Canton Twp. files papers over milk plant
BY ERIC HRIN
GROVER - The old milk plant is one of the first things you see upon entering the village of Grover in Canton Township.
However, township supervisors and neighbors are concerned about the dilapidated structure.
"It's gotta go," said neighbor Alan Brown. He is concerned about safety and the building's appearance.
His mother, who also lives on the same street as him, said the milk plant has been in disrepair for at least 20 years.
They said they've had to pick up pieces of the roof that have blown off the building, which they estimated is located about 300 yards from their properties.
Also, they noted that they have contacted the township with their concerns in the past. Also, they said they have been told that code inspectors have been working on it.
Now, Canton Township has filed court papers in the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox against one of the milk plant owners, Archie Vroman, no age given, who has a Canton Post Office box address.
The matter was discussed at the township supervisors' meeting this week.
A message was left at Vroman's home seeking comment, but he could not be reached.
The private criminal complaint accuses Vroman of a violation of the Canton Township Junkyard and Refuse Ordinance, specifically "maintaining a junk yard without a license to do so, at the old Grover milk plant."
A summary trial on the complaint is scheduled at 10 a.m. on March 1 at Wilcox's office in Troy. A spokesman at Wilcox's office said Vroman pleaded not guilty, so the trial is required.
When asked for comment about the building, supervisor Jasper Smith said, "it needs to be torn down and it is a mess."
He said that he would like the owner to "clean it up, and tear it down and get rid of it."
"It's an eyesore and it's dangerous," he said.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.