The Austin Township Board Meeting was called to order on May 8, 2012 at 7:35 p.m. by Supervisor Kenneth Vredenburg at the Township Hall at 14132 Pierce Road, Stanwood, MI, 49346.

Present were: Kenneth Vredenburg, Carolyn Towsley, John Brockway, John Conforte, and Cheryl Wensloff.

Members Absent: Elizabeth G. Carr

Public Comment: Chuck Tennant passed out his campaign information and discussed his run for Drain Commissioner.

Minutes: Corrections-Public Comment-‘County Commissioner Ray Steinke introduced our new County Commissioner for this district, Art Adelman.’ Clerk’s Report-‘Elizabeth G. Carr-yes.’ Moved by John Brockway, supported by Carolyn Towsley to approve the minutes with corrections.

Treasurer’s Report: Need to have accountant enter outstanding taxes for 2011 on Balance Sheet as Accounts Receivable and probably have him move interest shown for this fiscal year into last year’s balance. Moved by Kenneth Vredenburg, supported by John Conforte to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Carried subject to audit.

Payment of the Bills: Presented for payment-Austin Township check #’s7735-7753 and Cemetery check #’s 1441-1443. Presented for review Fire Department check #’s 4607-4613 and First Responder check #’s1286-1293. Moved by Kenneth Vredenburg, supported by John Brockway to approve the payment of the bills. Motion carried.

Unfinished Business:

1. Fire Department and First Responder: The Fire Board Meeting will be next week, May 16, 2012 at 7 pm at the Fire Hall.

2. Assessor/Supervisor Report: The Cemetery Board would like to take out the large pine tree in the cemetery. We will be taking bids.

3. Treasurer’s Report: The newsletter is drafted. It will be printed in color.

4. Clerk’s Report: We received a ‘Thank You’ letter from the Morton Township Library. Remember the the Spring District Meeting is in Big Rapids at the Holiday Inn on May 17, 2012. Please have your petitions and election paperwork to the clerk by May 15th at noon. The Township Board would like to state their preference to have the minutes posted in 10 days. The Township Board prefers them to be posted by 5 days.

5. Roads: The Buchanan Road project is progressing along on schedule. They hope to have our share completed by Memorial Day. We can probably expect the invoice by June or July.

6. Franchise Agreement: Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by John Conforte to sign the agreement as presented.

7. Verizon: The Verizon representative will be here Wednesday to set up the Verizon modem for us to try out. There is still no word about a Verizon tower.

New Business:

1. Floor Refinishing: Moved by Kenneth Vredenburg, supported by John Conforte to refinish the floor for $800.00-$1,000.00. The bid goes to Gary McIntyre. We will not strip the floor at this time. Motion carried.

Adjournment 9:10 pm.

Austin Township Deputy Clerk-Cheryl Wensloff