Township may sue to get sign, barricades removed

By: 
Scott Sullivan
“If Mr. Fleming has not taken action by Monday, June 8," I will take the advice of township legal counsel and issue the owner citations for the sign structure and concrete barricades, citing ordinance language that re-quires nonconforming signs be removed immediately once the face is removed, and storage of the concrete barriers is an impermissible use in the C-3 district,” Kushion said.

Saugatuck Township and the owner of a former Marathon gas station near the Douglas expressway exit may soon go a-courting.

The township board June 3 discussed attorney Nicholas Curcio’s advice the best way to have Fleming Brothers Oil Co. remove a dilapidated sign pole and concrete barricades stored at 2900 Blue Star Hwy. is to prosecute Fleming for zoning ordinance violations.

“In our opinion,” Curcio wrote zoning administrator Steve Kushion May 29, “a court would likely conclude the sign structure can still be regulated as a ‘sign’ even though the sign face has now been removed.

“Further, the barricade storage is clearly impermissible in the C-3 (Interchange Commercial) district, which does not allow warehousing or other storage uses,” the lawyer said.

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