2017-06-22 / News Briefs

In brief

Water loss significantly reduced

SWARTZ CREEK – City and county officials are monitoring water use and comparing year-to-year results to determine how much the city has saved since locating and repairing a breach in the conduit.

City Manager Adam Zettel said a comparison of water use for the first week of June 2017, as compared to the same time last year, shows 20.5 percent less consumption.

Zettel cautioned that multiple factors can cause the reads to vary week to week; however, the data has been relatively consistent so far.

Acoustic technology was used to detect the leak, which was spilling 50 to 60 gallons of water per minute, in a 12-inch water line that runs east and west beneath Elms Road near Miller Road.

The water was spilling into a 66-inch storm drain that runs under Elms Road, and discharging into the Swartz Creek.

Zettel estimates the loss cost the city about $100,000 over 10-plus years. – L.R.

Dumpster to be removed

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – For years, Clayton Township has provided an industrial size trash container for residents to dispose of bulky items. The container has been located at the back of the Bendle Cemetery on Beecher Road.

But now that the township board has decided to have the roadway through the burial ground repaved, and they want to protect their investment, they are taking the trash receptacle out.

The question at the Thursday, June 8, board of trustees meeting was whether the township needs to provide a dumpster at all.

Trustee Greg Childers said residents can just set bulky items at the curb with the rest of their trash.

But Supervisor Chris Gehringer said those items aren’t always collected in a timely manner.

“I think it would be nice to have the dumpster,” said Gehringer.

“If someone has the wherewithal to take it to the cemetery, they have the wherewithal to take it to the dump,” said Treasurer Rick Caruso. He added that the township issues dump permits. – L.R.

Solicitation ordinance approved

GAINES TOWNSHIP – A new ordinance regulating door-to-door sales will go into effect within the month in Gaines Township.

The regulations will require solicitors to obtain permits from the township. The ordinance also restricts the time door-todoor sales may occur, to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Police Chief Mark Schmitzer said his department has had “numerous complaints about questionable activity throughout the township” and some residents have been scammed. – L.R.

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