Washington Township replaces recreation panel reps, but funding plan hits stalemate

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Washington Township — The future of a decades-long tri-community parks and recreation department remains in limbo after a raucous Wednesday night meeting where residents in attendance were seething after two trustees on the existing recreation commission were replaced. 

After spirited debate, Washington Township trustees delayed voting on whether to adopt new bylaws that would have stopped it from paying $800,000 of its annual $1.2 million contribution to the Romeo-Washington-Bruce Township Parks and Recreation Commission. Washington Township leaders have raised concerns that township residents weren't receiving the benefits from a combined Macomb County system.