CHEBOYGAN COUNTY- The Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners approved several small revisions made to the Straits Regional Ride Title VI plan, which needs to be in place for the entity to receive federal funding.
“Every three years, we are required to update our Title VI plan through federal regulations,” said Straits Regional Ride Director Mike Couture. “And we bring it to you for approval.”
The Title VI plan is essentially the same as it has been in years past. There were some housekeeping issues that were cleaned up, such as email address issues that were recommended to be changed.
“There's very little changes,” said Couture. “Just whatever MDOT required we make. It has been reviewed by the county's lawyer in the past.”
The plan provides language that addresses that no person in the United States will be excluded from participation on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, or be denied any benefits, or subject to any discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
The updated plan as it was presented to the board of commissioners defines how the busing service will comply with the records, keep track of any complaints and what requirements would be followed in the case of any complaints.
This plan also allows SRR to train their employees what to do if and when there is ever a potential issue or a language barrier that may need to be dealt with.
The plan was last updated in April 2014 and the June 2017 revision will reflect any changes the service has had since the last revision.
The board of commissioners felt the plan looked good and Commissioner Vice-Chair Rich Sangster said it had good detail in the document.
The board voted unanimously to approve the document, allowing Couture to train his staff and submit the plan to the state and federal agencies.
Also at the meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve county zoning ordinance amendment 138, changing the definition of family to allow short term rentals of dwellings in the county.
“Doing this requires the change in the definition of dwelling, as well as the related definition of family,” said Cheboygan County Community Development Planner Scott McNeil. “You'll note within the current definition of dwelling we refer to a family there.”
The current definition of family refers to people related by blood or marriage and refers to one's domicile.
“In order to allow these short term rentals, we need to address those issues, by way of changing some of those definitions,” said McNeil.
The definition of dwelling unit, as it was proposed to the commissioners simply talks about the occupation of a residence or sleeping place. Bed and breakfast facilities are exempt from this definition, as well as boarding and lodging houses, resorts, resort hotels, recreation farm and vacation lodge. The definitions of these types of dwellings also include a reference to a dwelling.
“Then finally family has been reduced to, very simply stating, a group of individuals, whether related or unrelated, who are occupying a dwelling,” said McNeil. “So, by way of these two definition amendments, the short term rental properties in the county, which has been going on for quite some time and proliferating will become legitimate.”
The board voted unanimously to adopt the zoning ordinance amendment.