The Austin Township Board Meeting was called to order on August 9, 2011 at 7:33 p.m. by Supervisor Kenneth Vredenburg at the Township Hall at 14132 Pierce Road, Stanwood, MI, 49346.

Present were: Kenneth Vredenburg, Elizabeth G. Carr, Carolyn Towsley, John Conforte, and John Brockway. There were three guests present.

Public Comment: Ray Steinke, County Commissioner reported that side-of-the road ATV right-of-way legislation is being worked on. Brad Harkness from Michigan Chloride Sales reported on the services they provide. Austin Township is considering the use of their services to brine some of their gravel roads.

Minutes: #5 Roads should read: We will be considering setting up our second brining with MCS. #7 should read: The supervisor has been contacted by Verizon again and they are looking at putting up three towers again in Mecosta County. Moved by John Brockway, supported by Carolyn Towsley to approve the minutes with corrections. Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: The Cemetery has received some revenue through lot sales this month. Moved by Elizabeth Carr, supported by Carolyn Towsley to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Motion carried.

Payment of the Bills: There were updates with BS&A for the Treasurer and Assessor. Western Insurance will offer a dividend program next year. Training for the Fire Department will be available. Boiler, machinery, and flood insurance coverage is supposed to increase with no extra charge. The 941 payment is $861.83. Presented for payment is Township check #’s7565-7582 and Cemetery check #’s 1424-1425. Presented for review are Fire Department check #’s 4484-4489 and First Responder check #’s 1239-1242. Moved by John Conforte, supported by John Brockway. Motion carried.

Unfinished Business:

1. Fire Department and First Responder Report: There has been no decision made on high speed internet for the Fire Department. They have sold the 6x6. The alternator and flex pipe needed to be replaced on the new truck. The Fire Board has approved to paint the new truck. The department will be selling the pump, tank, and reels from the old truck. After comparing prices with other companies, the Fire Board decided to stay with Holtons for the upcoming year. We still have a $360.00 credit with them from last year. We would like to buy our own fuel tank as that would give us more flexibility to choose the least expensive fuel in the future. The Fire Chief reported 14 runs. There is one new fire fighter. We sold the old International Tanker. The Pancake Breakfast will be the week after Labor Day on September 11, 2011. The Pig Roast will be during Fire Week in October.

2. Supervisor/Assessor: The review of the Assessor’s office went well as far as I know. He did not bring up any issues. Verizon has picked three possible sites in our area for their new towers. There have been no permits pulled or contracts signed yet.

3. Treasurer’s Report: 480 taxes have been paid with 15% of the money paid in. That is ahead of where we were last year at this time.

4. Clerk’s Report: MTA has withdrawn their Workman’s Comp Plan they were trying to get started. A copy of everyone’s computer password should be kept in the safe in the event of an emergency. Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by John Conforte to send the Clerk and


the Deputy Clerk, if she is available, to the Township Clerk’s Professional Retreat. Motion carried.

5. Roads: Moved by Carolyn Towsley, supported by John Conforte to spend up to 7500.00 with Michigan Chloride Sales to brine approximately 20 miles of gravel road in Austin Township. Motion carried.

6. LP: Moved by John Brockway, supported by Carolyn Towsley to choose the pre-pay program with Holtons LP for the Township. The estimated cost is $3796.00. Motion carried.

7. ORV: Moved by Elizabeth G. Carr, supported by Carolyn Towsley to write a letter of support from the Township for the new Off Road Vehicle Legislation. Motion carried.

8. FYI Recycle: Morton Township will be offering recycling every Saturday instead of once per month. They are working with a new company now. Your items don’t have to be pre-sorted with this company. Recycling will take place every Saturday from 9 –12.

9. Millage: The Township will vote next month on collecting their mil and a quarter.

10. Tulleymore Golf Course: Moved by Kenn Vredenburg, supported by Carolyn Towsley to accept the proposed settlement Docket #366616 with true cash value to be $867,000.00 for the years in question. Motion carried.

Adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Elizabeth G. Carr

Austin Township Clerk