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Can the County relinquish control over the public roads in the Township?

Yes. The Board of County Road Commissioners can do so under the General Highway Law, MCL 224.18. To relinquish jurisdiction over a road to a township, the Board must 1) adopt a resolution relinquishing jurisdiction and control over the road and 2) publish notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county once a week for 3 consecutive weeks. See MCL 224.18(3); see also MCL 224.18(1). The Township will also be notified directly if the road is adjacent to or ends at a lake or stream. MCL 224.18(5). In all cases where the road is situated in a township, the township has first priority to retain jurisdiction over the road. Id. Please note that any townships experiencing this may want to consider speaking to their counsel about reserving legal rights on one or more roads.

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