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Can the County relinquish control over the public roads in the Township?

October 2020

Yes. The Board of County Road Commissioners can do so under the General Highway Law, MCL 224.18. To relinquish jurisdiction over a road to a township,...

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Does a bidder who was not selected for a public works project have grounds to sue the Township for not being selected?

September 2020

No. Michigan cases demonstrate that the submission of a bid does not establish any reasonable expectancy to have been awarded the public project. This...

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When a resident gifts a monetary donation to a township fire department, who is responsible for approving the expenditures resulting from the donation?

July 2020

Although the language of the bequest may impact the exact answer to this question, assuming that the fire department is part of the township, the town...

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Is a Township required to receive sealed competitive bids before letting contracts on public works projects?

June 2020

Is a Township required to receive sealed competitive bids before letting contracts on public works projects? No. The Michigan Legislature had adopt...

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