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                                  MARION TOWNSHIP

                       PROPOSED AGENDA

                  January 12, 2006  @ 7:30 pm

                     

CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

MEMBERS PRESENT/ ABSENT:  

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:    Agenda Items Only – 3 minute limit

CONSENT AGENDA

All items listed are considered to be routine by the Board and will be enacted by one motion. There

will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Board member or Citizen so requests, in 

which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered in its normal 

sequence on the agenda.

      a.) APPROVAL OF AGENDA: 

    b.) APPROVAL OF December 22, 2005 Minutes

     c.) December 27, 2005 Planning Commission Report

    d.) Treasurers Report

    e.) DPW Report

    f.) Zoning Report

    g.) Howell Parks and Recreation Report

 2.  MHOG Water Treatment Plant Sewer Usage

 3.  Township’s Handbook Wording of the Retiree Health Benefits

 4.  Cancellation of the Board of Trustees meeting 1-26-06

5.      Alternate for the Parks and Recreation Representative

6.      Storing Our Township Data On Line

7.      Kitchen Smoke Alarm

8.      *Text Amendment Z-38-05(TXT #25-04; Section 6.18 F 1&G-Condominium Projects)

9.      *Text Amendment Z-39-05(TXT #07-04; Section 8.01 F 6&7-Rural Residential Landscape Buffer)

10.  *Text Amendment Z-40-05(TXT #23-04; Section 8.02 F 6&7-Suburban Residential Landscape Buffer)

11.  *Text Amendment Z-41-05(TXT #21-04; Section 3.02 Definition of a Landscape Buffer)

12.  Text Amendment Z-93-05(TXT #22-04; Article XVIII-Site Plan Requirements)

13.  Text Amendment Z-95-05(TXT #08-05; Section 3.02-Definition for Child Care Centers)

14.  Text Amendment Z-96-05(TXT #10-05; Section 17.08-Child Care Centers)

15.  Board of Review Poverty Guidelines

16.  ZBA Report

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

CALL TO PUBLIC:

ADJOURNMENT:  

                                                Draft Minutes

MEMBERS PRESENT:               Bob Hanvey, Sue Lingle, Dave Hamann, Tammy Beal, and Dan Lowe

MEMBERS ABSENT:                 None

OTHERS PRESENT:                  Phil Westmoreland, OHM

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CALL TO ORDER

Bob Hanvey called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

MEMBERS PRESENT

The members of the board introduced themselves.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Laura Martin, 1435 Tracilee Drive :  Mrs. Martin said she wanted to discuss the issue of pet owners picking up after their

pets in the township.  There is an issue with pet owners bringing their pets down at the end of her street and not picking up 

after them.  Bob Hanvey visited the site at the Martins’ request, and they also brought pictures of the problem.  

Tammy Beal asked if there is a subdivision association.  The Martins said they don’t know.  Mr. Martin said he has called 

several county agencies.  Mrs. Martin said it is a health issue for both humans and pets.  Ms. Beal asked the Martins if

 they have talked with the neighbors who are doing this.  Mr. Martin said once.  Dave Hamann said if there’s a park, 

someone has to own the common area, so there has to be an association.  The deed for the house should state if there 

is an association.  Mr. Martin said records show that Golden Triangle Development owns the property.  Sue Lingle 

explained that the township couldn’t enforce an ordinance if there was one because there isn’t a township police force or 

an enforcement officer who could stand out there.  Mr. Martin said if there were an ordinance and he called the police or the

 health department, they would do something about it.  Mr. Hanvey asked Mr. Martin for suggestions on what an ordinance 

should say.  Mr. Martin said he wants it to say that people must pick up after their dogs.  In lieu of an ordinance, 

Mr. Martin asked that a sign be put up.  Mr. Hanvey said it would probably be a general ordinance, perhaps part of the 

litter ordinance.  He also suggested making it part of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Initiative.  Bob Hanvey said he

would discuss this situation at the next watershed meeting. 

CONSENT AGENDA

Sue Lingle motioned to approve the consent agenda.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

MHOG WATER TREATMENT PLANT SEWER USAGE

Dave Hamann motioned to authorize the township’s MHOG representatives pursue the reimbursement of funds, discuss

how the situation will be rectified, and discussion on REUs .  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

TOWNSHIP HANDBOOK WORDING FOR RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS

Ken Palka provided two paragraphs to replace wording in the existing handbook.  Tammy Beal said there should be 

wording to the effect that reimbursement for those who opt out of the insurance is at the single person rate.  Another 

question is whether or not the retiree health benefits would also apply to spouses.  Sue Lingle said the wording under 

pension plan should be 10% of before tax compensation, not after tax.  Dave Hamann motioned to postpone this item.  

Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

CANCELLATION OF JANUARY 26, 2006 BOARD MEETING

Several of the township board members will be attending the MTA conference on January 26.  Sue Lingle motioned to 

cancel the regular board meeting for January 26, 2006.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

PARKS AND RECREATION REPRESENTATIVE ALTERNATE

Tammy Beal volunteered to be the alternate for the Parks and Recreation Authority.  Sue Lingle motioned to appoint 

Tammy Beal as the alternate.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

ONLINE TOWNSHIP DATA

Sue Lingle motioned to have the supervisor investigate the costs involved in putting assessing and tax data online.  

Tammy Beal seconded.  Discussion:  Dave Hamann asked if the data contains any personal identification information.  

Mr. Hanvey said the township has the option of selecting the data that’s actually presented.  Motion carried 5-0.

KITCHEN SMOKE ALARM

Dave Hamann motioned to investigate having a heat detector tied in with the alarm system.  Tammy Beal seconded.  

Motion carried 5-0.

TEXT AMENDMENTS

Bob Hanvey said staff is reviewing the zoning ordinance and will submit proposed changes to the Planning Commission, 

and he would like to continue postponing these items until additional changes are identified. 

Dave Hamann said there are four proposed amendments, and asked if anyone has made a request to revise Sections 6.24 

and 6.13.  Mr. Hanvey said he did.  Mr. Hamann said it should be done in writing to the Planning Commission.

Jean Root, 723 E. Davis Road :  Ms. Root said these amendments have been reviewed by the township planner, who has

recommended these changes.  The township attorney has also reviewed them, and said these changes in particular need 

to be done in a way to make them defendable.  The township has spent a lot of time and money on these amendments.  

Ms. Root feels these amendments need to be adopted and then they can be reviewed.  

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the text amendment for TXT #25-04, Section 6.18 F 1 & G—Condominium Projects,

based on the verbiage provided.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 3-2. 

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the text amendment for TXT #07-04, Section 8.01 F 6 & 7—Rural Residential 

Landscape Buffer, based on the verbiage provided.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 3-2.

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the text amendment for TXT #23-04, Section 8.02 F 6 & 7—Suburban Residential 

Landscape Buffer, based on the verbiage provided.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 3-2.

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the text amendment for TXT #21-04, Section 3.02—Definition of a Landscape Buffer

Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 4-1.

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the text amendment for TXT #22-04, Article XVIII—Site Plan Requirements. Sue Lingle 

seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the text amendment for TXT #10-05, Section 3.02—Definition for Child Care Centers. 

Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the text amendment for TXT #08-05, Section 17.08—Child Care Centers.  Sue Lingle

seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

BOARD OF REVIEW POVERTY GUIDELINES

Dave Hamann motioned to adopt the federal standards for poverty exemptions.  Tammy Beal seconded.  

Motion carried 5-0.

ZBA REPORT

Dan Lowe reported that there was one variance request for the location of an existing pole barn, which was denied. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

None.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Jean Root, 723 E. Davis Road :  Ms. Root said Section 20 in the zoning ordinance refers to the rewriting of the ordinance.

The Planning Commission will be discussing how to get things through the process better, and will be asking the Board 

of Trustees for suggestions.

Phil Westmoreland, 2995 Sunset Meadows Drive :  Mr. Westmoreland informed the board that the Peavy force main is

out for bids, and OHM has received a lot of phone calls.

Dan Martin, 1435 Tracilee:  Mr. Martin asked Mr. Hanvey if he had followed up with the DPW department about the

lighting for the pump station.  Mr. Hanvey said they are short-handed and he hasn’t received anything back from them yet. 

Mr. Hanvey said he would check whether a no parking sign could be put in the easement.

ADJOURNMENT

Dave Hamann motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.