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Surrey okays cemetery tree removal

 

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

 

The Surrey Township Cemetery will look different but be much safer after 53 dangerous trees are removed this winter, Cemetery Board Chair Larry Laverty told the Surrey Township board.

 

The board voted December 11 to accept the bid of Timber Tree Services of Mid Michigan for the $15,000 tree removal project. The company was not the lowest bidder but the board had already had the company remove some trees and were “very satisfied” with their work, they said.

 

The project will include removal of debris and site cleanup. A company representative said the winter months are a better time to take the trees down because the ground is firmer and there is less brush and leaves to clean up.

 

Other action items at the December meeting included a unanimous vote objecting to the transfer of a small piece of property between Old Ludington and M115, an easement that had been transferred to the township because of unpaid taxes on the property.

 

The board also voted to pay the 2012 Winter Tax bill on the recently purchased corner lot just south of the township fire department. The property will be used for additional parking and will be tax exempt when it is designated for township purposes.

 

Finally the board voted to pay bills for November totaling $43,247.33.

 

Discussion items and reports heard by the board included a fire department report by Chief Dave Williams, a County Commission report by Commissioner Lynn Grim, and a zoning report by Zoning Administrator Rod Williams.

 

Williams told the board that the Village of Farwell and Township will be working together on a possible rental ordinance for the area.