By BRIAN McGILLIVARY
---- — Blair avoids city’s problems
GRAWN — Blair Township avoided the problems that has muddied Traverse City’s splash pad as officials continue building their own water feature in the township park.
Blair officials received a letter from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in November 2012 that notified them a state construction permit would be needed if the planned splash pad required recirculated and filtered water.
“That’s one of the reasons we didn’t go to a self-contained, recirculating system,” said Pat Pahl, township supervisor. “We realized how complicated and how much maintenance it would require.”
The township’s splash pad, which is being built mainly using township staff, will spray fresh water that then flows into a drain field. It does not require any state permit. The township will obtain an electrical permit for the work from Grand Traverse County, Pahl said.
— Brian McGillivary