Residents near a local lake are rejoicing after a controversial bridge was removed after the state ordered its removal.
“It doesn’t look safe. Doesn’t look like um, construction of it would be valid for people going under it, by it, waves, who knows,” said Ken, resident.
Ken is like many in the Lobdell Lake area who wanted to see the new drawbridge torn down. And he received his wish. The state recently ordered its removal and the bridge was removed on Aug. 13.
Bob Harris, a resident of Argentine Township, is happy the state ordered the owner of the bridge, Brett Degayner, to take it down.
"Real real happy, it’s going to get that water flowing again and keep the weeds down somewhat where the boats go through and so I’m happy, very happy," Harris said.
Recently, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy sent a notice to Degayner telling him he had to take it down. The department said Degayner never pulled a permit and even if he did, no permit would have been issued.
Degayner’s attorney told state officials the bridge would be taken out by Tuesday, Aug. 13, and it was.
The bridge was installed earlier this summer by Degayner to connect his island property on Lobdell Lake to his property on the mainland. Township officials said it was put in without any permits.
According to Harris, the drawbridge has stopped water from moving.
"Well the bridge stopped the water flow going around the island and it stopped the boats from going through,” Harris said. “Very few boats went through there, they both helped keep the weeds down and stop the water from becoming stagnant."
He was also concerned about how it would impact property values.
Residents in the area were happy to see the bridge removed.
"The consensus is that everyone is happy. Everyone is happy because he did it without any permits. It was illegal," one neighbor said.
On Aug. 13, the property owner told TV5 he wasn't ready to make a statement quite yet.