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Architectural control provisions upheld by MI Court of Appeals

Architectural control provisions and proceedings pursuant to deed restrictions upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals
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Local Municipality Electric Franchise Authority

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 29 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, local municipalities (including cites, villages and townships) have extensive authority over their roads, public rights-of-way and other public places, including the ability to require a franchise or comparable approval from utilities. While the Michigan Supreme Court in City of Taylor v Detroit Edison Company, 475 Mich 109 (2006) curtailed those powers, the recently published Michigan Court of Appeals decision in Upper Peninsula Power Company v Village of L’Anse, ____ Mich App ____, 2020 (decided on November 12, 2020; Case No. 349833; 2020 WL 6683062) makes it clear that the local municipal franchise authority is still significant. The power company has petitioned the Michigan Supreme Court for a further appeal.

Local artist commissioned for Bloom Sluggett offices

The offices of Bloom Sluggett are looking a little brighter after new artwork commissioned by the uber-talented Reb Roberts was installed. The bold colors and large scale design are signature of Reb's unique style, and the privilege of having a piece designed specifically for us makes it even more special.   Read More