2015-12-17 / Front Page

Wagner retires after 31 years on Zoning Board

By Paula K. Schmdt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com


SERVICE AWARD — Township Supervisor Micki Hoffman (left) presents an award for more than 30 years of service to Zoning Board of Appeals retiree Paul Wagner (right). 
Photo by Paula K. Schmidt SERVICE AWARD — Township Supervisor Micki Hoffman (left) presents an award for more than 30 years of service to Zoning Board of Appeals retiree Paul Wagner (right). Photo by Paula K. Schmidt GRAND BLANC — Paul Wagner has made quite the impact on Grand Blanc Township, finishing his final Zoning Board of Appeals meeting after 31 year in deciding cases that have shaped the very face of the businesses and homes residents see every day.

Tonight, a typical case, requesting multiple sign variances for the new Security Credit Union building at 10330 S. Saginaw Street. Due to the topography and unique features of the landscape in the area, multiple signs and variances were allowed.

Due to the location being at the joining of S. Saginaw and Dixie Highway, variances were allowed for signage to be viewable from the north and south bound lanes at a larger than normal allowances, as well as on S. Saginaw.

The monument sign on the I-75 side would be normally 60 inches and Security petitioners requested 73. Allowance was also made for the round logo sign which, according to board member

Clark Kent, would be smaller mathematically than a square one.

Practical difficulties with viewing the sign at 55 miles per hour on S. Saginaw added to the variance approval of an extra foot of sign height at the main driveway. The speed was also a factor on the signs facing the expressway.

All of the board members, including Chairman Jerry Ragsdale, expressed appreciation to Wagner for his long years of service and added he would be very missed. “I hope I have been somewhat constructive,” Wagner said. “I also want to thank the board for allowing me time when I needed a sabbatical, but it is time to retire.”

Member Ed Brown said, “It has been an honor to have you on this board. I think we will miss your insightful comments and experience.” Wagner will be replaced by Debbie Honea. Wagner will be honored tonight, Dec 17, at 7 p.m., at the Township Board meeting.

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