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Re: SG-W:/ Re: prying power from their cold dead hands



No supermajority vote on the master plan amendment yet - the public hearing 
is set for January, I think. We get sworn in Monnn. Nov.20 at noon. ! 
Christina


>From: Andrew Mutch <amutch@waterford.lib.mi.us>
>To: smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net
>Subject: Re: SG-W:/ Re: prying power from their cold dead hands
>Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 13:30:47 -0500
>
>Christina,
>
>That's what I was afraid of -- now that YCUA has the approval that they 
>need, they'll
>surely fight attempts to rescind the contract.  It sounds like the change 
>of power
>won't happen soon enough.  When is everyone sworn in?
>
>One interesting thing happening at the state level is a move to change the 
>planning
>acts that would give the Township Boards the final say over Master Plans - 
>good in
>those communities with enlightened boards, bad for those with 
>developer-friendly
>boards but I guess there's evils in every system.  Did the Master Plan 
>amendments get
>a supermajority vote? [I'm not sure if that provision applies to Township 
>Planning
>Boards but you can work the legal angles too!]
>
>Andrew Mutch
>Novi
>
>Christina Lirones wrote:
>
> > I believe it was tentative pending YCUA approval, which has now 
>occurred.
> > The old township board, headed by Doug Woolley, is still attempting to
> > maintain a stranglehold on the township, despite a clear mandate by the
> > voters. Woolley came to the YCUA meeting and claimed the opposite of
> > everything that we said in our letter. We told them the public, twp 
>planner,
> > and twp engineer were not invloved, and all negotioations were done in
> > secret - Treasurer Skrobola never saw the contract till the night of the
> > executive session and vote. Woolley griped me down, ad straight up said
> > Skkrobola was lying, and the YCUA board believed him, even saying that 
>our
> > letter was an attempt to mislead them. Oh well.
> >
> > Ditto the Pitts planning commission, which held a meeting the same night 
>as
> > the YCUA - definitely business as usual, as they cheerfully plot to 
>amend
> > the master plan to fill the central area with newmarket galore, despite
> > approx. 1600 signatures gathered for the referendum and the overwhelming
> > vote of the people, which was clearly a reaction to out of control 
>growth.
> > We'll see. Christina
> >
> > >From: Andrew Mutch <amutch@waterford.lib.mi.us>
> > >To: smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net
> > >Subject: Re: SG-W:/ sewer pact
> > >Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 12:47:32 -0500
> > >
> > >In the initial article on this from the Pittsfield perspective, it
> > >mentioned that the
> > >contract was "tenative" - I wonder if it could be rescinded?  I'm not
> > >surprised that
> > >YCUA approved the contract, they stand to benefit too.
> > >
> > >Andrew Mutch
> > >Novi
> > >
> > >Ron Torrella wrote:
> > >
> > > > Andrew Mutch wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > I saw this at mlive.com:
> > > > >
> > > > > Sewer pact is approved
> > > > >
> > 
> >http://aa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20001116a940amc2apittsycua16.frm
> > > > >
> > > > > Where the outgoing Township Board in Pittsfield signed a contract 
>to
> > >double the
> > > > > Township's sewer capacity and surely to encourage more development
> > >[and remove
> > > > > legal defenses for those who want to control development].  Talk 
>about
> > >a public
> > > > > disservice and undermining the will of the people!!
> > > >
> > > > YCUA apparently didn't want to be out-done. They appear to have 
>approved
> > >the new
> > > > contract with Pittsfield.
> > > >
> > > > YCUA sewer contract raises daily limit
> > > >
> > 
> ><http://aa.mlive.com/news/index.ssf?/news/stories/20001117a815amc4aindig17.frm>
> > > >
> > > > The behavior of the outgoing Township Board amounts to sabotage. It
> > >really makes one
> > > > wonder what the hell is going on behind closed doors. I'm still 
>waiting
> > >to see what
> > > > kind of scat the Planning Commission is dropping on the trail for 
>the
> > >incoming
> > > > Township Board. Truly, this is a sad state of affairs.
> > > >
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