BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OCTOBER 29, 2002
Bob Hanvey, Sue Lingle, Dan Lowe
and Myrna Schlittler
OTHERS PRESENT:John Ambrose, Township Planner
John Lowe, Township Planning Commission
Annette McNamara, Zoning Administrator
Tom Klebba, Consultant
CALL TO ORDER
Bob Hanvey called
the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.
CALL TO PUBLIC
ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS
John Ambrose was present to review comments received from the Livingston County Planning Commission (LCPC)
regarding proposed zoning amendments. Mr. Ambrose explained that these amendments have been approved by
the township Planning Commission, reviewed by the township attorney who’s recommendations have been
incorporated, public hearings have been held, and were sent to the LCPC for it’s review and approval. This
process has taken place during a period of more than one year. Mr. Ambrose pointed out that the LCPC can only
make recommendations; it has no authority to “approve” or “disapprove” the language. The next step is for the
Township Board to approve, revise and/or send the amendments back to the Township Planning Commission.
Mr. Ambrose felt some suggestions from the LCPC were reasonable; however, some were difficult to understand.
One of the revisions that needs to be made is in the amendment pertaining to “wireless communication facilities.”
The language in the ordinance will need to be changed from “cellular towers” to “wireless communication facilities”
Bob Hanvey asked if the Planning Commission had voted unanimously to approve the zoning ordinance amend-
ments.Mr. Ambrose said yes. He believes that no amendment has been sent to the LCPC that wasn’t voted on
private roads in the text currently? Mr. Ambrose said no, there hadn’t been a question before as to what that meant.
Jack Lowe said perhaps it isn’t clear to the general public. Tom Klebba pointed out that staff had questions about
the definition of interior roads and approved private roads. Annette McNamara pointed out we do have a definition
of approved private road, but not for interior road. Mr. Ambrose said any existing subdivision or site condo street
is considered an interior road, and suggested a definition be included within the appropriate section of the
ordinance. Discussion was held regarding language included in Z-70-02, Zoning Board of Appeals, Section 5.05 C
Variances. The LCPC feels the language is not clear, and the previous language was easier to understand.
Dan Lowe suggested that item c be changed by eliminating “…within the time following the effective date of the
provisions alleged to adversely affect such property.” Mr. Ambrose pointed out that items a through e should be
numbers, not letters. Mr. Hanvey asked for clarification on what “…the owner” means—the present owner or any
owner? Mr. Ambrose said by any owner. Mr. Hanvey asked if the new language requires the applicant to meet all
criteria? Mr. Ambrose said no. Mr. Ambrose suggested the language be changed to “the conditions and
circumstances unique to
the property were not self-created.”
Dan Lowe motioned to send Z-69-02: Residential Districts, Z-70-02: Zoning Board of Appeals, Z-71-02: Wireless
Communication Facilities, Z-72-02: Schedule of Regulations, and Z-73-02: Private Towers/Antenna back to the
Township Planning Commission. Myrna
Schlittler seconded. Motion
Myrna Schlittler motioned to table Z-74-02: Rezoning of the Mitch Harris property until the next regular township
Dan Lowe seconded. Motion
Annette McNamara asked for approval from the board to advertise a public hearing on the Open Space Preserva-
tion ordinance for November 26, prior to the regular
Planning Commission meeting. Approval
GEORGETOWN WATER PUMP
Bob Hanvey said the township is asking to have this sent back to Tetra Tech for re-bid on the project. Dan Lowe
agreed. Sue Lingle asked how long this would take. Discussion was held regarding ordering the pump ahead of
Jack Lowe suggested that the township send out specs for
comparison on the cost of the pump.
Sue Lingle motioned to re-bid entire Georgetown project with two bids: one for hardware and one for installation.
Dan Lowe seconded. Motion
TAXES LATE FEE
Sue Lingle stated she had received Board approval for a 1% late charge on the winter tax starting on the 17th.
Ms. Lingle received a call from County Equalization and the state treasurer said legally we have to charge 3%,
and it has to start on the 14th. Ms. Lingle is requesting the Board to approve a late fee of 3% starting February 14.
Dan Lowe asked whether the township could go to zero. Ms. Lingle said yes, but it’s always been 1% and it helps
bring in the taxes earlier so they can be processed. Bob Hanvey pointed out that those monies stay with the
Township, not to the units. Tom Klebba confirmed that this collection is just for 14 days, until March 1 when taxes
are sent to the County Treasurer. Myrna Schlittler motioned by resolution to approve a late fee of 3% starting
Sue Lingle seconded. Motion
GATES LAWN RESTORATION
Bob Hanvey said that Tom Klebba had been assigned the task of investigating this problem. Mr. Klebba said that
approximately one year ago, an inspection was done and it was felt that the lawn was fine, and the issue was dropped.
However, Ms. Gates was dissatisfied. The Board agreed to correct the problem. Mr. Klebba visited the site with
Tom Donovan who suggested overseeding, which Ms. Gates is opposed to. Mr. Donovan then recommended
rototilling, power raking, seeding, fertilizing and straw, at a cost of $1200 now, with an additional $300 possible
in the spring. Howell Hydro seed quoted $1300 for 15 yards of topsoil, power raking, seeding, fertilizing and straw.
Howell Hydro seed said it could be done now, but it wouldn’t be guaranteed because of the cold temperatures.
Dan Lowe felt it’s too late in the season and the work should be done in the spring. One of the problems is that it
hadn’t been watered. Mr. Klebba said Ms. Gates also wants it done in two phases. Dan Lowe does not
recommend that the area be rototilled. Jack Lowe said Ms. Gates needs to understand that once the lawn is
restored, she’s responsible for maintaining and watering.
fertilizer in the spring of 2003 up to a maximum of $1200 to restore Gates’ lawn. Sue Lingle seconded.
call vote: Myrna
Schlittler, Bob Hanvey, Dan Lowe, Sue Lingle—all yes.
Motion carried 4-0.
CALL TO PUBLIC
Mr. Klebba said that some items brought to the Planning Commission for clarification were still unclear to staff and
further clarification is required (e.g.,
Several residents have called to complain. Mr. Hanvey pointed out that this is a use permitted by right in the
district, and no action is required by the township for this use.
Myrna Schlittler motioned to adjourn the meeting at 2:55 p.m. Dan Lowe seconded.
Motion carried 4-0.