MARION TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FEBRUARY 13, 2003 @ 7:30 PM
Bob Hanvey, Sue Lingle, Dan Lowe, Dave Hamann and Myrna Schlittler
called the regular meeting of the Marion Township Board to order at 7:32
PLEDGE TO FLAG
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
added Musial item of business to the end of the agenda.
Sue Lingle motioned to approve the amended agenda of February 13, 2003. Dave Hamann seconded.
CALL TO PUBLIC AGENDA ITEMS ONLY:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Board Meeting—January 9, 2003
Myrna Schlittler motioned to approve the minutes of the Marion Township Board of Trustees meeting
9, 2003 as written. Dave Hamann
Means Meeting—February 11, 2003
Sue Lingle motioned to approve the minutes of the Ways & Means meeting on February 11, 2003 as
Dave Hamann seconded. Motion
Presentation was given by Ed Madden and Steve Pozil from Charter Communications reviewing their
history, future ventures, and their mission to service their customers. The fifteen-year franchise
arrangement with Marion Township and Charter Communications expires next year and they would like
renegotiate to continue to serve Marion Township.
Horace Cole—918 Francis Road: Mr. Cole would like to know how new the cables are in this area.
Mr. Madden responded that cables are replaced when they are bad and most in this area were replaced
in 2001. He further explained that the cable must be of good quality to bring broadband service to homes.
Mr. Cole stated he has been having trouble for several months with certain channels being blacked out.
Madden stated he would like to get Mr. Cole’s address and investigate his
The Board advised Mr. Madden to speak with Mr. Klebba, Township Consultant, to negotiate the new
Myrna Schlittler motioned to approve payment of the Pollard & Albertson bill in the amount of $1,225.00
and the Detroit Edison bill in the amount of $4,973.82, totaling $6,198.82. Dave Hamann seconded.
call vote: Schlittler, Hanvey, Lowe, Hamann, and Lingle—all yes.
Motion carried 5-0.
Myrna Schlittler motioned to approve the reappoint of Debra Wiedman-Clawson to the Planning
Sue Lingle seconded. Motion
Sue Lingle motioned to reappoint Jack Lowe to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Dave Hamann seconded.
Sue Lingle motioned to reappoint Dan Rossbach to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Dave Hamann seconded.
FRANCIS ROAD MANHOLES
Bob Hanvey suggested the Board approve the purchase and installation of the plastic fixtures for two
Francis Road. Installation to
be completed in the spring of this year.
Dan Lowe motioned to approve the purchase and installation of two fixtures for two manholes on Francis
Myrna Schlittler seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
TOWNSHIP HALL ADDITION
Schlittler motioned by resolution to approve the Township Hall addition.
Dave Hamann seconded.
vote: Schlittler, Hanvey, Lowe, Hamann, and Lingle—all yes. Motion carried 5-0.
Section 8.02 (F) 1 Minimum
Lot Area (SR District)
No building or structure shall be established on a
parcel less than 32,670 square feet (0.75 acre).
b. A building or structure with public sewer may be established on a parcel of not less than 20,000 square
feet providing the frontage of said parcel is
not on a major thoroughfare.
Sue Lingle stated she felt that the phrase “interior or approved private road” should not be replaced by
“major thoroughfare” and that the original phrase should be given a better definition. She feels that allowing
the ordinance to read “not on a major thoroughfare” will create unfavorable looking lot sizes and houses.
The Planning Commission suggested that Marion Township agree with the Livingston County’s definition
of a major thoroughfare, currently being D-19, Coon Lake Road and Pingree. The adoption of the county’s
allows the amendment not to be rewritten as roads are added to this list.
Dave Hamann motioned to adopt the amendment change to Section 8.02 (F) 1 a. and b. Dan Lowe
seconded. Roll call vote: Lingle-no, Schlittler-no, Hamann-yes, Lowe-yes, and Hanvey-yes.
Motion carried 3-2.
of Regulations: Section 7.10 (H) Minimum Lot Area
The general purpose and intent of these regulations is to reasonably accommodate and regulate the
establishment of amateur radio towers and antennas, private receiving television and radio towers and satellite antenna
with a diameteand not exceeding one (1) meter or 39 inches in recognition of the public need and demand for such uses.
and technologi These regulations are intended only for free standing facilities that are not attached to existing buildings
residences and are subject to the following regulations:
for Accessory Uses and Structures.
satellite antennas shall be permitted in rear and side yards only.
3.Towers shall be setback from any property line a distance equal to the towers height measured from
the base of the tower to the nearest property line. In no case shall such a tower exceed one hundred
(100) feet in height. The Planning Commission may waive this required setback requirement providing
the applicant can demonstrate with supporting engineering documentation that the fall zone for said tower
is less than its height. However, a tower shall be setback from the applicable property line no less than
minimum setback for either a side or rear yard in the zoning district in
which it is located.
PLANNING COMMISSION REPORT
gave an overview of the last meeting of the Planning Commission.
PARKS & RECREATION REPORT
Sue Lingle gave reports of the last meetings for the Parks & Recreation Commission and Steering
gave an overview of the last meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
ZONING ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP
advised that the Sudut court case had been dismissed by the judge.
CALL TO PUBLIC
Philip Westmoreland is present on behalf of Orchard, Hiltz, & McCliment, Inc., a civil engineering firm
based in southeast Michigan. They are a mid-size firm of 200 people and serve municipal clients.
Recently, he met Sue Lingle at the Michigan Township Association meeting. He is present to introduce
the firm and state they are interested in moving their operations to the west and begin servicing clients in
County. Mr. Westmoreland
distributed information packets to the Board.
packets. Sue Lingle stated
items paid in January totaled $86,206.34.
Myrna Schlittler motioned to accept the Treasurer’s Report and payments made totaling $86,206.34.
motioned to adjourn at 9:35 p.m. Myrna
Schlittler seconded. Motion