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Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice

From: http://www.cannontwp.org

TOWNSHIP OF CANNON COUNTY OF KENT, MICHIGAN

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the Township  of Cannon will hold a public hearing on October 11, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the Cannon Township  Center, 6848 Belding Road, within the Township, concerning a proposed ordinance to amend the  Township of Cannon Zoning Ordinance.

The  amending  ordinance  revises its  current  provisions and  adopts  new  provisions  with  respect to certain types of outdoor public events available for approval by  the Township within  outdoor recreation areas, if approved as a special land use, as follows:

Cannon Township - From the Desk of the Supervisor

Steve Grimm, Cannon Township Supervisor

As you will recall, as part of this year's budget process, the Board took an in depth and very critical look at how we spend your money. That analysis resulted  in a much tighter budget. One of  the decisions we made was to reduce the dedicated sheriff's deputy from sixteen hours per day to twelve. For many years we were told by the  County that we could have either eight or sixteen-hour shifts, but not  twelve. During that time, we always  felt eight was too little and sixteen was too much, especially since those sixteen hours per day cost us over three hundred thousand dollars. We were finally able to convince the Sheriff to provide twelve hours.

Reminder: Deadline to apply for ZBA position is August 8

From: http://www.cannontwp.org

There are two open positions on the Cannon Township Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  One is for a regular board member and the other is for an alternate.  Both fill unexpired terms.  Please complete an application and send it to Bonnie Blackledge at Cannon Township by August 8, 2011.  You may scan and email to Bonnies@cannontwp.org, fax to 616-874-6966, or mail to 6878 Belding Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341.  Click here for a copy of the application.  Click here to find more information on the ZBA.
 

WANTED - Interested Citizen to Fill Position on the Zoning Board of Appeals

From: http://www.cannontwp.org

There are two open positions on the Cannon Township Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  One is for a regular board member and the other is for an alternate.  Both fill unexpired terms.  Please complete an application and send it to Bonnie Blackledge at Cannon Township by August 8, 2011.  You may scan and email to Bonnies@cannontwp.org, fax to 616-874-6966, or mail to 6878 Belding Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341.  Click here for a copy of the application.  Click here to find more information on the ZBA.
 
For an online application submittal, try this link - Application online

Cannon Township Clerk's Corner... Election Update

By: Bonnie Blackledge
From: http://www.cannontwp.org


The May school election had a typical low turnout, especially since the local school boards had no contests, and the only true race was for the Grand Rapids Community College Board. Many voters commented on what a waste of money it was to run this election. There is currently legislation that will require schools to hold their elections on even year Novembers which would coincide with the regular state elections for governor and president. This would cost the schools nothing (the present system requires that they pay for the cost of running the election), and the voter turnout would be high.

From the Supervisor... Sewer Rate Increase scheduled for July 1, 2011

From the Supervisor... Sewer Rate Increase scheduled for July 1, 2011

From: http://www.cannontwp.org

Why we must increase our rates

As we continue our analysis of the fiscal stability of the township, we have turned our attention and focus to sewer. The sewer fund is not healthy. This is a result of a number of factors, but regardless of how the township got here, we cannot sweep the problem under the rug, or more appropriately, flush it down the toilet any longer. The township has conducted a detailed and painstakingly exhaustive review of needed repairs, costs, capital improvements and revenue. Since increasing debt to solve the problem is not an option, a combination of cost cutting and more fiscally sound decisions regarding maintenance, repairs and improvements is necessary and underway. However, the fact is that without an increase in revenue, none of that will matter much.

No Dog Park for Rockford, Yet

No Dog Park for Rockford, Yet

Rockford City Council members recently listened to residents about funding for a dog park. At the regular May 9 city council meeting, no action was taken at this time, leaving fund-raising efforts up to local residents who want the park. Start-up cost to the City of Rockford was estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000. The major cost, about $12,000 would be erecting a two section fence around and dividing a old ball field which is located on the Rogue River Nature Trail, one section for small dogs, one for large dogs. City Council members were divided on the issue of funding, not wanting to use taxpayers' money in such a tight economy,  and one in favor of seeing if local residents could raise the total amount needed to fund the park.