The Austin Township Board Meeting was called to order on March 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. by Supervisor Kenneth Vredenburg at the Township Hall at14132 Pierce Road, Stanwood, MI, 49346.

Present were Kenneth Vredenburg, Elizabeth G. Carr, Carolyn Towsley, and John Brockway.

Minutes: Correction-Treasurer’s Report should read:"CD#022 was rolled over for 18 months at 0.45% with a due date of July 2013." Moved by John Conforte, supported by John Brockway to approve the minutes. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Independent Bank CD#008 was rolled over with a due date of 04-10-13. Moved by Kenneth Vredenburg, supported by Carolyn Towsley to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Carried subject to audit.

Payment of the Bills: Presented for payment-Township check #’s 7683-7697 and Cemetery #’s 1437-1438. Presented for review-Fire Department check #’s 4579-4590 and First Responders check#’s1280-1283. Moved by John Brockway, supported by John Conforte to approve the payment of the bills with the addition of Township check #7698 to Carolyn Towsley for $50.00. Motion carried.

Unfinished Business:

1. Fire Department and First Responder Report: The next Fire Board Meeting will be March 28th, 2012. We will be appointing officers at that meeting and setting the budget for next fiscal year.

2. Assessor/Supervisor Report:

3. Treasurer’s Report: We received $18,898.00 in State Shared Revenue. The County will do the tax billings again next year. Chemical Bank will start charging some bank fees next year. One of those fees is a charge for paper bank statements, so I will begin printing our bank statement from the internet. 90% of the Summer Taxes have been paid and 84% of the winter taxes have been paid. Eight dog tags were sold.

4. Clerk’s Report: Moved by Elizabeth Carr, supported by Carolyn Towsley to not spend over $600.00 on the renewal and update of the QuickBooks program. Motion carried.

5. Roads: Discussion of Buchanan Road Resurfacing Project. Morton Township, Austin Township, and the County Road Commission are all working together to come up with the funding to complete the project. There will be several hill cuts and some reshaping.

6. FYI: The Budget Meeting will be March 23, 2012 at 1p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Elizabeth G. Carr

Austin Township Clerk