Regular Meeting Minutes
July 2, 2012
7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Pledge to the Flag
Present: W. Ruemenapp, D.Goulston, J. Stevens, P. Allagreen and C. Stover.
2 Township residents.
Motion by J. Stevens to approve Agenda with three (3) additions, after Financial Report add Quarterly Report; under “Correspondence” add E – St. Clair County 4H Fair July 23 – 28; and under Old Business, add “A” Rondigo v. Casco Update. Supported by P. Allagreen. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried.
Motion by C. Stover to approve Minutes of Regular Board meeting of June 5, 2012. Supported by J. Stevens. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried.
Motion by J. Stevens to accept Financial Report as submitted. Supported by P. Allagreen.
5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried.
P. Allagreen asked if anyone had any questions regarding the Quarterly Report. J. Stevens commented that the revenue sharing and property tax amounts are about equal. W. Ruemenapp advised that the 1 mil is on there. D. Goulston inquired as to the 2,813.2% referenced on page 2 of the report. He thought that perhaps the decimal point was missing and the net change is actually 28%. P. Allagreen advised she would check into it and find out what it means.
Motion by P. Allagreen to approve Quarterly Report as presented. Supported by D. Goulston. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried.
A. King and King, CPAs
W. Ruemenapp stated that there are a couple of areas with questions, so he said Mr. King will be asked to attend the August meeting. He advised that the $130,000.00 taken from
Parks and Rec was in question as to whether it was the repayment of a loan or the sale of
two (2) lots. He said he had discovered that the loan had been repaid so it was the sale
of the lots. He has sent the information to Mr. King and is waiting to hear back.
B. Richmond Lenox EMS/Blood Drive
W. Ruemenapp advised of the Richmond-Lenox EMS Blood Drive being held on
July 12, 2012 at the Richmond Township hall.
C. St. Clair Conservation Millage
W. Ruemenapp advised of the .1 mill being requested by the St. Clair Conservation on
the August election.
D. St. Clair County Road Commission Millage
W. Ruemenapp advised of the .25 millage being requested by the St. Clair County
Road Commission on the August election, and that information can be obtained online.
E. St. Clair County 4-H Fair
W. Ruemenapp advised of the St. Clair County 4-H Fair being held from July 23 – July
28 in Goodells.
2. New Business
A. Lawrence Dloski, Attorney/Proposal
W. Ruemenapp advised the Board that he had contacted Mr. Dloski because of
certain situations the Township may have to deal with . He requested of the Board
that he may have the discretion to use either Attorney Dubay or Attorney Dloski.
Motion by D.Goulston to give Supervisor authority to use either Attorney Dubay or
Attorney Dloski using his discretion. Supported by C. Stover. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays.
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B. Explore Legal Action/Ordinance Compliance
W. Ruemenapp advised that there may be problems surfacing with property zoned IND,
which doesn’t allow AG for farming. The property is not grandfathered for farming.
Bill advised the Board that he has spoken to the Township Assessor, and that she
Isn’t concerned that future land sales could abnormally raise AG land values, as it is her thinking that it would be ruled out as an abnormal transaction. Bill explained that if you allow AG use in IND, then all AG use would be permitted. It was the general consensus of the Board that W. Ruemenapp has the authority to explore legal action regarding farming in the IND zone.
C. Mr. John Thelen/Cemetery Work
W. Ruemenapp explained the situation that a month ago a very large portion of a neighbor’s tree fell into the cemetery; and that Mr. Dentel and his son cut the wood up. Mr. Dave Riedel cut down 5 dead trees for no charge. Township resident, Mr. John Thelen agreed to chip the limbs from all six (6) trees and did so at a cost of $100.00. Bill believes this to be more than reasonable and recommends we pay the bill. Motion by J. Stevens to pay Mr. John Thelen $100.00 for chipping of brush in the cemetery. Supported by D. Goulston. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried.
D. Mr. Bernard Pearl/Cemetery Study
W. Ruemenapp explained that Mr. Pearl has completed his work on the cemetery study and map. Mr. Pearl took photos of all our death and birth records and downloaded them into our computer. Mr. Pearl says a copy of his study is also available in disc form. His request as it has been since the start of the project is to be compensated $1.00 per name for everyone in the study. The final count is 470 names. Bill recommends the Township pay Mr. Pearl $500.00, which would include everything including the disc. The books and map are at the back table for you review.
Motion by D. Goulston to pay Mr. Pearl $500.00 for his work on the Cemetery study.
Supported by J. Stevens. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried.
E. Tax Foreclosure Right of First Refusal
W. Ruemenapp explained that the Township had been offered such a proposal last year, and
The Township had waived it. He said the property is near Northpointe Storage. He also
Explained that if the Township purchases the property and sells for a profit, the amount of the
Profit has to be returned to the County. He recommended the Township waive the right of first refusal to purchase the property. Motion by P. Allagreen to waive the right of first refusal.
Supported by D. Goulston. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried.
F. Michigan Meadows
W. Ruemenapp explained that he had spoken to the planner with regard to what the Board may want to do, as the matter will come before the Board. He also advised that he had talked to the gentleman from Michigan Meadows and that they will be bringing in a traffic study and a well
Study. G. Goulston expressed concern as to how the Township would maintain the property, since Casco doesn’t have the funds, and the liability issue. The Board discussed various options.
G. Request to Purchase Refrigerator
Motion by D. Goulston for purchase of refrigerator, no dollar limit, as the clerk will use her discretion for a reasonable amount, with good energy star rating. Supported by J. Stevens. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays. Motion carried. It was noted that the new refrigerator will replace the small one
in the Township offices.
H. Electrical Work/Township Hall
W. Ruemenapp explained the low voltage problem and said that DTE had come out and that
The meter box is bad and needs to be replaced. Bill stated that he had gotten two oral bids between $425.00 and $700.00 for a 200 amp box and a 200 amp cable. Motion by D. Goulston to authorize Supervisor to take the best bid and to be able to go to Plan B if necessary in order to keep the offices and hall electricity functioning. Supported by J. Stevens. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays.
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3. Old Business
A. Rondigo v. Casco Update
W. Ruemenapp gave the Board an update as to upcoming Court date of July 23, 2012. He
advised the Board that Judge Kelly had agreed to rehear what he had thrown out last month.
Payment of Bills
Motion by P. Allagreen to approve payment of bills submitted for Bills Paid after the June 5, 2012 meeting, (#24045-25055); including two (2) debit card purchases, totaling $106,293.46; and bills submitted for the July 2, 2012 meeting (#25056-25087), e-file First State Bank Withholding, Michigan Department of State totaling $26,917.08 Also, check #1027 to M. Czenkus for $351.50 for liquor inspections and mileage. Supported by J. Stevens. Roll call vote D. Goulston – Yes, J. Stevens – Yes, P. Allagreen – Yes, W. Ruemenapp – Aye, C. Stover – Yes. Motion carried.
Citizens Comments - W. Baumgarten advised that pictures were taken for NEMC identification badges at the last NEMC meeting. He also reported that Casco Township Board meetings can be viewed through the NEMC website or through You Tube. W. Ruemenapp announced that the next Township Board meeting will be held on Monday due to the Tuesday election.
W. Ruemenapp thanked Mr. Reidel, Mr. Thelen, Quint and Doug Dentel for the work on the cemetery; and also John McKenzie for his checking on the electrical at the office.
Motion to adjourn at 7:55 p.m. by P. Allagreen. Supported by J. Stevens. 5 Ayes. 0 Nays.
Patricia M. Allagreen, Clerk