The Austin Township Board Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Kenneth Vredenburg at the Township Hall at 14132 Pierce Road, Stanwood, Michigan, 49346 on February 10, 2015 at 7:30 p. m.

Present were: KennethVredenburg, Elizabeth G Carr, Carolyn Towsley, John Brockway, and Sandra Mayo. There were two guest present.

Public Comment: Recycle of Morton Township has moved to a new location and is always looking for more volunteers.

Minutes: Moved by Sandra Mayo, supported by Kenneth Vredenburg to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried.

Financial Report: The Taxes Receivables are showing up inaccurately on the Balance Sheet. They have already been entered. Income received this month was from interest and hall rental. The Fire Department has a difference of $15.00 in the Independent Bank CD. This is an inaccurate entry from when we transferred the accounts. The only income they received this month was from interest. The First Responders have a difference of $8.56 from overpayment to the IRS. The correction papers have been filed. The First Responders received their November/December run money. The Cemetery balances.

Payment of the Bills: Moved by John Brockway, supported by Sandra Mayo, to approve for payment Township check #’s 8403-8417 and Cemetery check #1523 and to present for review Fire Department check #’s 5005-5008 and First Responder check #’s 1486-1487. Motion carried.

Unfinished Business:

1.      Fire Department and First Responder Report: Ken Lind, our insurance agent, was present at the Fire Board meeting. He brought the renewal papers. The renewal went up by $37.00. He agreed to break down the insurance between the Fire Department and the First Responders. All training has been done for the 2014 year. There is a valve leak on 3-12. 3-11 has a problem with their pump. The First Responders had 194 calls last year. That is 20 more than last year. Marv Bell will be retiring as Fire Chief at the end of his term at the end of March, 2015.

2.      Assessor and Supervisor’s Report: The Board of Review will be March 9-11th. Everyone will be receiving new tax notices in the mail soon. The Cemetery mowing job will be bid out this year.

3.      Treasurer’s Report: 81% of tax payers have paid 96% of the Summer Taxes. 67% of the tax payers have paid 79% of the winter taxes.

4.      Clerk’s Report: There will be a State Election to modify the tax code on May 5, 2015. We received a letter from Chloride Sales, Inc detailing their pricing to brine our roads again this year.

5.      MTA Annual Meeting: Sandy reported that the classes were informative, but would have appreciated more options during the Wednesday classes. There is an update to the FOIA policy.

6.      MCTA Meeting: All officers from last year were re-elected. The minutes are available online.



Adjourned at 9:04 p.m.


Elizabeth G Carr


Austin Township Clerk