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Menards Escrow Released, Illegal Dumping Culprit Put to Work in Hartland

Several items were approved and discussed during Tuesday night's township meeting.

The Hartland Township board approved the release of funds held in two escrow accounts during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

The first was for the Wolcast Corporation for the amount of $500 established for the renovation project for the exterior facade at the Hartland McDonald’s. 

The second amount was for $711.27 to Menards, which had requested in an email to the township on Dec. 17 that the remaining balance in the established escrow account be released. The home improvement store had considered building a store in the Hartland Towne Square but announced in August that they had decided not to pursue the project.

“Name The Place” contest

Hartland Township Manager James Wickman announced that the deadline had passed for the “Name That Place” contest and the township had received several dozen submissions.

The “Name That Place” contest encouraged the community to send in their suggestions for three new Hartland locations including two new parks currently under construction and the former Hartland Township building, which will be used as a community building and currently houses the Hartland teen center.

The names are being reviewed and the next steps in the process are being discussed. 

The Michigan Land Bank

A meeting was held between township members and the Michigan Land Bank, whose mission, according to its website, “is to promote economic growth in this state through the acquisition, assembly and disposal of public property.”

Wickman said during Tuesday’s meeting that the connection with the Land Bank may be a “good fit” for the township in regards to vacant property in Hartland.

“At the very least,” Wickman said, “we can both get our properties in their database so their efforts and promotions of the Lank Bank will help our efforts.”

If Hartland chooses to participate, it could be one of the first communities to take advantage of the new initiative.

Illegal dumping in Hartland

The township has discovered the culprit in an illegal dumping incident, which took place in Hartland.

“Like any rural community, we have too many incidents, unfortunately, where people think they can dump things in rural areas,” Wickman said.

According to Wickman, the person responsible was caught and a resolution was reached where rather than ticket the offender, the person was put to work cleaning the illegal dumping site. 

 “I think that person now knows if your going to dump illegally, don’t do it in Hartland Township,” Wickman said.

Kelly January 09, 2013 at 01:20 PM
I was told that Hartland had unrealistic expectations/demands for Menards store front aesthetics that would have cost them far too much money and they decided to go elsewhere. If that is true its a shame. I would have liked to see them come into Hartland not driven away because the entrance wasn't fancy enough.
rose clark January 09, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I agree with you Kelly.
Danna Castillo January 09, 2013 at 04:41 PM
@ Rose & Kelly. I am not certain what the demands may have been but I appreciate the Township Board for making sure Hartland isn't run over with box stores that may sit empty in a few years. We love the rual/ small town feel that Hartland has and it would be disappointing to have empty plaza's all around after a few years. Look at the area AROUND Great Lakes Crossing & Twelve Oaks. LOTS of empty buildings. Actually you don't have to go that far, drive to Brighton & Howell to see empty spaces. Although I would like to see the rest of the land in front of Mejier devleoped, I absolutley don't want a bunch of empty retail spaces either. I don't have any answers but I appreciate those that are taking the time to think about longevity and what is the right fit for our community.
Sue Hawthorne January 09, 2013 at 09:59 PM
I also agree with you both. Hartland has made a mistake with this decision. It would have been good to have Menards here! Good for the community(s). Too bad the 'details' could not have been worked out as what was/is best for Hartland.
DON January 10, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Anything would look better than the scafolds and plywood on walmart for the last year, didn't take that long to build the whole store!
DON January 10, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Maybe we will now find out who paid them off to save the property for them! Can't save the grass strip for the condo's to walk there dogs forever. Just drove to Davison Mernards to buy a well tank,(best deal) I bought gas there, had dinner, and patrinized there stores. If Hartland can't keep up I will shop elsewhere!
DON January 10, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Someone has been dumping on Dean rd east of Green rd, I would call the police but don't want to wait 4+ hours for them to show up! Who made this resolution that kept us from knowing the persons name for ilegal dumping, must be a relative or friend of someone in the Hartland township?
Murray January 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Menards would have been a great addition to Hartland and brought many very needed jobs to the Hartland area. I sure Hartland could have used the funds from the taxes too! What a shame.
NotLazy January 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Don, I would suggest you file a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to find out who the dumper was. They can't deny you.
DON January 10, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Not Lazy Thank you I will check into the FOIA, I'm tired of the Hartland Secret Society. Thanks Don
Heather January 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Building stores that will keep our teenagers and other residents employed and close to home seems like a no brainer to me. I have lived in hartland 15 yrs and do the majority of my shopping and spending elsewhere because of convenince. Its a shame.
hartland eagle January 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
We don't need another underutilized big box store. Particularly one that wants to cheap out and not meet the requirements everyone else has to. Good job hartland board.
RC Dale January 14, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Obviously you have never visited a Menard's store. The outside of their stores are eye appealing. Their parking lots, inside of store and bathrooms are the cleanest I have ever seen at a "Big Box" store. Their prices are unbeatable. Their staff is helpful and friendly. They carry in stock, items other stores either do not carry or that they must special order. Currently we have to drive (and use a lot of gas) to get to the Davidson store. The money spent it that community goes to Davison, not Hartland. It is detrimental to the community not having the new jobs this store would have created in Hartland. My family has lived in Hartland since 1941- we've seen many changes to the rural landscape. But, with all four corner of M-59 already developed, Menard's would have been a great addition...much better than having two retail stores that do not carry any hardware and building materials. Shame on the township for not working with this company.

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