BOARD OF TRUSTEES
AGENDA and MINUTES
JANUARY 10, 2013 @ 7:30PM
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Members Present/Members Absent
Call to the Public
1.) Approval of Agenda
2.) Consent Agenda
a.) Approval of December 13, 2012 Regular Meeting Minutes
b.) MHOG Agenda/Minutes
c.) HAFA Agenda/Minutes
d.) Complaint Report
e.) DPW Report
f.) Peavy Road Flow Meter Readings
g.) LCRC Invoice for Peavy Road $197,737.86
h.) LCRC Invoice for Cedar Lk Rd Retainage $4,211.79
i.) Goodman Invoice $797.50
j.) Treasurer's Report
k.) Zoning Report
3.) Recreation Authority - Full Membership Proposal
4.) TXT# 04-12 Definition of a Family (Final)
5.) Crystal Wood - PC Review and Comment
6.) Sewer Rates
7.) Marion Township Roads
8.) ZBA Report
Mitch Harris Delinquent Tax Payment
Call to the Public
MEMBERS PRESENT: Bob Hanvey, Scott Lloyd, Les Andersen, Dan Lowe, Tammy Beal, Jim Murray, and Paula Wyckoff
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
CALL TO ORDER
Bob Hanvey called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT
The board members introduced themselves.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Bob Hanvey asked to have item #9—Hometown Village Rock, item #10—Cell Tower, and item #11—Howell Public Schools Summer Tax Collection, added to the agenda. Les Andersen motion to approve the agenda as amended. Paula Wyckoff seconded. Motion carried 7-0.
Les Andersen motioned to approve the consent agenda. Jim Murray seconded. Roll call vote: Lowe, Lloyd, Beal, Hanvey, Wyckoff, Andersen, Murray—all yes. Motion carried 7-0.
RECREATION AUTHORITY—FULL MEMBERSHIP PROPOSAL
Scott Lloyd questioned whether this item can be brought to the board again, since the board turned down a similar request in June. He said that MTA informed him that one of the opposing members on the board has to bring it back to the board and it requires a 2/3 vote. Bob Hanvey said this proposal is for the next fiscal year’s budget, and the previous request was for the current year.
Debbie Mikula, HAPRA Director, 925 W. Grand River, was present on behalf of this item. HAPRA is asking for approval from both Marion and Genoa townships at this time so budget planning can be done.
Dan Lowe and Scott Lloyd both questioned whether the additional expense is the best use for township funds, as not all residents benefit from the programs, and felt the funds should be used on roads. Bob Hanvey said there is a significant amount already budgeted for roads, and increasing the contribution to HAPRA wouldn’t take away from roads.
Beth Schrader, 2100 Dutcher Road, said that many families can’t afford to pay the higher rates that Marion and Genoa residents have to pay.
Bob Hanvey motioned that Marion Township should become a full member of the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority with a contribution of $100,000 beginning with the 7/1/13 budget. Paula Wyckoff seconded. Roll call vote: Wyckoff—yes; Murray—yes; Hanvey—yes; Lloyd—no; Beal—yes; Andersen—yes; Lowe—no. Motion carried 5-2.
TXT #04-12: DEFINITION OF A FAMILY (FINAL)
Les Andersen motioned to approve TXT #04-12: Definition of a Family as presented. Paula Wyckoff seconded. Motion carried 7-0.
CRYSTALWOOD—PC REVIEW AND COMMENT
A meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 pm with Rick Elkow, his attorneys, and the township’s attorney to discuss the consent judgment.
A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15. No action required at this time.
Bob Hanvey asked the board members to begin thinking about what projects they’d like to budget for. He reminded them about the Bonnie Circle project, and the township agreed to finance part of the special assessment out of the revolving fund. Mr. Hanvey also said he’d like to see some work done on gravel roads, and some crack sealing on the paved roads. The work on the Jewell Road bridge is scheduled for 2014. He’d like to discuss at next month’s meeting, as the allocation budget is due in April.
Dan Lowe reported on the 22 variance requests from CD Okemos for a gas station/drive-thru fast food/convenience store on the property where On The Road RV Center used to be. Mr. Lowe felt the project cannot go forward without a left turn lane, and would like the LCRC to submit a letter stating that. Several variances were granted and the next step for the applicant will be the Planning Commission.
HOMETOWN VILLAGE ROCK
A request was made to place a large rock in the driveway leading back to Phase 3. Dan Lowe said that would be a liability, and an orange safety fence needs to be placed behind the rock. Bob Hanvey will contact the person who made the request (AI #1.)
Bob Hanvey passed out an email from Unison regarding buying out the cell tower lease. The board members declined.
HOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUMMER TAX COLLECTION
Paula Wyckoff motioned to adopt a resolution to collect the school district’s taxes on the summer tax bills at $3 per parcel for Howell Public Schools, as presented, and to authorize the clerk and supervisor to sign the agreement. Les Andersen seconded. Roll call vote: Beal, Andersen, Murray, Wyckoff, Lowe, Hanvey, Lloyd—all yes. Resolution passed 7-0.
Mitch Harris Delinquent Tax Payment: A copy of a check received from Livingston County is included in the packet.
Tammy Beal said there is a Heritage Days meeting on Monday, January 14 at the township hall.
CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Beth Schrader, 2100 Dutcher Road, said she’s very interested in having township-wide internet available. Bob Hanvey invited her to attend the Advantage Livingston Placemaking Committee meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 am.
Jim Murray motioned to adjourn at 8:35 pm. Tammy Beal seconded. Motion carried 7-0.