Spring Lake Homeowners May Connect to Sylvan Sewer System, Thanks to Owner of Nearly-Condemned Property
By Melinda Baird, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plans to condemn and likely demolish an abandoned home in Sylvan Township have taken a turn since township officials finally succeeded in contacting the owner. Eric Hermann, living in China the past two years, hadn’t responded to any of the township’s attempts to alert him of the dangerous building situation at 152 Spring Lake. Last November the township opted to hire a part-time code enforcement officer for the sole purpose of preparing for court proceedings, but Hermann contacted the township in the nick of time.
Having obtained his son’s property by default, Hermann plans to raze and rebuild, Zoning Administrator Carol Konieczki said. Further, he’d like to hook into the township’s water and sewer system. “Our interaction was positive in every way. He was very sincere,” she said.
In fact, township board members on March 7 approved Hermann’s petition to be included in the special assessment sewer district, which will require extending the sewer system from Glazier Road to the first two cottages on the northwest end of Spring Lake. A second property owner adjacent to Hermann also expressed interest and will soon be filing her own petition, Water & Sewer Authority Director Mike Jurosek said. The petition was approved so long as appropriate easements from Washtenaw County Road Commission can be secured, as well as necessary permits and payment of fees by Hermann.
“If we can’t secure the easements, we can’t do it,” Jurosek said.
If given the green light, the township plans to construct the extension to support all 16 homes on Spring Lake should future connection requests by residents be made. Only the portion being constructed as part of the initial request will be added to the sewer district, however.
Jurosek is still determining if there is any interest among other Spring Lake property owners to connect to the system. Then, the township will decide on a payment structure. Jurosek said the cost could be split between the two (or more) interested residents, or the township could partially cover the cost of the shared portion between properties and later be reimbursed as others connect.
“As septic fields fail and people want to sell, they’ll ask to get connected,” he said.