ORV ban on Surrey Road discussed

The Surrey Township Board will look into a request to change the ruling that closes Surrey Road to ORV use.

Chuck Gaskill was at the meeting to complain that the road could not be used. “I have to use Surrey Road to go to the hunting area I’ve been using for 40 years,” he said. “I don’t know why that portion [from the Grant Township line to Old State] was closed. I’ve gotten two tickets on that 2.5 mile stretch. I’ve been stopped more than once. I have to travel on Surrey to get to roads that are open for ORV use.”

Resident Alan Reiss said people who came up for the Memorial Day weekend were being stopped too. “They couldn’t believe they couldn’t use the road,” he said.

Township Treasurer Esther Pitchford said when the township voted to close the road to ORV use, “we went by what the Sheriff’s Department recommended.”

Supervisor Russ Hamilton said, “We concurred with Grant Township about it.

Gaskill said, legally I can’t plow snow, or use my ORV attached to a grass catcher because I have to go onto the road right-of-way. If I do I’m breaking the law.”

Hamilton said he would like to table the matter and talk to the Sheriff and other officers about the matter. “We need to get a little education on this,” he said.

ORV use is prohibited on Surrey and Old State.

In another matter the township board approved a resolution of intent to “improve” Bear Lake. Gerald Martin, president of the Bear Lake Association, reported that a special assessment district was being set up to cover costs to treat the lake for milfoil. The Public Hearing was set for July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Plans and estimates for the project will be filed with the township clerk.

In other business:

*County Commissioner Lynn Grim reported that the health department had implemented a ban on designer drugs: bath salts and spice or K2. She urged anyone seeing the product in a store to report it to the Sheriff’s Department.

*The board heard a report from Deputy Kevin Rolland of the Sheriff’s Department, a Fire Department Report from Chief Dave Williams and a Zoning Report from Rod Williams.

*City Clerk Glenna Bradbury reported that Michigan Chloride would be re-brining some roads after complaints were made.

*The board tabled a request for a Personal Property exemption forwarded to the board from Farwell Village. The request did not include a project description or cost total.

*The board approved bills for the month totaling $48,280.21.