Sutton School no longer considered for housing Raisin Police Department

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Old Sutton School building in Raisin Township. Herald file photo.

Raisin Township Board of Trustees decided that it would no longer consider an option of housing the Raisin Township Police Department at the old Sutton School building on the Milton C. Porter Center campus on Sutton Road.

The township holds a 10-year lease with Lenawee Intermed-iate School District, entered into for one dollar more than a year ago. Township officials have been exploring the feasibility and costs of remodeling the structure. Two estimates for design engineering had been gathered and the township was awaiting a third.

“None of the estimates were under $250,000 and I doubt the third one would have been either,” said Township Supervisor Jay Cavanaugh. The board had previously discussed the advisability of undertaking remodeling costs on a building that it did not own. Recent financial revenue losses also factored into the decision to “no longer consider Sutton School as a viable option for a future police station.”

Cavanaugh said that although the building may not have any historical significance as they had been told, he would like to see a historical society of some sort be created to save the building, at least the schoolhouse portion. The building was slated for demolition prior to the lease between LISD and the township.

In other business, the township officials:

• Heard a suggestion from Ryan Moorehead, representing the Tecumseh Area Little League, to name the ball fields in Mitchell Park for Carl Wagner, former township supervisor, who passed away last year. While board members said they respected Wagner and the intent of the organization, there were many others who’ve served the township who were also instrumental in bringing the Little League to the park. Trustee Debra Brousseau suggested that Wagner might be honored some other way, such as with a bench or plaque at the memorial garden in the park.

• Approved putting an industrial chipper owned by the township up for sale.

• Adopted Poverty Exemption Guidelines for 2013 with Raisin Township rates set 10 percent over the guidelines for residents.

• Tabled a request to pay $758 to join the River Raisin Watershed.

• Approved the hiring of a new police officer, Daniel Bachleda, who will begin his duties on April 1.




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