Ravenna Township

3770 Blackmer Road, Ravenna Michigan 49451

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RAVENNA TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING MINUTES

May 14, 2015

The May meeting of the Ravenna Township Board was called to order on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor Ken Punter. Pledge to the Flag was led by Marlene Curtis.  Prayer was led by Trustee Elmer Hoyle.  Members present were:  Ken Punter, Supervisor; Sonja Patterson, Treasurer; Elmer Hoyle, Trustee; Bruce Yonker, Trustee; Fire Chief Greg Crowley; 5 guests  Clerk Penny Sherman arrived at 7:10 due to attendance of the Preschool Program.  Motion by Yonker, support by Hoyle to approve Agenda.  Motion carried.  Motion by Hoyle, support by Yonker to approve the minutes from the April 9, 2015 meeting.  Motion carried.

Citizens Comments:  None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Assessor:  No report.

Fire Board:  Call report:  13 Medicals, 1 Fire.  Eight Firemen have been fitted for their new turnout gear.  Jon Miller has completed Fire Academy I and II.  The Tanker letter has been completed.  The Fire Department will be in the Memorial Day Parade hosted by the American Legion.  The Fire Station Mortgage is set to be paid in full on July 1st which is 2 years ahead of schedule. People interested in a burn permit may go the web site: www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits.   Address signs are available to purchase for $20.00, if anyone is interested they should call the Township Hall at 231-853-6205.

Building Inspector: 7 permits were issued (5 building, 1 electrical and 1 mechanical).

Museum/Library:  Everything is going great.     A large number of books were donated to the Friends of the Library Committee.

Cemetery:  The Cemetery is looking very pretty for Memorial Day.

Planning Commission:  Planning Commission met on April 20, 2015 and 2 Special Use Applications were approved.

Zoning Administrator:  No report.

Chamber of Commerce: The Caboose will be here soon.

Ravenna Area Historical Society:  Patterson presented minutes from the RAHS Meeting that was held on April 16, 2015.

Road Commission:  The Performance and Indemnification Resolution was discussed which is required by the Muskegon County Road Commission to enable it to issue to a governmental body Permits for Use of Muskegon County Roads, or Permits for Miscellaneous Operations within Muskegon County Roads which is needed for us to use D & B Brine for this years’ Brine application.  Motion by Punter, support by Sherman to approve the Performance and Indemnification Resolution.  Roll call vote taken:  Yonker-Aye, Hoyle-Aye, Sherman-Aye, Patterson-Aye, Punter-Aye.  Motion carried.

New Business:  Ensley Road cost share project was discussed.  This project would include ditching this area, tree and stump removal, 120 feet of new culvert and then adding 8 inches of new aggregate to the project area.  The MCRC estimate for this project would be $44,517.00 with MCRC paying $17,807.00 and Ravenna Township and Sullivan Township each paying $13,355.00.  Motion by Hoyle, support by Patterson to approve the Ensley Road cost share project contingent on approval by the Sullivan Township Board and the MCRC to cost share the project and to allow for a payment plan.  Motion carried.  Punter spoke about landscaping the front of the building facing Crockery Creek Drive.  Motion by Sherman, support by Patterson to allocate up to $500.00 for the landscaping project.  The annual Budget Workshop will be held June 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  The Public Hearing for the Township and Fire Budgets will be Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Unfinished Business: Ordinance 15-01 an Ordinance Regarding the Township Historical Commission was discussed.   Motion by Patterson, support by Sherman to approve Ordinance 15-01.  Roll call vote taken:  Yonker-Aye, Hoyle-Aye, Sherman-Aye, Patterson-Aye, Punter-Aye.  Motion carried.  The Historical Society approved their By-Laws March 20, 2015.  Ordinance 15-02 an Ordinance Addressing Floodplain management Provisions of the State Construction Code was discussed.  Motion by Punter, support by Sherman to approve Ordinance 15-02.  Roll call vote taken:  Yonker-Aye, Hoyle-Aye, Sherman-Aye, Patterson-Aye, Punter-Aye.  Motion carried.  The Michigan Community Resolution to Manage Floodplain Development for the National Flood Insurance Program was discussed.  Motion by Punter, support by Sherman to adopt the Michigan Community Resolution to Manage Floodplain Development for the National Flood Insurance Program.  Resolution 15-01.  Roll call vote taken:  Yonker-Aye, Hoyle-Aye, Sherman-Aye, Patterson-Aye, Punter-Aye.  Motion carried.  The Ravenna Township Dump Day went very well.  Punter and Hoyle attended the street light joint meeting between Ravenna Township, the Village of Ravenna and Consumers Energy.

Treasurers Report:  Patterson presented Treasurer’s report.  Motion by Hoyle, support by Hoyle to amend the Fire Budget line item Truck Repair and Maintenance $422.71 which is available from Equipment.  Motion carried.  Motion by Hoyle, support by Yonker to pay bills and accept the Treasurer’s Report.  Motion carried.

Public Comment:  Citizen asked how many people took advantage of the County-wide smoke detector plan and Fire Chief Crowley stated that approximately 6 homes took advantage of this.  A complaint was made that MTI is extremely loud.  Punter will contact MTI about touring it with Hoyle and ZA Zaidel.  Drain Commission Brenda Moore was present to discuss the work being done on the Stafford Drain.  Letters will be sent to the land owners in this Drain District regarding the cost assessed by the Drain Commission for this work.

Our website address is www.ravennatwp.com.

Ravenna Township will once again participate in the FREE DISPOSAL OF SCRAP TIRES EVENT along with Egelston, Moorland and Sullivan Townships.  These events will be held on the following Saturdays:  June 6th, June 27th, July 25th and August 22nd from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 4970 E. Apple Avenue, Muskegon. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

– Submitted by: Penny Sherman, Clerk

These minutes are considered proposed until approved at the next board meeting.