Neale to join Fabius Planning Commission

FABIUS TWP. — A new face will be filling a vacant spot on the Fabius Township Planning Commission.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Fabius Township board approved the appointment of Ron Neale to the township’s planning commission. Neale, who has lived in the township for over 30 years and owns a used car dealership in Three Rivers, takes the seat vacated by Dan Wilkins when he was named the new township supervisor in late October.

The appointment of Neale was originally discussed back on Monday, Nov. 7 during the planning commission’s monthly meeting. Neale introduced himself to the board prior to the vote, saying he wanted to join to help be a part of the township.

“Over the years, I’ve enjoyed coming to the meetings, and I’d like to participate in the township,” Neale said at the Nov. 7 meeting.

Following the Nov. 9 meeting, Neale said he’s looking forward to joining the planning commission and how he can help.

“I think it’s fantastic and I’ll enjoy it. I’ve lived in the township for a long time, and I look forward to doing it,” Neale said. “It’s been on my mind for several years, the opportunity came up, and thought I’d try it. I’ve been coming to meetings for several years, and thought it was time to participate.”

Since Wilkins was the vice chair at the time of his resignation to become the new supervisor, Planning Commission Chair Randy Schmeling said nominations for a new vice chair will occur at the commission’s next meeting on Dec. 13.

In other business…

  • During the Nov. 7 planning commission meeting, the commission approved a special use permit for the Latvian Center Garezers to build a new multipurpose building. It would be the third building of the center’s “high school campus,” according to Administrator Ilena Rusmanis, and would be a seasonal building mainly used during its summer camps.
  • Schmeling told the commission at the Nov. 7 meeting that a public hearing on a proposed solar ordinance in the township will more than likely be held in January rather than December, in order to give the public more time to look at the ordinance before it’s discussed.
  • During the Nov. 9 Fabius Township board meeting, the board approved a payment of $143,269 owed by the township for a brand-new fire truck for the Fabius-Park Fire Department, which Wilkins said is “almost ready to be picked up.” The payment is expected to be made using American Rescue Plan funding.

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