The Austin Township Board Meeting was called to order on July 13, 2010 at 7:40 p.m. by Supervisor Kenneth Vredenburg at the Township Hall at 14132 Pierce Rd., Stanwood, MI, 49346.

Present were Kenneth Vredenburg, Helen Burden-Deputy Treasurer, Elizabeth G. Carr, John Brockway, and John Conforte.  Absent was Carolyn Towsley.

Public Comment: Verizon has renewed their permits to build communication towers.

Minutes: Moved by John Brockway, supported by Kenneth Vredenburg to approve the minutes with corrections.

Treasurer’s Report: The First Responder March/April per run money was incorrectly deposited in the Fire Dept. account. We also had trouble showing the transfer of money for the new First Responder truck from the First Responder account to the Fire Dept. account. We called Doug Wolhberg, the auditor, and he had us create’996-Transfer Out” as a new line item in the budget for the First Responders. We also have a $5.00 discrepancy between the Clerk and Treasurer because Independent Bank has charged us a service fee on our CD accounts like they were checking accounts. Carolyn will be working with them to get these removed and done away with. Moved by John Conforte, supported by Kenn Vredenburg to approve the Treasurer’s Report.

Payment of the bills: Correction to the bills-need to add the check numbers of the bills to be paid. The bills to be paid are check numbers 7293-7311. Moved by John Brockway, supported by John Conforte to pay the bills.

Unfinished Business:

1.       Fire Department Report: No new information on the ISO rating. No new progress on getting internet there at the Fire Hall. Insurance quotes-Carolyn is attempting to get new quotes. A decision will need to be made at the Fire Board meeting because the insurance is due. We can’t afford for the insurance to lapse on the Fire Dept. and the First Responders. The truck and the box are ordered for the First Responder truck. The lease for the right-of-way for the WellMaster Production Co. LLC to put a gas line in front of the Fire Department has been signed. We will be recompensed $400.00 if they put the gas line in.

2.       Supervisor and Assessor’s Report: There will be a Board of Review meeting next Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

3.       Treasurer’s Report: Chemical Bank CD # 6422131448 and First Bank CD #2610098895 need to be reinvested.

4.       Clerk’s Report: Elections-the Qualified Voter File training went ok. We were surprised to learn that the QVF program is only configured to work on XP or Windows 2003 or older computers. It will be a year before they can rework it to run on Vista or Windows 7. In light of this, I will be taking the old computer from the clerk’s office home to connect to the internet and download the QVF program from the Bureau of Elections. I am going to need to purchase a new filing system for the mastercards for the registered voters. The style of mastercard has been changed to save money. I have received Electronic Poll Book computer and all of its attachments. The clerks have arranged an EPB training day on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Martiny Township. Election Inspector training will be Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 9:00-12:00 a.m. There is a County Commissioner Informational Meeting on July 21, from 1-3 p.m.  There will be a Mecosta County Master Plan workshop on August 5, 2010.

5.       Recycle Day at Morton Township would like to have a contract with us about our township participation. We will defer a decision and discussion until next month and set our contribution then.

6.       Wild Blue Internet: Kenn- Wild Blue contacted me about adjustments to my home system. I asked about the Township and they were able to find room for us. Equipment will be $100.00. Installation is free. They will only do automatic withdrawal for payment. We will need to buy some virus protection-probably pick up a three pack of Norton at Staples. Do we want wireless internet or a hard line? Prefer to have a hard line


Adjournment at 8:53 p.m.

Elizabeth G. Carr


Austin Township Clerk