Perry Township Regular Meeting
August 2, 2017
Present: Mark Fulks, Supervisor; Kelly Schmidt, Clerk; Troy Parmalee, Treasurer; Mark Fraser and Francis Griffith, Trustees.
Guests: Malissa Schutt, SATA; Gerald Howe, David Dragoo, Looking Glass Comm. Serv; Tom Emery, Cheryl Hayes, Nancy Powers, Looking Glass Comm. Serv.; D. Colston, Caroline Wilson, County Clerk.
The Supervisor opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag.
Agenda Approved: Fraser moved; Parmalee seconded. All ayes Carried.
July 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes approved: Fraser moved; Griffith seconded. All ayes Carried.
Public Comment: Cheryl Hayes (Village Res), Gerald Howe (Twp Res) and D. Colston (Twp Res), discussed the need for SATA in our area for those that are unable to drive. County Clerk Caroline Wilson updated the Board on the Vital Records hours and distributed new County directories.
SSESA: 27 runs in June; 143 runs for the year in Perry Twp; Total SSESA runs for the year 891.
DDA: Approval in the amount of $500 for the deposit of engineering services for lighting on Lansing Road from the Perry City Limits to Rose Blvd.
Recycling: $164 in donations for July.
Planning Comm: A proposed language addition to the County Ordinance on solar farms was discussed.
Financial Statement and Pay the Bills: Fulks moved; Griffith seconded to approve. Roll Call: Fulks, Fraser, Griffith, Schmidt, Parmalee. All ayes Carried.
- Fulks gave an update on Daystarr Communications plan to service the residential areas of Perry. At this time, there are no plans to expand into the residential areas due to an estimated cost of $20,000 per mile to extend the fiber network. Fulks will speak with Ben Fredrick to see if there is any governmental funding available to help in our area.
- 2017 Perry Fest Committee requested a contribution for fireworks this year. Fulks moved; Fraser seconded to approve $2000 per the agreement on file. Roll Call: Griffith, Schmidt, Parmalee, Fulks, Fraser. All ayes Carried.
- Melissa Schutt from SATA presented the financial status of SATA and answered questions of the Board. At the end of April, SATA was given notice that the Federal monies to fund SATA’s Transportation Solutions Program were ending. Those residents in the “Non-Participating “areas (Perry Twp, Antrim, Burns, Woodhull , Sciota, Middlebury, Fairfield, Rush, Newhaven, Shiawassee and Hazelton Townships) would not be able to use the SATA services. In June SATA presented the cost to each Township what would be required in order to become a participating member and use this service. It is based on a formula of 50% taxable value and 50% ridership. Perry Twp would be required to pay over $11,315/year to participate. Currently there have been 468 riders (318 from the Village of Morrice and 150 from the Township) that would calculate out to be $24.17/ride. The City of Perry has had 568 riders and pays $6,263, far less then what is expected from the Township that has fewer riders. The Township Board feels that the formula used is not fair to the rural areas because of taxable value on farmland. The Board has empathy for those in need of the transportation system but feels SATA needs to review this formula if they want financial support and participation.
Adjourn: Parmalee moved; Fraser seconded. Carried
Kelly Schmidt, Clerk