Township Board Minutes – December 13, 2012

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Helena Township Board Meeting

December 13, 2012


The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by Supervisor Rick Teague and pledge of allegiance was said. Present: Teague, Rice, Peterson, Robbins, and Bartz. Motion to approve agenda by Rice with support by Teague, motion carried.

Conflict of Interest: None

Public Comment: None

Approval of minutes: Robbins made the motion to approve the minutes for the special meeting held November 20th, 2012 for oaths for newly elected Township officials with support from Bartz and motion carried. Rice made the motion to approve the minutes from the November 8th Township Board Meeting with support by Teague and motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Township beginning balance as of November 1, 2012     $228,606.86

Receipts               $2,617.97

General Fund Disbursements     $15,845.99

                                                                                      Cemetery & Bldg.         $5,235.19

Total Disbursements                   $21,081.18

Total Bank balance as of 11/30/2012              $210,143.65

12 month road CD of $70,000.00

Motion to approve treasurer’s report by Teague with support by Robbins, motion carried.

Presentation of bills: Township: November 1-30, 2012: $12,459.39 and December 1-13, 2012: $6,655.64

Speakers: TLA (Three Lakes Assoc.) Becky Norris, Tina Fields, Leslie Myers, and Dean Branson. Becky Norris gave presentation on the use and application of an herbicide for treatment of Eurasian Water Milfoil in the Alden Harbor. The use and application of benthic barriers was also discussed. Potential cost to the township would be $750.00. Peterson to meet with TLA in developing a memorandum of understanding and a contract.

   Jeff McCray from Burnham&Flower Insurance Group reviewed township property and liability coverage for 2013 contract. Jeff informed board of risk reduction projects and possible reimbursements up to $5000.00 under the PAR PLAN.

Communications: Sheriff’s report reviewed.

Committee reports: Zoning administrator. Molby gave report.

Planning Commission: Trustee Bonnie Robbins commented that the planning commission’s consensus was that the zoning language is clear with respect to the timing of site plans and land use permits. The Planning Commission will meet the first Wednesday of each month and is bound to meet at least 4 times a year.

Ambulance Authority: Rick Teague reported that the Ambulance Authority in Mancelona expects to install a natural gas generator in the next 90 to 120 days.

Parks & Recreation: Ruth Ann Smith reported that the Parks &Recreation Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The five year plan is expected to be finished by May.

Old business: None

New Business: Teague recommended that Trustee Butch Bartz Sr. head up the road committee and to contact Jim Dewey and Mary Ann Stimpson as possible committee members.

   Peterson presented board with a reimbursement request from the assessor Bob Logee. Rice made the motion to pay the reimbursement request with support by Teague and motion carried.

The employee pension plan resolution to add a deputy clerk and a deputy supervisor as eligible employees for the pension plan was presented to the board. Rice made the motion to adopt this resolution with support by Teague and the motion carried.

The resolution for an alternative starting date (March 12th, 2013) for the board of review was presented and the motion made by Teague to adopt this resolution with support by Rice and the motion carried.

Announcements: None

Additional Public Comment: None

Motion to pay bills by Rice, with support Teague, and motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:46 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Helena Township Clerk

David G. Peterson Jr./David G. Peterson Jr.