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    March 17, 2019 Front Page

    March 12, 2019: The Board’s 4-Hour Bull Session – No Laughing Matter.

    By David Gordon, March 13, 2019 It was 10 minutes to 11pm when the Board of Trustees (BoT) finally adjourned.They started at 7pm and this is what they got done. Hired a policeman. Approved the Community Center holding a “Medication Take Back” event. Directed…
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    March 13, 2019 Front Page

    Factsheet: 3-12-2019 Township Board meeting

    Reports on Michigan Roads to consider while you're waiting: Free Press: Slingshot effect? What happens when a car hits a pothole, Eric D. Lawrence, 3-13-2019 TRIP: Modernizing Michigan’s Transportation System: Progress and Challenges, March, 2019 Free Press:…
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    March 10, 2019 Front Page

    Planning Commission to Board of Trustees: “Why Are You Selling the Historic Barker Road Fire Station?”

    Planning Commission to Board of Trustees: “Why R U Selling the Historic Barker Road Fire Station?” “What Are We Planners, Chopped Liver?” Report on the March 6, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting by David Gordon March 8, 2019 The Planning Commission last night…
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    February 20, 2019 Front Page

    2-20-2019 Pot, Master Planning, and Cottage Retail Discussed

    Documents in this meeting's packet, broken out 2019-02-20-Northfield-Township-Planning-Commission-meeting-Agenda.pdf Northfield-Township-Master-Plan-McKenna-Proposed-2019-02-15-draft.pdf Future-Land-Use-Master-Plan-Changes-McKenna-2019-02-15-draft.pdf…
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    February 20, 2019 Front Page

    Ann Arbor City Council Approves Lepkowski Farm Preservation Grant

    In a 10:1 vote, the Ann Arbor City Council has approved contributing over half of the $478,867 cost of preserving the 75 acre Lepkowski farm at 7084 Spencer Road. MLive: Ann Arbor officials have change of heart about preserving family farm - Ryan Stanton,…
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    February 15, 2019 Front Page

    BoT approves $2,000 for imperiled preservation deal.

    by David Gordon Feb. 15, 2019 The Northfield Township Board of Trustees (BoT) last night approved a $2,000 contribution to a local land preservation deal in an effort to get A2 City Council approval of the Greenbelt-recommended property. In January, the…
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    February 14, 2019 Front Page

    Given Chance, Board Makes-up at Valentines Day Do-Over

    Long story short, in a 4:2 vote, the Northfield Township Board of Trustees approved contributing $2,000.00 to the Lepkowski farm preservation effort. Trustee Dockett objected and voted NO for a new reason, calling the $2,000.00 "payola." The meaning of his…

$1.4M “Gift” from Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation

“Whitmore Lake Preserve” is 2nd Largest in the County

by David Gordon

 

WLPreserve cattails 320w261hThe Planning Commission on Dec. 16th was presented with an early holiday package from Washtenaw County….a 235-acre nature preserve within easy walking distance of Whitmore Lake residents.  

The “Whitmore Lake Preserve” is expected to open this summer once a four-space parking lot is constructed and 2 ½ miles of paths are cleared, according to Peter Sanderson, county parks planner with the Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP).  (northfieldneighbors.today will keep you informed when the park opens)  

        Sanderson called the preserve one of the “gems” of the county park system. He explained the preserve is different from a park because it will not have soccer or ball fields, swing sets or picnic areas. The preserve is for hiking only.

        “This preserve will be an interesting experience, especially for bird watchers. There are wetlands, grasslands, mixed hardwoods and great views of open water,” said Sanderson. “Your township manager Howard Fink said he’s seen bald eagles while walking the area. We also hope to interface with local school children,” he added.

        Planning Commission Chair Marlene Chockley said “the preserve is a fabulous natural area with educational, recreational, and environmental value. I applaud the County's foresight in preserving it for us and future generations."       

The county Natural Areas millage raises a little more than $3 million a year for park purchases and maintenance. It bought the 235 acres for about $1.4 million in 2012 from the Ramsey, Lipert and Carr families.WLPreserve SiteBounds 255w300h

        “The county doesn’t seek out property to buy. It accepts nominations from landowners,” explained County Park Dep. Director Coy Vaughn. “The process is largely independent from the township. We contact townships to see if they have objections and whether the preserve will fit within their respective Master Plan,” he continued.

        Vaughn said the County does a survey every five years as part of their Master Plan review process. “Folks are asked about where to spend our money, and are given the chance to vote for rec centers, golf courses, disc golf, playgrounds, ball fields and other recreational facilities.

        “They consistently pick trails and open space as their #1 and #2 priorities” he said.

        “Only about half of the nominated properties get approved in a process that includes a site visit from a seven-member technical advisory committee,” Vaughn continued. “We also coordinate with the Ann Arbor Greenbelt, Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy, Legacy Land Conservancy and the three townships (Webster, Scio & Salem) that have adopted their own millages to support land conservation.”

        At 235 acres, the preserve is the second largest in Washtenaw County behind a 407-acre property in Manchester. The preserve joins two other smaller properties in the township – 12-acre Northfield Park is the smallest and was established when the Parks Commission was first formed in 1973 - the other is 48-acre Northfield Woods Preserve.

        You can view the entire inventory of county parks and preserves by visiting www.ewashtenaw.org

        Vaughn invited anyone interested in selling their property to contact Tom Freeman or Ginny Trocchio at 734-971-6337.