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Supervisor's Corner

Date: February 10, 2018 | By Fred Lewis, Supervisor, Plainfield Township

As we enter the long cold days of winter, I want to take this time to remind you that even though the snow has covered much of our ground and also hidden anything we may have left from the fall, it will come back and will look even worse for the wear once spring gets here. So, before the Blight Enforcement Group gets started this spring, please beat us to the punch and let’s start our cleanup effort as soon as we see it emerge from the melting snows.

In the past we have selected a particular area to focus our cleanup efforts. A particular road or group of homes was the area of our focus and individual letters were sent outlining our blight cleanup efforts in that area for the upcoming spring, with target dates for us to complete the work effort. All of these events over the past few years have been successful. Now we are going to target the entire township. In a massive effort to get all on board for this cleanup, we are asking for your assistance in identifying problem areas and looking for volunteers to aid in helping those that may not be able to do so themselves. We already have a list of target locations and they will receive special attention from our Blight Enforcement Group, as well as advance notification of their inclusion on our hit parade list.

Our goal is to reduce the number of blight complaints and blighted properties in our community by 50 percent by the end of this season; a lofty goal that can only be reached by your help and cooperation. We are not looking to “tattle” on our neighbors. What we would like to see is a cooperative effort within neighborhoods that work together to clean up their area; cooperative community cleanup.

We know that this issue is a top priority in the view of most of our community. Sometimes all someone needs is a little help to get them going. So let’s put our thinking caps on and come up with some great ides to help each other when the melt comes and we will solve this problem together. Give us a call and let us know if you would be willing to volunteer some time to help others this spring. We will keep a list of those that would be willing to help and pair them with those needing help. We will be the facilitator and scheduler to help make this happen, so give us a call and join us.

Don’t forget your Community Center memberships, they are only $25/year for individual, $40/ year for two and $50/year for a family; add our fitness center pass for an additional $50 per year per individual. We have fixed weight machines, targeted training equipment, resistance rod machine, treadmill and elliptical. Non-resident memberships are also available. We are open from 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends 1 to 6 p.m. We have basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball, ping pong, walking, and basic exercise equipment.

As always, if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our community, please contact me. I am in the office Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 728-2811 or my cell at 989-984-7073 or by email supervisor@plainfieldtwpmi.com.

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