Author Topic: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan  (Read 2586 times)

Offline Pat Brower

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This "Road" serves as part of a connecting route of unimproved roads and 'two-tracks' that tie Whitehall, Mi to the rustic transportation system.

This road was found to be illegally obstructed by adjoining residents.
Those residents are now petitioning the Road Commission to abandon the road.

Don't let law-breaking, anti-access advocates win!

Please sign the petition:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/StapleRoad/

THANK YOU!

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Offline Todd Ockert

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 08:15:36 am »
Pat

I signed both, and am going to move a copy of this over to Pirate also.

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 08:46:45 am »
Thanks Todd!
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Offline Melissa Simmons

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2007, 11:59:24 am »
Hi Pat,

I also signed both.  Please keep us posted on the progress for both.

Melissa

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2007, 05:46:57 pm »
Hi Pat,

I also signed both.  Please keep us posted on the progress for both.

Melissa

You bet!
Thanks!
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Offline Pat Brower

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 09:59:22 pm »
Thanks to all who have signed! 

Let's keep this one going though.
This is going to be a MUCH tougher sell than 64th St was, and the implications run far deeper.

The Muskegon CRC has a history of willful abandonment. They've abandoned scores of miles of 'unimproved' roads over the last 2 decades.

However, they have new people in place with different attitudes (favorable to our position), but we'll need to demonstrate overwhelming support for this road to show these new guys that their views toward abandonment are what the public desires.

This is the MCRC's test case, if you will.
If this goes well, we'll have an easier time getting the rest of the unimproved roads in the county (that are illegally obstructed) reopened. If it goes poorly, we can probably kiss them good bye.

We have 207 signatures as of this posting.
Can we get it to 1,000?
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Offline Todd Ockert

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2007, 09:25:28 am »
Pat

Good talking to you last night.
I will write down notes for the next AGM land use conference.

Appreciate all you guys are doing there in Michigan.

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Offline Pat Brower

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2007, 09:12:56 pm »
THANK YOU!!!
 
We had 775 e-petition signatures, 64 hand written signatures, support from:
 
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Twisting Trails SnoBroaves Snowmobile Club
West Shore Snowmobile Council
West Michigan Development Council
Great  Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association
United Four Wheel Drive Associations
Two Trackers Four Wheel Drive Club
 
AND, most importantly, about 20 people IN THE ROOM!
(Compared to the opposition's 6)
 
This was just a data-gathering meeting, the CRC is scheduled to hear the results of this meeting on Oct 18th.
 
I'll keep you posted!
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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 03:19:11 pm »
Pat

We are more then glad to help out.

Keep up the good work back there.

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Offline Pat Brower

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2007, 10:18:27 pm »
The Muskegon CRC voted NOT to abandon this road.

It's not over yet though.

They left the door WIDE open to accept another petition IF adjoining landowners can work out a reciprocal easement that satisfies all concerned parties. The general public at large that would otherwise utilize the easement wasn't given any consideration.

If another Petition is put forward (and I believe it will) we will need a huge letter writing campaign. This road is only 1 of over 20 that I know are illegally obstructed in Muskegon County. This can very well set precedent for how the CRC handles the fate of the other roads as well. We can NOT let this go down without letting them know we're here and we're loud (when necessary).
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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2007, 06:13:41 am »
Thanks Pat ... let us know what and when!

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Re: Petition to Save an Unimproved Road in Muskegon County, Michigan
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2007, 12:06:21 pm »
Pat

Thanks for the update, and let us all know what we can do later on to help if needed.

Todd
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