PERRY TOWNSHIP REGULAR MEETING
AND PUBLIC HEARING
October 1, 2014
Present: Sid Grinnell, Supervisor; Troy Parmalee, Treasurer; Kelly Schmidt, Clerk; Mark Fraser and Francis Griffith Trustees; Jim Smith, Attorney.
Guests: Darlene Parks, Tom Emery, Beverly VandenBerg, John Plowman, Sandy Michalek, Jaime Pavlica, Matthew Shepard, Sheriff Braidwood.
The Supervisor opened the Meetings with the pledge to the flag.
Agenda approved with additions: Fraser moved; Parmalee seconded. Carried
AMBULANCE PUBLIC HEARING
The Public Hearing was opened at 7:01 pm
There were 2 questions asked by the public. Matt Shepard asked, “Does the ambulance service make a profit and do they collect from insurance companies? Fraser answered, “No any extra money is used to buy equipment and supplies and yes, the ambulance does collect insurance money.” Tom Emery (a former PMSA board member) confirmed that the property owners will pay $35 and the Township $10 each year and added that the community wanted a government run ambulance service. He asked, “What percent of the cost of an ambulance run is recuperated from the insurance money?” Parmalee responded with, “I’m not sure what it is today but a couple of years ago it was 50%.”A motion was made to accept the resolution of the proposed assessment roll and to place this special assessment on each parcel of real property, in the Perry Township Ambulance Special Assessment District, in the amount of $35, for 10 years, starting winter 2014. Parmalee moved; Griffith seconded; Roll Call: Griffith, Schmidt, Parmalee, Grinnell, Fraser; All ayes. The “warrant for collection” was issued to the Treasurer of Perry Township.
The Public Hearing was closed at 7:15 pm
Sept. 3, 2014 regular meeting minutes approved: Parmalee moved; Griffith seconded. Carried.
Sheriff’s Report: 168 calls, 58 traffic stops. Sheriff Braidwood explained what the failure of the Nov. 4 2014 public safety millage would do to the Shiawassee County Road Patrol. If this millage doesn’t pass he will be forced to cut 1.5 million from the public safety budget. “This will eliminate the road patrol.” There is 540 sq miles in the county. The only full time police depts are Durand and the City of Owosso. The State Police are part time and are posted in Flint. “We are very concerned about the eastern borders of the county.” Corrections and the 911 service will not be included in the cuts because of state mandates. “Public safety is what’s important. I don’t believe this is a game and I don’t believe there will be money at the 11th hour.” Sheppard asked, “First the Co. wanted $800,000 (headlee override), why now 1.5 million?” Braidwood responded, “You’ll have to ask the commissioners.” Emery asked, “No road patrol, what does that mean?” Braidwood responded, “The loss of 15 to 16 deputies.”
SSESA: 17 ambulance runs for Aug; 115 runs in Perry Twp, and 1129 total SSESA runs for the year.
DDA: Approved the public hearing draft of theTIF plan for the DDA’s extension. A public hearing will be held in Nov. The lighting project along Lansing road is still being worked on. Consideration of lowering the speed limit along Lansing Rd could save money for the lighting project.
Co. Comm: John Plowman updated the Counties financial situation. The Co. was hoping that the headlee override would pass to get through 2015-2016. Since it didn’t pass, the Co. is asking for the 1.5 mill to keep the Co. solvent and keep the budget balanced by tax revenue. If this doesn’t pass there will be cuts not only to the Sheriff’s budget other budgets as well. The next time the Co. can put a millage on is 2016 and in December 2016 the Co. operating millage will expire.
Library: Parmalee and Huguelet presented an explanation of the CDL’s involvement in the I69 International Trade Corridor & LDFA. It was decided that the CDL will not opt out of the LDFA because of the benefits of this water project.
I69 Corr: They are preparing the TIFA plan for the LDFA district. The public hearing is set for the Nov. meeting.
SEDP: They will be investing $50,000 with Wells Fargo at 4-6%.
Region 6: The charrette is being done in support of our CEDS/Regional Prosperity Plan projects.
Financial Statements and bills paid: Fraser moved; Griffith seconded. Roll Call: Grinnell, Fraser, Griffith, Schmidt, Parmalee. All ayes
Correspondence: The Morrice Senior Center will host a Halloween Dinner Nov. 1st. The cost is $15. Call Kim Kollek-Jewell at 517-625-4270.
- A draft of the “Water Main Extension Project” was reviewed. This project will be funded by tax increments through the DDA and LDFA, not by general tax revenues.
- Lori Chant from Demis & Wenzlick reviewed the Townships audit. They gave a clean opinion. Parmalee moved; Grinnell seconded to accept the audit for the fiscal year 2013-2014 and release it to the State of Michigan. Roll Call: Fraser, Griffith, Schmidt, Parmalee, Grinnell. All ayes
- The repair of headstone damage from the wind storm earlier this year is under way. There will be 3 foundations placed and multiple stones reset and repaired.
- A list for 2015 road projects was presented. Proposed projects are: Chip sealing- Morrice Rd from Miller Rd south to Lansing Rd; Morrice Rd from south of the Village limits to Beard Rd; Britton Rd from Morrice Village limits east to the Twp line. Crack sealing- Beard Rd from M-52 west to Twp line. Gravel- Miller Rd from Ruess Rd east to Morrice Rd. Mineral Brine- All gravel Roads.
- The Planning Commission requested an opinion from the board regarding doing a “Master Plan” or reviewing the 5 year Land Use Plan with amendments. It was the Boards opinion that since the Master Plan will have to be redone completely in 5 years, it would be more economical to just update the Land Use Plan this year.
- We had a retirement recognition for Attorney James Smith who has represented the Township for the last 29 years.
Public Comment: Matthew Shepard announced that he will be a write in candidate for the County Commissioner 7th district position in the Nov. election. He believes that “the county government must learn to operate within its means and that it isn’t fair that one department must carry the load in cuts.”
Adjourn: Fraser moved; Parmalee seconded. Carried
Kelly Schmidt, Clerk