Huron Township Trustees approve first reading of private road ordinance at Apr. 9 board meeting


By Scott Bolthouse

The Huron Township Board of Trustees approved the first reading of an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would require all new private roads to be made of concrete.


The proposed ordinance states that all private roads shall be concrete with a minimum right-of-way of 60 feet, and shall be in accordance with MDOT requirements specified by the Wayne County Department of Public Services.


In a memo to the Huron Township Planning Commission, Community Development Director John Enos says that “we have seen several projects that have stalled and as a result, the final wearing course of asphalt has not been placed to complete the private roads.” According to Enos, “This has been burdensome and costly for some of these projects where the developer has foreclosed and no funding is available to complete the final road.”


“In an effort to prevent this from happening in the future, we are proposing that all future private roads be constructed of concrete,” said Enos in the memo.


While this may be costly for developers in the initial run, Enos feels that this will help assure that residents and future projects will be protected.




Other business conducted at the meeting:


  • The board approved the second reading of the commercial, industrial and multiple family resale ordinance. The purpose of this ordinance, according to the board packet, is to “protect the public health, safety and welfare by establishing minimum standards governing the state of repair and maintenance to buildings and property prior to sale.” The ordinance also establishes procedures for registering and inspecting buildings.
  • After opening to accept bids on Mar. 26 for the 2014 Sanitary Cleaning and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) program, the contract was awarded to Advanced Underground Inspection (AUI), LLC. The contract is worth $93,151  with a ten percent contingency for a total of up to $102,467. According to a memo to Huron TWP public works from Project Manager R. Ryan Kern of Hennessey Engineers, “AUI was the lowest of seven bidders and has successfully completed numerous sewer cleaning and television investigation programs for other municipalities throughout Southeast Michigan.”
  • Supervisor Glaab noted that the filing deadline for Partisan and Non-Partisan candidates for the upcoming August 5 primary election is Apr. 22, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. The filing for Precinct Delegates is May 6, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. Candidates must file at the Wayne County Clerk’s Office. Glaab also announced that yard waste pickup resumed Apr. 1.



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1 thought on “Huron Township Trustees approve first reading of private road ordinance at Apr. 9 board meeting

  1. Brett Jebbia

    This is a nice proposal. However, the township should follow suit and put in place better roads for all residents to travel on. To point out private roads as a source of problems is shortsighted. Asphalt roads in the township’s public roads should be replaced with concrete as well by this logic. How about another option of making developers escrow the road funds by bond when permit is pulled or making them put in place final road surfaces at a specified finished percentage of the project?

    The township is reaping increased revenue as a result of development of subdivisions containing private roads which the subdivisions maintain above the amount of taxes paid to the township through homeowner and association dues. There is no mention of that in this article.

    To create this ordinance now is way behind the eight ball and does little to help or protect the homeowners where subdivision developers walked away from the projects during the downturn.


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