the 81, public hearing, peninsula township
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Dear Residents, Homeowners and Friends of Old Mission Peninsula,

On Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 12675 Center Rd., there will be thee most critical meeting on the future of “The 81 on East Bay” development and the fight by concerned residents against it.

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The Peninsula Township Board has hired an environmental consultant, SME Environmental, to evaluate the concerns of soil contamination on this property. This special meeting will showcase deliberations among the Township Board, attorney and engineer. Also testifying will be experts with professional opinions, attorneys for “The 81,” and our attorney, Scott Howard of Olson, Bzdok & Howard.

This will be the first time that the new Township Board will vote on “The 81.” Many feel that this board was elected as a response to the way the previous board had rammed through the approval of “The 81” two summers ago and all the improprieties that accompanied that process. It is now their turn to take a stand. They need encouragement, support, and perhaps some pressure to do the right thing. I strongly believe that our attendance there will give them all three.

This has now become a safety issue with the recent findings of what may be in the soil on this land. There will be a public comment section. PLEASE make yourself heard, even if it’s repetitive of the citizen before you. This could be the death knell for “The 81,” or it could be their survival. Let’s give an all out effort on April 6 to keep our Peninsula safe and beautiful!

Yours for the Peninsula,

Jim Komendera,
President Preserve Old Mission

(Editor’s Note: The April 6 meeting of the Township Board will be a “Continuation of the Public Hearing on The 81 on East Bay,” according to the meeting agenda, posted on the Township website. The most recent public hearing was held on Nov. 17, 2016, at which time a decision was postponed pending more information.)

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  1. you will do anything to derail this project that met all zoning criteria! what a waste of effort by Township residents!

    • Not a waste if we now have twp government that listens to its citizens. The whole approval process stank to high heaven and citizen comment and concerns were ignored. How interesting that the people who forced this ill conceived development were elected out of office or moved away.


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