February 27, 2020

Township Supervisor addresses White’s Beach rumors

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Rumors about the White’s Beach water and sewer agreement between Standish Township and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe have been circulating and township supervisor Bob North wants to dispel them.

Standish Township signed a contract with the tribe to supply water and treat the soils of the White’s Beach subdivision in the fall of 2018. The township agreed to pay the tribe $10.81 per every 1,000 gallons of water and $11.05 per every 1,000 gallons of wastewater treated for the first 600,000 gallons each month.

The first rumor he would like to dismiss is the project has been abandoned because of the high water level on the beach.

“It has had an impact, but has not caused us to abandon the project at this time,” North said. “We will continue to move forward regardless of water level.”

A water quality test conducted by the Central Michigan District Health Department in June, 2019 indicated that the E. coli level was well over the state’s standard level.

“I’d like to remind Standish Township residents the root cause stems from the report that the health department furnished of contaminated bayshore water is not going away,” he said.

North also said there is not a change in the contract with the tribe because of a change in water supply and that there is a small number of residents who have held back signing easements but it will not deter the process from going forward.

“There is a small group of people who are holding back signing easements. The project will move forward. They think they can stop the process which is not true,” North said.

He also would like to remind residents that this is a matter of public record and that the township has a website with information about the project and they should not listen to the rumors.

“If a resident has any questions they can contact a member of the board for direct information, please don’t rely on hearsay,” North said.

A representative for the tribe did not return a request for comment by press time.

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