JUNE 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM
BENONA TOWNSHIP HALL
The regular meeting was called to order at 7:03 PM by Supervisor Fleming, with all Board members present, except Van Overbeke, and 14 visitors in attendance. A motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to approve the agenda with the addition of “Audit Cycle Proposal” to Old Business. All members-aye, motion CARRIED. The minutes of the May 23, 2022 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 submitted a report on township financial standings for May. All income has been deposited and entered into QuickBooks. Neuman continued working with the Assessors on tax data and finalized working on escrow accounts for 2022 Summer Tax bills. The summer tax file was sent to KCI and the County Treasurer. She also attended the Stony Creek Restoration Community meeting on the 16th. Address changes are ongoing. A motion was made by Shaw and supported by Neuman to authorize payment of the bills in the amount of $167,115.92, and 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 and the synopsis was sent to the local paper, along with notices for the upcoming meeting and public hearing and the approved ordinance. 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 May was completed and all accounts for May were reconciled. The agenda, Profit & Loss reports, checks, and checklist were prepared for the regular meeting. Insurance documents and payment were submitted. The approved road estimate and a copy of the minutes were sent to the Road Commission. In preparation for the August Primary the ballot was proofed, potential election inspectors contacted and absentee voter applications sent out to everyone on the permanent AV list-416 voters. Ballots arrived and were sent on June 23 to voters who had returned their applications. There were no MOVE ballots requested and the report was submitted. Three burial spaces were marked and one cemetery lot sold. Two marina rental slips were processed and one FOIA.
Trustees’ report: None
Fire Board report: Smith reported that there were 13 runs in May. All licensing is in place for the EMS program. The aerial certification passed. They have 5 applicants for the Deputy Chief position. Bills totaling $34,771.78 were approved for payment.
Parks report: None (Included in Supervisor’s report.)
Planning Commission report: No minutes were submitted.
Supervisor’s report: Fleming reported that he monitors the town hall, roads, cemeteries, and parks regularly. The playground safety check has been completed and he contacted All Seasons Porta Jons to increase the cleanings. He replaced the tires on the trailer with good used tires and put out the dock ladders at Stony Lake. He assisted Zapolski and Dave Zoller to put out the buoys and handicap ramp. Fleming attended the Fire Command meeting and the Stony Creek Restoration meeting. He handled several calls regarding noise concerns, parking, and boat slip problems.
Assessor’s report: A written report was submitted for June.
Zoning Administrator’s report: Bizon submitted a written report for June. Bizon processed 9 Zoning permits, 1 Critical Dune permits, 7 RV permits, 2 Land Divisions and one parcel combination.
Old Business: Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to hold the Truth in Taxation hearing on July 25, 2022 at 6:45PM, and a second public hearing on the proposed Short Term Rental Ordinance on Aug. 22, 2022 at 6:30PM. A motion was made by Shaw and supported by Neuman to approve the proposal from Brickley DeLong for the 2023-24 Audit Cycle. Roll call vote: Smith-aye, Shaw-aye, Fleming-aye, Neuman-aye; motion CARRIED.
New Business: A motion was made by Smith and supported by Neuman to approve the sale of the Bunton riding lawn mower to Tim Raeth for $500.00. All members-aye; motion CARRIED. A motion was made by Shaw and supported by Neuman to approve the road estimate for Little Point Sable Rd. for $37,861.28. Roll call vote: Neuman-aye, Fleming-aye, Shaw-aye, Smith-aye; motion CARRIED. Following discussion with property owner Keith Hoffman, a motion was made by Shaw and supported by Smith to approve the estimate for Johnson Rd., east of 48th Ave. for $136,139.58. The township share will be $131,139.58 and the property owner’s share to be paid by Mr. Hoffman will be $5,000.00. Roll call vote: Neuman-aye, Fleming-aye, Shaw-aye, Smith-aye; motion CARRIED.
Public Comment/Presentations: Sheriff Craig Mast was present and explained the millage request in August for a new Sheriff’s office and jail complex. Denis Koch was present and is running for Road Commissioner. The road abandonment of First St. between William St. and North St. was discussed and there has been some difficulty determining what steps need to be taken to accomplish this. Concerns over the 2 ½ acre lot size required to build were discussed, as many travel trailers are being placed on these smaller lots and two are allowed on each. The Board noted that the lot size is being increased to 5 acres and that should help somewhat. A motion was made by Smith and supported by Shaw to adjourn, and the meeting was dismissed at 8:38 PM.
Margie Shaw, Clerk