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Sep 9 – Board Meeting Minutes

BLUE LAKE TOWNSHIP BOARD
Regular Meeting Minutes
September 9, 2019
1491 Owasippe Rd., Twin Lake, MI 49457

Meeting opened at 6:33 PM.

Present: Jeff Abram, Melonie Arbogast, Todd Conzemius, Lyle Monette, Debbie Therrian

Motion by Debbie, support by Jeff to approve the minutes of the August 12, 2019 regular board meeting. Motion carried on voice vote.

Perfection of agenda: Add Planning Commission to report list. Remove Central Dispatch issuing addresses/discussion from under E. Fire Chief.

Motion by Jeff, support by Debbie to approve the amended agenda. Motion carried on voice vote.

Reports and correspondence noted.

Agenda Items

A. Supervisor

  • Community forest property/securing – Survey and fence discussion – The board will pursue obtaining quotes for a survey of the perimeter and also the fence line. They will also look into creating an ordinance regarding dumping/trespassing on community forest property.

B. Treasurer

  • ORV discussion/ordinance consideration – Motion by Debbie, support by Jeff to not pursue action on an ORV ordinance. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.
  • Doorbell and security camera consideration – Motion by Debbie, support by Lyle to approve Doc. #20190909-01 installation of door buzzers for the town hall and fire station 1 and camera overlooking the generator at a cost of $1,495.00. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.

C. Clerk

  • Budget amendments – Motion by Jeff, support by Debbie to approve Doc. #20190909-02 FY 2020 proposed budget amendments. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.

D. Trustee – Todd

  • WLASWA update

E. Fire Chief

  • Monthly report – Deputy Chief Knop reviewed the monthly report with the board. The Fire Prevention Open House will be October 1 from 6:00 -8:00 PM.
  • Probationary firefighter Justin Hall – Motion by Debbie, support by Lyle to approve the hiring of probationary firefighter Justin Hall pending passing of physical. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.
  • Fire Chief retirements – Motion by Debbie, support by Jeff to accept Fire Chief Jim Petrie’s retirement effective December 20, 2019. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried. Motion by Jeff, support by Debbie to approve the fire chief October-December stipend to be divided 50/50 between Chief Petrie and Deputy Chief Knop. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.

F. Accounts Payable

  • Motion by Lyle, support by Debbie to approve the August 2019 expenses in the amount
    of $39,259.96. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.
  • Motion by Lyle, support by Debbie to approve the August 2019 net payroll in the amount
    of $16,180.06. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.
  • Motion by Lyle, support by Debbie to approve the August 2019 federal EFTPS in the
    amount of $3,947.70. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.
  • Motion by Lyle, support by Debbie to approve the August 2019 state EFTPS in the amount
    of $865.94. Roll call vote: 5 yes. Motion carried.

Board Comments:

  • Debbie – Sad to see Chief Petrie leave but is happy to know that Deputy Chief Knop will be taking
    over. The Fire Prevention Open House on October 1 will have fire truck rides and free cider,
    donuts, and hotdogs.
  • Jeff – Chief Petrie has done a lot to help our department which speaks to his leadership. He will
    be missed.

Public Comments:

  • Jim Therrian – Blue Lake Firefighters’ Association will be raffling off a quilt donated by Marion
    Knash at the November 23 bake sale. He is selling raffle tickets.
  • Dale Weisner – He has had a lot of experience with people illegally dumping and trespassing and
    encouraged the board to contact the county to find out what measures we can take.
  • Donna Hansen – Thanked the board for not approving an ORV ordinance as their road already has
    a high traffic volume of dirt bikes, boat trailer, etc. Also, the dam is still being crossed by motorized
    vehicles. Regarding the community forest, are people squatting on the property, is there an
    ordinance, can repeat offenders be fined more?
  • Tim Henry – Maybe the township should consider hiring a constable again.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Jeffery T. Abram
Clerk

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