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Township Board Mtg Minutes July 2019

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Township Board Mtg Minutes July 2019

JULY 1, 2019 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

CALL TO ORDER:  Supervisor James Soli called the Regular Board meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at the Arvon Township Fire Hall on July 1, 2019.

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS PRESENT:  James Soli-Supervisor, Lisa Marinich-Clerk, Krystal Larson-Treasurer, Keith Erickson-Trustee and Chris Wahmhoff-Trustee.

MINUTES APPROVAL:  Erickson motioned, seconded by Wahmhoff to approve the June 3, 2019 minutes.  All in favor, motion passed.

AGENDA APPROVAL:  Soli requests “Bid for cemetery” under “Old Business.”  Erickson motioned, seconded by Larson to approve the agenda with the one addition.  All in favor, motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENT: 

OLD BUSINESS: Bette Gabe hasn’t received a response from either Brad Newman or Sarah from Mekena about updating the Township’s Master Plan.  She did hear from a Mary VanTilburg about possibly helping out with it.  This will be tabled until next month’s meeting.

-The provisions of the ordinance shall be administered by the Zoning Administer who shall be appointed by the township board not the Planning Commission.  Marinich approved it seconded by Erickson.  All in favor, motion passed.

-Soli found out that Covington, L’Anse and Baraga all pay their Firefighters a certain amount to attend a fire, but also have to take taxes out and send out W2’s at the end of the year.  This will be tabled until next month’s meeting. 

-The Planning Commission has a revised zoning map update including better color clarity and road name corrections.  Marinich motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the map revision as an adopted amendment to the Arvon zoning ordinance.  All in favor, motion passed.  The Planning Commission also has a zoning text correction in all districts and wherever else references are made in the zoning text regarding small non-inhabitable structures such as utility buildings, the zoning administrator has permitting and approval authority not the Planning Commission.  Marinich motioned, seconded by Erickson to approve the adoption of this amendment.  All in favor, motion passed.  Marinich will put the notice in the paper by the due date.

-Soli did not hear back from the township’s new attorney about the zoning additions and corrections.  This will be tabled until next month’s meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:  The State is requiring township’s to either opt in or opt out of the Recreational Marijuana establishment. Marinich motioned, seconded by Erickson to Opt out of the Recreational Marijuana Establishment.  All in favor, motion passed.

Residents on Portice Road are concerned about all the dust from traffic.  Soli let them know that the township can’t afford putting chloride down on all the gravel roads in Arvon Township.  He let them know that years ago the township had a road maintenance millage and the dust control was an issue even then.

-The Kallio Fund donated $1,200.00 this year towards the Skanee Cemetery clean up. The board thanks them for such a big donation. 

-Scott Swanson bid $2,600.00 to provide surveying services for the Skanee cemetery expansion to the north of the existing cemetery plats.  Services would include working on design of new lot and block area.  Setting iron pins at block corners and a map will be provided in PDF form as well as hard copy.  Iron pins will be provided by the township.  Marinich motioned, seconded by Larson to approve Swanson with the job.  All in favor, motion passed.

FEDIE:  He is working on the rest of the field work for the Township.

MAIL CALL: Received the invoice from the Portage Health Foundation.  The township approved $1,000.00 to donate to UPSET.  Marinich will make the check out for next month’s meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:  Larson gave the Treasurer’s Report.  General Fund-$239,160.03, Ambulance/EMT Fund-$30,260.89, Fire Fund-$133,669.94, Liquor Fund-$503.70, Road Fund-$18,340.83.  Erickson motioned, seconded by Wahmhoff to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  All in favor, motion passed.

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

NEXT MEETING DATE:  The next meeting date will be held on August 5, 2019 at the Arvon Township Fire Hall.

ADJOURN:  Erickson motioned, seconded by Marinich to adjourn at 6:50 p.m.  All in favor, motion passed.

Lisa M. Marinich/Arvon Township Clerk

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