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Dexter Township Sets Special Meeting to Discuss Proposed Fire Station

The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the township hall to review fire station location options.

Alternative locations for a proposed permanent fire station in Dexter Township will be discussed at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Officials are looking for land to purchase in order to build the station to replace the township's temporary substation at the MultiLakes Sewer Authority.

The township had planned to purchase 5 acres of property and build the station at 11485 N. Territorial Road, however the property was sold to the Inverness Inn in Chelsea after the township failed to complete a purchase agreement in December.

Township Supervisor Pat Kelly said said the board is considering several options, including the possibility of condemning and taking the property through eminent domain.

"Personally I believe we have a good shot of making that happen," Kelly said.

Kelly said she is not in favor of initiating condemnation proceedings, however.

She said the property is an ideal location for a fire station due to its central location in the township.

"Unfortunately the further we move from our desired location, the more residents will be affected," Kelly said at the township's board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. "That property was geographically the best location. No matter where we move the station, there will be winners and losers."

Township Clerk Harley Rider proposed hiring an outside contractor to scout potential land for sale in the township.

"It would be worthwhile for (the township board) to consider entertaining requests for proposals by brokers to conduct a property search on behalf of the township," he said.

Kelly agreed, however she cautioned spending taxpayer dollars on extensive site work.

"We can go find every available piece of property in the township, and maybe we should," she said. "There will also be costs associated with developing the property. One reason the location at North Territorial and Dexter Townhall roads was so ideal was because it required little clean-up as opposed to some other areas."

Other options include purchasing land from the MultiLakes Sewer Authority, Lyndon Township, or a neighboring township.

M.S. January 22, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Agree. Refund the tax already collected. Cant believe there is not property within 1/4 mile someone would gladly sell, cheap. Dont need a prime corner lot or a major paved road for a government building; where is the fiscal responsibility!
Valerie January 22, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Also, when we voted for this fire station weren't we voting for the location too? It was part of the verbiage used on the ballot. The township dropped the ball on this entire thing. I think it's really important where this station is located.
Amos Walker January 26, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Yes it will Marilyn. You should read the report done by the Public Safety committee. It points out that locating the station to the east benefits people in the Portage Lake area for insurance purposes and response times. Valerie is on target too. The lot was designated as the prime spot.
Amos Walker January 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I have to agree with Donald, and M.S., there isn't such a lot. This whole thing stinks and the board looks very bad. There is a perception that some under the table unethical activity could have taken place in order for someone or a group to profit by jacking up the price. If the board doesn't condemn the property and seize it by eminent domain, how can residents feel we have an honest board? I hope at the very least the township takes immediate action against the owners to improve the property or face big fines. Doesn't anyone other than me wonder why this wasn't done years ago? I would not vote yes on this again or any other tax increase for the township if the fire station is not built on that lot. Also I call for a boycott of the Inverness Inn since they apparently are anti-public safety or in this for profit. This really stinks. Lets just change the township's name to West Detroit and hire Kilpatrick to run the place.
Appalled Appalled February 19, 2013 at 04:17 AM
I feel the news is on Supervisor Kelly's team re: the purchase of the fire station property. Their articles make the Board look at fault. 1st Pat Kelly doen't give the board all the information for the purchase of the fire station property, yet blames the board for wanting to see information that she did not provide, which delayed the process. Board members fault or the person who did not provide all the information needed to make a decision? 2nd, the board ordered her to write a letter to the owners of the property on Dec. 19., has anyone seen the letter? Looks like Kelley sabotaged the purchase of the property. Why hasn't the board barraged her with questions. The residents of Dexter Township have the right to know. I don't understand why others residents are asking her questions. I do not trust the Dexter Patch or the Sun Times to investigate after reading their protection of Kelly. Isn't the owner of the Sun Times on a committee that Kelly appointed him to? An investigation needs to be done by someone on the outside, not connected to Dexter Township, or more than one member of the board, any one of them except Trustee Maciejewski. If any of the board members reads this, please start an investigation. This can not go unanswered.

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