Rose Lake in the Woods Property Owners,
This is to inform you that the Rose Lake Township Board has passed a resolution to create a Special Assessment District under PA 246 to pave a portion of the roads in our subdivision and in Rose Lake Forrest subdivision (approximately 5.2 total miles). The cost of this project is estimated by the County Road Commission to be $814,000 and would be assessed against all subdivision property owners. The current proposal would assess each lot $95 annually for 10 years. This assessment would be applied to all lots equally independent of whether your lot gets paving along your frontage.
We will be notified by mail of special hearings that will be established to allow for public opinion and discussion on the proposed resolution. In addition this topic will be on the agenda of the Osceola County Road Commission meeting on June 11 (7:00pm Hersey, MI) and at future Rose Lake Township Board meetings that occur the first Wednesday of each month at Rose Lake Township Hall. We would suggest that all property owners that have strong opinions either for or against this action be present at future meetings and the “to be scheduled” public hearings.
Here are some things to consider as you develop your position on this action:
- The developers of both subdivisions originally paved all roads to standards establish by the county as a condition of them being accepted as county roads and maintained as such. Due to lack of necessary maintenance our roads deteriorated to a point that the cost to repair them was deemed excessive and it was decided by the County Road Commission and Rose Lake Township to pulverize them returning them to dirt and maintain them accordingly. Some have suggested that even as dirt these roads are not appropriately or adequately maintained. What assurances do we have that if we adopt the proposed action that history won’t be repeated, finding ourselves in a similar situation in the future?
- All lot owners do not benefit equally from this proposed action. Lot owners in Rose Lake in the Woods #1 receive no benefit as they are all located on 155th Avenue and have no reason to use the proposed pavement to access their properties. Lot owners on Oak Ridge Ct. and Deer Run east of Oak Ridge Dr. would not get their frontage paved but would receive some benefit from driving on less dirt to gain access to their properties. All lot owners regardless of benefit will pay the same assessment. This situation also occurs in Rose Lake Forrest where only the main loops would be paved with the proposed action.
- The proposed paving will provide a “paved shortcut” between 16 Mile and 18 Mile Rd that will be used by many that are not residents of either subdivision. These individuals will receive benefit but will not share in the cost of the proposed action. Additionally, law enforcement of speed, traffic, and load limits must be considered.
As you develop your position on the proposed resolution we would encourage you to share your input at the future Road Commission, Township and “public hearing” meetings either in person or in writing. Whether you support or object to the restoration of some of our subdivision roads back to their original paved condition we should agree that the approach must be fair and sustainable.
We will try to keep our subdivision property owners current with information as it develops. Please forward your email address to JoAnn Miltner our treasurer at email@example.com if you haven’t done so previously to be on distribution.
Thanks in advance for your involvement,
Mike McGarry – President RLWPO Steve Gustafson – Vice President RLWPO
I'm a little concerned that the latest newsletter from RLFPOA (http://rlfpoa.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=19#p25)says the roads were "discussed" as to how much improving them "would cost", and then only the first page of the county's proposal was attached. It makes it appear that nothing will happen unless the property owners take action, whereas Mr. McGarry's letter makes it sound more like it's going to happen unless property owners take action to stop it.
Which is the truth? I don't know, but we'd all better find out.