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                                  MARION TOWNSHIP

                  AGENDA and DRAFT MINUTES

                           MARCH 9, 2006   

                     

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 February 23, 2006 Minutes

  c.) February 28, 2006Planning Commission Report

  d.) Treasurers Report

  e.)    DPW Report

  f.)    Zoning Report

2.      Storing Our Township Data On Line

3.    Lawn Mowing Bids Specs

4.    Cemetery Land Acquisition

5.    Community Wastewater Utility Systems

6.      Text Amendment Z-09-06 (TXT #11-05;Section 17.16 Group Day Care Homes)

7.      March 6, 2006 Zoning Board of Appeals Report

8.      Marion Station Preliminary Site Plan Review  

9. Township's Share of the Howell Parks & Recreation Authority

10. Grip Road Money

11. Obsolete Computer Donation

 12.   Closed Session for the Purpose of Discussing Chestnut v. Marion Township

For the Good of the Township

Call to the 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

                                                David Schroeder, OHM

                                                Mike Kehoe, Miller, Kehoe & Associates

                                                Tom Meagher, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith

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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

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

ONLINE TOWNSHIP DATA

Dave Hamann motioned to send a survey with the summer tax bills to obtain additional information about the meta

data that’s out there.  Dan Lowe seconded.  Dave Hamann said he would email a draft survey to the township. 

Motion carried 5-0.

LAWN MOWING BID SPECS

Tammy Beal provided the board with copies of the proposed bid specifications.  Sue Lingle motioned to have the

clerk place an ad for the 2006 spring clean up and lawn mowing services.  Tammy Beal seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.

CEMETERY LAND ACQUISITION

Bob Hanvey said that Harger and Green Cemeteries are approaching capacity, and Lakeside Cemetery ’s older

section is filled up and the new section doesn’t have much space left.  The township has been discussing with

some residents whether they would be willing to have the township acquire some property, and at least one of the

residents said it’s a possibility.  Dan Lowe said he was going to talk with Mr. Douglas on Norton Road . 

Charlie Musson said he has a proposal for an addition to Harger Cemetery as part of a site plan submitted for

Musson Hills South. 

COMMUNITY WASTEWATER UTILITY SYSTEMS

A note from Paul Siersma from Carlisle/Wortman is included in the packet.  Bob Hanvey said he has several

comments and asked how they should be presented.  Dave Hamann suggested sending a memo to the township

board.  Dave Hamann motioned to table this item until the next meeting.  Sue Lingle seconded. Motion carried 5-0.

TEXT AMENDMENT

Bob Hanvey said the wording is “playground equipment shall not be located in front or side yards”, but there has to

be an outdoor play area; however, it doesn’t say where the outdoor play area has to be and it also doesn’t say that

the playground equipment needs to be inside the outdoor play area.  It also doesn’t include requirements for group

day care homes in Rural Residential (RR) to have an outdoor play area.  Sue Lingle asked what the objective of

having one day per week where the group day care is open between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.   Dave Hamann

motioned that the township board forward the Group Day Care text amendment back to the Planning Commission

to review County Planning ’s recommendations, as well as evaluating the issues that the township supervisor will

provide in a memo.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

ZBA REPORT

Dan Lowe reported that the ZBA met on March 6, 2006 .  International Transmission Company was asking for an

interpretation of the ordinance.  The ZBA determined that ITC is performing an essential service and is therefore

exempt from the zoning ordinance.

MARION STATION PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN REVIEW

Dave Hamann said the new site plan ordinance calls for the township board to be made aware of preliminary site

plan reviews.   

HOWELL PARKS & RECREATION AUTHORITY

Sue Lingle motioned to adopt a resolution to pay $63,128 to the City of Howell for the Parks & Recreation fee for

the period of July 2005 through June 2006.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dan Lowe, Dave Hamann ,

Sue Lingle, Tammy Beal, Bob Hanvey—all yes.  Resolution passed 5-0.

GRIP ROAD MONEY

Bob Hanvey informed the board that the Livingston County Road Commission (LCRC) decided not to do GRIP

money this year.  One of the issues is that the LCRC would prefer to have results back from the townships earlier

in the year.  Another issue is that the township’s selection of the way to spend the money may not be the way the

LCRC would have spent it.  The LCRC is suggesting a two-year plan rather than a one-year plan.  Dan Lowe said

Cedar Lake Road is still a priority.  Dave Hamann suggested asking the LCRC for a two-year plan recommendation

or the township board comes up with a two-year plan recommendation based on the current budget.  The board

members will review the roads to determine what work should be done. 

OBSOLETE COMPUTER DONATION

Bob Hanvey said the township received a request for donation of an old computer for someone who is home-ridden

and trying to do online studies.  Tammy Beal motioned to approve donating an obsolete computer to a homebound

student.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

Tammy Beal said she got prices on seal coating the basement floor.  Dan Lowe suggested carpet.  It would keep

the sound down and probably be cheaper.  Sue Lingle motioned to have the clerk get prices for carpet.

Dave Hamann seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Gary Saum, 1366 E. Coon Lake Road , made a sign for Green Cemetery and donated it to the township. 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

None.

CLOSED SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING CHESTNUT V. MARION TOWNSHIP

ADJOURNMENT

Dave Hamann motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:27 p.m.    Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.