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                    MARION TOWNSHIP 

           BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

            DRAFT MINUTES

         

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Bob Hanvey, Sue Lingle, Dan Lowe, Myrna Schlittler, and Dave Hamann

MEMBERS ABSENT:                      None

CALL TO ORDER

Bob Hanvey called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Bob Hanvey asked to have the agenda reflect two invoices from Clark Hill instead of one. In addition, pay request #2 was received

 via Tetra Tech for the Georgetown booster pump, and an invoice for the City of Howell for the design on the building and the filter.

Myrna Schlittler motioned to approve the agenda as amended.  Dan Lowe seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS  

Invoices

The July Clark Hill invoice (for work done in June) is $17,817.22, and the August invoice (for work done in July) is $18,700.50.

The Board discussed the work being done by Clark Hill on behalf of the township. 

Sue Lingle motioned to approve the two Clark Hill invoices.  Myrna Schlittler seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dave Hamann, Sue Lingle, 

Bob Hanvey, Myrna Schlittler, Dan Lowe—all yes.  Motion carried 5-0.

Bob Hanvey presented invoices from the City of Howell for design work on the accessory building for $4,898 and design work on 

the filtration system for $21,221.49.  The Board reviewed details on the first set of bids.  Mr. Hanvey said he would obtain 

additional information from Terry Wilson. 

Dan Lowe motioned to table for additional information.  Myrna Schlittler seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

The Board questioned the amount being charged for design of the pole barn.  Dan Lowe motioned to table for more information.  

Myrna Schlittler seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

Howell City Loop Road

The loop road will cost approximately $4 million and the city’s part of the project is only about 7 acres. The city would like to renegotiate

 the 425 agreement that would allow a change in the way the Schonsheck/Darakjian might be handled so the property on the north of the

road could become part of the city for a limited time to allow the road to be paid for.  This would allow the township to use the money 

captured from the taxes to pay for putting the pipes in from the Howell sewer plant to the Darakjian property and potentially under the 

railroad.  This resolution would indicate the township’s willingness to discuss the possibilities.  The first part of the resolution would 

indicate the township’s support of the concept of using the Tax Increment Financing Act under the LDFA to pay for the road. The second

part is to have the supervisor work with the city to work out the details. Myrna Schlittler asked if the township would receive any money 

from the taxes.  Bob Hanvey said that could be worked out.  Dan Lowe asked if the township attorney had reviewed the resolution. 

Sue Lingle said she hadn’t talked with the attorney, but she had discussed with the township accountant. Ms. Lingle indicated that she

 would like the word “negotiate” changed to “explore” in the resolution. Sue Lingle moved by resolution to explore designation of property

as part of City Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) District with the City of Howell.  Dave Hamann seconded.  

Roll call vote:  Dan Lowe, Myrna Schlittler, Bob Hanvey, Sue Lingle, Dave Hamann—all yes.  Resolution passed 5-0.

 Davis Construction Bill

This bill is for work done on the pump station, and is a progress payment for approximately $36,000.  Bob Hanvey indicated the 

transformer is active.  The only work remaining is to put asphalt on the driveway. Myrna Schlittler motioned to approve the pay request for 

Davis Construction for $36,363.96 for the Georgetown water booster station.  Sue Lingle seconded.  Roll call vote:  Dan Lowe, 

Dave Hamann, Sue Lingle, Myrna Schlittler, Bob Hanvey—all yes.  Motion carried 5-0.

Howell Area Recreation Authority 2003-2008 Strategic Plan

Sue Lingle said the township attorney has reviewed the resolution.  The strategic plan is the first step; next would be establishing bylaws 

and setting up the authority. Myrna Schlittler moved by resolution to approve the Parks & Recreation Authority Strategic Plan for 

2003-2008.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Sue Lingle pointed out a typographical error that needs to be changed in the resolution. 

Bob Hanvey if the authority will be created in a way that would let any one township have veto power. Sue Lingle said she thought that 

would be part of the bylaws, but she didn’t know.  Roll call vote:  Sue Lingle, Bob Hanvey, Myrna Schlittler, Dan Lowe, 

Dave Hamann—all yes.  Resolution passed 5-0.

Book Exchange

Sue Lingle expressed a desire to use the hall to encourage residents to come in.  The staff members share books amongst themselves 

and Ms. Lingle would like to see this expanded to include residents. This would be done on an informal basis.  Township staff won’t keep 

any records; it would be strictly an honor system.  The deputy clerk indicated she would be willing to organize the books.  Bob Hanvey 

asked if this could include videos.  Sue Lingle said she hadn’t considered it, but we could also have videos.  The Board members agreed

the book exchange would be a good idea.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

Dan Lowe asked for the status on Charter Communications.  Bob Hanvey said the township met with them last week. The main issue is 

the maintenance of the school portion and where the actual maintenance would be done.  They will supply us with two sets of software—

one at the township and one at the school. Bob Hanvey gave an update on the cell tower.  Michael Sivore from AT&T received the contract

back from the township attorney on July 27. Bob Hanvey talked with Bill Richardson, who indicated his attorney has the contract.  

The township is waiting to hear back from him. Myrna Schlittler referenced a memo from Tom Klebba regarding his work on the easement

agreements.  The Board agreed that Mr. Klebba should continue working to get copies of the remaining agreement. Bob Hanvey indicated 

the township has received a FOIA request from the law firm of Howard & Howard.  They are requesting 1) All agreements between the 

City of Howell and Marion Township to provide sanitary sewer service from the Howell wastewater treatment plant to Marion Township;

 2) Any documents reflecting the total capacity in gallons and Residential Equivalent Units (REUs) of the sanitary sewer service granted 

and/or allocated by the City of Howell to Marion Township; 3) Any documents reflecting the total number of REUs currently being utilized 

by Marion Township from the City of Howell sanitary sewage treatment plant; 4) Any documents reflecting the total number of REUs

allocated to a property owner in the Township which has not been accessed/tapped by such property owner; 5) All master plans and/or

future land use plans of the township since 1990.  Mr. Hanvey will discuss this request with the township attorney. Dave Hamann asked 

if Bob Hanvey had heard anything about Governor Granholm’s land use advisory committee.  Mr. Hanvey said information should be 

available on the internet sometime in the next day or so. 

ADJOURNMENT

Sue Lingle motioned to adjourn the meeting at 5:15 p.m.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.