To summarize what has happened so everyone is educated on this matter: When I first bought the place in order to get my certificate of occupancy (COO) I needed a site plan completed. The COO was granted with a stipulation that the site plan improvements would be made at sometime in the future. The bids received were after I opened and I was shocked at the amount of money that would be needed. Had I known I would be in this situation of a $200,000+ project hanging over my head to stay open I would have never bought the place and I bet it would still be sitting there! I have continually asked the twp for extensions and have been granted those extensions until this year. When I asked for extension in January of this year to extend until Sep of 2014, the twp board never responded to me and instead granted the authorization to have their attorney Lattie pursue revoking my COO! The judge granted us 2 extension over this year due to contractor issues and the county road commission making last minute changes costing me a substantial amount more.
Even after the costly changes, we had our new engineer submit revised plans to the county. Made the improvements to the road and driveway with new curbing and a driveway. However, I requested another extension from the twp to complete landscaping and lighting until next year. The twp would not grant me any additional time. In fact they ignored the letter, and hid behind the courts blaming it on the court system. When in fact the twp board and their attorney were behind it and have had the full authority to stop this!
This was brought up at the twp board meeting On November 25 that the twp attorney and/or the board had and still have the full authority to rescind the revocation of the COO. However, the board refused to grant me additional time, thereby forcing me to surrender my COO and close my doors. We did not complete the 2nd driveway along silver lake rd because the twp would not grant the extension and at this point it made no economical sense to spend more money on that too.
It was also asked by the board members (maybe this should have thought of this before) to their legal counsel if I am obligated to complete the site plan improvements and the answer is NO! How is this accomplishing anything by closing me down, and now I am not obligated to complete the site plan. Had they kept me open, then they would still have some leverage to have me complete the site plan improvements. Now they have an empty building with no business and the economic impact is going to be huge for this community. No employees spending money back into the community, no customers coming into the area from surrounding communities to spend money not only at my establishment, but the gas stations, party stores, dollar store, etc. No more fundraisers and donations for the community and the schools.
Furthermore, for all of you who live on the lake or will have boat access to the lake, you will no longer have a community dock to park at and go to the party store, or go get gas, or any other supplies you might need from local businesses. All 19 boat slips are owned by me and will be closed off to the general public.
Please go to the twp board meeting every last Monday of the month at 7pm and express that you want the COO reissued to Dean nitsos to avoid would could be a disastrous summer for boaters!
You can contact me at email@example.com or 248-249-3192 for further info.