Residents may decide whether to limit development at Warren Valley Golf Course – Press and Guide

Dearborn Heights City Councilmember Tom Wencel resolved April 26 to begin the process to let Residents vote on whether to prohibit development north of the clubhouse at Warren Valley Golf Course.

The city council unanimously approved the motion, with Corporate Counsel Gary Miotke to draft the wording of a proposed charter amendment or addition, and with a friendly amendment added by Ray Muscat for a city council study session on the topic.

Wencel said he wants the issue to be on the November ballot.

“I want this on the ballot to have not just seven people make a major decision like this, but all the Voters in Dearborn Heights have a chance to say what they feel,” they said. “This is one of the biggest investments that we have in the city of Dearborn Heights, and it’s going to pot right now.”

Wencel said that Warren Valley Golf Course is an investment that the Residents trust the city to properly maintain, and he urged that it should be worked on immediately.

He said he said the resolution so it said “north of the club house” so that the building could be improved or enlarged.

Wencel said he excluded the parking lot in the wording to allow for something like a bandshell, gazebo or pavilion in the future.

He said he is proposing a charter amendment to prevent the golf course itself from being developed, and if it passed now, it could be reversed in the future by another vote of the people.

City Councilman Ray Muscat said they didn’t want to see houses built on the golf course in a continent which almost occurred several years ago.

“That kind of development is what we don’t want to see,” they said. “If we have development to enhance the golf course, the clubhouse, or the structures for the clubhouse, I think that would be what Mr. Wencel was talking about. Hopefully that comes to fruition, and I agree with Councilman Wencel. ”

Mayor Bill Bazzi said he, along with City Engineer Ali Dib and representatives from Wayne County, are looking at the lower part of the golf course to put in a retention / detention Basin to eliminate some of the flooding in the Neighborhoods north and east of the golf course, so they don’t want the wording to prohibit that.

Miotke said Wencel’s resolution as currently worded does not prohibit the city from selling the property, which would make the resolution meaningless.

City Council President Dave Abdallah said, as a realtor, it makes no sense to put conditions on your own property, and while he can understand placing a deed restriction on property when it is sold, it makes no sense for an owner to do so when their intention is to retain the property.

“There is no talk whatsoever of any type of development on the golf course – not with me, not with the mayor, not with anybody – so the problem I have got with stuff like this is it starts the rumor mill going all over again, ”They said. “I resent the comments that are being made – for example, ‘nothing’s being done.’ With due respect, that is not a true statement, because there has been a lot of work done on the golf course. ”

Abdallah said there have been multiple meetings with the people taking over the running of the golf course, so they feels that it is inaccurate to say that nothing is going on there.

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