Township Regular Meeting Minutes, April 1, 2024

CALL TO ORDER: Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on April 1, 2024.
ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee and Keith Erickson-Trustee.
MINUTES APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the March 4,2024 minutes. All in favor, motion passed.
AGENDA APPROVAL: Janda motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the agenda. All in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Jordan Hoover would like to do a presentation at the township hall on how the hunting issues that are in the U.P. Fish will get dates from him when he would like to come.
-The Township meetings will be held at the Town hall until the light fixtures are replaced.
-Strohshein would like to see the Township board meeting dates put on the website from now on. Kay Erickson said it could be done.
-Marinich let the board know that the rebar is in and at the Skanee Cemetery vault. Jim Nankervis and friends
can now measure the lots out and mark them properly.
OLD BUSINESS: Strohshein let the board know that the Planning Commission will be holding their quarterly meeting April 10th and another meeting after that to work on the Zoning Ordinance. She let the board know that a Blight Ordinance is not in our ordinance and that she has heard from the public that there should not be one, that this has been discussed in the past and turned down. They will be finishing up with the ordinance changes soon.
-Strohshein has had calls about the Ravine Cemetery. The ones that own it would like the township to take it over and maintain it. She would like the owners to come to next month’s meeting on this issue. This will be added to the agenda for next month.
-Strohshein would like to see the APFRF funds be used for Park purposes. She is not aware of any meetings from the volunteer Recreation group.
-Attorney Tinti spoke on the results of his historical and public records review as to whether an easement existed to benefit the Township of Arvon real estate described as Government Lot 1, Section 15, Township 52 North, Range 31 West. The review indicated that while an easement exists across Sections 16 and 21, Township 52 North, Range 31 West to benefit Government Lot 1, no easement of record provides access through Section 15, Township 52 North, Range 31 West to benefit Government Lot 1. The common law
easement theories of implied grant, implied that the Township of Arvon does not have an easement through Section 15 to benefit Government Lot 1. A considerable amount of questions from the Township Board and the public then ensued. At the of the presentation, Attorney Tinti recommended to the Township Board that no further legal actions were prudent.
NEW BUSINESS:
JAMES FEDIE:
MAIL CALL:
TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report. General Fund-$358,705.39,
Ambulance/EMT Fund-$27,387.72, Fire Fund-$366,966.84 Liquor Fund-$726.45, Road Fund-$215,811.87.
Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the Treasurer’s Report. All in favor, motion passed.
BILL APPROVAL: Erickson motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the bills. All in favor, motion passed.
NEXT MEETING DATE: The next meeting date will be May 6,2024 at 6:00 P.M. at the township hall due to light fixtures being replaced at the firehall.
ADJOURN: Marinich motioned, seconded by Erickson to adjourn at 7:10 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.
Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

2023 Arvon Township Annual/Budget Meeting Minutes March 28, 2023

CALL TO ORDER: Supervisor Jay Fish called the March 28, 2023 Annual/Budget meeting to order that was held at the Skanee Fire Hall at 5:00 P.M.
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Krystal Larson-Treasurer, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Robert Janda-Trustee, Chris Wahmhoff-Trustee absent.
ROLL CALL: Taken at 5:00 p.m.
MARCH 30, 2022 MINUTES APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the minutes of the March 30, 2022 meeting. All in favor, motion passed.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Janda motioned, seconded by Eliason, to approve the Agenda. All in favor, motion passed.
SUPERVISOR’S TOWNSHIP UPDATE:
TOWNSHIP HALL MAINTENANCE: No hall maintenance was done this fiscal year.
DEPOSITORY: Marinich motioned, seconded by Janda to stay with Superior National Bank and Baraga Co. Credit Union as the Township depositories. All in favor, motion passed.
SALARY APPROVAL: The Supervisor’s yearly salary currently is $9,187.00 the Clerk and Treasurer’s yearly salary is $10,762.00 and the Trustee’s is $105.00 per meeting. With the approved 5% yearly elected official increase, the new yearly wage for the Supervisor will be $9,646.32, Clerk and Treasurer $11,300.40 yearly and the Trustees $119.44 per meeting. All in favor, motion passed.
DATES, TIMES, LOCATION OF REGULAR BOARD MEETINGS: The Regular monthly meetings are at 6:00 P.M. At the Skanee Fire Hall. Marinich motioned, seconded by Janda to leave it the same. All in favor, motion passed.
MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATES: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the Federal Government rate per mile for reimbursement. All in favor, motion passed.
TOWN HALL/FIRE HALL RENTAL FEES AND AGREEMENTS: Janda motioned, seconded by
Eliason to leave the downstairs and upstairs of the Town Hall rental $150.00 each and leave the deposit fee for alcohol at $100.00. Rental of the Fire Hall remains $50.00 and a $100.00 deposit for alcohol. The Fire hall rental will be free to all Fire Dept. members. All in favor, motion passed.
CEMETERY LOT FEES: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to keep the cemetery lot fees $500.00 for a full lot and a half lot $250.00 for the taxpayers of Arvon Township. All in favor, motion passed.
CEMETERY CLEAN UP: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to bid out the Skanee cemetery cleanup again this year. All in favor, motion passed. Marinich will put an ad in the paper for bids in next weeks paper.
BOARD OF REVIEW/ZONING BOARD/ELECTION BOARD SALARIES: Board of Review wage currently is $20.00/hr with paid lunch. Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to keep it the same. All in favor, motion passed. The Election Chairperson wage currently is $22.00/hr. and the election workers wage is $20.00/hr, with paid lunches of $10.00 each. Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to keep their wages the same. All in favor, motion passed. The Zoning/Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals chairperson and secretary wage is currently $80.00 per meeting, and the Zoning Board members are currently $65.00 per meeting. Janda motioned, seconded by Janda to keep their
wages the same. All in favor, motion passed. Any training for the Board of Review, Zoning Boards or the Election Board will be paid $25.00 for a half day (up to 4 hours) and $50.00 for a full day (over 4 hours) plus mileage. Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to keep the Zoning Administrator at $200.00 a month. All in favor, motion passed.
ADDITIONAL BUSINESS:
ANNUAL MEETING ADJOURNMENT: Janda motioned, seconded by Eliason to adjourn the Annual meeting at 5:20 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.

Township Board Meeting Minutes, March 4, 2024

CALL TO ORDER:   Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on February 5, 2024.

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee and Keith Erickson-Trustee.

MINUTES APPROVAL: Janda motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the February 5, 2024 minutes.  All in favor, motion passed.

AGENDA APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the agenda.   All in favor, motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENT: 

OLD BUSINESS:  Fish talked to the township attorney.  Tinti will be attending next month’s meeting to present to the board what he has found out on the land easement issue on the Aura side of Arvon Township. This will be tabled until next month’s meeting.

-The new Township Zoning Administrator Buddy Sweeney let the board know that he is waiting until Ken Anderson gets home from wintering south.  He would like to talk to Ken about the township assessing. 

-Strohshien let the board know that the Planning Commission is working through zoning updates, short term rentals, considering some sort of blight ordinance and updating definitions.  They missed the deadline for grants this year but can apply for grants next year.  She would like to know who is on the Board of Appeals.

-After discussion, Erickson motioned, seconded by Eliason, to approve a volunteer Recreation group with no written by laws.  Scott Lloyd, Kathy Salsbury, Mary DeLine and Pat DeLine. All in favor, motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS:  Bob Witz offered to put a metal dumpster in Arvon Township for free metal disposal.  This will be tabled until Marinich talks to Witz about the details and responsibilities.  

 JAMES FEDIE:  Fedie let the board know that Baxter retired from the Board of Review.  His term ends in January 2025.  Gilbert Martinez is interested in the remainder of Baxter’s term; Martinez is certified until 2025.  Marinich motioned, seconded by Janda, to approve Martinez to sit on the Board of Review.  All in favor, motion passed.

MAIL CALL:   

TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report.  General Fund-$318,320.16, Ambulance/EMT Fund-$22,539.24 Fire Fund-$327,807.46 Liquor Fund-$771.11, Road Fund-$187,131.99.  Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda, to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  All in favor, motion passed.      

BILL APPROVAL: Erickson motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the bills.  All in favor, motion passed.  

NEXT MEETING DATE:   The next meeting date will be April 1, 2024, at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire hall.

ADJOURN:  Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to adjourn at 6:40 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.

Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

Township Board Meeting Minutes, February 5, 2024

CALL TO ORDER:   Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on January 8, 2024.

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee and Keith Erickson-Trustee.

MINUTES APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the January 5, 2024 minutes.  All in favor, motion passed.

AGENDA APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the agenda.   All in favor, motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENT:  Mary DeLine let the board know that the Pickleball players love having the township hall open this winter.

OLD BUSINESS:  Strohshein let the board know that the Planning Commission is ready to have Marinich upload the Rec Plan to Michigan Dept of Resources. 

-Strohshein let the board know that the Planning Commission held an open house/meeting on January 31, 2024.  They wanted to know who might be interested in being on a possible Rec Committee. 

-Strohshein also would like to see the Board of Appeals board members get straightened out. To find out who is left on the board, if they are still interested in being on the board.

-Tom and Nancy Kurkowski were present at the meeting concerned about the township easement issue.  They thought that this was a dead issue years ago.  This will be tabled until next months meeting.  Jay will contact the township attorney. 

-Buddy Sweeney was the only applicant for the Zoning Administrator position.  After discussion, Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve Sweeney as the townships new Zoning Administrator.  All in favor, motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS:  Fish attended an Energy webinar.  After discussion, this will be tabled until there is more information on this topic.

-Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to hold the Arvon Township Budget Workshop at 4:30 p.m. on March 29, 2024 at the Skanee Fire Hall.  All in favor, motion passed.

-Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to hold the Arvon Township Annual/Budget meeting on March 27, 2024 at 4:30 p.m at the Skanee Fire Hall.  All in favor, motion passed.

-The Bay Ambulance Service Agreement is up for renewal with the Township. The amount remains the same as last year, $15,006.00.  Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the agreement.  All in favor, motion passed.

-Bay Ambulance is reaching out to all the Baraga County townships to increase their millage for the Amb/Emt.  This will be tabled until the board has more information on the issue.

JAMES FEDIE:    

MAIL CALL:   

TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report.  General Fund-$312,232.69, Ambulance/EMT Fund-$16,811.44 Fire Fund-$299,682.88 Liquor Fund-$815.77, Road Fund-$168,030.46.  Erickson motioned, seconded by Marinich to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  All in favor, motion passed.      

BILL APPROVAL: Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the bills.  All in favor, motion passed.

NEXT MEETING DATE:   The next meeting date will be March 4, 2024 at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire hall.

ADJOURN:  Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to adjourn at 7:05 P.M.  All in favor, motion passed.

Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

Township Board Meeting Minutes January 8, 2024

CALL TO ORDER:   Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on December 4, 2023.

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee and Keith Erickson-Trustee.

MINUTES APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the December 4, 2023 minutes.  All in favor, motion passed.

AGENDA APPROVAL: Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the agenda.   All in favor, motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENT: 

OLD BUSINESS:  Strohshein let the board know that the Planning Commission will be holding a public meeting on January 31, 2024 in seek of a volunteer Recreation Committee.

-Fish let the board know that he went to Ken Anderson’s to pick up the remainder of information that Ken had on the land easement issue.  Fish met with the township attorney, Tinti, to find out the hours he has into this issue and to fire him.  Tinti told him he only had 2.5 hours because the paper work Fish brought to him the first time was a dead end.  Both of them looked at the information that  Anderson released and found out all the information Tinti will need was here including the map.  Tinti will have an answer for the township within six weeks.  Table until next months meeting.

-Buddy Sweeney and Jason McCarthy applied for the Zoning Administrator position.  After discussion, Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to set up interviews with the two gentlemen.  Table until next months meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:  Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve Jenny Janda/Chairperson and Debbie Sheldon, Sharon Ollila and Randee Collins/inspectors for the upcoming February 27, 2024 election.  All in favor, motion passed.

-Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve Jenny Janda/Chairperson and Debbie Sheldon, Sharon Ollila and Randee Collins/inspectors for the upcoming February 27, 2024 election.  All in favor, motion passed.     

JAMES FEDIE:    

MAIL CALL:   

TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report.  General Fund-$323,218.02 Ambulance/EMT Fund-$16,811.44 Fire Fund-$302,165.78 Liquor Fund-$860.43, Road Fund-$168,030.46.  Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  All in favor, motion passed.      

BILL APPROVAL: Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the bills.  All in favor, motion  passed.                                                                                                                                                               

NEXT MEETING DATE:   The next meeting date will be February 5, 2024 at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire hall.

ADJOURN:  Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to adjourn at 6:55 P.M.  All in favor, motion passed.

Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

Township Board Meeting Minutes, December 4, 2023


CALL TO ORDER: Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on December 4, 2023.
ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee and Keith Erickson-Trustee.
MINUTES APPROVAL: Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the November 6, 2023 minutes. All in favor, motion passed.
AGENDA APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the agenda. All in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENT:
OLD BUSINESS: Strohschein let the board know that when the Recreation Plan is complete, it will have to be uploaded to the MiGrants DNR site. Merrie Carlock from the State let Strohschein know that Lisa Marinich is the only authorized official to use the MiGrants account. Marinich let Strohschein know that when it is ready to be uploaded she will do it if approved by the board.
-Strohschein requests that the board approve formation of a Recreation Committee in December. No more than five volunteers on the committee. She would like to have an organizational meeting in January, open to all who are interested, and specifically inviting the people who expressed interest on the survey. Erickson motioned, seconded by Eliasion to approve a five person volunteer Rec Plan Committee. All in favor, motion passed.
-Fish is meeting with Tinti on December 5, 2023 to retrieve the townships papers on the land division issue.
NEW BUSINESS: For the State to take permanent electrical authority for the Township of Arvon, the Township will need to rescind its ordinance which gives it electrical code responsibility. If the Township doesn’t have an ordinance to rescind, it will need to create an ordinance rescinding its authority and state it is transferring electrical code authority to the State of Michigan. Marinich will put this on next months agenda.
-Marinich let the board know that she applied for a MiFire Equipment Grant back in April. The state emailed a letter the end of November that the township was granted 10,000.00. Marinich will proceed with all the documents the state requires.
-Marinich let the board know that the Election Proposal 22-2 has made many changes in the up coming elections. The election will be open for voting nine days prior to the day of elections, there will be more hours for the clerk. This will be tabled until next months meeting.
-Fish talked to Tikky’s Tree service about removing the tree that fell down at the Skanee Cemetery. Tikky’s is closed for business in the winter months. This will be taking care of in the spring.
-Years prior, the township billed the Skanee School half for plowing the Access Site. The school uses it daily
for student transferring. The bill the year is $1,200.00. After discussion the board decided to bill the school half $600.00.
JAMES FEDIE:
MAIL CALL:
TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report. General Fund-$322,366.77
Ambulance/EMT Fund-$20,562.94 Fire Fund-$302,275.60 Liquor Fund-$877.59, Road Fund-$170,030.46.
Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the Treasurer’s Report. All in favor, motion passed.
BILL APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the bills. All in favor, motion passed.
NEXT MEETING DATE: Due to the New Year holiday, the next meeting date will be January 8, 2024 at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire Hall.
ADJOURN: Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to adjourn at 6:40 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.
Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

Township Board Meeting Minutes, November 6, 2023

CALL TO ORDER: Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on November 6, 2023.
ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee and Keith Erickson-Trustee.
MINUTES APPROVAL: Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the October 2, 2023 minutes. All in favor, motion passed.
AGENDA APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the agenda. All in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Strohshein asked if the Sawmill Road property was sold and if it was, was it tagged. Fish let her know that the property has been sold and that is all he knows as of now.
-Strohshein let the board know that there is a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Baraga County residents that live on the lake or river. FEMA flood insurance is available. Strohshein let the board know that the Planning Commission is done with the FEMA issue.
OLD BUSINESS: Nancy Strohshein let the board know that the Planning commission will be working with their consultant through the winter. She would like to get a Recreation Committee started also. There are several people that marked on the survey that the PC sent out that would be interested in volunteering to be on the Recreation Committee board.
-Marinich will post a notice in the paper for a Zoning Administrator position opening in Arvon Township starting the first of the year.
-Fish let the board know that Tinti finally returned his phone calls. Tinti let Fish know that he has read through everything. Last month the board passed that we retrieve the papers from Tinti and hire a new township attorney. After discussion, Marinich motioned, seconded by Erickson to have Fish drive to Tinti’s office and pick up all the papers concerning the land easement issue. Marinich said she will also like to go. Marinich motioned, seconded by Erickson to get all the papers from Tinti and to pay mileage. All in favor,motion passed.
-K&N Contractors resubmitted their bid with more details. Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the bid of $47,850.00. All in favor, motion passed.
-Royal Lawn Care was the only bid for the Access site-$1,200.00 and the Skanee Park-$800.00. Janda motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the bid. All in favor, motion passed.
NEW BUSINESS:
JAMES FEDIE:
MAIL CALL: Fish received a letter from Thomas and Debra Armstrong that have property on 6 Pack Alley Rd. They want Arvon Township to maintain that road claiming that the township has the machines necessary to maintain this road. The Township is not responsible for maintaining private roads.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report. General Fund-$318,469.96; Ambulance/EMT Fund-$20,562.94; Fire Fund-$303,472.89; Liquor Fund-$922.25; Road Fund-$171,330.46.
Marinich motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the Treasurer’s Report. All in favor, motion passed.
BILL APPROVAL: Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the bills. All in favor, motion passed.
NEXT MEETING DATE: The next meeting date will be December 4, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire hall.
ADJOURN: Eliason motioned, seconded by Erickson to adjourn at 7:00 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.
Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

Township Board Meeting Minutes October 2, 2023

CALL TO ORDER: Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on October 2, 2023.
ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee.
MINUTES APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the September 11, 2023 minutes. All in favor, motion passed.
AGENDA APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the agenda. All in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Bette Gabe requests that the agenda have 2 public comments, one in the beginning and one at the end.
-Linnea Barron let the township board know that she is retiring from the Planning Commission as of October 1, 2023. The township board decided to leave the members as they are for now. There will be 5 members until spring when Donna Preston returns home from wintering there will be 6 members.
OLD BUSINESS: Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to approved Keith Erickson as the replace of Chris Wahmhoff’s position as township trustee. All in favor, motion passed. Erickson will sit on the board October 2, 2023 meeting.
-After discussion, the township board will look for a new township attorney. Fish will drive to Tinti’s office and pick up all the township papers. Fish asks for mileage. Marinich motioned, seconded by Janda to approve looking for a new attorney and mileage reimbursement. All in favor, motion passed.
-K&N Contractors is the only one that bid on the township hall restoration. The bid was $47,850.00. Would take approximately a month to finish and they will start first thing in the spring. After going through the bid, the board decided that the there needs to be more details. Marinich will contact K&N for a more detailed bid. This will be tabled until next months meeting.
-Homestead Graphics quote for 2 Skanee cemetery signs- $50.00 each, one Welcome to Skanee sign- $450.00, one Welcome to Arvon Twp sign-$450.00 and 1 Aura sign-$200.00. Janda motioned, seconded by Eliasion to approve the signs. All in favor, motion passed.
-Strohshein let the board know that flood insurance is based out of Maryland and is expensive for people that have a mortgage. The planning commission will have this issue on their October 11th meeting. The planning commission is also requesting a Recreation Commission.
-Marinich and Eliason let the board know that $60,000.00 was taken out of the General Fund and put into a 15 month 4.9% CD. After discussion, Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to put another $300,000.00 into a 5 month CD. All in favor, motion passed. Mills was present at the meeting and asked if the board would be willing to put the Road Fund money into a CD since the money won’t be used until 2025. Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve putting the Road Fund money into a higher rate CD. All in favor, motion passed.
NEW BUSINESS: Jim Nankervis will be surveying the Skanee Cemetery. Marinich will contact him to see what he will need.
-Bill Menge let Fish know that the Marquette Twp. Supervisor told him that Marquette County cannot maintain the Mouth of the Huron. Menge is willing to talk to the Marquette Council about Arvon township taking it over.
-Marinich requests keeping the Skanee Township hall open for the winter due to a February 2024 election. There is an exercise group that would also like to see it stay open. Erickson motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve it open for winter. All in favor, motion passed.
-Plowing the access site and township park will be tabled until next months meeting.
JAMES FEDIE: Fedie let the board know he had training. Also the Skanee school will be proposing from 11% to 13% school millage in the up coming election.
MAIL CALL:
TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report. General Fund-$319,780.37
Ambulance/EMT Fund-$20,768.06 Fire Fund-$304,818.13 Liquor Fund-$1,011.57, Road Fund-$171,330.46.
Erickson motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the Treasurer’s Report. All in favor, motion passed.
BILL APPROVAL: Janda motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the bills. All in favor, motion passed.
NEXT MEETING DATE: The next meeting date will be November 6, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire hall.
ADJOURN: Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to adjourn at 7:15 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.
Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

Township Board Meeting Minutes September 11, 2023

CALL TO ORDER: Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the ArvonTownship fire hall on September 11, 2023.
ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee , Chris Walmhoff-Trustee/absent.
MINUTES APPROVAL: Janda motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the August 7, 2023 minutes. All in favor, motion passed.
AGENDA APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the agenda. All in favor, motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Township Board trustee Chris Wahmhoff sent the board a letter of resignation effective immediately on September 10, 2023. He explained that his work demands more of his time.
OLD BUSINESS: There were no updates from the Planning Commission at this time.
-Land easement is to be tabled until next months meeting. The board is considering hiring a new township attorney. Tinti has not contacted Fish back in months. Table this issue until next months meeting.
-The board did not receive any bids on the restoration of the township hall. Marinich will put it in the L’Anse Sentinel for next week. Tabled until next months meeting.
NEW BUSINESS: Nancy Strohschein offered to look into the Fema Flood insurance issue. Table until next months meeting.
-Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the 2023 L-4029 tax rate request. All in favor, motion passed.
-The Recreation plan is at its final stage. The Planning Commission approved it for the Arvon Township board to approve. Eliason motioned, seconded by Marinich to adopt The Arvon Township Recreation Plan/ 2024-2028. The Resolution to adopt it was approved by all members of the board-Eliason, Marinich, Janda and Fish. 4 yeas and 0 neys.
-Due to Chris Wahmhoff resigning from the township board trustee position, the board will appoint a replacement at next months board meeting. This will be tabled until next months meeting.
-Zoning Administrator Ken Anderson will be retiring at the end of the year. An add will be put in the paper in November. Fish let the board know that Jason McCarthy is interested in the position.
JAMES FEDIE: Absent
MAIL CALL:
TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report. General Fund-$337,599.26
Ambulance/EMT Fund-$24,519.56 Fire Fund-$310,779.74 Liquor Fund-$489.07, Road Fund-$171,330.46.
Marinich motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the Treasurer’s Report. All in favor, motion passed.
BILL APPROVAL: Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the bills. All in favor, motion passed.
NEXT MEETING DATE: The next meeting date will be October 2, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire hall.
ADJOURN: Eliason motioned, seconded by Marinich to adjourn at 7:15 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.
Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

    Township Board Meeting Minutes August 7, 2023

    CALL TO ORDER: Supervisor Jay Fish called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. at the Arvon Township fire hall on August 7, 2023.
    ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT: Jay Fish-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Eliason-Treasurer, Robert Janda-Trustee , Chris Walmhoff-Trustee/absent.
    MINUTES APPROVAL: Janda motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the July 10, 2023 minutes. All in favor, motion passed.
    AGENDA APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the agenda. All in favor, motion passed.
    PUBLIC COMMENT:
    OLD BUSINESS: Lindert represented the Planning commission. He encourages the board to read the Township Recreation Plan update. The Planning Commission will be holding a hearing on September 7, 2023at 6:00 p.m. It will be held at the Skanee Township Hall. A notice was put in the paper. Marinich will put the resolution of adoption for the Recreation Plan on the September agenda.
    -Fish has tried to contact Tinti on the land division issue. Tinti has not respond. May have to consider a new township attorney. This will be tabled until next months meeting.
    -There were no bids for restoration on the township hall. Fish said he would put it on his facebook page and the township should have it put on their Facebook page also. An add could be put in the Houghton paper also. Table until next month
    -After discussion, Eliason motioned, seconded by Marinich to approve Homestead Graphics for the township signs. All in favor, motion passed.
    NEW BUSINESS: Kelly Erickson received a bid from Tikky’s Tree Service to remove a few trees and all the debris at the Skanee Township Park for $3,900.00. The trees and branches are dangerous. Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to approve the tree removal at the park. All in favor, motion passed.
    JAMES FEDIE: Absent
    MAIL CALL:
    TREASURER’S REPORT: Eliason gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report. General Fund-$337,586.93 Ambulance/EMT Fund-$24,565.69 Fire Fund-$310,968.38 Liquor Fund-$533.73, Road Fund-$166,299.06.
    Marinich motioned, seconded by Janda to approve the Treasurer’s Report. All in favor, motion passed.
    BILL APPROVAL: Eliason motioned, seconded by Marinich to approve the bills. All in favor, motion passed.
    NEXT MEETING DATE: Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting date will be September 11, 2023 at 6:00 P.M. at the Fire hall.
    ADJOURN: Marinich motioned, seconded by Eliason to adjourn at 6:25 P.M. All in favor, motion passed.
    Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

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