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.
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.
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