Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission
February 5, 2014
Meeting called to order by Swan.
Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Present: Jim Swan Jim Gurr
Chris Dewald Bonnie Robbins
Absent: Mike Robinson Bob Johnson
Township officials present: Rick Teague David Peterson Bob Logee
Approval of Agenda: Additions: Old Business, Identify members to work with Molby on site plan review for Walker Shores Development. Identify Parks and Rec member. Motion: Gurr, 2nd Dewald. Carried
Statement of Conflict of Interest: None
Approval of Minutes: As submitted. Motion: Dewald, 2nd Gurr. Carried
Public Comment: (6 in attendance) No comments.
Communications: Robbins: Notice from Supervisor Teague will re-appoint Rodger Dewey and Bob Johnson to the Planning Commission.
Information from the Michigan Township Association conference is available if interested.
Letter from Bzdok on boathouse application is available if interested.
ZA report Tabled.
Old Business: Committee for Walker Shore Development site plan review: Jim Swan, Rodger Dewey, Bob Johnson.
Discussion of engineering firm to recommend. URS is a local firm and costs are slightly lower. Gurr suggests considering Lapham because they do not have any connections with the developer or legal counsel. Motion by Dewald to recommend contracting URS. 2nd by Robbins, vote tied. Further discussion. Motion by Swan to recommend contracting Lapham, 2nd by Gurr. Vote (3.1)
Discussion on when review committee can schedule a meeting. Meeting can be scheduled after board has contracted the engineering firm. Escrow account does not have to be in place for meetings to begin.
Conservation easement discussion tabled.
Gina Bozer representing the developer asked that there be sufficient notice to allow the property owner to attend the meeting.
Adjourn: Motion Swan, 2nd Dewald. Carried 7:55 p.m.
Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary