Newsletters from the Supervisor
PUBLIC ROAD ENDS
GRAYLING CHARTER TOWNSHIP PUBLIC ROADS ENDING AT A LAKE OR STREAM
The Township has had a number of inquiries regarding public road ends to the lakes and streams in our area. Recently Michigan passed a law addressing the use of public road ends (the terminus of a public road at an inland lake or stream).
The Charter Township of Grayling has no ordinances addressing this specific issue and feels that the state has been dealing with this issue for many years and that the new law fairly deals with the delicate balance of fairness between the DNR, Lake front property owners and the public. Like most issues resident’s opinions will differ. The key to its success is all parties respecting the others and abide by the law. If all involved would understand the law and comply there would be no issues. The violations are misdemeanors and fines can be as much as $500 a day. If an involved party wishes to challenge the law it will be a civil matter between involved parties.
The Township is not equipped nor has the responsibility to police road ends. At this time the Charter Township of Grayling is suggesting that if there is a need for the policing of a specific violation you will need to contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, the DNR or the State Police.
To help clarify please refer to an updated NREPA excerpt of Act 451 of 1994. Thank you for your co-operation.
Grayling Charter Township Supervisor