Township Hall at 14132 Pierce Road, Stanwood, Michigan, 49346 on September 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Present were: Kenneth Vredenburg, Elizabeth G Carr, Carolyn Towsley, and John Brockway. Sandra Mayo was absent. There were two guests present.

Public Comment: Gordon Truit-The Austin Blair Dinner will be Thursday, September 24th at Tulleymore Golf Resort. The Meet & Greet will start at 5:30 p.m. The Dinner hour starts at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Robyn Walensky. Tickets can be purchased at Patterson’s Flower or online at austinblair.html. Art Adelman-There will be a 1/10 increase in the millage rate because EMS has had to purchase a new ambulance. Commission on Aging has applied for a grant. The Community Corrections grant has been cancelled. They will make up the difference with higher fees in their programs i.e. tethers, drug tests, etc. The Court House will begin a three stage program of strengthening their security with a focus on their south entrance.

Minutes: Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by John Brockway to accept the minutes with a correction to Unfinished Business #2: BS&S should be BS&A and to New Business #1 FOIA: Sandra May should be Sandra Mayo. Motion carried.

Financial Report: The extra deposit from the METRO Act has been deposited in the checking account so that the refund check may be written. We received a check from Charter for $11,039.00. One check from the taxes bounced and we were required to pay a fee on it.

Payment of the Bills: Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by John Brockway to approve for payment Township check #’s 8556-8576 and Cemetery check #’s 1540-1542, with the addition of check # 8577 for $3,348.30 to repay the Metro Act account. Motion carried.

Unfinished Business:

1.      Fire Department and First Responder Report: The Pancake Breakfast will be September 13th from 8:30-12:00. The Fire Board Meeting will be September 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

2.      Assessor’s and Supervisor’s Report: The L-4029 form is completed. The millage will remain the same at 1.25 mils. The ISD will be collecting 5.0859 mils. Will look into adding some links to several public service organizations such as The American Lung Association and QuitDay .org.

3.      Treasurer’s Report: The taxes are due Monday, September 15, 2015. 52% of the taxpayers have paid 67% of the taxes.

4.      Clerk’s Report: There is a Special Election on November 3, 2015. I will be sending out the AV apps this week.

5.      Taxes: We were in default with the Golf Course Tribunal. We had prepared the wrong paperwork. All the right paperwork has been corrected. We will piggyback on whatever settlement Morton Township makes with them.

6.      FYI: The FOIA guidelines have been posted online. Carolyn is still working on the Staples business account.  There will be turkey barns going in on 180th Ave. We will speck out on the cost of regular pavement and the cost of reinforcing the road by the turkey barns with extra pavement.

Adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

Elizabeth G Carr

Austin Township Clerk