THREE OAKS – Supervisor George Mangold, during the Aug. 12 meeting of the Three Oaks Township Board, said that the township and Buffalo Rock LLC, the potential buyer and developer of the 68-acre Enterprise Park property located at the corner of U.S. 12 and Schwark Road have filed an application with the Village of Three Oaks for a zoning change for that parcel that would make it more compatible for development.
The property is currently zoned I-Industrial, and Buffalo Rock is proposing that the approximate 1,000 feet of frontage on U.S. 12 to a depth of approximately 330 ft. deep be rezoned C-Commercial, with the remaining 60.5 acres being rezoned to MU-2 – General Mixed-Use.
The plan would be for large balance of the property to be developed with multi-family residences consisting of approximately 200 to 300 units.
In 2015 the township voted to enter into a Public Act 425 agreement with the village in an attempt to better market the property.
The mutual cooperation includes, among other things, that for all practical purposes that property is in effect part of the village, among other things, would provide municipal services and would levy and collect taxes.
The land is currently under a contract to be farmed.
A public hearing on the matter has been scheduled to take place at the Village Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
Trustee Chris Mitchel who has been leading the effort to preserve and restore the historic one-room Spring Creek School building announced that a fundraiser for that project will be held in October at the Allen Turner Farm.
Mitchell was thanked by Mangold and the other Board members for all the time and effort he has put in to try to preserve the old schoolhouse so it may be used as a tool of education and a source of enjoyment for future generations.
In other business, historical significance was also a topic of discussion pertaining to the Shedd Cemetery and ongoing efforts by the members of the Rebecca Dewey Chapter of the NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) to make improvements there.
The cemetery dates back to 1859, and the gravesites include many where Civil War veterans were laid to rest.
After discussion on the matter there was a unanimous vote of approval for the Rebecca Dewey Chapter’s latest project to have a sign made and installed there to be done as a donation with no cost to the township.
Mangold noted that previous improvement projects generously done by that organization included the purchase of a flag, the replacement of tombstones, and the planting of a flower garden.
It was also the consensus of the members that the suggestion by Mitchell that the Berrien County Road Department be contacted and requested to put up signage denoting the entrance to the cemetery should be followed-up on, and Mangold said that would be done.
Also on the agenda, a motion to accept the bid of $3,000 from Mike Przybylinski of Prez Painting to apply two coats of paint to the fire department siren tower received unanimous support.
Mangold was given consent to sign a contract with Indiana Michigan Power to have the seven vapor lights in the township switched-out to LED lighting, at IMP’s request.
Finally, it was announced that the township’s audit for the 2018-19 fiscal year took place on Aug.1.