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While some communities struggle to cooperate with neighboring cities and townships, Jackson and its neighbors are working together to update an agreement that has been in place for three decades.

It’s been nearly 30 years since the city of Jackson penned agreements with five outlying townships to use the city’s wastewater treatment plant, and come March 2016 those agreements are set to expire.

Officials with Blackman, Napoleon, Sandstone, Spring Arbor and Summit townships are currently developing new agreements, with township and city leaders excited about the proposed changes.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the city under a new contract that will further strengthen inter-governmental cooperation and ensure a positive trend in economic development and quality of life for the community,” said Marston Fortress Sr., Spring Arbor Township supervisor.

One noteworthy change is the establishment of a sewer advisory board to promote communication and collaboration between the city and the customer communities regarding sewer use and wastewater treatment matters. The board will also ensure regular meetings between the parties.

“The relationship that prevailed in the past between the city and surrounding townships did not serve the best interest of anyone,” Napoleon Township Supervisor Dan Wymer said. “We are determined to change that and work together.”

Sandstone Charter Township Supervisor Keith Acker said he’s “very encouraged” with the uniform wastewater agreement in the works. “Not only do residents need a good plan but it is essential for job development and economic growth in our community,” he said.

Officials will reach an agreement in the coming months.

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