November 12th, 2018

Call to Order

The Charlevoix Township Board meeting was called to order by Supervisor Center with Board Members Christiansen, Williams and Witherspoon present. Rajewski joined the meeting at 7:10

The minutes of the regular October 8, 2018 Board meeting were accepted.

The financial report was given by Treasurer Williams. General Fund $296,466.91; Water Fund $199,457.76; and Fire Department $92,858.28.

New Business

Water Department: Aaron Nordman gave an update on the meter replacement program. They have had contacted with all but about 160 people. Will have SLC do as many replacements as possible and work on the others in house. The new system will be up and running in December with the last manual reading was completed in October. New meters are activated as soon as they are installed. SLC may be need to return in the spring to complete the meter replacements. Cross connection, problems were discussed with contractors who use water. A policy should be put in place. May need to check on cross flow protection before next spring. Dan Riley will check on the cost for the connection protection. Connection fee costs were discussed. Aaron suggested that the residential tap fee be increased to $1,800, which includes everything – getting them to their property line. Discussed changing the philosophy of it – they will make the owner responsible for costs associated to get to the main. The exception would be homeowners; the Township will go to the property line. Taps are a 1 inch service pipe connection but a 3⁄4 inch meter is installed as it will pass enough flow. The winter surcharge fee was discussed. The turn on/turn off work has previously be done free of charge. It was suggested $35 as a suggested price, along with giving at least a 24 hour notice. . Williams made the motion with Rajewski supporting, to move to establish connection fees as of December 1. Motion carried unanimously. (M-68-18)

An invoice from Fick and Sons for a City of Charlevoix tanker truck was reviewed and discussed. Currently the Township owns two tanker trunks. (A 5611 truck which is a 1993 International with 14,000 miles and a 5612 truck which is a 1992 International with 16,000 miles). The City truck is currently appraised at around $50,000. Prior to the merge, the Township had three tankers and the City had two tankers. One tanker for the township was retired due to being unsafe. The City has sold one and is looking to sell the other tanker trunk and set that money aside to for future repairs to the ladder truck. The City itself does not need to use a tanker truck as they use hydrants. A discussion took place on that exact terms of the merge and what was included. It was brought up that the Board needs to be informed on changes made. Witherspoon made motion with Christianson supporting, to pay for half of the repairs and have that amount taken off the purchase price should the Township decide to purchase it in the future Motion carried unanimously. (M-69-18)

Public Comments: It was stated that the men who installed the meters were professional and efficient.

Betty Martin has been appointed as Deputy Treasurer Salary was for this job was discussed. Williams made the motion, supported by Rajewski, to approve pay at $15 per hour for approximately 3 hours per week. Motion carried unanimously (M-70-18)

Fall brush pick chipping was discussed. It could be advertised that residents should call if there are limbs that need to be taken care of and placed on a list. The list will be given to the chippers so that they can take care of those specific places and not have to drive around randomly. Witherspoon made the motion with Rajewski supporting to schedule the fall chipping, Motion carried unanimously. (M-71-18)

The deer population was discussed. The safety zone for archery has been removed, according to the DNR. Would hope that the new law should be enough for culling out the deer population.

A letter from Al Ranger, who was lives in the City of Charlevoix, was discussed. He claims that he has foundation problems in his home due to the blasting at St. Mary’s Cement.

Christianson made the motion, with Rajewski supporting, to allow the Clerk to pay bills presented. Motion carried unanimously. (M-72-18)

The next Planning Commission meeting was scheduled to meet sometime next week. In addition, a special meeting has been set for noon on November 26th regarding Jake Monthei’s request for a PRD. Bob Engelbright has to determine that the building is obsolete more than 50%.

Public Comment: NONE

The meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.

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The April 21st meeting of the Planning Commission has been canceled.