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                                 MARION TOWNSHIP

                      PROPOSED AGENDA                 

                                     BOARD OF TRUSTEES

                                        REGULAR MEETING

                     August 11, 2005  @ 7:30 pm

 

Call to Order

Pledge to the Flag

Members Present/ Members Absent

Call to the Public

Approval of Agenda

Approval of July 28, 2005 Regular Board Minutes  

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 July 28, 2005 minutes

c.)    Treasurer's Report  

d.) Approval of 8-10-2005 Special Meeting Minutes

e.)    DPW Report

f.) Zoning Administrator's Report

g.)    July Planning Commission Report                  

2. Radick Show Cause

3. Marion Township Roads

4. Norton Road Manhole Cover

5. REU’s for the High School

6. Peavy Force Main

7. Water and Sewer Bonds

8. Merlyn Geer Show Cause Hearing update

9. OHM Inspection Procedures

Parks & Recreation Report

ZBA Report

For the Good of the Township

Call to the Public

Adjournment

                                      REGULAR MEETING - DRAFT MINUTES

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

MEMBERS ABSENT:                 Dan Lowe

OTHERS PRESENT:                  Phil Westmoreland, OHM, Township Engineer                                       

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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.  Dan Lowe was absent.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

None.

CONSENT AGENDA

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the consent agenda items.  Tammy Beal seconded.  

Motion carried 4-0.

WATER AND SEWER BONDS

Peter Ecklund from Axe & Ecklund, the township’s bond counsel, was present to ask that the board

 consider a refunding bond resolution; the information is included in the packets.  He would like to 

set the bond sale for September 8, so the board can approve at it’s meeting that evening.  

Bob Hanvey asked about the bond rating fee; Mr. Ecklund said the rating is good for approximately

one year. Sue Lingle asked about the escrow account.  Mr. Ecklund said this is being done directly

with Marion Township , not with Livingston County .  Mr. Ecklund is providing the county treasurer

with updates. 

Dave Hamann made a resolution to approve the Refunding Bond Resolution proposed by 

Axe & Ecklund.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Roll call vote:  Sue Lingle, Bob Hanvey , Dave Hamann ,

Tammy Beal—all yes.  Resolution passed 4-0.

Sue Lingle made a resolution to approve the Resolution Approving the Undertaking to Provide 

Continuing Disclosure by the Township of Marion presented by Axe & Ecklund.  Dave Hamann  

seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dave Hamann , Tammy Beal, Sue Lingle, Bob Hanvey —all yes. 

Resolution passed 4-0.

RADICK SHOW CAUSE

Bob Hanvey reported on the site visit he made with the zoning administrator.  The zoning 

administrator’s report is included in the packet.

TOWNSHIP ROADS

Dave Hamann motioned to authorize the clerk and supervisor to sign a contract with the Livingston

County Road Commission (LCRC) per the Road Improvement Contract, dated August 9, 2005 .  

Sue Lingle seconded.  Roll call vote:  Bob Hanvey , Tammy Beal, Sue Lingle, Dave Hamann —all yes. 

Motion carried 4-0.

NORTON ROAD MANHOLE COVERS

Phil Westmoreland said he when he contacted MHOG to flag this project, he was informed that MDOT 

would be making the necessary repairs in September.

HIGH SCHOOL REUs

Bob Hanvey said attorneys for both parties have reviewed the agreement and are satisfied. 

Dave Hamann made a resolution to approve the Sanitary Sewer and Water Connection Agreement as

written.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Roll call vote: Tammy Beal, Dave Hamann , Bob Hanvey , Sue Lingle—

all yes.  Resolution passed 4-0.

PEAVY FORCE MAIN

Phil Westmoreland said he would have the plans at next month’s meeting.

GEER SHOW CAUSE UPDATE

The zoning administrator provided a written summary in the packets.  Sue Lingle asked if the zoning administrator had 

been able to schedule an appointment for a site visit.  Bob Hanvey said no.  Ms. Lingle suggested the board should wait 

until the 90-day time limit originally set has passed.  Sue Lingle motioned to postpone this item for 30 days. 

Dave Hamann seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

OHM INSPECTION PROCEDURES

Discussion was held regarding the inspection procedures.  Charlie Musson asked why this would be done in a subdivision.

Phil Westmoreland said it’s only done when there are public-type improvements involved.  If it’s in an existing subdivision 

with roads that are already there, there’s nothing to do.  Also, if land splits are being done on a road that’s already in, 

there’s nothing to do.  When there’s water, sanitary, storm or private roads, then inspections are done. 

Sue Lingle made a resolution to incorporate the OHM Inspection Procedures, dated June 3, 2005 , as part of the township’s

engineering standards.  Tammy Beal seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dave Hamann , Tammy Beal, Bob Hanvey , Sue Lingle—

all yes.  Resolution passed 4-0.

BOOK EXCHANGE

Sue Lingle provided the board members with a suggested policy and procedures for the township’s book exchange for their

review and discussion at the next meeting.

PARKS & RECREATION REPORT

Sue Lingle provided a written report in the packet.  She also added that the Parks & Rec committee is asking the city

council to recommend that no feeding of wildlife be posted at the boat launch in the city park, and to recommend that cars 

without boat trailers are not to park in the launch area.

ZBA REPORT

Bob Hanvey reported in Dan Lowe’s absence.  The ZBA met on August 1, 2005 and granted a variance for a 

side-yard setback.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

Charlie Musson, 333 Triangle Lake Road :  Mr. Musson said the zoning ordinance mentions protecting the health,

safety and welfare of the residents of Marion Township .  He asked if the township is enforcing that.  Ms. Lingle said 

as best we can.  Mr. Musson said it was his understanding that Verizon would like to have a cell tower in this area 

and that the township has told them they would never get another tower in this area.  Mr. Hanvey said Verizon wants

to co-locate in the existing tower.  Mr. Musson said he was told by Verizon that the township said no.  Mr. Hanvey 

said the information Mr. Musson has is different than the information the township has and he will verify on Monday. 

Bob Hanvey said the 425 agreement to move the Darakjian and Highland-Howell property to the city is done, with a

July 27 effective date.  Mr. Hanvey said he recommends that the zoning map not be published until the new information

 is incorporated.  Dave Hamann said the township is left with no zoning for manufactured homes or light industrial 

zoning.  He asked if the board wants to have the Master Plan readdressed to provide those.  Mr. Hanvey said there is

some resistance to that.   

Allison Bauer, 5757 Lange Road :  Mrs. Bauer expressed concern that this might leave the township open to a 

developer wanting to put manufactured housing anywhere in the township, and feels the Master Plan should be 

addressed.  Mrs. Bauer said there are laws that require townships to designate land.  Mr. Hanvey said the law is 

stated on a regional basis, and the definition of “region” is not clear.  There are manufactured home facilities close to 

Marion Township that are not filled.  Mr. Musson said he’s concerned about a developer wanting to do subsidized

 housing.

Mrs. Bauer also expressed her desire to have speed limits posted and reduced to 45 mph on dirt roads.  She’s talked

with the LCRC; she’s talked with Chris Ward.  They both said the township does have a say.  She said cars travel 80 

mph on her road and it’s a bus route.  There’s too much growth to have traffic going that fast. 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

None.

ADJOURNMENT

Sue Lingle motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:57 p.m.   Tammy Beal seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.