Call to Order
The Charlevoix Township Board meeting was called to order by Supervisor Center with Board Members Christiansen, Rajewski, Williams and Witherspoon present.
The minutes of the regular May 13, 2019 Board meeting and the April 22, 2019 Special Meeting were accepted.
The financial report was given by Treasurer Williams. As of the end of May, the General Fund was at $652,087.25; Water Fund $115,948.05; the Fire Department $40,569.21; Trust and Agency $6,454. Fire Department Construction Fund $1,740,675.10; and the Fire Station Millage Account $152,222.58.
Water Department: The Asset Management Plan was turned in to the DEQ for their review and input. Well 1 on the north side is working; only 40-50 meters left to install.
Fire Department: None
Attorney Harry Golski was present to further discuss the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act commonly known as the recreational marijuana act and different from the medical marijuana act. Both Acts are different in terms of how they impact the Township. The Medical Marijuana Act assumes that a municipality is not participating/allowing unless they opt in to create a zone/district or to allow a dispensary. The Recreational Marijuana Act is the opposite. Municipalities are deemed to have opted in to allowing unless they pass a resolution to not approve recreational marijuana retail outlets in their jurisdiction. The Township can and should make a decision as to whether they want to allow retail facilities in the Township. The citizens of the township may initiate a petition drive and if they get 5% of the voters who voted in the last election the issue of whether to allow or forbid the outlets can be submitted to the voters. By December 6, the State of Michigan are supposed to be coming up with rules and regulations to cover the new business. They will make rules and regulations as to who is qualified, what kind of business security needs to be held at the establishment. They are not concerned with the location, the manner or the signage that a municipality will be interested. The Board could make a resolution to say that the Township is opting out of the recreational marijuana outlets. This is not a final decision. The Board could change their mind and opt in at a later date. The Township could then pass ordinances on signage and time, place and manner of operation of the businesses. Should the Board decide to allow one or more retail outlets, the Board needs to pass an ordinance prior to December 6 to place restrictions on the retail outlets. The Townships options are to pass a resolution to opt out or do nothing (allowing the use). Mr. Golski recommends that the Board opt out now and revisit the matter once the state regulations are in place. Rajewski made the Motion, with Williams supporting, to opt of the Recreational Marijuana Act and to revisit the matter in the future after the State of Michigan submits their rules and regulations regarding the Act. Motion carried unanimously. (M-22-19)
Public Comment: It was suggested, to save on costs, to use another township’s language to create the ordinance.
FEMA discussion on the Floodplain Amendment which includes five panel numbers to be included in the amendment. Rajewski made a motion with Witherspoon supporting to approve the Floodplain Amendment. The Motion carried unanimously. (M-23-19)
Supervisor Center read the resignation letter of Township Zoning Administrator, Robert Rajewski. Witherspoon made the Motion with Christianson supporting, to accept Mr. Rajewski’s resignation with many thanks for his 30 plus years of service. The Motion carried unanimously. (M-24-19)
John Ferguson has shown an interest in replacing Bob Rajewski as Zoning Administrator. Rajewski made the Motion, with Witherspoon supporting, to appoint John Ferguson as Charlevoix Township Zoning Administrator. The Motion carried unanimously. (M-25-19)
The date for the Year End Budget Review meeting was discussed. June 27th at 10am was suggested. Williams made the Motion, with Rajewski supporting, to set the Year End Budget Review Meeting for June 27, 2019, at 10:00am The Motion carried unanimously. (M-26-19)
Correspondence: Receipt of faxes regarding marijuana questions were acknowledged. Christianson made the Motion, with Williams supporting, to allow the Clerk to pay bills presented. Motion carried unanimously. (M-27-19)
Public Comments: A representative from Pine Pointe would like the Township to check subdivision for blight. Discussed whose responsibility to cut grass on Eastern/Western, around fire hydrants and take care of rusting street signs. Also discussed if there was an ordinance on Air B&Bs in the Township. It was mentioned that the workers who picked up branches and leaves deserve a pat on the back!
Shawn McDonough and Jon Boss of Wojan Window and Door were present to invite the Board to tour their facility. Will set a time and date.
John Haggard believes the board should reconsider the decision to use local company for windows. Also questioned that the current windows to be installed are commercial or residential.
A resident on the corner of McSauba and Pleasant and traffic is awful. The park is supposed to closed at 10pm. In previous years a gate was closed at 10pm and opened at 6am and has not been done this year. There has been vandalism and people sleeping in hammocks and not enough police protection in that area. He also asked for a review of the firework ordinance.
The meeting adjourned at 7:48p.m. Respectfully submitted