Planning the township's future

The Robinson Township Board is considering sewer service for the anticipated development that a new state highway could bring to the middle of the township.
Marie Havenga
Nov 8, 2013


The Township Board recently approved a $19,000 sewer study for the M-45/120th Avenue commercial-industrial corridor, related to the M-231 project, but township taxpayers are getting a lift in financing it.

Northland Farms LLC officials agreed to pay for the study to be performed by the Grand Rapids-based Prein & Newhof engineering firm. Northland Farms owners Chuck Morgan and Rich Bramer said they would hope to be reimbursed as other companies tap in.

“I'd like to help with the study and do some financing,” Morgan told the board at a special meeting last week. “We don't expect anything in return, but time is of the essence.”

The company would fund its own sewer study if they did not join forces with the township, according to Bramer, who said there has been commercial interest in the wholesale nursery acreage at the southwest corner of M-45 and 120th Avenue for at least 10 years.

“I can't reveal some of that stuff,” he said. “Nobody specific, but there is interest from several different types of things.”

Bramer said the plan would be for Northland Farms to scale back from 350 acres to a 200-acre operation.

Bramer said water is currently available, but the sewer extension question would need to be settled before commercial parties would have solid interest in purchasing the land.

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Bram S

Keith emerged from the sewer in his dry suit reaking with the smell of raw sewage. Rick, his good friend and supervisor, carefully removed Keith's hood and scuba mask and placed a cigarette in Keith's mouth, he pulled out his zippo and lit it. Keith stood smoking without touching his cigarette due to the fact that his sewage soaked gloves hadn't been removed yet.
"The things I've seen," Keith said grimly.
Rick laughed, "Buddy, you've been on the job, what, ten years? Wait till you've been doing this as long as I have."
Keith smirked at Rick, "You've been here 13 years, what the heck are you talking about?"
"I've seen whole pairs of blue jeans flushed down toilets, son!" Rick went on, "Bras, the size of football fields!"
Keith laughed and spit out his cigarette, crushing it underfoot.
"Wanna get some tacos?"


Now that is clever, timely, and appropriate literary regurgitation!




I agree, but I like the one about the spiders better.


Bram - thanks for the laugh....your finely honed tall tale abilities are appreciated.

Barry Soetoro

As are yours, L.




Ouch! You have to admit that was funny regardless of how one views the accuracy of the statement. Just an observer here, if you must shoot, shoot the messenger not the gallery.





Tri-cities realist

I admit, it was funny (and accurate at the same time). Good humor usually includes some truth.


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