ARVON TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION QUARTERLY MEETING
JULY 10, 2019
CALL TO ORDER: 6:02 p.m.
ROLL CALL AND RECOGNITION OF VISITORS: Bette Gabe, Chairperson; Jay Loman, Trustee; Dorothy Nankervis, Trustee; Keith Erickson, Township Board Representative; Joe Bollech, Trustee. Absent: Mary Deline, Trustee, out of town.
Visitors included: Jeff Loman, Wayne Abba, Pat Stein, Linda Kinnunen, Katherine Andrews.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Addition to agenda under Old Business add Township Website. Keith made a motion, seconded by Dorothy.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Jay requested a correction in the Public Hearing minutes to indicate that he was in attendance and to correct the name to Bob Kissel in attendance. Approval of minutes by Jay, seconded by Dorothy with the changes.
SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Katherine Andrews made comment on a comment during the public hearing about nature conservancy being unique. She stated it is not unique. There are several nature conservancies in the state. We explained that statement was made by a public member and we recorded it as stated.
Jeff Loman stated how important it was that the wind energy systems be addressed by Arvon Township and changed in our ordinance. On SAVE, the attorney Mr. Tinti said if zoning ordinance prevented wind turbines on forest resource land that township would get sued. Not true, L’Anse didn’t get sued. If attorney continues to advise that we would be sued, ask him to provide a case example.
Wayne Abba stated that restrictrictions are not exclusive and our attorney does not have an understanding of wind energy. If a threat should arise, ask what is it based on. The big push for wind energy is that tax credits for this will end in 2020.
Katherine commented that L’Anse’s attorney would get back to them right away with an answer. Technology makes it possible to do business without having face to face contact.
Another topic that came up at a township board meeting was the issue of dust abatement on our unpaved roads. Wayne stated that too often the first response is that it is too expensive and the county will not do anything. Wayne stated when a problem arises to acknowledge the problem and try for a solution. He suggested: 1. There is a problem. 2. Present solutions (all of them no matter how expensive). 3. Find which solution may have possibilities, then look into the cost and find ways to resolve it. Maybe cost share for residents who are directly affected.
OTHER MATTERS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION: None
OPEN DISCUSSION FOR ISSUES NOT ON THE AGENDA
REPORT OF TOWNSHIP BOARD REPRESENTATIVE, Keith Erickson: None.
REPORT OF ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS REPRESENTATIVE, Jay Loman: None.
REPORT OF PLANNING CONSULTANT: None.
DISCRETIONARY PUBLIC COMMENT: None.
NEXT QUARTERLY MEETING DATE: Oct 9, 2019, 6 p.m. at Town Hall.
ADJOURNMENT: 7:40 p.m. Keith made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Dorothy.
Submitted by Linnea Barron, Secretary