Supervisor News

From the Supervisor

It has been a busy summer: the transfer of the airport FBO and AV fuel to the Township,  continuing work on the Cedarville Harbor, assisting visitors with other launching locations, public hearings about marijuana and developing ordinances for the new law on adult use, work on the 2020 budget, work on expanding broadband internet access, addressing some concerns and problems with our aging sewer system, road construction and repaving, new flooring in the Community Center, and the sound of paddle ball players whacking whiffle balls at the Heritage Park courts almost every day of the week!

Our thanks to the Heritage Park committee and Steve Autore for providing a new walking trail behind the ball fields. The chipped-wood trail offers a quiet, forested stroll right in the heart of our community. The entrance is just passed the horseshoe pits and invites you for a calming walk in any season.

The Board approved a few months ago a short-term rental inspection form (see Documents, Plans and Permits) to promote safety considerations and community awareness of this type of activity. The form is voluntary, and we want to work with the owners of these rentals for their protection and to assure the well being of neighbors. We have identified at least 17 such rentals in the area as they are a growing form of vacation housing rental across the country promoted through such websites as Airbnb, VRBO or Homeaway.

There are three bills before the State legislature affecting short-term rentals. The Ottawa Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in May 2019 in Reaume v. Township of Spring Lake that short-term rentals in an R-! district (single-family) were not a permitted use as the rental is considered a commercial venture since the property owner intends to profit from it.