In reference to the article in the Three Rivers Commercial on July 13, 2016,
I would like the residents of our township to be aware that there were inaccuracies reported by Jessica Smith. I would like to clarify that the Fire Coverage request was approved for 1.0 Mil. to be added to the November ballot. If approved in November, it would replace the .6 Mil currently levied by the Township. It is not an additional millage.
In regards to the Ambulance coverage ,the board approved a .5 Mil. request to be added to the November ballot, not 1.5 Mils. as was reported.
In addition the township does not have 1.8 million on hand. Our accounts fluctuate from $700,000 to $900,000 throughout the year.
Please feel free to contact me, Mark Major , at any time at 269-816-0904.
Lockport Township Planning Commission is holding its next quarterly meeting at 7pm on Thursday, July 14 , 2016 at the Township Hall on the corner of Holtom and South River Rd.
(The water quality report for 2015 is available for review by clicking on the link below to print a copy.)
2015 Lockport CCR water ( please note that you may need to click on link again to open)
2015 Water Quality Report for Lockport Township This report covers the drinking water quality for the Lockport Township Water System, for the calendar year 2015. This information provides a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided to you in 2015. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. Your water comes from 2 groundwater wells. The State performed an assessment of our source water and can provide you with a report. A source water assessment has been done and the report is available upon request by contacting the Lockport Township Water Department at (269) 273-8593. The susceptibility determination is high.
Contaminants and their presence in water: Drinking Water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426- 4791).
Vulnerability of sub-populations: Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
Sources of Drinking Water: The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. Our water comes from wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
Susceptibility of wells: Well #2 has a high susceptibility and Well #3 has a moderate susceptibility. This is due to the agricultural activity within and surrounding Lockport and Park Townships, Part 201 Contamination sites, and the Dacthal and Nitrate detects previously found in sampling. The current ground water flow for Lockport Township water supply runs North to South.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses. Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring. Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff and septic systems. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which provide the same protection for public health. 2 Water Quality Data The table below lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2015 calendar year. The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 – December 31, 2015. The State allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. All of the data is representative of the water quality, but some are more than one year old.
Terms and abbreviations used below:
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below, which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
N/A: Not applicable ND: not detectable at testing limit PPB: parts per billion or micrograms per liter PPM: parts per million or milligrams per liter pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radiation).
Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow. Regulated Contaminant MCL MCLG Range Our Water Sample Date (If not in ’99) Violation Yes / No Typical Source of Contaminant Nitrite (ppm) 1.0 1.0 ND ND 2015 No Run off fertilizer, Natural deposits,Leaching from septic tanks Nitrate (ppm) 10 10 3.2 – 6.8 6.0 ppm 2015 No Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 ND ND 2015 No Erosion of natural deposits. Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. Barium (mg/L) 2 2 0.3 mg/L 2011 No Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits. Analyte Method Reg Limit Range Result Units Combined Radium Calc. 5* N/A 1.05±0.60 pCI/L No Unregulated Contaminant ** MCL MCLG Range Our Water Sample Date (If not in ’99 Violation Yes / No Typical Source of Contaminant Sodium (ppm) NA NA 8-11 11 ppm 2015 No Erosion of natural deposits Dacthal DCPA, Mono & Di-acid Degradation (Dacthal) 0.070 ND ND 2013 No Residential and agricultural herbicide use 3 Contaminant Subject to AL Action Level MCLG 90% of Samples < This Level Number of Samples Above AL Lead (ppb) 15 0 4 ppb 2015 0 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits Copper (ppb) 1300 1300 300 ppb 2015 0 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives ** Unregulated contaminant monitoring helps EPA to determine where certain contaminants occur and whether it needs to regulate those contaminants. *** Detection Limit (DL) shall be that concentration which can be counted with a precision of plus or minus 100% at the 95% confidence level. Microbial Contaminants MCL MCLG Number of Detections Violation Y / N Typical Source of Contaminant Total Coliform Bacteria No more than 1 positive sample per month 0 0 N Naturally present in the environment Nitrate: Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant, you should ask for advice from your health care provider. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.
Lockport Township is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have you water tested.
Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Is our water system meeting other rules that govern our operations?
The State and EPA require us to test our water on a regular basis to ensure its safety. We completed all the monitoring and reporting requirements for 2015. We are committed to providing you reliable and healthy water. We are pleased to provide you with this information to keep you fully informed about your water.
We will be updating this report annually and will also keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year as they happen.
Copies of this report can be obtained by calling the Lockport Township Water Department at 269-273-8593. For more information about your water or the contents of this report contact Scott King at 269-414-0071.
Lockport Township Board meets Monthly on the second Monday of the Month at 7p.m.
At the Township Hall located at the corner of Holtom and South River Roads.
58982 Holtom Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093
A special meeting was held on May 18 , 2016 to appoint an Interim Trustee to fill the vacancy of the seat of Mark Major who has been appointed to Interim Supervisor. The Board had received six applications of interested constituents of Lockport Township. The Board has chosen Paul Bungart to fill the seat of Interim Trustee until the election in November.
To whom it may concern,
The subject of the property that the City of Three Rivers (hereinafter the “City”) has annexed for purposes of constructing a sports complex is currently being litigated in the Michigan Court of Appeals. There is an Order to Stay proceeding until the Court of Appeals renders its decision. In other words, the City cannot begin, among other things, construction of the sports complex until the Court of Appeals reaches a decision. As such, it is not proper for a Lockport Township Official to discuss or enter into preliminary negotiations a City of Three Rivers representative. The appropriate medium to enter into preliminary settlement discussions would be through our legal counsel: Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC. There have been circumstances of a City representative approaching a Lockport Township Board Member at his place of work to discuss a settlement agreement or enter into preliminary discussions of a settlement. Unfortunately, Lockport Township does not know if the City Council authorized this representative to discuss a possible resolution or enter into settlement discussions on behalf of the City. Lockport Township cannot decline to enter into formal preliminary discussions to settle this pending litigation because its legal counsel has not been approached or contacted by the City. To that end, the Lockport Township Officials will not be commenting about the status of an ongoing litigation. The City Attorney or Special Counsel handling this matter should contact Lockport Township’s legal counsel to discuss any preliminary settlement discussions if it is so inclined. While we cannot comment on the potential of any settlement, we stress that there has been no overture from the City Attorney or the City’s Special Counsel respecting any type of settlement offer and/or negotiation. Furthermore, the Township was not advised of the City’s decision go to the State Boundary Commission until its officials read the same in the newspaper. Please be advised that quotes received from city council members may not be based entirely on fact and the lack of comment from the Lockport Township Board has been based on advice of its counsel respecting this ongoing litigation.