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Elmira Township Minutes December 8, 2011


Elmira Township Minutes December 8, 2011





DECEMBER 8, 2011



            A regular meeting of the Elmira Township board was held on December 8, 2011 at the Elmira Township hall commencing at 6:00 p.m. with Supervisor, Diane Franckowiak calling the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.


            Board members present were Supervisor Diane Franckowiak, Clerk Susan Schaedig, Treasurer Diane Purgiel, Trustee Leonard Skop and Trustee Dale Holzschu.

Others present were Assessor, Debbie Dunham, Duane Hoffman, John Ernst, Paul Hartmann, Randy Stoltz, Kevin Makarewicz, Gloria Torello and John Arevalo.


            A recess was called at 6:01 p.m.


            Kevin Makarewicz of C2AE called the public hearing to order at 6:02 p.m. for the purpose of receiving public comments regarding the updated recreation plan specific to Elmira Township.


            In July, Elmira Township contacted the Otsego County Parks and Recreation Commission inquiring if the Township could specifically be included in the Otsego County Recreation Plan Update.  The Parks and Recreation Commission agreed and C2AE verified the same with the MDNR.  Including Elmira Township in the Otsego County Plan will allow the Township to submit Grant Applications for recreation projects on their own.


            The 95% Draft has been available for public review at the Otsego County Library and on the Township Web Site during the period of October 31, 2011 to November 30, 2011. 


            Makarewicz called for comments:

Two comments were received via e-mail and were entered into the record.  One of the meeting attendees asked if snowmobile trails have been included in the plan.  C2AE responded that they were.


            Makarewicz called for comments two more times and none was received.


            Makarewicz reviewed the remaining items to complete the Plan Update:

                        Parks & Recreation Commission Resolution December 12, 2011.

                        County Board of Commissioners Resolution December 13, 2011.

                        Submit the Plan to the MDNR by December 16, 2011.


            Diane Purgiel made a motion in the form of a resolution that the Elmira Township Board does approve, agree to the goals and hereby adopt the Otsego County Recreation Plan 2012-2016 as a guideline for improving recreation for the residents of the Elmira Township community.  Seconded by Leonard Skop and carried unanimously.


AYES:  Diane Franckowiak, Susan Schaedig, Diane Purgiel, Leonard Skop, Dale Holzschu


NAYES:  None




            The Public Hearing was closed at 6:10 p.m..


            Meeting called back to order at 6:10 p.m..



            Debbie reported that Ag is at 49.78% with no change, commercial at 52.4% with no sales.  Residential is 51.86% which is about 3.75% - 4% decrease.


            These figures are based on appraisal studies since there have been no sales.


            There will be four or five changes at the December 13, 2011 Board of Revue.



            PC chairperson, Duane Hoffman reported that he had met with Warner Township asking for a resolution of support for improvements to the Elmira Township Park.


            Duane also explained the Mixed Use Zoning in Elmira Township and invited the board to attend the meeting on January 24, 2012.



            5093    Susan Schaedig, Clerk’s wages                                                     1,066.91

            5094    Ron Geiger, Ordinance Officer, Liquor Inspector wages                239.51

            5095    Paul Hartmann, PC                                                                           110.00

            5096    Leonard Skop, Trustee wages                                                           125.08

            5097    John Middleton, PC                                                                          110.00

            5098    James Theisen, PC                                                                            110.00

            5099    Gloria Torello, PC                                                                             130.00

            5100    Duane Hoffman, PC                                                                         110.00

            5101    Diane Purgiel, Treasurer’s wages                                                   1,391.66

            5102    Diane Franckowiak, Supervisor’s wages                                       1,308.16

            5103    Dale Holzschu, Trustee wages                                                          125.08

            5104    Calvin Thomas, hall cleaning                                                150.00

            5105    Waste Management                                                                            74.62

            5106    Diane Franckowiak, reimb assessing license,internet,phone             175.00

            5107    Diane Purgiel, reimb mileage, phone, internet                                  121.84

            5108    Ron Geiger, reimb mileage                                                                 33.15

            5109    Gloria Torello, reimb use of computer 9 months                              225.00

            5110    D & D Assessing                                                                           1,700.00

            5111    Great Lakes Energy                                                                            12.22

            5112    Dunn’s Business Solutions, wax for floors                                         86.09

            5113    D & H Excavating, plowing                                                               45.00

            5114    Apex Software                                                                                  215.00

            5115    Family Heating & Cooling, tune up furnace, safety inspection       103.90

            5116    Northern Michigan Review, Inc.                                                        41.25

            5117    M.C. Planning & Design                                                                1,184.72

            5118    Michigan Townships Association, BOR class                                  237.00

            5119    Safechecks, tax checks                                                                     248.03

            5120    Centurylink                                                                                         41.31

            5121    Great Lakes Energy                                                                          249.08

            5122    Susan Schaedig, reimb phone & internet                                            29.99

            5123    GBS,   election supplies                                                                    116.93

            5124    Susan Schaedig, reimb  Intuit Payroll                                               276.50

             31       EFTPS, payroll taxes Dec 2011                                                        491.30

            5125    State of Michigan, taxes Oct, Nov, Dec                                           624.27



            Leonard made a motion to pay the bills.  Seconded by Dale and carried unanimously.



            CD’s  107,398.04   95,000.00  65,444.47  64,425.27

MBank Savings  15,103.26   5/3 Savings  117,740.05  Gen Fund  20,050.90

TOTAL  485,161.99


Tax Acct 2786  4,523.42,  2787  1,058.93 Northwestern

Citizens  Tax Savings 9017  61,352.09  Tax Checking  6086  5,000.00  Total 71,934.44


            Diane reported that tax payments can now be made at Citizens Bank at no charge.



            Family Heating and Cooling has checked the boiler in the township hall and stated that it is operating at 50% efficiency.  They are going to give an estimate for replacement.  Sue will contact another contractor for a bid also.



            Sue made a motion to appoint Dale Holzschu as a township representative to the Elmira Township Planning Commission for one year.  Seconded by Diane Franckowiak and carried unanimously.


            There being no further business to come before the board, Diane P made a motion to adjourn.  Seconded by Leonard and carried unanimously.  Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m..



Susan Schaedig, Clerk


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