Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Regular Board Meeting Agenda

The Charter Township of Genesee Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom (see instructions below – password mmkiwanis).

Roll Call:  Fuhr ( ) Bates ( ) Sorensen ( ) Burrus ( ) Jean ( ) Sutton ( ) Witte ( )

Approve Agenda

Approve the minutes of the June 9, 2020 Regular Board Meeting without corrections.



Office of the Supervisor:

A.  Approve renewal of Used Car License for one year for the following:  Hatch Auto, 5289 n Genesee Road

B.  Approve Peddler’s Permit for Nicolle Vasquez-Bland, 6465 Nightingale Drive

C.  Approve authorization to purchase and election scanner for $5,000.00 with the State paying half

D.  Approve Resolution 20-05 authorizing Steve Fuhr and Wayne Bates to be the official signers for GCMPC Block Grants

E.  Approve purchase of software not to exceed $3,000.00 for firewall protection for LEIN

F.  Approve manhole rehab for four manholes at a total of $11,000.00 by Advance Rehabilitation Technology (Bray Road, Benmark Trailer Court, Vassar and Normandy)

G.  Motion to approve Geronimo Energy Planning Commission Case No 2020-06 and extend building permit two years from date of approved agreements

H.  Approve Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan for EPA by Wade Trim at a cost of $20,000.00

I.  Approve hiring Austin O’Hare as firefighter trainee for Station #1 pending passing pre-employment qualifications

J.  Approve hiring Kevin Costello as firefighter for Station #2 pending passing pre-employment qualifications

K.  Approve hiring Brent Williamson Sr as firefighter for Station #2 pending passing pre-employment qualifications


*  Approve Bill list and presentation of financial statement

*  Reimburse Gillies Coney Island for over billing of sewage for past 6 years, $33,624.00

Reports from Standing Committees:

1.  Community Development, Patricia Witte, Chair

2.  Fire, Richard Burrus, Chair

3.  Police, Kathy Sutton, Chair

4.  Department of Public Works, Thomas Jean, Chair

Public Comments:

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

Closing Comments from Board Members


  •  3 minutes public comment

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Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission 2019 Annual Performance and Evaluation Public Hearing

Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission


Notice of Public Hearing for the Genesee County 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) 1 message Nichole Odette <nodette@geneseecountymi.gov>Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 4:43 PM PUBLIC NOTICE: PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE 2019 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER) The Genesee County Program Year 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for public review. The 2019 CAPER highlights expenditures of Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) funds for the period of May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, and information on activities undertaken with HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds for affordable housing in Genesee County, outside the City of Flint, as well as Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds to prevent and reduce homelessness in the County. The 2019 CAPER is available on the GCMPC website http://www.gcmpc.org. Anyone wishing to review the 2019 CAPER in person may call the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission (GCMPC) office at (810) 257-3010 to schedule an appointment. GCMPC offices are located in Room 223 of the Genesee County Administration Building, 1101 Beach Street, Flint, Michigan. The CAPER will be available to the public Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from June 29 th , 2020 through July 15 th , 2020. The CAPER may also be reviewed at any of the Genesee County local units of government offices during their business hours.

The public also has the opportunity to comment on the 2019 CAPER at a public hearing to be held during the Genesee County Community and Economic Development Committee (C&ED) on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. in the Harris Auditorium, 3 rd Floor, Genesee County Administration Building which can be accessed virtually through their website at: https://www.gc4me.com/departments/board_of_commissioners_1/index.php.

GCMPC will furnish reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with limited English proficiency or disabilities upon 24-hour notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services may contact Ms. Sheila Taylor, Division Manager, by writing or calling the following:

Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission

Room 111, 1101 Beach Street, Flint, Michigan 48502

(810) 257-3010

Michigan Relay Center dial 711


2019 CCR Report – Water Quality

See Attached

2019 CCR Report

Also posted on Public Works Page under Departments

2019 Water Quality Report for  Charter Township of Genesee

This report provides a snapshot of the drinking water quality for Charter Township of Genesee for the calendar year 2019. Genesee County Drain Commissioner-Division of Water and Waste Services (GCDC-WWS) Water Treatment Plant are committed to meeting the state and federal water quality standards including the Lead and Copper Rule.  With the Great Lakes as our water source and proven treatment technologies,  GCDC-WWS Treatment Plant consistently delivers safe drinking water to our community.  Included are details about where our water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards.

About our system:

Your source water comes from Lake Huron. The watershed includes numerous short, seasonal streams that drain to Lake Huron. GCDC-WWS voluntarily developed and received approval in 2017 for a source water protection program (SWIPP) for the Lake Huron Water Treatment Plant and GCDC-WWS Treatment Plant intake.  The program includes seven elements that include the following: roles and duties of government units and water supply agencies, delineation of a source water protection area, identification of potential of source water protection area, management approaches for protection, contingency plans, siting of new sources and public participation and education.  If you would like to know more information about the Source Water Assessment or SWIPP, please contact the Public Works at (810) 640-2000.

Special information available:

 Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 800-426-4791.

Health and safety information:

Drinking Water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which provide the same protection for public health.

       2019 Regulated Detected Contaminant Tables

Inorganic Chemicals – Monitoring at the Plant Finished Water Tap














Range of




Major Sources in Drinking Water
















Erosion of Natural Deposits: Water

Additive, which promotes strong

Teeth: Discharge from fertilizer and

Aluminium factories

Arsenic ppb 0 10 0.43 ND – 0.43 NO Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
Barium ppm 2 2 .013 .012 – .013 NO Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries
Selenium ppb 50 50 0.66 ND – 0.66 NO Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from petroleum and metal refineries discharge from mines

*Flouride is monitored daily in the finished water

Disinfection By-Products- Monitoring in Distribution System















Range of




Major Sources in Drinking Water















16.8 – 75.5




By-Product of Drinking

Water Chlorination

Halocetic Acids













10 – 25



By-Product of Drinking

Water Chlorination

Disinfection Residuals – Monitoring in Distribution System



Unit Health







Range of




Major Sources in Drinking Water
Total Chlorine


ppm 4 4 2.01 1.0 – 3.3 NO Water Additive to control


2019 Turbidity – Monitored every 4 Hours at Plant Finished Water

    Highest Single

Measurment Cannot

     Exceed 1 NTU

                 Lowest  Monthly % of Samples Meeting

                Turbidity Limit of 0.3 NTU (minimum 95%)



Major Sources in Drinking Water







                Soil Runoff

Turbidity is a measure of cloudiness of water. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of effectiveness of our filtration system

2019 Lead and Copper at Consumer Tap



Unit Health









Range Number of


Over AL



Major Sources in Drinking Water
Lead (Jan-June) ppb 0 15 0 0 0 NO Corrosion of household  plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits

Lead (July-Dec) ppb 0 15 0 0 0 NO Corrosion of household  plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits

Copper (Jan-June) ppm 1.3 1.3 0 0 0 NO Corrosion of household plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits

Copper (July-Dec) ppm 1.3 1.3 0 0 0 NO Corrosion of household plumbing system

Erosion of natural deposits

*90th percentile value is the concentration of lead and copper in tap water exceeded by 10 percent of the sites sampled during a monitoring period. If the 90th percentile value is above the AL additional requirements must be met. 

Regulated Contaminant                                 Treatment Technique Typical Source of Contaminant

Total Organic Carbon (ppm)

The Total Organic Carbon (TOC) removal ratio is calculated as the ratio

Between the actual TOC removal and the TOC removal requirements.

The TOC was measured each quarter and because the level was low

Ther is no TOC removal requirement


Erosion of Natural deposits








Typical Source of


Total Coliform


>1 positive monthly sample

(>5% of monthly samples








Naturally present in the


Fecal Coliform

And E.coli

Routine and repeat  sample

Total coliform positive, and is

Also fecal or E.oli positive








Human and Animal fecal



Radionuclides 2019

Regulated contaminant Test date Unit Health



Allowed Level Level Detected Violation


Major sources in Drinking


Combined Radium

226 and 228

2-13-19 pCi/L 0 5 1.0 +- 0.50 NO       Erosion of Natural Deposits
Gross Alpha 2-13-19 pCi/L 0 15 2.0+-1.0 NO Erosion of Natural  Deposits


                                                2019 Unregulated Detected Contaminant

     Unregulated Parameters          Unit              Average         Range Detected Source of Contamination
  Sodium (ppm)          ppm                   8.5                    8 – 9 Erosion of natural deposits
  Nickel          ppb                   0.33              ND to 0.66 Erosion of natural deposits


Unregulated Contaminants

Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards. The purpose of

Unregulated monitoring is to assist EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and

Whether future regulation is warranted. Before EPA regulates a contaminant, it considers adverse health effects, the

Occurrence of the contaminant in drinking water, and whether the regulation would reduce health risk. GCDC-WWS

Began monitoring for Unregulated contaminants in 2013 and willcontinue additional sampling in 2019 and 2020. The Charter Township of Genesee began Monitoring for Unregulated Contaminates in 2018 and continued sampling into 2019. The following tables list the Unregulated substances detected during the 2019 calendar year.


 Unregulated Contaminants – Monitored at the primary source (AM1 : metals, pesticides, alcohols, SOVCs)

Contaminant Units Result Source
Bromide ppm 23.2 Naturally present in fossil fuels, coal, and shale
Total Organic Carbon ppm 2.4 Erosion of natural deposits


2019 Unregulated Contaminants- Monitored at the Treatment Plant and entry Point into System

Contaminant Units Range Source
Manganese, total ug/l 2.1 – 10.6 Naturally present in the environment


2019 Unregulated Contaminants-Monitored in distribution system(AM1 : Entry Point)

Contaminant Units Range Source


Manganese ug/l 4.56 – 4.72 Disinfection by products group


2019 Unregulated Contaminants – HAA’s Monitored in the distribution system ( AM2 : DBP1,DBP2 )

Contaminant Units Range Source
Bromochloroacetic acid ug/l 3.00 – 3.33 By-product of drinking water disinfection
Bromodichloroacetic acid ug/l 3.52 – 4.56 By-product of drinking water
Chlorodibromoacetic acid ug/l 0.623 – 0.915 By-product of drinking water
Dibromoacetic acid ug/l 0.432 – 0.493 By-product of drinking water
Dichloroacetic acid ug/l 7.61 – 12.3 By-product of drinking water
Monobromoacetic acid ug/l <0.300 – 0.311 By-product of drinking water
Trichloroacetic acid ug/l 7.85 – 12.7 By-product of drinking water


2019 Unregulated contaminate – Monitored in Distribution system (AM3 : Entry Point

Contaminate Units             Range Source
CVTM Percent CV        .800 – 8.60 Naturally present in the environment



Information about lead:

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. The water that the GCDC-

WWS Water Treatment plant delivers to our community does not contain lead. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components

associated with service lines and home plumbing. The Charter Township of Genesee is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot

control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for

lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water,

you may want to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is

available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or at http;//www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.








How do I read this Chart?

Our water is tested to assure that it is safe and healthy. These Tables are based on tests conducted by Genesee Township within the last five (5) calendar years. We conduct many tests throughout the year, however , only tests that show the presence of a contaminant are shown here. The table on this page is a key to the terms used in the table. Sources of Contaminants show where this substance usually originates.


  Key to Detected Contaminants Table




Action Level

The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment

Or other requirements which a water system must follow.




Halo Acetic Acids

HAA5 is the total of bromoacetic, chloroacetic, dibromo acetic, dichloroacetic,

and trichloroacetic acids. Compliance is based on the total.





Locational Running Annual Average

The average of  analytical results for samples at a particular monitoring location during

the previous four quarters.




Maximum Contaminant Level

The highest level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close

to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.




Maximum Contaminant Level Goal

The level of contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected

risk to health. MCLG’s allows for a margin of safety.




Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level

The highest level of disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.



Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal

The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLG’s do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.



not applicable


Does not apply




Not Detected


Result is not detectable at or below the laboratory detection level




Nephelometric Turbidty Units


Measures the cloudiness of water




Picocuries Per Liter


A measure of radioactivity




Parts per Billion ( one in one billion)

The ppb is equivalent to micrograms per liter.

A microgram = 1/1000 milligrams




Micrograms per Liter

A microgram = 1/1000 milligrams. 1 microgram  per liter is equal to

1 part per billion




Parts Per Million (one in one million)

The ppm is equivalent to milligrams per liter.

A milligram = 1/1000 gram




Running Annual Average

The average of analytical results for all samples taken

during the previous twelve months.




Treatment Technique

A required process intended to reduce the level of contaminant  in drinking water.



Total Trihalomethanes

Total Trihalomethanes is the sum of chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. Compliance is based on the total.




A scale of Temperature in which water freezes at  0 and boils at  100

under standard conditions.



Greater Than

  90th Percentile The concentration of lead or copper  in tap water exceeded by

10 percent of sites sampled during a monitoring period.


Genesee Township, and the GCDC-WWS Treatment Plant are committed to safeguarding our water supply and delivering the highest quality drinking water to protect public health. We will update this report annually and will keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year, as they happen.  Copies are available at Genesee Township Hall, 7244 N. Genesee Rd, Genesee, MI 48437.  We invite public participation in decisions that affect drinking water quality.  For more information about your water, or the contents of this report, contact Public Works at (810) 640-2000 ext. #5.  For more information about safe drinking water visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/safewater/.


Important Message From Emterra Environmental USA Regarding Trash and Recycling

April 2020

During this pandemic, we understand that many households, being told to stay home, are doing some spring cleaning. We have noticed a huge increase in curbside waste. This increase is causing our employees to work longer hours to ensure everything is picked up in a timely manner.

Many haulers have cut services and are no longer taking compost or recycling. Emterra Environmental USA has not done this yet and will attempt to continue to keep all services intact, but we need your help to do so.

Our first priority at this time is the health and well-being of our essential employees. In order to keep them safe and healthy we are requesting that large spring clean ups (basements, pole barns, etc.)  are not put curbside until the pandemic is under control.

Please put out your normal weekly trash (in bags and not exceeding 50 lbs.) and recycling only.  Hold off on large items (bulk items) and additional waste until a later date. If we continue to see an increase we will be forced to do as other haulers and halt services for the time being. We do not want to do this, but we need your help.

While our prayers are with any person or family that has tested positive for Covid -19, we need those households to not put their household trash to the curb.  Those households need to keep their waste within their own home, so that more people do not get infected.

We thank you for your understanding.

Stay Safe. Stay Home.

Genesee County Heal Plans – Helping Residents Understand Health Care Coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Shannon Ciszek, Communications Coordinator

Genesee Health Plan

Phone: 810.232.7740 ext. 245

Email: sciszek@countyhealthplans.org

 Genesee Health Plan to help residents understand health care coverage following federal ruling against work requirements 

Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements deemed ‘unlawful’ by federal judge, GHP to serve as resource for Genesee County families navigating health care needs FLINT – Genesee Health Plan (GHP) is offering its expertise and assistance to Genesee County residents navigating health care coverage following the federal court ruling to suspend the Healthy Michigan Plan (Medicaid expansion) work requirements.

“Genesee Health Plan’s priority is to make sure people get the health coverage they need or keep their current health coverage and know how to use it,” said GHP President and CEO Jim Milanowski. “If anyone needs help understanding their health care coverage, or needs assistance applying for or re-enrolling in Healthy Michigan, we encourage them to schedule an appointment at our office so we can help.”

This month a federal judge ruled the Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements as ‘unlawful.’ Due to the ruling, the roughly 10,000 Genesee County residents who receive Healthy Michigan Plan coverage will not be required to report 80 hours of work or other qualifying activities each month.

“We want to make sure families understand any changes to their health care so they can continue to live healthy lives,” said Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich. “Genesee Health Plan is a vital community resource for helping Genesee County families and residents with their health care coverage needs.”

“As a small business owner and farmer, I understand how important it is for families to have health care coverage so employees and their families can stay healthy,” said Rep. Mike Mueller. “Genesee Health Plan is an invaluable community resource for helping Genesee County residents and families navigate health care coverage options.”

This ruling comes after similar Medicaid work requirement laws in Arkansas, Kentucky and New Hampshire had been blocked by federal court rulings. The change took effect immediately. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is notifying individuals with Healthy Michigan Plan coverage of the work requirement change online, by mail, and by phone throughout March 2020.

Individuals who are required to report work activities for other MDHHS programs, such as food or cash assistance, must continue to follow those program reporting requirements. If an individual has questions about their program reporting requirements, they are encouraged to contact their local MDHHS office. Additionally, for all MDHHS programs, an individual must continue to report changes of address, birth of a child, death, marriage or divorce or change in income.


Genesee Health Plan (GHP) is Genesee County’s plan for better health which began with the vision to have a community where each person has equal and affordable opportunity to live a healthy life. GHP is a nonprofit health care organization that was launched in 2001 to provide health care coverage and life-saving services to the uninsured residents of Genesee County. The plan has provided more than 90,000 county residents with doctor’s visits, cancer screenings, prescription drugs, x-rays and many more life-saving services since 2001. Learn more about GHP at geneseehealthplan.org or call 844.232.7740.


Genesee County Road Commission 2020 Proposed Genesee Township Tree Removals

6088 Lucas Road ($633)     –     1 35″ Dead Elm

6496 Carpenter Road ($1596)     –     12 6″ to 18″ Box Elders

3036 Alcott Ave ($1298)     –     5 6″ to 18″ Maples and 1 28″ Maple

3414 South Kearsley Blvd ($954)     –     3 19″ to 24″ Maples

1382 Downey ($636)     –     2 19″ to 24″ Box Elders

Horton Road between Princeton & Kurtz ($7000)     –     140′ x 30′ (1 acre) Moderate Clearing

Horton Road between Yale & Cornell ($1750)     –     375′ x 30′ (0.25 acres) Moderate Clearing

Burn Permit Language

Charter Township of Genesee Burn Permit

Prohibited Burning
* Burning of refuse including but not limited to paper, cartons, boxes, plastic, furniture, building materials, wood pallets, and trash including but not limited to metals, tin cans and glass.
* Burning of garbage, including but not limited to any putrescible animal or vegetable waste resulting from handling, preparation of cooking or consumption of food.
* Burning of yard waste, including leaves, grass clippings, and wastes produced from landscaping and garden activities.
* Burning in streets, ditches, and public right of way.

Permitted Burning
The person listed below is granted permission to have one open fire per day at the address listed below subject to the provisions of the Charter Township of Genesee Ordinance No 504 and Public Act 451 of 1994 and the rules promulgated there under.

Fires For Disposal of Limbs and Branches

* Fires for cleanup of limbs, branches and brush are permitted, provided they do not create or add to a hazardous or objectionable condition.
* Such fires shall be a minimum size for the intended purpose but shall not be greater than six (6) feet in diameter and six (6) feet in height.
* Such fires shall not be started before sunrise and must be completely extinguished by sunset. Completely extinguished means that ashes are cold to the touch.
* Such fires shall be attended at all times by a person at least eighteen (18) years of age, who is in control and capable of extinguishing the fire. A garden hose should be available for this purpose.
* Such fires must be at 50 feet from any structure, including wood fences and wood decks.
* Flammable or combustible liquids may not be used to start such open fires, including but not limited to gasoline, kerosene of fuel oil.
* Atmospheric conditions must be favorable for the open fire. Fires should not be started in high wind or dry conditions.

Recreational Fires in Fire Pits and Patio Fireplaces

General Recreational Fire Rules
* Only clean wood products, or commercially produced fuel products may be burned. No
chemically treated wood, construction materials or pallet wood may be burned.
* Atmospheric conditions must be favorable for the open fire. Fires should not be stated
in high wind or dry conditions.
* Recreational fires may not be started before sunrise and must be completely extinguished
by midnight. Completely extinguished means that the ashes are cold to the touch.
* Flammable or combustible liquids may not be used to start such open fires, including but
not limited to gasoline, kerosene or fuel oil.

Fire Pits
* Fire Pits may not be larger than forty-eight (48) inches in diameter, and must be at least
eighteen (18) inches deep.
* The Fire Pit must have a non-combustible ring around the top made of stone, cement
blocks, landscaping blocks or a metal fire ring.
* Fire Pits must be at least twenty-five (25) feet from any structure, including wood fences
and wood decks.
* The material being burned cannot be more than eighteen (18) inches above the top of
the pit and may not extend past the sides of the pit. The fire must be fully contained within
the pit.

Patio Fireplaces
* Fires in Patio Fireplaces must be at least fifteen (15) feet from any structure, including wood fences and wood decks.
* Fires in Patio Fireplaces must be at least fifteen (15) feet from adjacent property lines.

Violation of the provisions of the Open Fires and Burning Ordinance may result in assessment of costs to the responsible party for the enforcement of the Ordinance. In addition, violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor and may be up to ninety (90) days in jail and a five hundred ($500) dollar fine or both.

Michigan Public Service Commission Encourages Propane Customers to Shop Now

Michigan Public Service Commission Logo [ http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc ] News Release

*Gretchen Whitmer, Governor
Sally A. Talberg, Chairman*
*Norman J. Saari, Commissioner
Daniel C. Scripps, Commissioner*

*www.michigan.gov/mpsc [ http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc ]*


*Contact:* Nick Assendelft 517-284-8300

*Customer Assistance:* 800-292-9555

*MPSC encourages propane customers to shop now for best prices***

LANSING, Mich. It may be the middle of summer, but now is a good time to think about locking in propane fuel prices for this winter.

The Michigan Public Service Commission urges Michiganders to shop around to find the best deals from local suppliers. Locking in lower prices now could mean significant savings over market prices when the weather turns cold and demand heats up. Research your options, ask questions, and get everything in writing.

Here are five things to think about when shopping for propane:

* Budget plans, prepay plans, and fixedprice plans can offer consumers savings when compared to buying at market price.
* Ask about fees and other charges such as those for installation or minimum
annual usage requirements.
* Be aware that the price per gallon may increase after the prepaid allotment is used up.
* Decide whether its best to rent, lease, or own the propane supply tank. If
switching providers, that may affect the on-site tank thats being used.
* Understand the contract before signing. A written contract explains the rights and responsibilities of buyer and seller.

Find more tips and key questions to ask a supplier in the MPSCs propane consumer tip sheet [ https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/mpsc-selecting-propane_464669_7.pdf].

Michigan leads the nation in total residential propane consumption, with more than 8 percent of households or an estimated 320,000 — using propane as their primary heating source. Propane use is significantly higher in rural Michigan, with 18 percent of Upper Peninsula residents and nearly 24 percent of those living in the northern Lower Peninsula relying on propane as a primary heating source, according to the MPSCs Statewide Energy Assessment [https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/Sea_Initial_Report_with_Appendices_070119_659452_7.pdf].

While the MPSC does not regulate propane prices, it does monitor supplies and makes available statewide average residential prices [https://www.michigan.gov/energy/0,4580,7-364-85452_86924_86926_87100_87101_88659—,00.html] during the heating season, which starts Oct. 1. Additional information on propane is available here [https://www.michigan.gov/energy/0,4580,7-364-85452_86924_86926_87100_87101_87120-472314–,00.html].

“For information about the MPSC, visit “”www.michigan.gov/mpsc” [
http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc ]”, “”sign up for one of its “”listservs” [
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Affairs P.O. Box 30004 Lansing, MI 48909

MISSDIG 811 Doing Any DIY Projects This Summer?

Doing Any DIY Projects This Summer?

Know What’s Below Before You Dig!
Even Hand digging can cause damage. Over 25% of damage is from homeowners.
Become part of the solution!
• Yourself
• Your family
• Your Community

*Decks & Patios   *Trees or Shrubs   *Swing Sets   *Signs   *Fountains   *Tents   *Fences   *Mailbox Posts   *Room Additions   *Gardens   *Swimming Pools   *Landscaping

It’s the LAW! It’s fast and it’s FREE!!!

What do you mean FREE?
When you contact MISS DIG 811, the public facility companies are notified to mark the location of their underground lines.

Public facilities are marked for FREE by facility company representatives known as Locators. The Locators paint lines and/or place flags to mark the approximate location of underground public lines.

• Visit elocate.missdig811.org
• In the e-Locate box click Start.
• Complete the e-Locate Request.
• Check your status before you dig @status.missdig811.org
• Enter your ticket #. Click Inquire.

Those painted lines usually run from the main facility to the meter on your house.

Not everything gets marked when you call. Private facility lines are NOT marked.

The unmarked private lines usually run from the house to any other building or object with service in your yard, like a garage or lamp post. A private locator may be hired to mark them.
And often, water and sewer lines are only marked in the right-of-way not all the way to the meter on the house.

It’s the LAW?
Yes, a bill was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and has been in effect since April 1, 2014. Be smart and contact MISS DIG 811 before you dig.

Why so many flags? What do they mean? Can I remove them?
Do NOT remove the flags until the work is completed or after 21 days.

Color Key:
White – Area of Proposed Excavation
Pink – Temporary Survey Markings
Red – Electric
Yellow – Gas, Oil, Steam, Propane
Orange – Phone and Cable
Blue – Water
Purple – Reclaimed water, irrigation
Green – Sewer
Gray – Used to Erase Marks

5 Steps to Safe Digging
1. Call MISS DIG 811 at 811 or go online to elocate.missdig811.org
2. Wait for utilities to be marked
3. Check status @ status.missdig811.org
4. Respect the marks
5. Dig with care