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            MARION TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES    

                      AGENDA AND DRAFT MINUTES

             Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Members Present/ Members Absent

Call to the Public

1.      Approval of Agenda  

2.   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 Aug. 23, 2007 Regular Meeting Minutes

b.)    Approval of September 5, 2007 Special Informational Minutes

c.)    Complaint Report

d.)    DPW Report

e.)    Treasurers Report

f.)     Zoning Report

3.  Rolling Thunder Presentation

4.  Water Connection Policy

      5. REU Start Up Fees (Renewal on What  % Has to be Prepaid)

      6. Preliminary Review of Marion Pines Court Private Road

      7. 3% Penalty on Winter 2007 Taxes (Resolution)

      8. Marion Township Roads

    1. Peavy & Sexton Repair Invoice
    2. Fall Dust Control

      9. Policy/Resolution to Authorize Electronic Transactions

     10. FEMA Ordinance

  Correspondence/ Updates

   Norton Road Bridge

For the Good of the Township

      Call to the Public

      Adjournment 

                         DRAFT MINUTES

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:               Bob Hanvey , Paula Wyckoff , Dave Hamann , Tammy Beal , Les Andersen, Travis Hodge, and Dan Lowe

MEMBERS ABSENT:                 None

OTHERS PRESENT:                  Phil Westmoreland , OHM

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CALL TO ORDER

Bob Hanvey called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  

PLEDGE TO FLAG

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT

The board members introduced themselves.   

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Debbie Mikula, 127 Jewett, Howell:  Ms. Mikula introduced herself as the new Director of the Parks & Recreation Authority, and said she will try to attend township meetings once a month.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Dave Hamann motioned to approve the agenda as presented.  Travis Hodge seconded.  Motion carried 7-0.

CONSENT AGENDA

Travis Hodge motioned to approve the consent agenda.  Paula Wyckoff seconded.  Motion carried 7-0.

ROLLING THUNDER PRESENTATION

Members from Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 from Hamburg presented the township with a POW/MIA flag.

WATER CONNECTION POLICY

Bob Hanvey said a variety of policies have been reviewed, but nothing is consistent.  He feels this needs more work and would like to table this item for more information.  Dan Lowe said he doesn’t feel the fee can be less than the original amount of $6,100.  Dave Hamann motioned to table this item.  Les Andersen seconded.  Motion carried 7-0.

REU START-UP FEES

Dan Lowe motioned to continue the current policy of allowing REUs to be paid in full when a land use permit is issued, until circumstances change.  Les Andersen seconded.  Motion carried 6-1.

PRELIMINARY REVIEW OF MARION PINES COURT PRIVATE ROAD

Mark Hiller from Livingston Engineering was present to ask for preliminary approval on this project.  Tammy Beal motioned to grant preliminary approval for the Marion Pines Court private road project.  Dan Lowe seconded.  Motion carried 7-0.

2007 WINTER TAXES 3% PENALTY

Paula Wyckoff motioned to adopt the following resolution:

Whereas, the Township of Marion, Livingston County, Michigan, is responsible for assessing ad valorem property taxes, collecting property tax levies, and handling review and appeal matters arising there from, and

Whereas, PA 206 of 1893, MCL 211.44(3), provides for imposition of a late penalty charge equal to 3% of the tax on All taxes paid after February 14 and before March 1, and

Whereas, it is the desire of this Township Board to encourage the timely payment of taxes,

Now, therefore, be it hereby resolved by the Township Board of Marion Township that this resolution shall apply to all winter property taxes levied in 2007.

Travis Hodge seconded.  Roll call vote:  Hamann, Lowe, Beal, Hanvey, Wyckoff , Andersen, Hodge—all yes.  Resolution passed 7-0.

TOWNSHIP ROADS

Dave Hamann motioned to approve payment of the Livingston County Road Commission invoice for $50,000.  Les Andersen seconded.  Roll call vote:  Wyckoff , Hodge, Hanvey, Hamann, Beal, Andersen, Lowe—all yes.  Motion carried 7-0.

Tammy Beal suggested a fourth application of dust control should only be done on the roads that need it the most.

POLICY/RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS

Les Andersen motioned to adopt a resolution approving the Marion Township Policy for Automated Clearing House (ACH) Arrangements and Electronic Transactions of Funds.  Dave Hamann seconded.  Roll call vote:  Hanvey, Lowe, Wyckoff , Beal, Hamann, Hodge, Andersen—all yes.  Resolution passed 7-0.

Tammy Beal motioned to adopt a resolution authorizing electronic transactions.  Les Andersen seconded.  Roll call vote:  Beal, Hanvey, Hodge, Andersen, Lowe, Wyckoff , Hamann—all yes.  Resolution passed 7-0.

FEMA ORDINANCE

Jack Lowe, 345 Woodcreek:  Mr. Lowe said he attended a FEMA presentation at the Drain Commission meeting.    Marion Township is in three watersheds and is essentially the high point in Michigan .  He doesn’t feel that the township should participate with FEMA.

After discussion, Dave Hamann motioned to table this item until the board’s first meeting in October.  Paula Wyckoff seconded.  Motion carried 7-0.

CORRESPONDENCE/UPDATES

Norton Road Bridge :  Dan Lowe gave an update and said the new deadline to complete the work is December 13.

Bob Hanvey said the Chestnut case was dismissed by the judge, and the plaintiff has 12 days left to appeal.

Darakjian:  Bob Hanvey said he has had more discussions with Darakjian’s bank appraisers.

Bob Hanvey said the assessor has recommended a reappraisal for the entire township.  Preliminary numbers indicate a large percentage of inaccuracies.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP

AT&T has approached the township about providing cable service.  The first high school cross-country meet was held.  The first township flea market was held on September 8 and was very successful.  The dedication of the new high school was held on September 9.  Paula Wyckoff said the dedication of Marion Township Park #1 will be on Friday, September 21.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Mark Montagano, 3386 Prescott:  Mr. Montagano asked the board to reconsider complaints #104-07, #105-07, and #112-07 that were filed with the township.  Mr. Hanvey said a response hasn’t been received from the attorney.

Les Andersen said he talked with Tim Johnson from the Road Commission, who said they have been asked to do traffic counts on Wright Road and possible some tree cutting.

Joanne Wreford, 2246 Ashbury:  Ms. Wreford asked what would be considered a reasonable amount of time for the attorney to respond.

ADJOURNMENT

Dave Hamann motioned to adjourn at 8:12 p.m.   Paula Wyckoff seconded.  Motion carried 7-0.