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                                  MARION TOWNSHIP

              AGENDA and DRAFT MINUTES

                      February  23, 2006  

                     

CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

MEMBERS PRESENT/ ABSENT:  

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

1. 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 February 9, 2006 Minutes

2.  MHOG Water Treatment Plant Sewer Usage

3.   Storing Our Township Data On Line

4.   Planning Commission Priorities for 2006

5.   Peavy Force Main Update

6.   Roads-Grip Money-Update

7.   Loves Creek/Sesame Road Rescheduled first Special Assessment Hearing

8.  Board of Review Authorizes Resident Appeals by Letter  

9. Frank Lover Property

10. Solid Waste Grant

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

CALL TO PUBLIC:

ADJOURNMENT:

 

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

MEMBERS ABSENT:                 None

OTHERS PRESENT:                  Phil Westmoreland , OHM

                                                David Schroeder, 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

None.

CONSENT AGENDA

Bob Hanvey asked to have the regular agenda removed from the consent agenda.  Tammy Beal motioned to approve the

consent agenda as amended.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Sue Lingle motioned to add an agenda item for Group Day Care Homes.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

MHOG WATER TREATMENT PLANT SEWER USAGE

Bob Hanvey reported that he and Dan Lowe presented the township’s case at Wednesday’s MHOG meeting for

consideration.  It was also reported that MHOG has changed the operators from OMI to Sevren Trent, effective

February 24, 2006 .

ONLINE TOWNSHIP DATA

Bob Hanvey said he has received two prices:  $2,500 per year from Hamburg Township or $3,000 per year from BS&A. 

Mr. Hanvey said that hiring Hamburg Township would involve less work, and his recommendation is to sign up with

Hamburg Township for $2,500 per year.  Dave Hamann said he’s not willing to spend $2,500 out of the general fund for

this. Tammy Beal asked Sue Lingle if it would help out in her office, and Ms. Lingle said yes.  Mr. Hamann asked

Mr. Hanvey if he has any metrics on how many residents are online.  Mr. Hanvey said no, although most new residents

that he has asked are online.  Dave Hamann motioned to table this item for further review. Tammy Beal seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.

2006 PLANNING COMMISSION PRIORITIES

Bob Hanvey provided the board members with a copy of his list of suggested priorities.  He asked to have this list

submitted to the Planning Commission from the Township Board, not just one person.  Mr. Hanvey also provided the

board members with the minutes from the Livingston County Planning Commission related to Group Day Care. He would

like to return the text amendment to the Planning Commission to review the County Planning recommendations and then

send back to the Township Board.  Dave Hamann motioned to return Group Day Care text amendment to the Planning

Commission to review the County Planning recommendations, as well as evaluating the outdoor play areas in the

Rural Residential district, and send it back to the Township Board.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0. 

Dave Hamann motioned to submit a memo from the Township Board to the Planning Commission with its recommended

2006 priorities.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

PEAVY FORCE MAIN UPDATE

Phil Westmoreland said they are waiting for the wetlands permit.  David Schroeder said the contractor has the contract

books, and they have 14 days to turn it around.  Dan Lowe asked if the wetlands permit is going to be a problem. 

OHM will work with DEQ to expedite the process.

ROADS/GRIP MONEY UPDATE

Bob Hanvey said he spoke with Steve Wasylk from the Livingston County Road Commission about Cedar Lake Road

from Jewell to Coon Lake Road .  Mr. Wasylk will consult with Tim Johnson and present a proposal to the Township Board.

LOVE’S CREEK/SESAME DRIVE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT HEARING

The bids received were incorrect.  Now that the petition has been filed, the township engineer will prepare bid specifications

and put it out for bid. The hearing will be scheduled after the plans are available. 

AUTHORIZATION FOR BOARD OF REVIEW

The State Tax Commission requires a resolution from the Township Board to allow residents to appeal by letter to the

Board of Review.  Tammy Beal motioned to adopt a resolution to allow Marion Township residents to appeal to the Board

of Review by letter.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dan Lowe, Dave Hamann , Bob Hanvey, Sue Lingle,

Tammy Beal—all yes.  Resolution passed 5-0.

FRANK LOVER PROPERTY

Mr. Hanvey provided copies of the original land use permit that was issued, along with the supporting documentation. 

The permit was issued for land balancing, and it expired in September 2005.  The court has issued a temporary injunction “

… to desist and refrain from removal of any excavation or related digging activities, removal of sand and/or soil, cutting

down or removal of live trees…”  An order to show cause was issued last fall and was postponed.  An updated site plan

shows major changes from the original, which would require a new site plan review.  Dan Lowe said this has now become

a mining operation, and there are safety issues.  After discussion, Dave Hamann motioned to follow through on the show

cause hearing.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

SOLID WASTE GRANT

Bob Hanvey said the Solid Waste office within the Drain Commission office has a grant for solid waste projects. The most

popular project in the county has been the large-item trash day.  On average, townships within the county have been

spending approximately $10,000, and then they receive a 25% reimbursement.  Several of the townships contract with

Regal.  Jack Lowe asked how does the price compare with taking the items to Len’s Rubbish for disposal.  Mr. Hanvey

said the other township’s provide the service free of charge to the residents. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

Bob Hanvey announced that the Fire Department is buying a truck for the technical equipment, and the Airstream will be

used for the dive team.

Tammy Beal announced that the panic buttons and heat sensor have been installed.

OHM is doing a presentation on “Effective Storm Water Management on a Shoestring”, Thursday, March 16, 2006 in the

Livonia area.  Jack Lowe will provide copies of the brochure for the Planning Commission members. 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Barney Cole, 918 Francis Road :  Mr. Cole reported that all of the bumps on Francis Road were gone today. 

Bob Hanvey told Charlie Musson that he has been in touch with Verizon and they will call back. 

ADJOURNMENT

Dave Hamann motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:26 p.m.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.