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 August 11, 2015 at 7:37 p.m.

Present were: Kenneth Vredenburg, Elizabeth G Carr, Carolyn Towsley, John Brockway, and Sandra Mayo. There were no guests present.

Public Comment: NA

Minutes: Moved by Sandra Mayo, supported by Carolyn Towsley to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried.

Financial Report: Moved by Sandra Mayo, supported by John Brockway to accept the report as presented subject to audit. The Township has received the Revenue Sharing Check of $18,414.00. Two Revenue Sharing checks have been received this year. The Michigan Municipal reimbursement check has been received and the Austin Township property tax check. The Tax Disbursement checks have been sent. The Metro Act payment did process into the Savings Account, but they made a double deposit. They are still working on a process to remove the extra payment. The Cemetery accounts balanced at $5,082.52.

Payment of the Bills: Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by Sandra Mayo to approve for payment Township check #’s 8537-8555 and Cemetery check #’s1537-1539, with the addition of Township check #8556 Morton Township for the recycle program. Motion carried.

Unfinished Business:

1.        Fire Department and First Responder Report: The transfer of the Fire Department and First Responder Financial Accounts are about ¾’s done. The Fire Board moved to add fourteen qualifying questions in lieu of an aptitude test to the Fire Department Application. The Board approved for the First Responders to purchase four Motorola 800 MHz radios at $1,750.00 for a total of $7,000.00. Mecosta County has switched all their radios at Central Dispatch, the Sheriff’s Office, and EMS to the new digital 800 MHz radios. This has caused a  problem in our area where the signal isn’t strong enough. Currently all communications have to be routed through Central Dispatch. The purchased radios will be used for Command and Control with a goal of purchasing 4-6 radios per year until the whole department has up-to-date radios. Austin and Mecosta Townships will be approached to possibly purchase extra radios. Ladder and extrication training are complete. There were no injuries. We will have a new member of the Fire Department, Cody Bullock, per the passing of his physical. A siren was replaced on Truck 3-31 for $125.00.

2.      Assessor’s and Supervisor’s Report: BOR is done. BS&A has sent a letter stating that they aren’t responsible for the new cost manuals the State is putting out. They are being released to BS&S in November of 2015. It will take a year for them to be implemented into the system. Tulleymore is disputing their assessed taxes. There has been a junk complaint turned in to the County.

3.      Treasurer’s Report: 29% of taxpayers have paid 28% of the taxes. That is substantially more than last year. Trans Canada has paid their taxes in one sum. The MCTA Meeting was at Fork Township. There were about 20 some people in attendance. Phil Potvin presented the House of Representatives Road Plan. MTA sent a fact sheet about the different plans being offered. The canine unit and officer are doing very well. Paris Park has the highest attendance in the Mecosta Parks system. The County will begin to charge a parking fee there in the fall.

4.      Clerk’s Report: Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by Sandra Mayo to send the Clerk to the Clerk’s Retreat at Boyne Mountain on September 23-24th to be taken out of 101-960 Education and Training. Motion carried. Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by John Brockway to pay the Morton Township recycle fee of $200.00. Motion carried. Motion carried. The new Mecosta County Morgue has 4 work stations and cooler space for twenty cases. The offices are interconnected so that everyone see the same information on cases. Pediatric cases will be sent to Lansing. Adult homicide cases are sent to Grand Rapids. We have a contract with Newaygo County. In the future they hope to get contracts with other surrounding counties.

5.      Casair: No further action will be taken regarding their METRO Act application.

New Business:

1.      FOIA: Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by Sandra Mayo to accept Resolution 2015-3 as the Austin Township Resolution Adopting Freedom of Information Act Procedures and Guidelines and Summary Thereof.

Kenneth Vredenburg-yes                               Elizabeth G Carr-yes

Carolyn Towsley-yes                                     John Brockway-yes

Sandra May    

2.      Austin Township  would like the Fire Department to explore if the old radios could be sold to offset the cost of the new radios.

3.      Staples: Carolyn will explore what would be involved in a business account with Staples.

Adjourned at 9:35 p.m.


Elizabeth G Carr


Austin Township Clerk