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Township, Library to Share Cost of New Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The charging station at the Civic Center campus will be the first in the township, according to officials.

The West Bloomfield Board of Trustees and the West Bloomfield Library have agreed to share the cost of a new electric vehicle charge station. The station will be the first of its kind in the township, and will be located on the Civic Center campus near township hall and the library.

"We are always looking at ways to become as green as possible," Trustee Howard Rosenberg said. "I think it's critical that the township takes this step, and hopefully it will inspire other places in the township to do the same."

Treasurer Teri Weingarden agreed, "We were the first to have a windmill and I think we need to continue the trend of being a green community. I think it will attract businesses and if we can show this is a success others will want to follow suit."

The township will have until next year to install the station that's being offered free to the township. The township and the library will split the cost of installing the station - approximately $7,000 to $12,000 total.

The station will charge up to two electric vehicles at one time, and the township agreed Monday to set a fee of 25 cents/per 15 minutes of charge at the station, with a maximum of two hours. The fee, the trustees said, will help both the township and library recoup their costs, for installation, over time.

For more on Monday's township meeting, come back at 1 p.m. Tuesday:

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