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Clark Road Park and Wind Turbine Approved in Hartland

Hartland Township board approves site plans for two new projects.

The Hartland Township board approved site plans for two projects in Hartland during Tuesday night's board meeting.

Plan for Clark Road Park Approved

The first plan approved was for the Clark Road Park, a new public park, which will be located on the west side of Clark Road between Dunham and Highland Roads.

Expected to break ground in the spring of 2013, the park will be constructed in three phases and will include a multi-use recreational pathway and a gravel parking lot. Plans show that the park may also include a pavilion and possible playground.

The , which is currently working to launch the new teen center in Hartland, is considering the possibility of undertaking the new playground project at Clark Road, according to trustee Joe Colaianne.

“The whole concept behind HERO is to be the nonprofit that helps with some of these projects,” he said. “It’s being taken under consideration by the HERO board.”

Focusing on the teen center is the board’s priority right now, according to Colaianne, but says they are considering it as a possible second project.

Wind Turbine Approved for Hartland High School 

The second site plan approved during Tuesday night’s meeting was the construction of a wind turbine at .

The high school was issued a grant to build the wind turbine which would be in conjunction with an Alternative Energies class that is offered at the school. The structure would be more of an ”educational aid” according to clerk Larry Hopkins.

“They're not really looking at this to generate a lot of power,” he said. “They want it more as a teaching tool.”

The turbine, which would be located on the west side of the building near the softball fields and would not exceed more than 40 feet in height, according to the plan, and would generate approximately 3,000 watts of energy.

Board Approves HERO Agreement

The Hartland Township also approved an agreement for the operation of the Next Door teen center and old township hall to the HERO organization, which would include reservations for meeting areas and routine cleaning.

Community organizations will be able to rent space for meetings or other events through the HERO board for a "nominal fee," according to Township manager James Wickman.   

An open house for the teen center will take place on Sept. 22 during the activities.

John F. Cook September 05, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Why do we need another park? Spending more of our tax money for maintenance. In stead of fixing roads.
Hartland Dad September 06, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The board is just following its park plan that it devised over the past several years -- changes that I believe will make our communities more attractive to live and for growth. That said, I agree that our roads are woeful in places and the board has quite a budget surplus even in these down times. BUT in recent years we as a community turned down a millage to pay for better roads. (Rightly or wrongly, we live in a county, that prides itself on lower taxes -- which also is attractive in ways). So, maybe we need to look in the mirror on that one.
Jeffrey W. Lakatos November 09, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Jeffrey W. Lakatos would like to inform all who are interested in the wind turbine school project. Hartland Electric LLC has been selected in helping with installation of the sky stream wind turbine. The foundation has been dug and the cement has been poured. If your interestd in looking at up to date pictures you can go to Hartland Electric and Solar facebook page or go to the school and check it out for yourself. The cement will need to cure for about 21 days before we can even think about erecting the tubine on it.

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