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Land Negotiations Break Down Over Proposed Dexter Township Fire Station

Township board members will discuss possible purchase of a fourth property at the Multi-Lakes Water & Sewer Authority meeting Thursday.

The battle over the location for a proposed permanent fire station in Dexter Township continues after the Board of Trustees took no action on a purchase agreement with Dexter Plaza One, LLC. during a special meeting on Monday.

Clerk Harley Rider said the fire station search committee is still looking at other properties, and representatives from Dexter Plaza One, LLC. failed to show up to a scheduled meeting with Supervisor Pat Kelly on Monday afternoon.

The company owns 5 acres of land at 11485 North Territorial Road and previously stated that it would be willing to sell the property for its purchase and clean-up cost.

Kelly said she plans to reach out to the company to determine if it wants to move forward with a purchase agreement.

"It's possible the property owners no longer want to sell to the township," she said. "If that’s the case we need to be looking at other properties."

During Monday's meeting, the board directed the search committee to investigate property owned by the Multi-Lakes Sewer and Water Authority near the township's temporary fire sub-station, which is less than a mile west from the 11485 location, Rider said.

At its Feb. 19 meeting, the board voted to direct Kelly and Trustees Carl Lesser and Michael Howard to negotiate purchase agreements with Dexter Plaza One, LLC., as well as two other property owners with land near Dexter Townhall and North Territorial roads.

Trustee Jason Maciejewski, who replaced Kelly on the committee searching for potential sites, said he came to Monday night's meeting hoping to discuss and settle the final negotiations for the 11485 property. 

"That property has been identified by work our Public Safety Advisory Committee has done over the years," he said.

According to Kelly, the location will put all of the township's residents within 5 miles of a fire station and drastically reduce response times with the Dexter Area Fire Department.

However, Rider said the temporary location at the sewer authority is working out fine. He said more evaluations are needed before the board can vote.

"If we bought a piece of property without doing the evaluations, that would be irresponsible," he said.

The Multi-Lake Sewer and Water Authority meets Thursday, Rider said, and four of its eight members sit on the Dexter Township Board of Trustees. He said trustees will discuss a land purchase at the meeting.

Marilyn Wilkie March 05, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Finally, Harley brings some sanity into this! The Multi-Lakes property, which is only .6 of a miles west, with no dangerous intersection and a cleared, clean site is the reasonable location for this station. What on earth is the problem?
Bob March 05, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I agree with Kevin Smith's comment. Quit wasting tax payers' money. Instead try to reduce taxes for citizens. More government is not the answer for problem.
TELLNOLIE March 05, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Don't understand how over $370 thousand dollars could be spent without voter approvel. As for the fire station, I didn't see 11486 North Territorial on the ballot when I voted NO. Also you have to remember that there are two new members on the Board that had nothing to do with the siren system or the fire station!
Tirdofgov March 07, 2013 at 02:38 PM
More government property, less property tax revnue. Solution, higher taxes later, they should use what they have and live the way the residents do
Amos Walker March 11, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Its too far for response to the Portage Lake area. The goal is to get as many people as possible with a five mile radius. .6 miles can mean minutes and that can mean death with a med or fire emergency.

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