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Little Whitefish Lake Sewer Dispute
Special Meeting to discuss the financials of the refinance/rebonding was held on February 16 at 3pm via zoom. Link available here.
At the Pierson Township Board Meeting on January 19, 2021 the Board rescinded Resolution 2020-08 to Refinance the LWL Sewer Bond with Montcalm County.
The Board adopted Resolution 2021-02 the Notice of Intent to Issue Capital Improvement Bonds and Declaration of Intent to Reimburse. Click here to see the notice.
This is one of the first steps for the Township in the process of Refunding or Refinancing the bonds that were issued in 1997.
The Pierson Township board meeting with new board members on December 15, 2020 accepted engagement letters to begin the process of refinancing the LWL Bonds and possible management takeover from the County Drain Commission. Watch for more as this develops. In the meantime residents should continue to pay the Montcalm County Drain Commission Sewer payments.
Todd Stattler has replaced Sandy Raines as Drain Commissioner in February 2020.
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Here's some history press about BWL/LWL issues:
At the October 20, 2020 meeting the board the Board to accept the recommendation of the Attorney regarding the FOIA litigation.
The Board also motioned to accept the recommendation of the Attorney to have one or two Board Members, Attorney Thall meet with the County Administrator and Drain Commissioner soon after the election to discuss possible solutions to the findings.
Progress is slow, but rest assured, your Board is committed!The Board continues to support the LWL & BWL Sewer District Residents and will do whatever is legal and just to assist the tax payers.
At the August 2019 Board Meeting the Pierson Township Board has retained legal council to assist with the Sewer Dispute.
January of 2019 the Pierson Township Board of Directors made motion to follow an attorney recommendation to begin a dispute resolution process on behalf of the Little Whitefish Lake residents.
According to the contract with the Montcalm County Drain Commission, a Sewer Committee was established for four members, one appointment from the Pierson Township Board, one member appointed by each the LWL and BWL Associations along with the County Drain Commissioner. The Sewer Committee was to meet periodically as needed, but not less often than annually. Said meetings have not been happening and the LWL residents and the Pierson Township Board have been requesting documentation from the Drain Commissioner concerning the loan balance and financial records to no avail.
William (Bill) VanTil, then Supervisor of the Pierson Township Board invited Sandy Raines the Montcalm County Drain Commissioner, Tom Porter the District 8 Commissioner (Pierson, Maple Valley & Pine Township), Pat Carr the Chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to a Special Meeting held on June 7, 2019. The meeting was to discuss and allow the Commissioners to answer questions regarding the LWL & BWL (Big Whitefish Lake) REU (residential equivalency unit), capacity, details and financials and information about the Bond holder.
Sandy Raines and Tom Porter were not in attendance, however, Pat Carr was joined by Bob Clingenpeel the Montcalm County Controller and Phil Kohn of District 5. Many Little Whitefish Lake (LWL) residents were in attendance.