Planning Commission Minutes – January 4, 2012

Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

January 4, 2012


Meeting called to order by Swan at 7:06 p.m.

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:                      Present:            Jim Swan                Jim Gurr

Chris Dewald           Bonnie Robbins

Roger Dewey

Absent:             Mike Robinson        Bob Johnson *

Township officials present:                    Guy Molby

Approval of Agenda: Motion: Gurr, 2nd Robbins. Carried (5,0)

Statement of Conflict of Interest:          None

Approval of Minutes:    Two meetings. Minutes approved as submitted. December 7, 2011 Motion:   Sw an, 2nd Gurr (5,0)

                                    December 12, 2011 Motion: Gurr, 2nd Dewald (5,0)

Public Comment:         0 in attendance. Molby distributed copy of Forest Home Township’s Medical Marihuana Ordinance for review. Discussion to maintain moratorium until more definitive ruling from courts.

                                    Discussion with Molby on progress of trailer clean-up on East Torch Lake Drive. Material should not be burned. Molby will contact person in charge to motivate cleanup.

Communications:        Email from legal counsel on notification of meetings request and response.

New Business:             Storm Water Presentation: Not present. Recommendation from legal counsel this be handled by the township board.   Discussion and recommendation to not adopt this ordinance.

                                    Motion to NOT adopt: Dewald, 2nd Gurr. Carried (5,0)

ZA report   0 land use, 6 field checks, 2 attorney contact, 12 other public contacts, 2 violations

Meeting Closed for Public Hearing: 7:22 p.m.

                                    No additional comment or correspondence offered at this time.

Public Hearing closed at 7:24 p.m.

Meeting re-opened for business.

Old Business:              Zoning ordinance will be distributed to County, surrounding townships, utilities and placed in library and township office for review. New copies for commission and board will be printed after review from county and board adoption.

Public Comment:         No additional comment.

Adjourn: Motion Dewald, 2nd Gurr. Carried (5,0) 8:10 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins

Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary