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Sewer project problems reported by township

Official won’t explain what they are

STERLING – Sterling Township recently reported on the possibility of problems with a sewer project that it completed 2 years ago, an official says. 

At a township meeting in September, Road Commissioner Dana Stutzke, who was elected in April, told the board of trustees about problems with the project, according to meeting minutes.

He said he had met with former Commissioner Jim Lopez about the situation. Legal counsel would be sought, the minutes state.

In an interview after Thursday’s board meeting, Stutzke declined to comment on the issues. He said he was trying to verify some facts from things he had heard.

In 2011, the township completed a sewer project that connected about a dozen houses on McCue Road near West LeFevre Road with Sterling’s city sewer system.

So far, none of the residents has started using the sewer service, Stutzke said.

“They don’t have to until their septic systems go bad,” he said.

Township property taxes paid for the $395,000 project.

In a 2011 interview, Lopez said residents in neighboring Hopkins Township might eventually want to connect to the system, but a Hopkins resident said at the time that residents in Grimes Addition, west of McCue Road, were not interested in doing that.

The township looks for areas to connect to the city’s sewer system, Lopez said in 2011. The township had asked residents on 28th Street, whose backyards were filling up with water as the result of septic systems, to link up to the city system, but they weren’t interested, he said.

Youth club covering utilities

STERLING – Earlier this year, Sterling Township closed its thrift store, which was intended to raise money for its youth center. 

The township shut the store's doors because of Americans With Disabilities Act issues. 

Last year, the township paid $190,000 for the former Abiding Word Church building at 312 E. Fourth St. for the Center for Youth. The township set up the thrift store, with the proceeds going toward paying for the center's utilities, which were estimated at $400 to $500 a month. 

The building was for the group, Giving Power to Adolescents, a club for ninth- to 12th-graders. 

To cover the utilities, Township Supervisor Matt Howze said, the youth club has teamed up with different organizations to raise the money. 

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