Meeting Minutes - September 12, 2016


Charlevoix Township Board

Minutes of Regular Meeting

September 12, 2016

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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 August 8, 2016, Board meeting were accepted.

The financial report was given by Treasurer Williams.


Fire Chief Dan Thorpe advised the Board that the fire department assists utility companies with problems such as downed power lines but is not authorized to bill the utility company for the services.  He requested that the Board establish the billing procedure.  After discussion, Witherspoon moved and Rajewski supported a motion to approve the process of having the Township bill utility companies for reimbursement for Township fire department manpower when required for public safety.  Motion carried unanimously with Christiansen abstaining.  (M-38-16)


The Board discussed rezoning the Bemis property, which had previously been reviewed by the Planning Commission, to eliminate the agricultural zoning.   After discussion, Rajewski moved and Williams supported a motion to approve the zoning change and change the appropriate color coding on the Township's zoning map.  Motion carried unanimously.  (M-39-16)


John Campbell presented the Board with the North Point Nature Preserve Invasive Species Study and indicated that Spotted Knapweed and Garlic Mustard are two of the top priorities of the invasive species found. Due to the risk of applying herbicides which would kill desired vegetation in the area, hand pulling is recommended and the Little Traverse Conservancy will arrange with public school teachers to establish a program.


Supervisor Center indicated that Laura Stebe had requested financial support from the Township for the Skatepark.  After discussion, Williams moved and Witherspoon supported a motion to provide a $500 donation to the Patsy Ramsay scholarship fund for the Skatepark.  Motion carried unanimously.  (M-40-16)


Rajewski moved and Christiansen supported a motion to allow the Clerk to pay bills presented and appropriated. Motion carried unanimously.   (M-41-16)


Supervisor Center informed the Board that the boat launch cement pads have been poured, St. Marys Cement has donated manpower and equipment for the installation, and the launch is expected to be operable by October 1, 2016.


Supervisor Center read a letter from Jim Jerkatis thanking the Township for the work done at the end of PaBeShan and Mercer.  Mr. Jerkatis also asked if the Township had any problem with a citizen group forming to help maintain the area, and he was encouraged to do so.


Rajewski announced that there will be a Township Planning Commission on September 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.


The meeting adjourned at 7:33  p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Teresa A. Sotuyo,

Recording Secretary