Governmental overreach?

BURTON — Amendments to a longstanding soil erosion and sedimentation control ordinance drew some sharp criticism by at least one city councilman, Jan. 21.

Councilman Tom Martinbianco told the council he thinks the proposed amended ordinance, on the books for at least 20 years now, was a case of governmental overreach by the Michigan Department of Environmental Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) and was a matter better suited to go before the city’s legislative committee rather than city council.

Mayor Duane Haskins said delaying approval of the first reading of the amended ordinance could place the city in a position where it would not be in compliance with an expected audit by EGLE, the state’s current version of