Meeting Minutes - April 19, 2017 

Call to Order


  • Dan Ulrich called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Charlevoix Township Hall; other members present:  Ron Fratrick,  Abbie Hart, Nancy Rajewski, Josh Glass.  Also present: Scott Boss, Mr. & Mrs. John Szczepanski.  The Pledge of Allegiance was given.
  • Minutes of March 15, 2017, were discussed.  Hart moved that the minutes be approved, Rajewski seconded.  A vote was taken and the motion carried unanimously.
  • The Board welcomed Josh Glass as the new member, replacing Bruce Beaudoin.


New Business


  • Mr. Szczepanski informed the PC that he would like to add on to his existing building at 06479 M-66 North. The property is zoned commercial, and he would like to expand his building to create better access by semi-trucks and create additional floor space for his assembly operation, which will also add jobs. The proposed addition would set back 15 feet from the back lot line and 24 feet from a side lot line, so he inquired about being granted a variance since the current ordinance requires 25 feet setback from both side and back lot lines. He pointed out that his operation does not generate any external noise and that there is already a privacy fence erected in back by the neighboring Charlevoix Estates.
  • The PC explained to Mr. Szczepanski that a formal site plan needs to be submitted, which the PC would have to deny due to the setback requirements.  He could then go to the Zoning Board of Appeals to request the variance and a public hearing would be held.
  • Scott Boss informed the PC that he recently purchased property on US-31 (next to the motel being renovated by Dean Spenceley), and he would like permission to remove four trees from the highway frontage so that his sign will be more visible.  Mr. Boss sells landscape products, and he would like to move the trees to another location on the property and  eventually replace them by building a decorative limestone fence and raised garden at the front of the property. Hart excused herself from the discussion due to her own prior, similar, request to the Township.
  • The PC reminded Mr. Boss that he needs to obtain a sign permit from the Zoning Administrator.  He was also informed that the PC does not have the authority to allow him to move the trees and that he will have to ask the Township Board for that permission.




  • Rajewski informed the PC that she had been contacted by a company inquiring about installing a solar farm in the township.  Glass indicated that he had determined online that this company was reaching out to municipalities across the state, and the PC members discussed the issue of adding an ordinance related to solar farms.  Ulrich stated that he had contacted Larry Sullivan, who may attend the next PC meeting to offer further information and possible language for an ordinance.  The PC discussed adding it to Special Land Uses.  Rajewski may also contact Peter Manthei to arrange a tour of Manthei's recent installation of solar equipment in Norwood Township.



Next Meeting

  • Next meeting tentatively scheduled for May 17, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,

Teresa A. Sotuyo

Recording Secretary