April 7, 2014
The Bennington Township regular board meeting was called to order by
Supervisor Lee Ash on April 7, 2014, 7:00pm at the Township Hall.
Present: Jim Forsythe, Cindy Garber, Lee Ash, Donna Ash.
Not Present: Nancy Zdunic
Forsythe moved to approve the agenda as printed. Second by L. Ash. Motion carried.
Forsythe moved to approve the minutes for March 3, 2014 regular board meeting as printed. Second by Garber. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
Forsythe moved to approve the minutes for the March 26, 2014 special board meeting as printed. Second by L. Ash. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
L. Ash moved to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented. Second by Forsythe. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
Garber moved to pay bills as presented in the amount of $18,292.68. Second by L. Ash. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
John Hurd- Requested a copy of the letter from M.A.G.N.E.T.
Frank Gregory- Questioned what the special meeting on March 26 was for and what bills were paid as that meeting. Questioned if the Township Officials were bonded. Questioned where the maps in the hall were from because they were wrinkling and needed to be fixed. Mentioned that there were shingles coming off the roof. All of his questioned were addressed by the board.
Fred Farkas- Mentioned that Larry Johnson spoke at the Annual Meeting about having a Township wide garbage pickup and wanted to know if the board was going to address this and indicated that he thought it was a good idea to help save the roads, for aesthetics and recycling.
Drain Commissioner Tony Newman – Addressed the board of a concern regarding the Hardy & Jennings Drains. The County would like the Township to consider a resolution and a petition to combine the two drains together.
Library- Ed Humphrey- Minutes on file.
Plan Comm- D. Ash- The County is in the process of updating their land use plan.
Roads- L. Ash- Reviewed the road contracts from form the County. Forsythe moved to accept the 2014 road improvement contracts from the Shiawassee Road Commission as follows: Crack Seal Morrice Rd. from Hibbard Rd. to Miller Rd. - $33,000.00, Gravel Garrison Rd. from Ruess Rd. to M-52 - $9,500.00, Chip seal Bennington Hill Subdivision - $40,0000, Fog Seal Bennington Hill Subdivision - $9,000.00, Fog Line painting of 77.42 miles - $15,510.00, Mineral well brine 1st application- $7,257.25, Mineral well brine 2nd application - $3,588.75. Second by Garber. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
Web Page- Forsythe- Update.
Lawn Mower Bids- Three bids were received for purchase of the Township lawnmower. The bids were from Jordan Porter- $4,750.00, Ken Gross - $4,200.00, and Randy Brimley - $4,700.00. Forsythe moved to sell the Township lawn mower to the highest bidder Jordan Porter for $4,750.00. Second by L. Ash. All board members in favor. Motion carried.
Ballot Proposal Approval- Forsythe moved to accept the Ballot Proposal wording received from form Attorney Lynn Bowne for the SATA millage request and the Fire Millage request as at printed. Second by L. Ash. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
Plan Comm Appointment- Garber moved to concur with the planning Commission recommendation and reappoint Russell Thomas and Bernie Scollon to the Township Planning Commission for a term of three years expiring April 1, 2017. Second by L. Ash. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
Property Purchase- L. Ash moved to allow the Township Attorney to move forward to the property purchase by enlisting the help of a fellow attorney to file for the property to be removed from the mortgage at a cost not to exceed $1,000.00 without additional approval. Second by D. Ash. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
Junk Day- Garber moved to hold the annual Township Junk Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:00am to 12:00noon at a cost of $750.00 for the first truck and $500.00 for the second truck provided by Premier. Second by L. Ash. All board members present in favor. Motion carried.
Township Wide Garbage Service- The Township Board will look into options of a Township wide garbage service.
Waste Management Cancellation- The Waste Management contract is up for renewal. The board would like to look into options for refuse service at the hall, therefore a letter of cancellation will be sent to Waste Management.
Township Hall Brush Removal- There is a need to hire a chipper at the Township Hall and at the Township Cemeteries to remove brush from the storm. Garber moved to allow Lee Ash to hire a chipper service to remove brush from the Township properties at a cost not to exceed $1,500.00. Second by Forsythe. All board members in favor. Motion carried.
Forsythe moved to adjourn. Second by L. Ash. Motion carried.
Donna Ash, Clerk