Gun Plain Township looks at water issues, grave ownership

Daniel Pepper

Gun Plain Township board members said they were investigating further water problems on Eagle Green at Lake Doster.
The board discussed the matter at their Thursday, Nov. 2, regular meeting and said they’d send a letter to township water users in the area detailing the board’s efforts to have contractor Fleis and Vandenbrink find a solution.
Supervisor Mike VanDenBerg said, “They are doing a study to discovery the options for getting the iron out of the water.”
VanDenBerg said the township had flushed water lines in the area repeatedly to help one resident with too much iron in the water, but it appeared the problem was inside the house’s lines.
At the same meeting, the board voted 5-1 to convey a pair of graves in the cemetery to the heirs of a claimed original purchaser.
VanDenBerg said, “I made a decision to agree she had purchased all four graves.”
Township clerk Marty Meert said she didn’t think the documentation—from a funeral home, rather than official township records—was sufficient.
“I don’t think it’s fair to the citizens to not go and make them prove they paid for these graves,” Meert said.
She provided the lone no vote, with Trustee Arron Morehouse absent.

In other business:
• The board scheduled a special meeting for budget discussions Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 3 p.m. at the township hall.
• VanDenBerg updated the board on a problem with the Michigan Department of Transportation, trying to get them to change a spot on the shoulder of M-89.
Water is currently flowing down a resident’s driveway from the highway near the east Plainwell city limits and the township wants MDOT to change the edge of the road to push the water into the cemetery instead.
• Board members discussed the fact the B-93 Birthday Bash wasn’t being held in Martin this coming year and said they were glad not to  have the problems anymore.
• Board members agreed to apply for a $5,000 grant for water and sewer infrastructure, which would also involve the township in a state infrastructure monitoring program.
As part of the program, Michigan State Police would control information relating to the sites of wells, lift stations and other infrastructure and it would be exempt from the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. VanDenBerg said the rules were due to concerns about terrorists learning the location of infrastructure.  


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