Helena Township Planning Commission
July 7, 2016
Gurr called meeting to order at 7:00 pm
Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Present: Jim Gurr Bonnie Robbins
Mike Robinson Chris Dewald
Absent: Rodger Dewey
Township officials present: Molby
Approval of Agenda: Motion: Renaud, 2nd: Dewald. Carried
Statement of Conflict of Interest: None
Approval of Minutes: Approved as submitted. Motion: Renaud, 2nd Dewald. Carried
Public Comment: 4 present. Tip of the Mitt will provide a public forum on August 9 on septic systems. This will be at a joint meeting of the Elk Rapids Village and Township. Information available on their website.
Communications: MTA training in Graying on August 17th. Contact Rick Teague if interested in attending.
Land Use 0, Field Checks 3, Attorney Contacts 0, Public Contacts 7, Zoning Violations 0
Molby asked about allowing a private company to access the neighbor’s dock south of the Valley Street public access at Depot Park. This should be addressed through the township office and state/county regulating departments to coordinate the work and address use of township property.
Zoning ordinance review topics:
- Private road easement: will be revisited
- Fences: Discussed. No language change in ordinance.
- Setbacks: Discussed. Building and use regulated by other agencies. No language change.
- Fine Language: Discussed. No language change in ordinance
- Signs: to be discussed at August meeting.
- Bullets identifying use in Districts: to be discussed at August meeting.
Public Comment: Laura Westerman and Joe Bassil attended and are interested in becoming members of the commission. They would replace Bob Johnson and Rodger Dewey.
Adjourn: 7:45 p.m. Motion Dewald, 2nd Renaud. Carried
Bonnie Robbins, Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary