Alcona Township Synopsis
Alcona Township’s June board meeting was called to order with a pledge to the flag. Roll call was taken. Present: MacNeill, LaLonde, Gauthier, Bouchard and Mead. Motions to approve bills as presented, to approve the minutes from the previous meeting, and to approve financial report. All motions passed. This synopsis published prior to board approval.
Dawn LaLonde, Clerk
Caledonia Township Synopsis
The Caledonia Township Board met July 10. Motions to: approve the agenda; June 12 minutes; June 24 special minutes; pay bills; place treasurer's report on file; remove some trees in cemetery; purchase leaf blower; sign regulation; opt out on marijuana prohibition; appointed Farrar as the vets representative for the cemetery; and adopt the updated cemetery guidelines.
Motion to adjourn at 9 p.m. Next township meeting is August 14 at 7 p.m. at the township hall. This synopsis published prior to board approval.
Caledonia Township Clerk
Harrisville Township Minutes
The Harrisville Township monthly board meeting was held July 9 at 7 p.m. at the township hall. The full board and one guest opened the meeting with the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Zoning administrator had six land user permits issued and one inspection.
Harvey/Johnston: Approve the clerk’s last month minutes. Motion carried. Treasurer’s report given and reconciled with the clerk’s office. The board discussed at length ongoing concerns and happenings in the township.
Healy/Johnston: Pay the bills. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Roger D. Jamieson,
Published prior to board approval.
Greenbush Township Minutes
Greenbush Township Supervisor C. Lee Major called meeting to order at 7 p.m. on July 9 at the Greenbush Township Hall. Two guests were present; all joined in the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Roll call was taken. Present: Supervisor Major, clerk Dave Dailey, treasurer Pat Dailey, and trustee Mark Parent. Absent: Trustee Sheila Scott.
Agenda: change June to July, remove zoning administrator name. Motion D. Dailey/Major: To approve the agenda as amended. All ayes, motion carried. Jesse Campbell from the Alcona Road Commission arrived. Motion P. Dailey/Parent: To approve the minutes as written. All ayes, motion carried.
Public comments: Resident from Timberlakes Boulevard asked if the board could check into a camper that has been parked on Birchcrest between Timberlakes Boulevard north and south for a few weeks with people living in it.
Resident of Coville Road wanted to know when monies will be available for work on Coville Road. Jesse Campbell explained what can be done to Coville Road where the resident expressed concern and more explanation on South Poor Farm Road. Much discussion, will put proposals together and get them to the board.
Financial Report given by treasurer P. Dailey: $157,045.62 general fund; $191,500.98 road fund; $90,514.91 fire fund; $43,299.92 Prince Drive; $482.39 Kowalski Memorial Fund; CD balances were handed out to the board; revenues reported; tax bills have gone out. Motion D. Dailey/Parent: To approve the financial report and place on file for audit. All ayes, motion carried.
Presentation of bills and budget: Payroll check numbers 17966-18018 -- $6,906.21; bills check numbers 18000-18017 -- $13,324.66, plus E255- E262 checks $2,190.22, totaling $15,514.88. Motion treasurer P. Dailey/Major Parent: To approve the bills as presented. All ayes, motion carried.
Miscellaneous Reports: Planning Commission – no meeting in July due to the holiday. Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport Authority – Governor signed for the Michigan Launch Initiative and Oscoda is still being looked at for the site.
County commissioner – was given to board members; treasurer P. Dailey reported Alcona County Fair is August 20-24, Michigan Forgotten Eagle’s traveling north August 8 between noon and 12:15 p.m.
Constable – all compliant. Fire Chief – absent. Bill Beatty reported they will be in Mikado Days parade and will talk to Chief Franks about escorting the Forgotten Eagles. Zoning and ordinance administrator – no administrator. Check for permit was given to the treasurer. Hall Rental – June through September rentals were dispersed and reviewed. Assessor – tax bills have gone out, phone calls have been coming in and July Board of Review needs posted.
GRAC – still working on security enhancements, thinking of wood chips on the trail or seeding it because it is getting muddy, garbage can has been stolen from Cedar Lake Park, would like to seed where the vault is buried in front of the hall. Motion D. Dailey/Major: To allow GRAC to get top soil for the area where the time capsule vault is buried. All ayes, motion carried. Supervisor Major stated he thinks seeding may be included in the contract with the forester; clerk D. Dailey will check.
Correspondence – clerk D. Dailey received a check and a request for a zoning board of appeals meeting, will turn paperwork into zoning board of appeals chair. Treasurer P. Dailey signed up for MTA meeting; trustee Parent met with District Health Department No. 2 and no violations were found at the hall.
Pending business – fence at 3928 East Cedar Lake Drive - pending attorney recommendations. Zoning and ordinance administrator met with one person, two others are not interested anymore, one new.
ACCOA not paying for unused reserved days – trustee Parent talked to attorney and was advised to invoke 60 day clause and then try to reestablish a new contract once this is done – some discussion. Motion D. Dailey/Parent: To invoke 60 day termination to renegotiate the contract with. All ayes, motion carried. New business, none; public comments, none. Meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.
David W. Dailey,
Greenbush Township Clerk
Note: Published prior to board approval. Next regular scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Greenbush Township Hall.
City of Harrsiville Minutes
The regular meeting of the Harrisville City Council was held on July 8 at the city office. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by mayor Gehring and the “Pledge of Allegiance” was said.
Present: Mayor Gehring, treasurer Keerl, clerk Pierce, and council members: Peterson, Kaiser, Ferguson, Luenberger, and Thomas, and guests. Absent: Attorney Cook. Motion by Luenberger, support by Thomas to approve the minutes, as amended, of June 10, 2019. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Thomas, support by Ferguson to pay the bills in the amount of $18,078.72. Motion carried: 5-0.
In correspondence, Mayor Gehring recommended to council approval of the request by Kristi Miller to hold a 5K walk/run for the Alcona Volleyball program in Harrisville on August 17, supplying the city with all proper documentation and insurance needed for the run. Motion by Luenberger, support by Peterson for Kristi Miller to hold a 5K walk/run for the Alcona volleyball program on August 17 at 9 a.m. Motion carried: 5-0.
Mayor Gehring informed council that the city has added three new sites to the knotweed treatment area in the city which would be an additional cost of $100 per site, which abuts private residence property. Mayor Gehring recommended to council the approval of the additional $300 site fee as part of the knotweed agreement with Huron Pines. This area also abuts city property at the maintenance garage area. Motion by Luenberger, support by Thomas to approve additional fee of $300 to be added to the Huron Pines three-year agreement for treatment of Japanese knotweed. Motion carried: 5-0.
Comments received about Fourth of July weekend were all positive and everyone appreciates all the hard work the volunteers put forth to make a very successful celebration. The fireworks were spectacular. A very special “thank you” to the Alcona Chamber of Commerce for another successful Children’s Parade. This was the 43th Annual Children’s Parade with many colorful and exciting participants, and to the city maintenance workers for the care and up keep of Main Street. Everything looked great.
Treasurer Keerl presented the audit information for the yearly December 31, 2018 budget. Adjustments will be made and the audit corrections are being addressed. Mayor Gehring informed council of the letter of interest from David Reigle to become a member of the city tree board. David has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and is a qualified forester. With David’s addition to the city’s Tree Board, the city can apply to become a “Tree City.” Motion by Luenberger, support by Peterson to approve the appointment of David Reigle to the city tree board. Motion carried: 5-0
Mayor Gehring updated council as to the progress on the playground project. The city has contracted with OHM Engineering/Vanessa Warren, design consultant, to drive the completion of this project. Mayor Gehring asked council’s approval for him to work with the engineering firm to make any changes, if needed, to the plan. Motion by Ferguson, support by Kaiser for approval for mayor Gehring to work with the engineering firm on the playground plans. Motion carried: 5-0.
Mayor Gehring addressed the resignation letter of Thomas Keerl as city treasurer. Discussion. Motion by Thomas, support by Luenberger, to accept, with deep regret, the resignation of Tom Keerl as city treasurer. Thank you for your 18 years of service to the city. Motion carried: 5-0. Motion by Luenberger, support by Thomas for clerk to advertise for the vacancy. Motion carried: 5-0.
Mayor Gehring advised council of the contract stipulations which were addressed when maintenance worker Keerl signed this year’s contract. It stated upon successful completion of three water/sewer certifications Keerl’s wages would be increased to $15 per hour. Keerl has successfully completed all three certification requirements. Mayor Gehring recommended to council approval of a wage increase for Keerl of $15 per hour. Motion by Ferguson, support by Luenberger to advance Keerl's wages to $15 per hour beginning the next scheduled payroll which is Friday, July 12. Motion carried: 5-0.
Reports: Mayor Gehring addressed a citizen’s concern about the overflow of trash receptacles at the harbor. The DPW will increase their pick up at the harbor of the existing receptacles. Clerk Pierce reported there will be a Tax Board of Review meeting on Tuesday, July 16 at 9 a.m. The first summer concert will take place this Wednesday at the harbor beginning at 7 p.m.
Treasurer Keerl stated that the quarterly water bills have been mailed along with the summer tax bills. The last date for payment of taxes is September 16. Planning commission: Planning Commission meeting scheduled for July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Fire Department reported there were three fire calls and 25 medical calls for the month of June.
Airport Assistant Manager Colleen Higgins reported that aerial pictures were taken of the north and south ends of the runway to mark trees for removal. Manager Higgins is still waiting to confirm tree removal with adjacent property owners.
Comment cards: Jackie Trimmer thanked the city DPW for taking on the watering of the flower pots on Main Street.
Council last comments: Alderman Ferguson addressed several lawns that need to be cut and the condition of a property which is becoming derelict. Kaiser moved to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.
Next city council meeting: August 12 at 7 p.m. at city hall. Published prior to council approval.