Township panel: No 'facility'

Friday, June 11, 2004

JEREMIAH STETTLERTHE SAGINAW NEWS

Members of an informal Tittabawassee Township committee will decide this month whether the suburb should throw its weight behind efforts to lift the "facility" designation from properties along the Tittabawassee River.

Critics of the label say it is devaluing their properties and giving riverside neighborhoods a black eye without proper scientific support.

Members of the dioxin committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, to consider a resolution that urges the state to remove the label from their community. They will meet at the township offices, 145 S. Second.

A citizens coalition known as Tittabawassee River Voice plans to submit a petition signed by residents who support the move.

Mary Kay Knoerr, a Board of Trustees member, said the committee is venturing into sensitive territory by making a recommendation.

"We're talking about health and economics," she said. "You couldn't hit two more touchy buttons if you tried."

Although committee members considered polling residents and conducting public hearings before making a recommendation, they decided against both to hasten the process. They said they will keep the meetings open and accept residents' feedback.

Trustee Rick Hayes said the committee should keep deliberations short. He said the township has neither the time, nor the need, to prolong the issue.

"I'm not looking for this committee to give me political cover," he said. "I don't need you to make up my mind."

Committee members plan to submit their recommendation to the township board during a Board of Trustees meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 29. t

Jeremiah Stettler is a staff writer for The Saginaw News. You may reach him at 776-9685.

© 2004 Saginaw News

 


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