Planning Commission Minutes – May 06, 2015

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Minutes of Helena Township Planning Commission

May 06, 2015

Gurr called meeting to order at 7:27 pm

Opened with Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:                      Present:            Jim Gurr                  Bob Johnson

Ken Renaud            Mike Robinson (arrived 7:42pm)

Absent:             Bonnie Robbins      Rodger Dewey

Chris Dewald

Township officials present:                    Guy Molby,

Quorum established with Robinson arrival.

Approval of Agenda:

Statement of Conflict of Interest:         

Approval of Minutes:  No minutes presented for approval.

Public Comment:         None.

Communications:         None.

Old Business: 

Presentation from Three Lakes on septic tank inspection code.

Grenetta Thomassey and Dean Branson discussed concerns of phosphorus levels.  They advocated for Milton             Township ordinance, now in effect for two years.  They are offering to set up a public forum to discuss this             concern and need for code to require inspections.

Johnson:           Does this include water wells?

Branson stated the health department does two tests for bacteria and chemicals.

What percent of tests are considered ‘failed’ but system still flushes properly?

Branson stated 4 out of 100 tested in Milton were labeled ‘failure’.

Milton Township did a survey and there were 30 respondents, all were happy with the new ordinance but                           2.

Question for planning commission to consider:

Does the Planning Commission want to engage with Thayer Lake Association, Friends of Clam Lake, Three             Lakes Association and Tip o’ Mitt Watershed Council to have a public discussion of the advisability of point of             transfer septic and water inspection?


Master Plan Review:      Tabled for next meeting

Fine Language:             Tabled for next meeting.


New Business:

ZA report

April 2015:  Land Use 1, Field Checks 11 , Attorney Contacts 0 , Public Contacts 21 ,  Zoning Violations 0


Public Comment:  none


Adjourn:   Motion Johnson, 2nd   Renaud. Carried


Respectfully Submitted,

Bonnie Robbins

Helena Township Planning Commission Recording Secretary