What Would You Improve in Shelby Township in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Shelby Township, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Shelby Township and Utica to make it an even better place to live?

In the spring, Shelby Township officials hosted a public hearing in which they asked residents what they were most concerned with living in the township.

Some of the main concerns were:

  • Underfunded Police and Fire Pension Fund
  • 41A District Court building and a new recreation facility
  • Blight conditions that exist along Auburn Road
  • Road conditions
  • Rezoning of 24 Mile and Schoenherr roads from residential to commercial property
  • The lenght of Board of Trustees Meetings

What is on your Shelby wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

jholeton jr January 02, 2013 at 02:17 PM
My resolution to change Shelby Township would be to take steps to lower the violent crime rate. Recently, there have been multiple home invasions, armed robberies & even a drive by shooting. All of these crimes have gone unsolved because the Shelby Township Police believe that they DO NOT have the resources & personnel to adequately solve the crimes(my opinion). In reality, that is not true. If you have the personnel & resources to contractually allow a Police Officer to sit in one spot for (3) hours just to write speeding tickets, then there should be some more substantial arrests being made. In my opinion it is a personnel problem & we should really should consider hiring police with advanced investigation classes from the Police Academy or send our current staff to these advanced classes. Something is wrong when one business gets robbed 3 times in one year & the perpetraitor is never caught!
ken kay January 02, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Finish sidewalks so that they connect to each other.
Tracy Enochs January 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
make a youth center so the teenagers have somewhere to go and socialize
macombresident January 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Ken Kay~Agreed! Particularly some of these homes on main mile roads. There's one house on 24 & he deliberately places his garbage cans & large tree trunks to block the where the sidewalk ends right at his property. When I lived in Clinton Twp years ago,the city put in sidewalks in front of older homes where none had been constructed & put the cost as a special assessment on the property.
Tim Brower January 02, 2013 at 05:46 PM
A great lifestyle addition to the community would be a dogpark. For those that aren't familiar, dogparks in many other cities vary from fenced in grassy areas to more elaborate fenced in wooded areas with natural pathways, streams, etc. The bottom line is it provides a safe environment for dog owners to let their dogs run and socialize. An advantage to non-dog owners is that parks set aside for sports or playgrounds would have much less "dog walking" traffic. The cost of such a park primarily would be in the selecting the land, potentially clearing parts of it (but not all), setting up fencing, perhaps a restroom building similar to Mae Staecker's, and minimal maintenance for grass cutting and building cleaning. To help offset these ongoing costs, interested residents could pay an annual license fee (ala Metropark fee) to receive access to the dogpark. Validation might simply be occasional spot checking of vehicle stickers by city services or even be "self-policed" by the paying dog owners. Non-residents pay a higher fee. Also, I'm sure that various businesses would love to have some sponsor signage at the park each year to attract potential revenue from dog owners spent on supplies, boarding, and grooming. Its a "simple luxury" for most any community.


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