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REGULAR MEETING

JULY 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM

BENONA TOWNSHIP HALL

The regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Supervisor Fleming, with all Board members present, except Van Overbeke, and 16 visitors in attendance. A motion was made by Shaw and supported by Smith to approve the agenda as submitted. All members-aye, motion CARRIED. The minutes of the June 27, 2022 Regular meeting were reviewed and a motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to approve the minutes as submitted. All members-aye, motion CARRIED. The minutes of the June 27, 2022 Election Commission meeting were reviewed and a motion was made by Neuman and supported by Fleming to approve the minutes as submitted. All members-aye, motion CARRIED. The minutes of the June 27, 2022 Public Hearing were reviewed and a motion was made by Shaw and supported by Smith to approve the minutes as submitted. All members-aye, motion CARRIED.

Treasurer’s report: Neuman submitted a report on township financial standings for June. All income has been deposited and entered into QuickBooks. Neuman started collecting 2022 Summer Tax payments and has collected $391,204.43 to date, approximately 20% of the total. Mortgage companies were mailed tax summaries for 2022 summer escrow accounts and revised 2022 summer tax bills were mailed following the July Board of Review. The 2021 Commercial Forest distributions were prepared and processed. Neuman attended the Oceana County Chapter MTA meeting. Ramp fees were collected. She also prepared and mailed tax distributions. Address changes are ongoing. A motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to authorize payment of the bills in the amount of $241,053.80, and 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, Public hearing and Election Commission meeting were completed and the synopsis was sent to the local paper. Copies of all minutes were sent to the Trustees and to Troughton for the website. Late arriving and time-sensitive bills were prepared. The monthly budget for June was completed and all accounts for June were reconciled. The agenda, Profit & Loss reports, checks, and checklist were prepared for the regular meeting. The notices of the cancellation of the Truth in Taxation hearing were posted. The approved road estimates and a copy of the minutes were sent to the Road Commission. Quarterly reports were completed and submitted. In preparation for the August Primary, 232 ballots have been sent, and 101 have been returned. All Election Inspectors attended the training and are certified. Three burial spaces were marked and one lot sold.

Trustees’ report: None

Fire Board report: Smith reported that there were 17 fire runs and 17 medical runs in June. One firefighter was terminated for lack of attendance at fires and trainings. Two pagers were approved for purchase. Bills totaling $23,957.32 were approved for payment. Chief Jack White was present to discuss the issues they are having with Dollar General. A Fire Code needs to be adopted to allow more options and a local inspector hired, as there are only four in the State.

Parks report: None (Included in Supervisor’s report.)

Planning Commission report: No minutes were submitted. Bizon noted that they are beginning to investigate adding a solar farm ordinance.

Supervisor’s report: Fleming reported that he monitors the town hall, roads, cemeteries, and parks regularly. He ordered a new basketball hoop for the park and plans to install it later this week. Fleming delivered the Bunton mower to the purchaser. He worked with Bizon on Zoning requests and violations and met with Mark Timmer to review road questions and concerns. He studied the Metro Act Resolution request from Great Lakes Energy in preparation for the meeting. Fleming attended the Fire Command meeting and served as Secretary for the July BOR.

Assessor’s report: No report was submitted for July.

Zoning Administrator’s report: Bizon submitted a written report for July. Bizon processed 7 Zoning permits, 1 RV permit and one parcel combination.

Old Business: The Shelby Area District Library Board of Trustees requested that the library millage proposal be submitted for the November ballot in case it fails in the August Primary. A motion was made by Shaw and supported by Smith to approve the same ballot language as submitted for the August Primary and submit it to the County Clerk. Roll call vote: Smith-aye, Shaw-aye, Fleming-aye, Neuman-aye; motion CARRIED. A motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to adopt the Zoning Ordinance Amendment to change the minimum acreage needed for a single family residence, or a split, within an Agricultural District from 2.5 acres to 5 acres. Roll call vote: Neuman-aye, Fleming-aye, Shaw-aye, Smith-aye; motion CARRIED.

New Business: A motion was made by Shaw and supported by Neuman to adopt the Resolution to Adopt Application for Access to and Ongoing Use of Public Ways by Telecommunications Providers Under Metropolitan Extension Telecommunications Right-of-Way Oversight Act 2002 PA 48 MCL Sections 484.3101 to 484.3120 by Great Lakes Energy Cooperative. Roll call vote: Neuman-aye, Fleming-aye, Shaw-aye, Smith-aye; motion CARRIED.

 

Public Comment/Presentations: Allen Blohm and Jason La Fever, both running for Road Commissioner, were present and introduced themselves. Steve Vincent of Green Gables was present to discuss his family’s lot split request at Stonycroft. Troy Maloney spoke on behalf of the County in support of a fire code and discussed the renewal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Keith Hoffman had requests regarding his road, the minutes of the June meeting and the flag replacement at the cemetery. A motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to adjourn, and the meeting was dismissed at 8:05PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Margie Shaw, Clerk