Meeting Minutes - April 10, 2017 

Charlevoix Township Board

Minutes of Regular Meeting

April 10, 2017

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The Charlevoix Township Board meeting was called to order by Supervisor Center with Board Members Rajewski, Christiansen, Williams, and Witherspoon present. 

 

The minutes of the regular March 13, 2017, Board meeting were accepted as presented.

 

The financial report was given by Treasurer Williams.

 

Water Department Supervisor Holecheck reported on current well issues.

 

Fire Chief Dan Thorp reported regarding the status of several trucks and other equipment and possible uses and placement after the Township takes over the City Fire Department equipment.  He presented the cost of purchasing from E-One a demo truck and its equipment.  After discussion, Williams moved, with Rajewski seconding, a motion to purchase the truck at a cost of $241,447.  A vote was taken, with Ayes: Williams, Witherspoon, Center, and Rajewski.  Christiansen abstained.  The motion carried unanimously. (M-12-17)

 

Supervisor Center presented the Board with a contract with Charter Communications which potentially would include an additional 5% levied against Township subscribers, which Charter would pass on to the Township.   After discussion, the Board decided it would not add any extra costs to the Township residents, and the contract with Charter will be executed with 0% added.

 

The Board discussed a survey submitted by John Ferguson, Professional Surveyor, on behalf of Boulder Park LLC.  The property owner is asking for the Township's approval to reconfigure two lots (labeled 3 & 4 on attached survey) which would make the two lots more equal in size.  Mr. Ferguson informed the Board that the property owner would also be removing an existing deck on Lot 4, which would eliminate the current setback issue. After discussion, Christensen moved, with Witherspoon seconding, that the reconfiguration be approved.  The motion carried unanimously (M-13-17).

 

The Board discussed a survey submitted by John Ferguson, Professional Surveyor, on behalf of the William L. Martin Trust.  The property owner is asking for the Township's approval to reconfigure five lots (labeled A-E on attached survey) into four lots to eliminate the separate Parcel E, which had originally been for a drainfield. After discussion, Rajewski moved, with Christensen seconding, that the reconfiguration be approved.  The motion carried unanimously (M-14-17).

 

Supervisor Center presented the Board with the Township-City Fire Protection Contract and informed the Board that the City had approved the contract but with a modification to Paragraph 7.  After discussion, Williams moved, with Rajewski seconding, that the amended Paragraph 7 be approved and substituted for Paragraph 7 in the Contract as previously approved by the Township. The Motion carried unanimously.  (M-15-17)

 

The North by Nature contract for annual maintenance of the Southside Beautification areas was discussed, which is for up to a maximum cost of $2,000, as in the previous year's contract.  Witherspoon moved, with Rajewski seconding, that the contract be approved.  The motion carried unanimously.  (M-16-17)

 

 

Public comment was heard regarding the success and progress the Township Fire Department had made over the years since Oscar Stroud first created it.  The Board agreed that Mr. Stroud's vision, which began in 1974, warrants special recognition to Mr. Stroud and all of the department personnel who followed, including Chief Thorp and his current crew.

 

Williams moved and Rajewski supported a motion to allow the Clerk to pay bills presented and appropriated. Motion carried unanimously.   (M-17-17)

 

Rajewski reported that the Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2017.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa A. Sotuyo,

Recording Secretary