Farmington Tennis Club closes, county to take possession - Fox 2 News Headlines

Farmington Tennis Club closes abruptly, county to take possession

Posted: Updated:
A sign outside the Farmington Tennis Club says "thanks for the memories." A sign outside the Farmington Tennis Club says "thanks for the memories."
FARMINGTON, Mich. (WJBK) -

Members of the Farmington Tennis Club are demanding an explanation.  Groups with planned tennis matches this week arrived to find locked doors, lights out, and a sign saying "thanks for the memories."

A sign on the door said the contents of the club were seized by the Oakland County Treasurer's Office.  Farmington Tennis Club never filed for bankruptcy, but for the last two years had fallen behind on its personal property tax, almost $6,000.

"Our Plan A is to work with the taxpayer to get them on a payment plan to resolve the delinquency, but under Plan B, and if they're not willing to cooperate, then we have some more serious measures like seizing the property and selling it at auction to make sure that the rest of the taxpayers don't get hit with the tab," said Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner.

He explained the confusing part is that Farmington Tennis Club never applied for a small business loan, tried to set up a payment plan or left any contact information.  They just seemed to disappear.  Now the county will have to enter by force.

"We will have a locksmith that will visit the property," Meisner explained.  "We need to take possession of it, and it's serious business.  It's a last ditch effort."

Farmington Tennis Club was open for more than three decades, and for  members now forced to appeal to the attorney general for refunds, somehow "thanks for the memories" just doesn't capture it.

The mayor of Farmington said the city is actively pursuing new ownership for the tennis club.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:05:54 GMT
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
    Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices