The Citizens Action Group of Plymouth Township (CAG), who last year, collected 4,000 Plymouth Township landowner signatures petitioning their elected representatives to place a one-mill ballot proposal to fund fire department/EMS services, has filed an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals. This follows a long ardent legal battle with township officials.
The Citizens Action Group does not support the Feb. 28 ballot proposal, in which the township, replaced the petition language with its own language, violating the constitutional rights of township citizens.
During the past year, the township board has vehemently opposed the petitions raised by the CAG, saying the canvassers were not certified, stating the ballot question was unrefined and challenged the number of signatures collected. Wayne County Circuit Court ruled against the township on these issues.
The township is planning to replace the fire department with volunteers-on-call and contracting an ambulance company to respond to EMS calls. They’ve selected Huron Valley Ambulance, a hospital transport company from Ann Arbor, and changed township regulations to allow on-call firefighters to live within a 15-mile radius. Some township board members have indicated they also plan to close the North fire station, servingits largest subdivision, Lake Pointe.