Township Board Minutes – February 13th, 2014

Helena Township Board Meeting

February 13th, 2014


Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance by Supervisor Rick Teague.  Present:  Catherine Rice, David Peterson, Bonnie Robbins and Butch Bartz.  Motion to approve agenda with addition under new business by Rice with support by Robbins and motion carried.

Conflict of Interest: None

Public Comment: None

Approval of minutes: Minutes to be reviewed and approved in next meeting.

Treasurer’s Report:  Township:  Beginning balance as of Jan 1, 2014                $369,759.35                                                                                                                         

                                                         Receipts                                                              $71,107.74

                                                         Disbursements                                                    $24,919.42

                                                         Bank balance 01/31/14                                     $415,947.67

Treasurer’s report accepted by the board.                                                      

Presentation of bills:  Jan. 1-31, 2014 – $15,861.28 and Feb. 1-13, 2014 – $10,464.43                                                                                           

Speakers: None


Committee Reports:

Zoning – Zoning Administrator Molby gave report for December, January, and the annual report for 2013.

Planning Commission – Trustee Robbins reported on Commission’s Jan. 15th meeting with township attorney Chris Bzdok present.  Engineering firms discussed for work concerning the Walker Shores Development.  TLPA and the developer could not agree on an engineering firm.

Planning Commission recommends that Lapham Associates be hired by the township.  Bzdok to send the scope of the work to Lapham Associates.  Rice made the motion to approve the hiring of Lapham Associates with support by Robbins and motion carried.

    The site plan subcommittee (Mike Robinson, Roger Dewey, and Jim Swan) is to be scheduled.

    ZBA granted a two foot variance for the North Air Resort.

    Jim Gurr is to be appointed to the Parks and Recreation Committee which will meet Tuesday, Feb.18th.

    Roger Dewey and Bob Johnson were reappointed to the Planning Commission for three year terms by Supervisor Teague.

Ambulance Authority – Teague reported that the Authority is seeking an increased millage from 0.65 to 1.0 mils.

Parks and Recreation Committee – Ruth Smith said that the Parks and Recreation Committee is prioritizing the projects from the five year plan.  Supervisor Teague appointed Ken Masck to the Parks and Recreation Committee.  Supervisor Teague to attend the Feb. 18th P&R meeting.

Roads – no report.

Old Business:  None

New Business: Supervisor Teague appointed ZBA members for three year terms: Gary Hutchins, Barb Lockery, Linda Fox, Bonnie Robbins, Jim Gurr, and alternates; Doris felton and Dave Cybulla.  Annual ZBA meeting to be scheduled for April for the election of officers. 

    Consumer’s Energy street light contract resolution was read to the board.  Teague made the motion for the board to approve the resolution with support by Bartz and the motion carried.

    Rice read the Mancelona School Tax resolution for $3.40 per parcel for collecting summer taxes.  Vote was taken and there were five yes votes and zero no votes.

Additional Public comment: Jim Gurr commented on Walker Shores Development

Motion to pay bills: Rice made the motion to pay the bills with support by Robbins and motion carried.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted, David G. Peterson Jr., Helena Township Clerk