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July 2013 minutes


July 2013 minutes





JULY 11, 2013



            A regular meeting of the township board was held on July 11, 2013 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.


            Members present were Supervisor, Diane Franckowiak, Treasurer, Diane Purgiel and Trustees, Leonard Skop and Dale Holzschu.  Clerk, Sue Schaedig was excused.  Others present were Amanda and Larry of CA2E, Tom Deans, OCRC, Commissioner, Bruce Brown, Ron Sneller and Joe and of Wolverine Power Cooperative, Ordinance Officer, Ron Geiger, Vern Snyder and Dave Johanningsmeir.


            Leonard made a motion to accept the June, 2013 minutes as presented.  Seconded by Dale and carried.



            Vern Schneider asked the board if Theisen Road could be upgraded to a tar & chip road or possibly placing a No Thru Truck sign on the road. 


            Diane P made a motion to petition the Road Commission to post a No Thru Trucks sign on Theisen Road from Hallock Road west to Camp 10 Road.  Seconded by Dale and carried.


            Bruce Brown gave an update on the Homeless Shelter issue and stated that the County Commissioners are going to reconsider placing the millage request on the ballot for the Friendship Shelter.  The  meeting will be held on July 23rd at 9:30 a.m. for public comment.




            Ron Sneller of Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. stated that he is requesting the renewal of the pre-existing 30 year franchise granted by Elmira Township to Wolverine’s predecessor, Northern Michigan Electric Cooperative, Inc. dated April 8, 1982.


            Ron presented a Revocable Electric Service Franchise Ordinance.  Diane P made a motion to grant to Wolverine, its successors and assigns, a franchise giving Wolverine the right, power, and authority for a period of thirty(30) years to use and occupy the highways, streets, alleys, and other public places in Elmira Township to set poles, string wires, and to operate and maintain the same, and the right to transact a wholesale electric business, subject to such reasonable regulations as the Board may prescribe for the transmission of electricity.


The grant of the franchise shall be revocable by the Township Board as provided by law.

Seconded by Leonard.  Motion carried.  Ordinance 1-2013 passed.


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

NAYES:  None

ABSENT:  Susan Schaedig


            Dale made a motion to contribute $100.00 to the Historical Society.  Seconded by Leonard and carried.



            Ron reported that he had not received a response from Mr. Delaney so he will proceed with issuing a citation.  Ron has spoken to the township attorney and will get all the information together before proceeding further after issuance of the citation.



            Dale stated that Mary Campbell provided updates to Chapter 8 of the draft master plan.  The draft master plan will be ready for a public forum on July 22, 2013 for public input.  Mary will include the Survey results in the draft and final Master Plan document.


            Duane received a response from Toni Esson on the Park Play structure.  Toni and John Ernst will meet in the next few weeks and will then provide information to Duane.



            Debbie stated that she and Diane F will be going out and doing some inspections.  They are hoping to upgrade the pictures for residential class this year and transfer the sketches to the computer.


            She is not anticipating increases on property values and therefore hopes to see them stay stable.


            The State Tax Commission has not issued a directive on how the new law concerning personal property is going to be implemented.



            10248  Ron Geiger, Ordinance Officer, Liquor Inspector wages                 235.94

            10249  Susan Schaedig, clerk’s salary                                                        1,059.91

            10250  Paul Hartmann, PC mtg June                                                             110.00

            10251  Leonard Skop, trustee salary                                                             128.83

            10252  John Middleton, PC mtg, June                                                          110.00

            10253  James Theisen, PC mtg, June                                                             110.00

            10254  Gloria Torello, PC mtg, June                                                             130.00

            10255  Duane Hoffman, PC mtg, June                                                         110.00

            10256  Diane Purgiel, treasurer’s salary                                                      1,533.49

            10257  Diane Franckowiak, supervisor’s salary                                          1,623.66

            10258  Dale Holzschu, trustee salary, PC mtg, June                                     238.83

            10259  Calvin Thomas, hall cleaning-June                                                      75.00

            10260  Diane Purgiel, reimb phone-internet, mileage                        120.02

            10261  Susan Schaedig, reimb internet-phone, plants-hall                             50.12

            10262  Diane Franckowiak, reimb internet-phone, use of computer              50.00

            10263  D & D Assessing                                                                            1,700.00

            10264  Spartan Sewer & Septic                                                                      85.00

            10265  Waste Management                                                                             91.64

            10266  United States Postal Service, tax bills postage                                  586.04

            10267  Michigan Township’s Association, 2 classes reg, Diane P                178.00

            10268  Alpine Web, quarterly website hosting                                              105.00

            10269  Dan Smith CPA, audit review & F65                                             2,050.00

            10270  Mark Rygwelski, June mowings                                                        530.00

            10271  M.C. Planning & Design, master plan update                                   646.76

            10272  Otsego County Road Commission, Mt Jack engineering             10,312.50

            10273  CenturyLink                                                                                        44.96

            10274  Great Lakes Energy                                                                           493.14

            10275  Mid North Printing, env, business cards, stationery                          511.15

            10276  Otsego County Historical Society                                                     100.00

            10277  Otsego County Treasurer, chargebacks                                               44.09

            E-Pay July, 2013 payroll taxes                                                                     560.94



            Leonard made a motion to pay the bills.  Seconded by Diane P and carried.



            Diane P reported that she has received several tax payments and she will do the flyers for the Clean-Up Day scheduled for September 21, 2013. 


M Bank CD  99,031.79  M Bank SVGS  81,757.77   

NWST CD  109,758.86       

First Federal ICS    200,347.37       Gen Fund Ckg  63,377.50    TOTAL  554,273.29


Tax Savings  125,861.72   Tax Checking  6,008.45  TOTAL  131,870.17






            Tom Deans, OCRC and Larry, C2AE gave an update on the Mt. Jack Road project.  MDOT will inspect the grade sometime during the week of July 15th. 



            Tom inquired about putting in curbing on the south end of the project.  The board will discuss it at a later date.  He also asked if the board would consider changing the profile just south of  Skop Road which would be an additional cost of $7000.00 to $10,000 for the township.


            Leonard made a motion to change the profile of the hill south of Skop Road for an additional cost of approximately $10,000.00 and $2,400.00 for further engineering.  Seconded by Dale and carried.


            There being no further business to come before the board Leonard made a motion to adjourn.  Seconded by Diane P and carried.  Meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m..


Diane Franckowiak/Susan Schaedig





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