As reported previously, on Monday, June 19, the Township Park on Hyde Road took the stage during the Township Trustee’s meeting last week. To review that story, please click here.
In this update, get additional perspectives from Treasurer John Calhoun and Police Chief David Elwell who gave their views during the meeting, but also made comments for this website after the meeting.
Township Treasurer John Calhoun lives at Clark Lake, and is in the proximity of the Park. He was a voice for creating a commission of residents to deal with the park, and also believes that the park cannot be limited to township residents only.
Police Chief David Elwell told trustees that his department had written 34 tickets from June 1 up to the date of the meeting on June 19th. In this video he spotlighted alcohol and parking enforcement.
Judi Kelly’s house faces the Township Park. And because she owns Doyle’s Market she is in a good position to view activity in the park. She spoke during public comment at the beginning of the meeting, and her message to the trustees is presented here again.
Like Judi’s views, these comments from Trustee Flip Reynolds made after the meeting have been discussed around the lake this week. Flip’s views are repeated here.
Trustees in May voted to authorize the personnel committee to work with legal counsel and police chief to draft a new ordinance. The personnel committee consists of the township supervisor, clerk, and controller. Supervisor Bob Elrod said the plan is to “put some teeth in the ordinance.”
Police Chief David Elwell commented “the ordinance should be revised and modernized.” He believes most prohibitions should remain in place, but the language of the ordinance should comply with current court requirements. Ordinance 18 was last voted upon in 1981, and some of that may have been carried forward from earlier versions. The chief notes “the ultimate goal is to revise the ordinance to reflect the Trustees’ intent and to create a family-friendly atmosphere in the park so that issues that come up in the summer are prevented.”
The group working on revisions may look at regulations and formats in place for Blackman Township and County parks but adapt them for local needs.
As it stands, Township Ordinance 18 governs park activity. If you peruse it below, you will see that it covers a lot of ground, but apparently falls short of getting the job done in its current form.