the Antwerp Fee Structure, as requested by Dan Ruzick, Antwerp Township Supervisor. Ruzick requested an increase in the permit fee percentage. The new structure would consist of inspectors - 90 percent, administration - five percent, and Almena administration - five percent.
    The board approved a recommendation from the township’s Cemetery Board for increases in full vault opening/closing from $400 to  $500.
    The board approved the 2019 Property Tax Levy resolution  that is needed to collect property taxes; and brought up discussion of an off-road vehicle (ORV) ordinance on main roads, however, there was no support for the ordinance.

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