The Bennington Township Planning Commission Meeting was held on April 28, 2011. Vice-chair Dick Demerly called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.
Members present: Bill Nash, Bernie Scollan, Donna Ash, Frank Gregory, Russ Thomas and Dick Demerly.
Moved by Russ Thomas to approve agenda. Seconded by Bill Nash. Motion carried.
Moved by Frank Gregory to accept the minutes from March 31, 2011. Seconded by Donna Ash. Motion carried.
No general comments from the audience.
No old business.
The Board discussed the Cell Tower issue. Dave Larsen of Cellere Company spoke to the Board on the proposed Cell Tower to be located off of M-52, section 27, Bennington Township, Parcel Id. # 78-010-27-300-001-00. Moved by Frank Gregory we approve the application from Cellere, LLC Agent on behalf of Verizon Wireless, Application Number – PSUP-OZ with surety bond posted before construction, surety bond to be held by Bennington Township. Seconded by Russ Thomas. Motion carried.
The Board discussed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map. Board members Russ Thomas and Dona Ash attended a meeting November 30, 2010 at the Caledonia Township Hall on FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Map. The map identifies Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in the Township of Bennington. FEMA is encouraging our community to join the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so our residents can receive reasonable cost flood insurance. Donna Ash will follow up with Les Thomas of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Moved by Russ Thomas we table the FEMA recommendation until we receive further information. Seconded by Bernie Scollan. Motion carried.
Moved by Bill Nash to recommend Russ Thomas and Bernie Scollan to an additional 3-year term on the Bennington Township Planning Commission. Seconded by Frank Gregory. Motion carried.
Moved by Russ Thomas to elect Dick Demerly as Vice Chair and Bill Nash as secretary and to postpone the election of President/Chair until Rod Harmon is present. Seconded by Frank Gregory. Motion carried
The next Bennington Township Planning Commission meeting date will be on May 26, 2011.
Moved by Donna Ash to adjourn the meeting at 8:18 PM. Seconded by Russ Thomas. Motion carried.
Bill Nash, Secretary