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                                              BOARD OF TRUSTEES

                                        AGENDA and DRAFT MINUTES

                                                   MARCH 8, 2007 

 

 

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Members Present/ Members Absent

Call to the Public

1.      Approval of Agenda

2.   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 February 22, 2007 Regular Meeting Minutes

b.)    February 20, 2007 Election Commission Minutes

c.)    February 27, 2007 Planning Commission Report

d.)    Complaint Report

e.)    DPW Report

f.)     Parks & Recreation Report

g.)    Treasurers Report

h.)    Zoning Report

  1. MHOG Waterline
  2. Amendments to Budget
  3. Parks & Recreation
  4. Marion Township Road Committee Report
  5. Township Wide Rubbish Removal Discussion
  6. Fee Schedule for REU’s
  7. Board of Review Field Inspection Pay Scale
  8. Jesse Drive  
  9. Love's Creek

Correspondence/ Updates

          Supreme Court Case

          Township Issues

          Charter Communications

For the Good of the Township

Call to the Public

Adjournment

                                          DRAFT MINUTES

MEMBERS PRESENT:               Bob Hanvey, Dave Hamann, Travis Hodge, Les Andersen, Paula Wyckoff, Dan Lowe

 MEMBERS ABSENT:                 Tammy Beal

OTHERS PRESENT:                  Phil Westmoreland, OHM

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CALL TO ORDER

Bob Hanvey called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT

The board members introduced themselves. 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

None.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the agenda. Paula Wyckoff seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

CONSENT AGENDA

Bob Hanvey pointed out that one item on the consent agenda, election commission minutes, are provided for information only.  Dave Hamann motioned to approve the consent agenda.  Les Andersen seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

MHOG WATERLINE

Bob Hanvey provided the board members with a handout listing the parcels affected and a map with those parcels highlighted.  The township attorney has reviewed and suggested a change to paragraph 5.5.  This item will be on the next MHOG meeting agenda. 

Les Andersen motioned to approve contract as to form with amendment to paragraph 5.5 that special assessments are not restricted to term of agreement.  Dan Lowe seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dave Hamann, Dan Lowe, Bob Hanvey, Paula Wyckoff, Les Andersen, Travis Hodge—all yes.  Motion carried 6-0.

AMENDMENTS TO BUDGET

Bob Hanvey provided a summary by expense type.  The board discussed that the 50 cents per hour pay increase in the policy manual is less than the 3.7% CPI.  Les Andersen said a salary comparison should be done with other townships.  The board also discussed amending the budget by moving money from “attorney” (6210) to “litigation” (6195 and 6196), moving money for “roads” (6446), and “recreation department” (6756).

TOWNSHIP ROAD COMMITTEE REPORT

Les Andersen summarized the meeting held with the Livingston County Road Commission (LCRC).  A handout is provided with cost estimates.  Les Andersen motioned to accept the LCRC estimates to repair Peavy Road south of Keddle for $49,400, Sexton Road south of Peavy Road for $90,600, and the shortest section of County Farm from M-155 to Jewell for approximately $137,000.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Roll call vote:  Paula Wyckoff—yes; Travis Hodge—no; Bob Hanvey—no; Dave Hamann—yes; Les Andersen—yes; Dan Lowe—no.  Motion failed 3-3.

Discussion:  Bob Hanvey said he’s not comfortable spending that amount of money, but the two curves should be fixed.  Dan Lowe said the LCRC needs to look at road counts, and County Farm should have been done two years ago.  Les Andersen explained that the LCRC needs a financial commitment from the township, and those townships that approve funds would be given top priority.  Dan Lowe motioned to table this item for more information.  Bob Hanvey will contact Steve Wasylk at the LCRC for more detailed information on the work included in the estimates.  Travis Hodge seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

PARKS & RECREATION

Paula Wyckoff summarized the February 27 Marion Township Parks & Recreation Committee meeting.  She also provided the board with an outline for the Howell Recreation Authority start-up. 

TOWNSHIP-WIDE RUBBISH REMOVAL DISCUSSION

A response was received from MTA as to whether this item should be placed on a ballot, and the answer is no.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR REUs

Bob Hanvey provided handouts for the board members to review.  Dave Hamann motioned to leave the water frontage fees as they are until study shows a reason to change.  Travis Hodge seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

BOARD OF REVIEW FIELD INSPECTION PAY SCALE

Les Andersen motioned to authorize an hourly rate of $15 for Board of Review inspections, including mileage.  Paula Wyckoff seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

JESSE DRIVE

Dave Hamann motioned to adopt Jesse Drive as an approved private road.  Les Andersen seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

LOVE’S CREEK

Revised estimates from OHM are included in the packets.  Bob Hanvey said he would like to invite the residents to the next meeting.  Paula Wyckoff motioned to schedule a preliminary information meeting for the next board meeting.  Travis Hodge seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

CORRESPONDENCE/UPDATES

Supreme Court Case:  Bob Hanvey said there is no schedule yet.

Cable:  Charter Communications submitted a franchise agreement using the new template from the State of Michigan .

Bob Hanvey said the septage processing plant would open in the spring.

A handout is provided in the packet on Transfer Development Rights, which is a new concept to consider.

Premier Farms:  Premier Farms is coming back to the Planning Commission for conceptual approval.  Bob Hanvey would like a board meeting with notice of the presentation to determine whether the project is still in compliance with the previous conceptual plan.  Dave Hamann said the board members should have all of the information from the previous approval process.  Dave Hamann motioned to have the clerk provide documentation on Premier Farms for the board members.  Les Andersen seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

None.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Dave Hamann motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:47 p.m.  Les Andersen seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.