Chassell Township posts surveys

Seeks thoughts on rec plan, facilities for medical marijuana

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Boaters set out from the dock at Centennial Park in Chassell Township Monday. The township posted surveys for people’s thoughts on recreational opportunities in the township, as well as whether medical marijuana facilities should be allowed in the township.

CHASSELL — Chassell Township is seeking residents’ input on two issues with online surveys posted last month.

One survey asks whether medical marijuana facilities should be allowed within the township. The other asks for residents’ feedback regarding the township’s five-year recreation plan, which is being updated this year.

A state law signed last year will allow for the creation of medical marijuana dispensaries starting Dec. 15.

“If the township does nothing, they can apply for those types of licenses, and it can go within the township,” said Planning Commission Chairman Brian Waters. “It’s collecting the information, so whatever the residents say, we’ll present that to the township board.”

The marijuana survey asks yes/no questions on allowing several varieties of marijuana operations, including businesses that cultivate, dry, trim, cure or package marijuana for sale; businesses that purchase from a grower or processor and sells marijuana to registered qualifying patients; and businesses that store marijuana and transports it between facilities. The survey also asks if the township should restrict the number of facilities or maintain a distance from residential areas, schools and parks.

The recreation plan survey asks 24 questions, including whether residents back amenities at Centennial Park such as an RV campground, public marina or dog park. Other options include a fitness trail in the township with exercise stations at intervals along the trail, and investing more resources to combat milfoil in Chassell Bay.

“We’re just collecting information,” Waters said. “We’ve come up with five or six projects that we’d like to see done, which is a continuation of the previous recreation plan.”

Waters said about 130 people have filled out the survey since the end of last week. It will remain open through the end of the month.