Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Water users in Cascsde willl notice that their average bill will drop by 4.96% in 2013.
Sewer users will see a 5.19% drop in their quarterly bills.
This should result in a typical bill (water & sewer) being about $13.22 less than in 2012.
There are some areas of increase that you should be aware of. If a residential property owner (not currently connected) pays their front footage fee in 2012, the cost is $61.00 per foot. In 2013, this will increase to $75.00 per foot. For a residence with 100' of lot width, the increase would be $1,400.00.
For commercial properties, the fee changes from $94.00 to $110.00.
It may be worthwhile to connect or at least set up a payment plan in 2012 to avoid the increase.
Please acll Sandra Korhorn at the Township office (949-1500) if you have any questions regarding these changes.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The official word I got from Consumers was:
11:49 AM - CASCADE SUB - The Cascade Circuit locked out due to failure of an underground Primary line just outside the substation. 1434 customers were interrupted: 535 customers were restored after 327 minutes (5.5 hours). 899 customers remained off.
7:10 PM - CASCADE SUB - The Cascade Circuit locked out again during the isolation process. 535 customers were interrupted for 28 minutes. 899 customers were interrupted for 578 minutes. The underground fault was isolated.
The township will continue to work with Consumers to push for system improvements to minimize outages such as these.
Consumers recently put a new sub-station on line (Spaulding, south of Cascade Road) to reduce the number and length of outages in the area. They also do a lot of tree-trimming to keep outages from happening. Consumers is also working on a plan to improve the reliability of the system in the area affected by Sunday' outage.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The County Road Association of Michigan reports that a loose mailbox may not withstand standard snow removal operations; it should be repaired or replaced so that you have fewer headaches this winter.
This is also a good time to replace worn hinges on mailbox doors and repaint or replace reflective house numbers so the postal worker or emergency responder can find your home more easily.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The lowering of the river also provides the opportunity for the company that lease the Cascade Dam to inspect the dam and underwater equipment and make repairs and adjustments if necessary. This is an important inspection for the dam, as it is imperative that it function safely not only for the creation of electricity, but for the safety of those residents living both upstream and downstream of the dam. A sudden drop of water level could have major impacts to docks, boats, and (especially downstream) houses. This safety check is done in the Spring (April) and Fall (October) every year.
So, while you see the waterfront home-owners removing their boats and docks this weekend, Keep in mind there is also a major safety check going on at the dam.
P.S. - This process will be repeated at the Ada Dam in two weeks.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The complete S&P report can be found on the township’s website: www.cascadetwp.com
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I gave my board a lot of notice so they can find a suitable replacement and have him or her on board before I leave.
My last day with the Township will be January 25, 2013.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Weed killer, fertilizer, rodent & bug spray, lighter fluid, pool chemicals, deck sealer & cleaner, oil-based paint and stain (NO LATEX PAINTS), paint thinner, adhesives and glue, antifreeze, motor oil, automotive fluids, gas & oil mix, washer fluid, auto batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats, batterise and aerosol cans. A few items are not accepted such as: any pills or other drugs, refillable propane tanks, ammunition or fireworks.
If you are unclear about anything you want to dispose of, call Kent County Recycle at 336-2467 for more information.