AGENDA and DRAFT MINUTES

                                Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Members Present/ Members Absent
Call to the Public

         1.  Approval of Agenda  
         2.  Consent Agenda
                a.) Approval of April 28, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes
                b.) April 18, 2011 Heritage Days Meeting Minutes
                c.) Assessing Report
                d.) Complaint Report
                e.)  DPW Report
                f.)  Peavy Road Flow Meter
                g.) Pump Station Readings
                h.) Treasurers Report
                 i.)  Zoning Report
                 j.)  Goodman Law Group Invoice
          3. Coon Lake SAD
          4. Elevated Storage Tank
          5. Booster Station
          6. TXT# 03-11 Accessory Structures (Preliminary Review)
          7. REU Letter
          8. Electrical Upgrade
    Correspondence/ Updates:
       Pending Litigation
       Medical Marijuana
       Livingston County Senior Nutrition Program
    Call to the Public


MAY 12, 2011

 MEMBERS PRESENT:               Bob Hanvey, Scott Lloyd, Les Andersen, Dan Lowe, Tammy Beal, and Travis Hodge

 MEMBERS ABSENT:                 Paula Wyckoff



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



The board members introduced themselves. 




Tammy Beal asked to have item #9—MTA Workman’s Comp, added to the agenda.  Les Andersen motioned to approve the agenda as amended.  Travis Hodge seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.


Tammy Beal motioned to approve the consent agenda.  Les Andersen seconded.  Roll call vote: Lowe, Lloyd, Beal, Hanvey, Andersen, Hodge—all yes.  Motion carried 6-0.


Bob Hanvey opened the public hearing on the roll for the Coon Lake aquatic weed management special assessment district. 

Jack Reynolds said he brought letters of protest to the April 14 meeting, and asked if they would count as “protests.”  Bob Hanvey said the purpose of this public hearing is to discuss the amounts, not procedures.  The letters previously submitted were for the previous public hearing.  Mr. Reynolds said approximately 24 people with the right to use Rurik Park will ultimately pay about $6,000 in special assessments for that one parcel (the park.)  Mr. Hanvey asked what Mr. Reynolds felt would be fair; Mr. Reynolds said 1/24 of 1 share. 

Mr. Hanvey said the forms to protest the assessment amount are available at the back of the room, and need to be filed with the clerk before the end of the public hearing.  This will preserve the right to go to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Rick Tait asked about the voting procedure; Mr. Hanvey said that is how the statute is written.

Katrina Walsh asked if the assessment would be on the summer or winter tax bill.  It will be on the winter bill.

A resident asked when the weed control will start?  Bob Dymond said the survey was done today, and they hope to start next week. Mr. Hanvey said that Lake Pro will send the invoice directly to the clerk.

The public hearing was closed at 7:47 pm.

Les Andersen motioned to adopt a resolution to approve the Coon Lake Aquatic Weed Management Special Assessment District roll as presented; letters of protest were received from John & Arlene Reynolds (4710-25-202-018), Tait Family Living Trust (4710-25-202-017), and Donald & Nancy Burgess (4710-25-202-050 and 4710-25-202-054).  Scott Lloyd seconded.  Roll call vote: Hodge, Hanvey, Lloyd, Beal, Andersen, Lowe—all yes.  Resolution passed 6-0.


Greg Tatara, the MHOG utility director, and Tesha Humphriss, the MHOG engineer, were present on behalf of this project, and made a presentation to the board.

Scott Lloyd asked if there could be more screening between the gate and Cole’s property.  He also asked if the access road could be moved a bit to avoid cutting down some cherry trees.  Ms. Humphriss said she didn’t think that would be a problem.

A resident asked the cost of the project and would there be an increase in taxes. The project will cost about $2 million and will be paid for by an increase on the water bill, not taxes.

Barry Mount asked what would have been done if the property had been developed. Bob Hanvey said the open space was available for utilities.

Lyle Dixon asked about the Best Western site, and suggested the township could generate revenue by locating a cell tower on top of the water tower.  Bob Hanvey said the Planning Commission is not in favor of placing a cell tower on top. 

Steve Williams asked if the Planning Commission would reconsider its position if the water tower were located along the highway.  Dan Lowe said there’s an old landfill at the Best Western property and it would not be suitable.

Lisa Pisha said the cost of the improvements should be passed on to the users who are creating the problem, and suggested that residents of Marion Township be given preferential pricing.  Bob Hanvey said the MHOG Master Operating Agreement wouldn’t allow that.  Holly Dubay said her mother was given free water service for life when she sold the township the property for the pump station.  Mr. Hanvey said that was part of the exchange.  He invited residents to attend the MHOG meeting on May 18 to voice their concerns.

William Patton asked what compensation the township will be given for the easement. Greg Tatara said $80,000 has been agreed upon.

Charlie Musson said the township looked at hooking into the Detroit water system, and residents should be happy with what they have.

Dan Lowe said the road specifications should be 21A limestone, not 4” of road gravel.  He also asked for clarification on the distance between hydrants on Peavy Road.

Dan Lowe motioned to approve the Special Use Permit for the MHOG water tower at Hometown Village of Marion.  Scott Lloyd seconded.  Roll call vote:  Lowe, Hanvey, Lloyd, Beal, Andersen, Hodge—all yes.  Motion carried 6-0.

Les Andersen motioned to approve the MHOG Elevated Water Tank site plan as presented, with amendments. Scott Lloyd seconded. Roll call vote: Beal, Lloyd, Hodge, Andersen, Lowe, Hanvey—all yes.  Motion carried 6-0.


Les Andersen motioned to approve the site plan for the MHOG Booster Pump Station.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Discussion:  Dan Lowe verified that MHOG will include additional trees. Tesha Humphriss said she was noting additional 5-10 trees on the site plan.  Roll call vote:  Hodge, Beal, Andersen, Lowe, Hanvey, Lloyd-all yes.  Motion carried 6-0.

Bob Hanvey said the easement will be between the county and MHOG and the township needs to rescind the easement between the township and the state.  Les Andersen motioned to adopt a resolution to release and terminate the easement for the tank site.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Roll call vote:  Lowe, Lloyd, Hodge, Andersen, Beal, Hanvey—all yes.  Resolution passed 6-0.


Scott Lloyd motioned to send TXT #03-11—Accessory Uses and Structures, to the Livingston County Planning Department for review.  Les Andersen seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.


Bob Hanvey updated the board members on this item.  A copy of the letter sent to the Livingston County Mental Health Authority director is included in the packet.


An estimate from Tri Star Electrical is included in the packet.  Les Andersen motioned to authorize the clerk to proceed with electrical upgrades.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Roll call vote:  Beal, Hanvey, Andersen, Hodge, Lloyd, Lowe—all yes.  Motion carried 6-0.


Tammy Beal passed out a proposal for the MTA Workers Compensation Self-Insurance Fund.  Travis Hodge motioned to approve the proposal for $1,909.60.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Roll call vote:  Hodge, Hanvey, Lloyd, Beal, Andersen, Lowe—all yes.  Motion carried 6-0.


Bob Hanvey said there’s no new information on pending litigation.

A free on-line seminar on medical marijuana is scheduled for May 18.

A letter is included in the packet from the Livingston County Senior Nutrition Program asking for support.

Tammy Beal said a Heritage Days meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 16 at 7 pm.




Travis Hodge motioned to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 6-0.