By Griffin Wasik
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter
The Meridian Township Board of Commissioners recently unanimously passed a revision to the Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan will add nearly 80 more miles of bicycle paths on shoulders of roads, cross-country paths, and unpaved roads to Ingham County. There are currently about 110 miles of such paths, according to meeting officials. The plan will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists who are trying to access parks, businesses, or people out exercising, according to meeting officials. The master plan deals with much bigger things, Ron Styka, a trustee member on the Meridian Township Board of Commissioners, said. “Our goal is to have people be able to travel anywhere in this township by biking or hiking all the way to Lansing,” Styka said.
When Mike McCurdy received the notice from the Meridian Township staff that he had to get rid of his five pygmy goats or pay $820 to send a request to rezone his property, he had no idea what to do. “It started with us getting a 30-day notice saying that we had to get rid of our goats in 30 days or we would be fined and face ongoing fines,” said McCurdy. McCurdy fought the law and McCurdy won, gaining a zoning change allowing him to keep his goats. But that end result came after a fight that cost time and money, and that McCurdy believes was swayed by public sentiment in his favor. “I think it was pretty clear to people that the animals weren’t a problem.
Meridian Township Parks and Recreation has created a five-year plan to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by providing diverse park facilities and recreation opportunities where participants are able be free and enjoy themselves. The Parks and Recreation staff led the planning process and preparation of the master plan, with assistance from the elected Park Commission and other township staff members. The intent of this plan is to identify the current and future parks and recreation needs to maintain and improve the quality of life in the community. “This plan serves as a guide for future projects in our community, and it also provides an opportunity for us to obtain input from the community to gauge how they feel about our park system,” said LuAnn Maisner, director of Meridian Township Parks and Recreation. A survey of Meridian Township citizens showed emphatic support for the maintenance, stewardship and development of quality parks and recreation facilities.