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                                   MARION TOWNSHIP 

               Draft Minutes  - Board of Trustees

                         July 29, 2003   


MEMBERS PRESENT:   Hanvey, Lingle, Lowe, Schlittler and Hamann

MEMBERS ABSENT:     None                                                                                     


Bob Hanvey called the meeting to order at 4:07 p.m.


Myrna Schlittler motioned to approve the agenda as presented.  Dave Hamann seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.


Tom and Kathleen Christian, 2525 Rubbins Drive, were present to continue discussion with the

township board concerning the neighbor’s disruptive dogs. They presented a videotape to support

their claims, which documented dates and times of the disturbances.  They also have documentation

showing nineteen 911 calls and six police reports.  Mr. Christian would like the township to implement

a dog ordinance with a monetary penalty.  The Christians have filed for a show cause hearing in

district court, to be held Wednesday, August 6 at 9:00 a.m. Dan Lowe has talked with the Livingston County

prosecutor’s office and was told they only enforce state laws.  Mr. Lowe is waiting for a return phone call

from Ann Burns of the Livingston County Animal Control, who is supposed to find out who the county

prosecutor is.  The Christians have talked with Ms. Burns and she has indicated that her office doesn’t have

staff on duty after 5:00 p.m. and, therefore, cannot substantiate the claims. Dan Lowe indicated he would

follow-up with the Christians once he’s talked with Ms. Burns from Animal Control. Bob Hanvey will

investigate whether the township could issue violations with a monetary penalty attached.


AT&T Lease

Bob Hanvey gave an update on the status of the cell tower lease.  Michael Sivore from AT&T indicated he

has the authority to substitute paragraphs in the lease document and has been working with the township to

modify the language.  Mr. Sivore also indicated he has obtained an address from the county for the tower. 

Building Expansion Contract

Bob Hanvey indicated that the builder, Bill Richardson, and the bank representative, Dennis Gehringer, have

had discussions and are working out the payment details (late fees) in the contract. 


MTA Legal Support Application  

Neil Goodman, the attorney representing the township in the Highland situation, suggested that the township

may want to contact MTA to see if they are interested in joining the Supreme Court case, which is going to

resolve the jurisdictional issues as to whether the complaint regarding breach of contract should be held in

the circuit court or the tax tribunal.  Sue Lingle said the brief needs to be done by the end of August and

times of the essence. Sue Lingle moved by resolution to pursue the jurisdictional portion of the case in

the Michigan Supreme Court.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dave Hamann, Sue Lingle, Bob Hanvey,

 Myrna Schlittler, Dan Lowe—all yes.  Resolution passed 5-0.  

Davis Construction Pay Request for Georgetown Pump

Bob Hanvey provided a copy of the first pay request. This document will be modified by adding a place for the

township to sign. Mr. Hanvey has visited the site several times and everything seems to be progressing. The concrete

 work is done, the hut is set, the pump is set on the pipes, the enclosure is on the ground, the transformer pad is done,

 the transformer is down, and the generator pad is poured, but there’s no generator yet.  Most of the mechanical

 work is done.  Dan Lowe suggested tabling this item until the generator arrives. Sue Lingle motioned to authorize

the county to pay $35,569.80 as payment for 40% completion of the Georgetown Water Booster Station.

Dave Hamann seconded. Roll call vote: Dan Lowe—no; Myrna Schlittler, Bob Hanvey, Sue Lingle,

Dave Hamann—yes. Motion carried 4-1.


Bob Hanvey said that SEMCOG has requested information from the assessor’s database.  He would like

authorization from the township board to provide them with the information requested. Sue Lingle pointed

out that SEMCOG doesn’t do anything for Livingston County. Sue Lingle motioned to authorize the

 supervisor to provide SEMCOG with database information.  Myrna Schlittler seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.  




Myrna Schlittler motioned to adjourn the meeting at 5:05 p.m.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.