UPDATE: Sewer Survey / Refreshed Project Plan

The Spring 2021 newsletter included a brief survey related to interest in sewer at Miner Lake. We know this can be a complicated and contenious topic. That is why we continue encouraging residents to complete and submit their survey – ideally, we want to hear from all of our residents.

To date, more than half of the surveys have been returned and the totals indicate a clear interest in requesting Allegan Township to help us understand current options and costs for a sewer project.

Question One

I am in favor of the Township updating the project plan for sewer for Miner Lake. I understand this does not indicate my obligation to a final sewer project.

The responses were nearly 3:1 in favor of an updated plan.

Question Two

Right now, my overall feeling about sewer at Miner Lake is:

The responses were similarly favorable and representative of the support shown in question one.

Note: “blank” results indicate they didn’t answer the question or failed to complete any of the required details on the other side

Next Steps

The original timeline anticipated the return of surveys throughout June, with a report to Allegan Township in July. However, given the number returned and the relative rate of interest, I choose to provide the update a month earlier (at the 6/7/2021 meeting).

The Board reviewed the results (above) as well as general background on the topic of sewer at Miner Lake. They asked several questions, but ultimately they were impressed with the level of support for an updated plan. They felt the margin of support was significant enough to inform them of the overall interest.

After some discussion, the Allegan Township Board passed a motion to move forward with an update to the sewer plan for Miner Lake (using the 2007 plan as a basis). The board believes updated and accurate information is essential. In anticipation, the Township’s annual budget includes funds earmarked for this purpose and the Township will cover the cost of this update.

Additional details remain, such as the timing and confirmation of the engineering firm to perform the update, but we are encouraged by the support and action the Board has provided.

Timing for the completed update remains uncertain – best estimate Fall 2021 – but we are pleased to have moved the process up by about one month.

Unsubmitted Surveys

Although the urgency of question one has been addressed, we absolutely want to hear from all of our residents. Your perspectives and concerns will inform our shared conversation. If you have not done so, please send in your survey. We will continue collecting and updating the results.

Our promise is to do all we can to provide accurate, timely and thoughtful information. We have published a Sewer Q&A post with some of the topics or questions we have received.

We look forward to the updated project plan and expect it can provide additional facts, details and initial cost estimates our community needs to make an informed decision.

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