Supervisor’s Corner

Information for Burleigh Township residents about what’s new and progress on current initiatives.

May 9, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day!

Whitney Creek Bridge/Alabaster Road

I received a message from Bruce Bolen of the Iosco County Road Commission concerning the Alabaster Road bridge. It reads: 

I was hoping by now that we would have received final word from MDOT that our Alabaster Road bridge project has been approved within the $194 million bridge bundle, but we have not. To reiterate from information I presented at your last Board meeting, we have been included in the bridge bundle list MDOT submitted to the legislature. I believe the legislature needs to sign off on the list of bridges selected before the list is formally approved. I have been in contact with MDOT to try and find out what the official process is, but have not heard back from them. I will update you as soon as I have more information. Thanks.

The road commission is staying on top of the situation and will keep us informed of any progress or lack thereof.

Road Graveling/Repairs

We will be getting some road graveling/repairs done soon by the road commission.  We still will have some money left in the road and bridge account after the work is done, so if anyone has a problem with a section of their road you can contact any board member and let them know. We can always do more road work later in the summer before the fall dust control is applied.

Dust Control

The dust control contract has been awarded to Eastern Dust Control and they are hoping the weather is compatible so they can begin the application as soon as our road work is done. The amount of moisture in the road surface contributes to the longevity of the product that is used, so we might have to wait a little longer. Please be patient-we want it to last the summer or until the fall spread.

Flagpole Replacement

By now, pretty much everyone knows that the flagpole at the hall is mostly missing.  It had bent in the wind and broken off. I picked up the flag and delivered it to the American Legion Hall in Hale where it will be properly disposed of. Be advised, I will NEVER improperly dispose of a flag. That being said, The board got a bid of about $2500.00 to provide and install a new flag pole. This is an aluminum pole that’s 25′ tall. At the meeting we tabled the flagpole purchase to see if we could get a better deal elsewhere. There will be a flag up for Memorial day. Not sure yet what form the pole will take but something will be there.

Annual Clean-Up Day – June 4, 2022

The township’s annual clean-up day will be held on June 4th from 9am to 2pm at the new Keystone Mining property. The address is 3720 M-65 and is a little south of Keystone Road on the west side of M-65. The entry will likely be the new driveway that I’m sure everyone has already seen. But we’ll have a sign along the road to help guide you in. We also received a grant to collect scrap tires and will have a trailer set up for tires. There is no cost to residents, so let’s get rid of those mosquito breeding ponds.

Fire Department Requests Mill Increase

The fire department will be asking for a 1/2 mill increase on the August ballot. I know it’s hard to vote for a tax increase when gas is $4.29 a gallon. One thing to keep in mind though, is this department is highly-trained and very professional and could be called upon to save your life and property on a moment’s notice. I’d stack these firefighters up against any department anywhere. They don’t waste money-they’re very frugal. Equipment replacement and upgrades are needed on a routine basis. As much as they train to keep us safe, we need to make sure that we keep them safe with the proper equipment. God bless our firefighters.

That’s all for now. Stay safe and if you see a veteran, shake their hand and tell them thanks. We owe them a lot. Thanks for reading.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor

March 23, 2022

Scrap Tire Grant

We have received a $2000.00 grant from EGLE to collect scrap tires. It’ll be official as soon as I send the signed contract to them and they return a signed copy to the township. We’re still up in the air about a date for the annual clean-up day and tire collection. May 28 is Memorial Day weekend, so it’ll most likely be the Saturday before or the one after pending availability of a semi trailer and 5-30yd roll off containers. We’ll likely get this worked out at the 4/5/22 board meeting and get letters out to residents.

Muddy Roads

We all have seen the muddy roads. It’s spring and this happens every year in some form or another. As the frost comes out there will likely be some soft spots here and there that may be impassible for a short time. The Road Commission can’t really do anything about it as it’s nature and pretty well out of their hands. Please be patient, it WILL get better.

At this time that’s all the news that’s fit to print (or that I can remember). I’ll keep you posted about anything and everything as things happen and time permits.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor

February 20, 2022

Scrap Tire Grant

Still waiting to hear from the state regarding our scrap tire grant. I expect to hear possibly the first week in March. 

Also, we’ll have a new location for the clean-up day and possible tire collection this year. Keystone Mining on M-65 just south of Keystone Road has graciously offered to host the event. Details are being worked out and we’ll hopefully know the date soon. I’ll post it as soon as I find out.

Landowner Environmental and Economic Workshop

Here’s the info regarding the Landowner environmental and economic workshop at the Ruckle farm. It sounds interesting.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor

February 2, 2022

Alabaster Road Bridge Update

I received some more info on the bridge over the Whitney Creek on Alabaster Road. It’s from Bruce Bolen who is the Engineer Manager for the Iosco County Road Commission. As follows: The Michigan legislature and Governor have approved $194 million dollars for design and construction costs required for the replacement of closed local (non-MDOT) bridges. The Alabaster Road bridge is included in this funding. We have been told the bridge will be “bundled” (grouped together into one bigger project) with other bridges, but we don’t have any specifics beyond that. MDOT is managing the program and they have told me there will be a conference call within the next month or so to discuss more specifics of the program. I will get back with you after that call and relay the information I receive. Thanks. I’ll post more info as it becomes available.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor

January 22, 2022

Winter Township Meetings

Please note that winter township meetings (typically December through April) are to be held at 7:00pm the first Tuesday of the month at the Fire Hall in Whittemore unless otherwise specified. If you have any questions on this or any other township initiatives please email or call any of the township board members.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor

January 19, 2022

Spring Clean-Up and Scrap Tire Collection Day

I contacted our friends at Spencer Auto to inquire about having the clean-up day at their location. If you’ll remember last year, there wasn’t enough room at their location and with the Covid situation we just decided to wait until this year and see what happens. I talked to Barb and she told me it would be pretty much a “game time” decision as to whether they’d be able to host the event. Since the scrap tire grant application had to be in by 1/28/22, I decided it might be a good idea to look for a different location. As of this writing, the grant has been applied for and there’s a very good chance that we’ll be able to hold the clean-up day at a new location. I’m not at liberty to say where just yet, but I’ll let everyone know as the plans develop. As always if you have an idea, problem, concern, etc., don’t be afraid to contact any board member. We work for you. Stay warm and best regards.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year to Everyone!

After a couple of years that were less than stellar, I’m reminded of a time when mom told me to”cheer up; things could be worse”. So I cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse. I’m hoping that that’s not the case as we enter a new year.

Flag Pole

I’m sure that a few people have noticed the flag pole at the township hall is mostly missing. First, thanks to the person who rescued the flag. Second, the upper section of the pole has a bad curve in it now and has broken off at the pipe coupling. I tried to straighten the top section but it didn’t work out well. We’ll need a new top section and a rethreading of the bottom section or a completely new pole. More as the situation develops.

Scrap tires and Presentation by Mark Ferguson

I received a message from Mark Ferguson of the Tri-County Agency pertaining to a possible collection of scrap tires that would be county-wide. He also wants to provide some info on pollution control on farms and a few other things that should be interesting to learn about. I’m not going to prattle on about it here as Mark will fill us in at the next meeting if he’s able to make it. I asked Stacy to include him on the agenda so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

As always, if you have any issues or concerns please contact a board member or come to a meeting. We want to hear from you. I’ll post more info as things develop with any and all issues.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor

December 14, 2021

Keystone Mining

A year or so ago, the township was contacted by a gentleman named John Girven to inquire if we had any zoning regulations regarding mining and mineral extraction. I copied the current regulations (from 2001) and sent the copy to Mr. Girven. At one of the regularly scheduled meetings, Mr. Girven (John) asked to be on the agenda and he and an associate outlined the plan they had for mining Gypsum for agricultural use. 

Their plan called for a berm around the site to mitigate noise, operation during regular business hours, excavation to be conducted on a series of “cells” instead of willy-nilly all over the place, reclamation as the project progresses, etc. All this is shown on the plans and specifications that were drawn up by the engineering firm that Keystone hired. The result of this approximately 30 year project will be a lake of about 40 acres. A water study was done by a firm that specializes in this type of situation to determine the direction and depth of the ground water flow among other things. I personally contacted 2 local well drillers who have many years of experience with wells close to the excavation site, and neither thought there should be any problems. My concerns, as I stated to John back when this all first came about, were if any residents’ water wells would be affected and having the township held harmless in case of litigation. 

In the interest of brevity, I encourage anyone interested in getting more info or seeing the plans for the mining operation to contact a board member. We could also have an informational session added to any meeting agenda where I could make sure a set of plans was available for viewing. I have no doubt that John would be glad to come and take any questions someone may have.

Marijuana

As some people may know, the township voted to let a 500 plant (maximum) indoor grow proceed in Burleigh Township. The location is on the east side of M-65 near the intersection Of M-65 and Duby road. For those who don’t know, the Township also made provision in the ordinance that there can be a maximum of 3 grow sites in the Township. The stipulations are as follows: It must be indoors, on commercially zoned property, no retail or wholesale sales of finished product and no processing. 

Alabaster Road Bridge

The bridge over the Whitney Creek between Mill Station and McClean roads on Alabaster Road. has gotten funding. I believe that Rep. Sue Allor was instrumental in procuring it. The less than stellar news is that scheduling will be handled by MDOT. I’m confident that our lack of registered voters and “back woods” location will play a large part in scheduling. If I can find out any more info, I’ll share it.

Clean-Up Day

Clean-Up Day and tire collection is still up in the air as of this writing. It’s been held at Spencer’s Autos and Parts for years, and I’d like to give a shout out to them for all their help. I’ll be checking with them as soon as I can to see if there may be a chance to have a Clean-Up Day this spring. We have to remember that Spencer’s is running a business and can’t always easily accommodate.

In closing, I invite anyone and everyone to attend meetings. If you have an issue to discuss, I guarantee you’ll get your turn. We don’t always agree about everything but that’s why we talk things out and find a solution. The United States is a representative republic and the township board members work for YOU.  Attend meetings. Find out what’s going on. Apathy is not an option. In case I don’t get to post beforehand, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor


October 13, 2021

Sunrise Disposal Delay

Due to equipment breakdowns and a lack of repair parts the trash pick-up from Sunrise Disposal may be delayed by a week. If this happens to you, feel free to put your extra trash in the can or alongside it on the next Wednesday; Brian said they’d pick it up.  He has some new trucks ordered but apparently they won’t be available until February. Hopefully this won’t be an issue for long.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor


September 30, 2021

Drain Commissioner at October Meeting

The Iosco County Drain Commissioner (Fred Strauer) has accepted my invitation to attend the October meeting. He asked if I would call him a day or two prior to the meeting day to jog his memory. I’ll be doing that. I can’t guarantee, at this moment, that he’ll be able to make it but we can keep our fingers crossed.

Bridge Work

I heard the governor announce that the next state budget will include money for bridges. Since the bridge over the Whitney Creek on Alabaster Road has been completely gone for a while now I’m sure the governor already has our check written out for the full replacement amount and will deliver it personally. I better get my good pants pressed for the photo ops. Or not.

Updates

There are a few things on the burner here in the township and as info becomes available I’ll try to get it on the website. As always feel free to contact any of your twp. trustees with any questions you may have. Have a great day.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor


September 9, 2021

Dust Control

The fall spread for dust control is being scheduled with the ICRC and the applicator. I hope to see it started in the next week or so.

Website Updates

I hear comments about the website not being updated frequently enough. I try to get info on the site as it becomes available but this is still Burleigh Township and it’s not like there is a steady stream of issues to trumpet.  I’d like to see more people attend meetings to find out what’s going on and participate in decision making for the township. You might not always get your way but you WILL have your say.

Cemetery

I replaced the flag pole that had been bent over and noticed that a number of headstones are in danger of tipping over.  Some of these are very old and I personally feel they should be cared for. I talked with Rob Eppert, our township attorney, and he told me he had no records concerning cemetery ordinances on file at his office but that the township supervisor can authorize or conduct repairs at the cemetery as they are needed. I am going to make a few inquiries to find out the best way to address the situation.

Drain Commissioner

I am currently attempting to get in contact with Fred Strauer, the county drain commissioner, to discuss some issues of concern. I’d like to schedule his attendance at a board meeting so we can try to get some things repaired. I’m not sure what we can accomplish through the drain commissioner’s office but we’ll find out and proceed from there.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor


August 11, 2021

Legget Road

Leggett Road will be getting some new asphalt laid at the intersection of Towerline and Leggett. Approx. 470 lineal feet to take care of the huge holes in that area. It’s tentatively scheduled for end of August or beginning of September.

Alabaster Road Bridge Update

Alabaster Road bridge between Mill Station and McClean Roads is on hold due to a lack of money. Matt Nunn, ICRC engineer, is trying to get the funding arranged but so far no luck. I’ll be checking periodically for updates and will contact Sue Allor to see if she can help.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor


July 18, 2021

Property Tax Exemptions

For information concerning disabled veteran and/or poverty property tax exemption please contact our assessor, Timothy Krumm. You can reach Timothy at (989) 218-1599 or krummassessing@charter.net.

Board of Review

Board of Review information can be found on your property tax statement. If you have trouble locating this information please contact the township assessor for assistance.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor


July 9, 2021

Dust Control Update

The dust control has been applied, and even though it’s later than we wanted it will hopefully do the job. The dry spring didn’t do us any favors and caused delays with the road commission getting the roads prepped. As soon as we got enough rain to soften the road surface, they went to work. We had some gravel placed in selected areas, and the next part of the project will be repairs to the eastern end of the paved portion of Legget Road at the intersection of Towerline and Legget. 

Clean-Up Day and Scrap Tire Collection

This year, as we prepared to get set up for a clean-up day and scrap tire collection at the end of May, we were informed by Spencer Auto, where it’s usually held, that they had no room since they were packed full and weren’t sure when they could get a crusher in to start moving scrap out. The township board thought about looking for another site, but the fact that Spencer Auto is willing to pack the trash down in the roll-offs is a benefit that we’d lose (and would likely need more roll-offs). We’ll monitor the situation at Spencer Auto and hopefully we can have a clean-up day in the late summer or fall. At this point though, it’s uncertain.

Gypsy Moths

Gypsy Moths have hit a few areas in the township and some residents have asked about spraying. The township doesn’t have a funding source (millage) in place for this so we won’t be spraying. It might be wise to contact either Plainfield or Grant Township officials to find out cost and availability of a spraying company.

Alabaster Road Bridge

The Alabaster Road bridge over Whitney Creek is in the planning and design stage. The Iocso County Road Commission (ICRC) is still persuing funding sources for the project and we hope they are successful soon.

Township Hall Appliances

The refrigerator and stove at the Burleigh Township Hall are in rough shape and are quite old. The board voted to replace them and hopefully Consumers Power will take the old fridge away and credit us $50.00 on our electric bill through a program they’re running.

Proposed Gypsum Mining Operation

I’m sure by now that most folks have noticed a lot of land clearing on the south side of Keystone Road just west of M-65. A company has proposed a gypsum mining operation that could produce some jobs and leave a nice lake behind. That’s the short story; if you’d like to know more please click here to contact a board member and ask questions.

~ Chris Stone, Burleigh Township Supervisor