JUNE 24, 2019
BENONA TOWNSHIP HALL
The regular meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM with all Board members present, except Van Overbeke, and eight visitors in attendance. Following the pledge to the flag, a motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to approve the agenda as submitted. All members-aye, motion CARRIED. The minutes of the May 28, 2019 Regular meeting were reviewed and a motion was made by Neuman and supported by Smith to approve the minutes as submitted. All members-aye, motion CARRIED.
Treasurer’s report: Neuman reported that she reviewed township financial standings, deposited all money received and entered income to QuickBooks. She worked with the Assessors on the tax data for the 2019 summer tax bills and sent the data to KCI. Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed out on June 27th. Address changes are ongoing. Delinquent Personal Property distribution money was mailed. A motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to authorize payment of the bills in the amount of $149,449.37, with the addition of any late arriving bills. Roll call vote: Smith-aye, Shaw-aye, Fleming-aye, Neuman-aye; motion CARRIED.
Clerk’s report: The minutes of the Regular meeting were completed by Deputy Zoller and the synopsis was published in the local paper. The minutes were posted on the website and copies sent to the Trustees. Late arriving and time-sensitive bills were prepared. The budget for May was completed and all accounts were reconciled. We are still experiencing a glitch due to the Oceana County MTA check that was reissued so Brickley DeLong was consulted. The agenda, Profit & Loss report, checks and checklist were prepared for the regular meeting. Shaw and Zoller attended a required training on the Electronic Poll Book. The lap top issued to Benona Township does not have enough USB ports so the County is handling that problem, as many of the laptops issued were insufficient.
Cemetery report: There were two burials, two monument placements, five transfers, and two burials scheduled for this summer.
Trustees’ report: Smith reported that he called the Road Commission about the condition of his road. More traffic is anticipated on that road as construction begins on Stony Creek Bridge on Shelby Road.
Fire Board report: Fleming reported that the new skid and the new computer have arrived.
Park report: They are finding it difficult to keep up with the mowing at the parks. New bark around the playground equipment is needed. The “Invasive Species” sign is ready to be installed.
Planning Commission report: Preliminary minutes for the June 23, 2019 meeting were submitted.
Supervisor’s report: Fleming reported that he assisted Rob and Ed on the maintenance and mowing. Rob Troughton will no longer be able to work, due to health issues. Fleming has mowed the Townhall grounds four times. He helped put out the trash containers and fire rings at the Lake Michigan Oval Beach, and with the help of Joey Jonseck, placed the buoys, ramp and ladders at Stony Lake. One deck board was also replaced. He located the missing Johnson Road Cemetery sign. Fleming conferred with DK Construction about the sea wall extension. They recommend placing armor stones to stop the erosion, rather than a steel wall. There was no objection from the other Board members to proceed with that change.
Assessor’s report: Michael Beach submitted a written report of activities for June. The July BOR is scheduled for July 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM.
Zoning Administrator’s report: Airy reported that he worked on a Land Division for Kludy Farms, which was approved at the Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission meeting discussed survey questions for the Master Plan review, and an MTA article regarding a Recreational Marijuana Ordinance MTA recommends townships act upon. He contacted MTA to discuss this issue with Catherine Mulhaupt, staff attorney, and submitted to the Board that information as well as an article noting that Pentwater Village passed a 365 day moratorium on the issue. Airy requested the Board to adopt a similar moratorium to allow time for the Planning Commission to properly review the Ordinance. It was then added to the agenda under “New Business”. He plans to attend a workshop on July 9th on Coastal Floodplain updates, sponsored by FEMA. Permit activity for the month of June: Regular permits-2 Critical Dune Permits 0, RV permits-5, and two Land Divisions.
Maintenance Manager Report: None
Old Business: None.
New Business: A motion was made by Neuman and supported by Smith to hire Rusty Vanas to assist with the mowing of the parks, cemeteries, and town hall grounds. Roll call vote: Smith-aye, Shaw-aye, Fleming-aye, and Neuman-aye; motion CARRIED. Neuman had examples of cemetery signs prepared by Windridge, to replace the old deteriorated signs at the cemeteries. The Board members decided which details they preferred and Neuman will work with Windridge for final copies to be approved at the July meeting. Shaw will review which items on the lists of cemetery rules/ordinances might be appropriate to post on the backs of the signs at the cemeteries. A motion was made by Shaw and supported by Neuman to schedule the Truth in Taxation hearing for July 22, 2019 at 7:15, prior to the regular meeting. All members-aye; motion CARRIED. A motion was made by Neuman and supported by Shaw to adopt a resolution to place a moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments for up to 365 days, and to authorize Airy to contact the Township lawyer regarding this issue. All members-aye; motion CARRIED.
Public Comment: Dean Gentel had pictures of the original and similar bell towers for the Board to review for our sign and bell placement. State Representative Scott VanSingel was present and updated us on auto insurance reform that was approved, a disaster fund for farmers, and the State budget. Sheriff Mast submitted an Incidents and Response Comparison for 2017, 2018 and 2019. He also had a report on cases by City/Township for 2019. John Friday expressed concerns about the lack of grading on Grant Rd., and William Kurtz had concerns about how pothole patches are being done.
A motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to adjourn and the meeting was dismissed at 8:55 PM.
Margie Shaw, Clerk