NEW BUFFALO — Union Pier was the focus of the short Oct. 19 New Buffalo Township meeting.

The board approved a $2,000 proposal from Wightman Associates for a boundary and topographical survey of property at 10270 Townline Road, but not without Supervisor Michelle Heit emphasizing that approval was for the survey only and did not mean the township was proceeding with a parking lot at the site.

During the meeting’s public comment period, the Gordon Beach Homeowners Association was represented by Tom McNulty, who spoke in opposition to the parking lot on Townline near the township’s beach. When the township purchased the property in September from Berrien County for $4,900 in a tax sale, the board said the property might be used for parking for beach-goers.

McNulty asked the township to reconsider a parking lot, saying it was “inconsistent and out-of-character” with the community of single family, low density houses. He said the Association was also looking into possible environmental and drainage problems that might result.

Also related to Union Pier, the board approved a $247,000 bid from Roggow Construction Company for a trailhead and restroom building on Union Pier/Townline Road, close to Red Arrow Highway.

Heit said the funds were coming from a Pokagon Fund grant.

The trailhead project is part of the Union Pier Red Arrow Highway redevelopment project in which New Buffalo Township is participating with Chikaming Township. Updates on the massive sewer/road project can be found on the township’s website.

During his monthly police department report, Lt. Ryan Sullivan of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department said he wanted voters to be aware that, as in the past, there would be one deputy assigned to township hall on Election Day and that he anticipated that open carry guns at the hall would be banned by the state. Clerk Judy Zabicki thanked the department for the support in past years in making sure everything went smoothly during elections.

Fire Chief Jamie Flick asked residents to be careful during the leaf burning season and to call or go on-line to get a burn permit. He said the permits are a big help to firefighters in knowing where burning can be expected. Flick also urged residents to have their chimney check and cleaned, if needed, to prevent chimney fires.

During the meeting, the board approved paying cadets in the newly formalized Cadet Explorer program $14.50 per hour.

The board also accepted the water and sewer extension for Fire Station No. 2 on U.S. 12 and approved final payment to Southwest Transport Co. of $93,200.

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