Township Officials Table Charter Township Decision
Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:53:48 EST
Following a round of discussions Monday evening (11-27), the Alpena Township Board of Trustees opted to table a decision regarding incorporating a charter township.
After several meetings of the Charter Exploration Committee, a recommendation was made to the full board to move forward with a resolution of intent to become a charter township as recommended by Township Attorney Tim Gulden.
Some board members felt not enough information has been made available to make an informed decision, and did not feel comfortable voting on the measure.
Other members who also serve on the Charter Exploration Committee explained they did not intend to pass a resolution Monday night; they just wanted to introduce the material and inform others of benefits and draw backs. What they do intend however is to have the issue voted on during their December.
If passed next month, it would take effect 60 days later as long as no citizen petition or disagreement is presented.
According to the Michigan Townships Association, all townships are general law townships, unless they have incorporated as a charter township. Charter township status is a special township classification created by the Michigan Legislature in 1947 to provide additional powers and streamlined administration for governing a growing community.
Supervisor Nathan Skibbe who is also on the charter committee added, "We should have become a charter township 15 to 20 years ago."
Board members were directed to additional information and invited to forward questions and concerns to the committee.