Meeting Minutes 9-7-21

September 7, 2021
Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N M-52, Webberville, MI
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.
Board members present: Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K.
Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich. Also present: Larry Fulger, Shelly Hall, Lindsay Utz, James
Utz, Steve Moreno.
After review, Benjamin moved to accept the minutes as presented. Support, Ream.
The motion passed.
Public Comment: Steve Moreno presented a hand out on the impact and harm on people,
property values and the environment that wind turbines could create. He stated that the
setback needs to be five miles, to not have any impact from sound and vibration. Mr. Moreno
feels our zoning for windmills needs to be rewritten, to address there setbacks, height and
sound impact. Shelly Hall commented that the Township Ordinance doesn’t say they will be
allowed, just with restrictions and that they aren’t wanted.
Larry Fulger reported that their well is in, but still needs wiring. Their septic tank is sitting in
their yard and looking for a digger. Working on foundation, plumbing and need electrical
inspection, before hanging drywall.
Heidi Ream stated that quotes are still needed for the sidewalk, from park pavilion to the
play ground, before the Ingham County Parks & Recreation meeting, on September 27 th .
The Clerk contacted Peterson Trees, about obtaining a quote to plant trees, in the Webberville
Cemetery addition.
Because of the unreliability, of the current internet service, the Board decided that a quote
from Verizon, for at least a bock up service, would be a good idea.
The Zoning Ordinance Amendments, Article 18, and the minutes from the Planning Commission
work session were reviewed. It was determined that the Planning Commission is required to
hold a Public Hearing on these amendments and make recommendations to the Township
Board, prior to adoption. Diederich moved to table zoning amendments. Support, Ream.
The motion passed.
The change to have a private company do the mechanical and electrical inspections for the
Township, was discussed. Complaints have been received about the time it takes the State
Inspectors to respond to inspection requests. Griffes will get additional information on AGS,
located in Schoolcraft, MI., for their cost and response time.

The 2020-2021 Audit was presented. Additional time to review was requested and will be
addressed for adoption, at the October meeting.
N.I.E.S.A. meeting report was given by Griffes. Plans are to replace the 2008 & 2013
ambulances with budget funds, for $749,950.92. Also, mentioned that the Webberville
Fire Station will be paid for next year.
The bill were presented and after review, Benjamin moved to pay all bills. Support, Diederich.
Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-yes. The motion passed.
Benjamin moved to adjourn at 8:07 p.m. Support, Ream. The motion passed.


Wilma J. Whitehead
Township Clerk

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Meeting Minutes 8-3-21

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August 3, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N. M-52, Webberville, MI

Meeting called to order 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

Board members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K.

Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich.

Also present:  Shelly Hall, Larry Fulger, Dennis Dyko, Steve Moreno, Monica Moreno,

Lindsay Utz.

Motion by Ream to accept the minutes as presented.  Support, Benjamin. Motion passed.

Larry Fulger stated that their little house that they have been residing in, has been sold. 

They are in the process of purchasing a septic tank and have their well and septic permit. 

Also, have plans to purchase an operable heating source.

The Ingham County Parks and Recreation grant was discussed.  Ream reported that a list

of plans, for the park were turned in and a detailed cost estimate needs to be submitted.

The Board decided that a monthly pest control contract, for the Library, will be reevaluated

if their bug problem persists.

Richard Chaffee has requested the release of a portion (2 acres) of Parcel #33-08-08-32-100-013 from the Farmland Development Rights Agreement (PA-116).  The parcel has a house and five sheds, on it.  After review, Diederich moved to allow the removal of said parcel.  Support, Ream.  Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed 5-0.

The Fowlerville Senior Center request for funds to offset the 8% of their use, by Leroy Township residents.  Benjamin moved to support the Center with $300.00.  Support, Diederich.  Motion passed.

The bills were presented and after review, Benjamin moved to pay all bills.  Support, Ream.  Ream-

Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Ye4s, Diederich-Yes.  The motion passed.

Motion by Benjamin to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.  Support, Diederich.  The motion passed.

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

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Meeting Minutes 7-13-21

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July 13, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N. M-52, Webberville, MI.

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

 

Board members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K. Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich.

Also present:  Dennis Dyko, Richard Estill, James Utz, Lindsay Utz, Shelly Hall.

 

The minutes of the regular June 1, 2021 meeting were presented.  After review, Benjamin moved to accept the minutes as presented.  Support, Ream.  The motion passed.

 

The Fulger property was discussed and their electrical permit has been pulled, no well work has been done and the current little home that they have been occupying, is listed for sale. Griffes read an anonymous letter stating their concerns about the condition, of the property. An option to contact the Ingham County Health Department for water and sewer violations was presented by an audience member.  Griffes will contact the Township Attorney to have a second letter sent to Mr. & Mrs. Fulger giving them until October 1, 2021, as the final date of occupancy.

 

Shelly Hall and R. Scott Diederich asked the Board’s approval for them to pursue the right to apply for three Liquor Licenses, at 3537 E. Grand River, Williamston.  The three licenses discussed were Class C, SDM and SDD Licenses.  After review, Whitehead moved to adopt Resolution #2021-03, stating that the request for the licenses be considered for approval and recommended for issuance, by the State of Michigan.  Support, Benjamin.  Ream-Yes,Benjamin-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  Diederich abstained.  The motion passed 4-0.

 

The Leroy Township Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Board, to accept the Zoning Ordinance Amendment, Section 606A, Off-Street Parking Space Design Standards. Dennis Dyko, Planning Commission Chairman, explained that generally not all properties will require a hard service lot if there is no public access and an exception where handicapped parking is needed.  Benjamin moved to accept Resolution #2021-04, to adopt Ordinance #33, Section 606A. which will take effect 7days after its adoption and after its publication.  Support, Ream.  Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed 5-0.

 

The 2021 Local Road Agreement with the Ingham County Road Department was reviewed.  Motion by Diederich to accept the Agreement.  Support, Benjamin.  The motion passed.

 

Ingham County Parks & Recreation Department has applications available to apply for grant money.

 

A PA-116 Application was received from John and Tracey Knoch, to place 136 acres into the program.  After discussion, Benjamin moved to approve the application.  Support, Diederich. The motion passed 5-0.

 

The Webberville Branch Library submitted a request to purchase a baby changing table for the Library restroom and they are having problems with earwigs, in and around the Library. The Board moved to allow the table purchase and to contact Orkin, for pest treatment. 

The Michigan Township Association requested that the Board reaffirm the Principles of Governance, as an official policy, of the Township Board.  Motion by Whitehead to adopt the Principles of Governance that embody the core values of an efficient, effective, economical, ethical and accountable local government in Michigan.  Support, Benjamin.  Motion passed.

 

Scott Diederich reported that the N.I.E.S.A. Board, at the June 10, 2021, regular meeting that a base pay increase of $3.00 per hour creating a scaled pay structure with step increases based on experience, was discussed.  The department is receiving fewer job applications and a pay increase may help.  The 2020 Audited Financial Statements were accepted by the Board, with available funds decreasing yearly. 

 

Aaron and Lauren Knoch have requested the release of a portion (1.00 acre) of Parcel #33-08-08-36-300-001 from the Farmland Development Rights Agreement (PA-116).  After discussion, Benjamin moved to allow the removal of said parcel.  Support, Diederich. The motion passed 5-0.

 

The bills were presented and after review, Ream moved to pay all bills.  Support, Benjamin. Benjamin-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Ream-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  Motion passed.

 

Motion by Benjamin to adjourn at 8:34 p.m.  Support, Diederich.  The motion passed.

 

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

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Meeting Minutes 6-1-21

 June 1, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N. M-52, Webberville, MI.

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

Board members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K. Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich.

Also present:   Amanda Vorce, Larry Fulger, Dennis Dyko, Apex Clean Energy Representative, Shelly Schaub.

 The minutes of the May 4, 2021, regular meeting were presented.  After review, Benjamin moved to accept the minutes, with a correction of a first name, in paragraph four.  Support, Ream.  The motion passed.

 Larry Fulger was present and stated that he has obtained his electrical permit and an estimate to dig a new well and plans to have it started, as soon as their tiny house sells.  He is currently working on the home barriers.

 Amanda Vorce, new head librarian, of the CADL Webberville Branch, presented their 2020 annual report.  They have been working to provide hotspots for distance learning the Story Walk installation, in the Simmons Memorial Park, has been a big highlight and well received by area residents, with hopes to expand for a longer walk.

 The Board discussed the plans for Todd & Loretta Benjamin to apply to the Michigan Liquor Commission, for a license to sell beer and wine, at their farm.  The use might fall under the Right to Farm Act or under the Agritourism Farm Plan.  Griffes will check with the Township Attorney and Planner before a resolution is considered.

 

 N.I.E.S.A. report given by Earl Griffes, who attended the May 13th meeting.  The N.I.E.S.A. Board accepted the Standard Operating Guideline (SOG) for Rehab.  Also, discussed Website, Billing Ordinance, New Auditor, Federal Funding for State/Local Coronavirus Rescue Funds and Reinvestment of a six month CD.

 After review, Whitehead moved to pay all bills as presented and the remainder of the regular monthly bills that are received during the next week.  Support, Benjamin.  Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 Benjamin moved to adjourn at 7:42 p.m.  Seconded, Diederich.  The motion passed.

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

 

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Meeting Minutes 5-4-21

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May 4, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N. M-52, Webberville, MI.

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

 Board Members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K. Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich.

Also present:  Shelly Hall, Steve Geyer, Ryan Hitchcock, Caitlin Hitchcock, Brad Hitchcock, Sr., Brian Hitchcock, Allen Hitchcock, Lindsay Utz, James Utz, Nick Alexander, Larry Fulger, Jennifer Fulger, Steve Moreno, Monica Moreno.

 After review, Diederich moved to accept the minutes of the April 6, 2021 regular monthly meeting, as presented.  Support, Benjamin.  The motion passed.

 Mr. & Mrs. Fulger were present to updated the Board on their progress, to make their mobile home ready, to meet all the Township building requirements. They are in the process of getting a quote for drilling a new well and are doing electrical rewiring.  They are planning to be done by Fall.  Unable to eliminate any items, on the completed list of requirements, at this time.

 Rezoning of property owned by Steve Geyer, was reviewed.  Benjamin questioned that the proposed use of the property might require a Special Use Permit.  Ryan Hitchcock stated that they plan on outdoor sales and C-1 could fit better because nursery and landscaping are allowed.  James Utz stated that C-1 Zoning allows only indoor sales.  Motion by Diederich to accept the Planning Commission recommendation to approve the rezoning from RA (Residential Agricultural) to C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial).  Support, Ream.  Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes. The motion passed.  A site plan review is required.

 Michigan’s Uniform Video Service Local Franchise Agreement between WOW (WideOpenWest Mid-Michigan, LLC) and the Township, was reviewed.  Benjamin moved to accept the renewal, with the current 3% franchise fee.  Support, Ream.  Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes, Diederich-Yes.  The motion passed.

 Diederich gave a report on the April 8, 2021 N.I.E.S.A. meeting.  A change in the have a fee schedule attached to the Billing Ordinance and Rehabilitation Guideline Policy, were discussed. Representative Slotkin’s meeting, with Director Yanz, concerning the SAFR Grant Funds update for emergency department equipment, was positive.

 The bills were presented and monthly invoices from Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. included bills that were from another jurisdiction.  Griffes moved to pay all bills except for Foster, Swift and Collins & Smith, P.C.  Support, Benjamin.  Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 Griffes moved to pay the Township’s March invoices from Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. totaling $494.00. Support, Ream. Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 Motion to adjourn by Benjamin at 7:32 p.m.  Support, Ream.  The motion passed.

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

 

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Meeting Minutes 4-6-21

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April 6, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N. M-52, Webberville, MI.

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

 Board Members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K. Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich. 

Also present:  James Utz, Lindsay Utz, Shelly Hall, Brian O’Shea, Larry Fulger, Dennis Dyko,

Tim O’Brien, Steve Moreno, Monica Moreno.

 

After review, Benjamin moved to approve the minutes of the March 2, 2021 regular monthly Board meeting.  Support, Diederich.  The motion passed.

The minutes of the Annual Budget meeting, on March 24, 2021, were reviewed.  Motion by Benjamin to accept the minutes as presented.  Support, Ream.  The motion passed.

 Public comment:  Monica Moreno commented on the letter from Rosa Jones, presented at last month’s meeting.  Apex, Inc., should be providing information on the current status of their proposed wind turbine project, so as to be able to include the information for public record.  Brian O’Shea, Apex representative agreed that all information needs to be get out to the community and a public information meeting would be a good idea later.  They are still in the early process of obtaining land and conducting wind studies.  Shelly Hall asked who is going to make Apex accountable and that some residents are aware of the project and some are not.  Mr. O’Shea stated that it is difficult to do a project in a community that is against it from the beginning.  Monica Moreno questioned the possibility of a moratorium of the project or have monthly updates from the applicants available.  Tim O’Brien asked if the number of land owners, that they have spoken with and have accepted to lease their property, was available.  Mr. O’Shea responded that he will check for next month’s meeting.  Trustee, Benjamin asked if once the land owner signs on are the fully committed and stated that some property owners are being misled. 

 Larry Fulger was present to discuss the progress he is making on his mobile home.  Supervisor, Griffes reminded Mr. Fulger that a letter was sent, from the Township’s legal firm, more than 30 days ago, with no substantial progress to date.  Mr. Fulger said one half of the trailer is studded and installing insulation, cabinets and drywall, at this time.  His mother is not taking kindly to him cleaning up the property, even though he would like to.  Mr. Fulger stated that his occupancy date is sometime this fall and he was reminded that his unproductive proceedings is putting the Township in a poor position, while knowingly letting this go on and being aware of the situation.  Next month the Board wants a list of what needs to completed yet and to show more progress.  Another winter of living in the tiny home will not be tolerated and will have to go to court, if not new residence is not complete enough for occupancy.

 

The 2021-2022 Street Light Budget was presented by Treasurer, Ream.  After discussion, Benjamin moved to adopt the budget.  Support, Whitehead.  The motion passed.

 

Lawn Maintenance proposals were presented for review.  Lawn Crafters, Inc. provided three proposals, which included mowing the Township hall property and the park, and the landscaping for the hall.  Emjay Total Lawn Care proposals that were reviewed were for mowing the park, cemetery and the Township hall.  After discussion, Benjamin moved to accept the contract with Emjay for the mowing of the park, cemetery and hall properties, for 2021.  Support, Ream.  Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Whitehead-No, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes.  The motion passed 4-1.  Motion by Benjamin to accept the bid from Lawn Crafters, Inc. for the landscaping for the Township Hall for the 2021 season.  Support, Diederich.  Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 

Motion by Griffes to add Travis Nack to the Planning Commission. Support, Benjamin.  Motion passed.

 

The bills were presented by the Clerk.  After review, Ream moved to pay all bills.  Support, Benjamin. Benjamin-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Ream-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Whitehead-Yes. The motion passed.

 

A letter from Nolan Law, LLC, which states that they have been retained by a group of citizens, from Wheatfield and Leroy Townships, who are concerned about the dangers of improperly sited industrial wind turbines, was reviewed.  The Board felt that Mr. Nolan contacting and communicating with the Township legal firm shouldn’t be paid for by the Township, until and when Apex, Inc. files a formal request for with the Township, to proceed with their proposed wind turbine project.

 

Benjamin moved to adjourn at 8:09 p.m.  Support, Ream.  The motion passed.

 

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

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Meeting Minutes 3-2-21

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March 2, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N M-52¸ Webberville, MI.

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

 Board Members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K. Benjamin.  Absent:  R. Scott Diederich.

Also present:  Dennis Dyko, James Utz, Sean Stocker, Nick Alexander, Steve Moreno, Monica Moreno.

 After review, Ream moved to accept the minutes of the February meeting as presented.

Support, Benjamin.  The motion passed.

 The Fulger property was discussed.  Supervisor, Griffes reported that there is no heat source in their mobile home and they have not moved in.  An occupancy permit is needed before they reside in the home.  A letter was mailed to them, from the Township Attorney and they hadn’t picked it up.  Griffes will deliver the letter to them.  The Board agreed to grant them an additional 30 days.

 A request for a Hardship Mobile Home Permit was reviewed, for Thomas H. Canfield, 1394 N. Dietz Road, Webberville.  Mr. Canfield has a medical condition, which requires him to have continuous care and his daughter will reside, in their original residence.  Their property is 2.5 acres parcel, without enough road frontage, to build another home on the property.  Motion by Benjamin to allow the Canfields to place a mobile home on their property, subject to all building requirements and permits and the hardship home must be removed when it is no longer needed, by Mr. Canfield.  Support, Ream.  Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 After review, Benjamin moved to pay all bills as presented.  Support, Ream.  Griffes-Yes,

Ream-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 A letter from resident, Rosa Jones, stating her opinion on the proposed Wind Turbine Project, was discussed.  A copy of the letter was made for everyone present.  James Utz commented, on the Township survey and how it will affect the project.  Apex representaives reply was that the survey is not an educated survey, which it lacks actual knowledge about the turbines.

 An email was received from a resident about the opening of the park during the winter months. 

The park is actually closed during the winter because of the liability and the need to plow the snow.   Motion by Benjamin to adjourn at 7:37 p.m.  Support, Ream.  The motion passed.

 

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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Board of Review and Assessing

The Assessor will be available Tues., Wed., Fri. to discuss 2021 Assessment values.  Please call ahead to schedule.

The Board of Review holds Its Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, March 2 at 9:00 at Leroy Township Hall.  There will be no public appeals heard at this time.

The Board of Review meets for Assessment Appeals by appointment on Monday, March 8 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm and Tuesday, March 9 from 2:00 – 9:30 pm.  Please call 517-521-3729 and ask for an appointment.

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Meeting Minutes 2-2-21

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February 2, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N M-52, Webberville, MI

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

 

 Board Members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream,

 Loretta K. Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich.

 Also present:  Colin Kummerfeldt, Mark Benjamin, Steve Moreno, Monica Moreno,

 Dennis Dyko, Lindsay Utz, James Utz, Wheatfield Twp. Rep., White Oak Township      

 Rep., Local TV Station and others.

 

 Public comment:  Steve Moreno provided a handout relating to wind turbines. The

 Apex representative stated that if the project is turned down they will go elsewhere.

 Monica Moreno reviewed their attorney’s letter, with facts pertaining to the use of  

 wind turbines.  Local resident and farmer, Mark Benjamin stated that in the beginning

 he was against the turbines, but after talking with residents up north, reading studies  

 and statements against them, it has all changed his mind. He also, feels that he     

 doesn’t want them on his farm, but believes that in the next decade they will be       

 needed for an additional energy source.  White Oak Township representative stated

 that their Township has a forty acre parcel zoned, for the turbines.

 

 The Township Attorney sent a letter to the Fulgers, stating that a substantial progress

 of correcting violations, of the Township Building Code, within the next thirty   

 days or the case will go to court.

 

 The Annual Township Organizational Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday,

 March 24, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.  After review, Ream moved to adopt Resolution #2021-

 02, for the consideration of the Township Officers’ salaries.  Support, Benjamin. 

 Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  Motion passed.

 

 Diederich reported that Mr. Sigel & John Risch retired from the Fire Department. The  

 departments current light pack defibrillators need updating and replacement quotes

 are at a reasonable cost, at this time.

 

 After review, Benjamin moved to pay all bills as presented.  Support, Diederich. Ream-

 Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 

Motion by Benjamin to adjourn at 8:12 p.m.  Support, Diederich.  Motion passed.

 

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meeting Minutes 1-5-21

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January 5, 2021

Leroy Township Hall, 1685 N M-52, Webberville, MI.

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes.

 

Board Members present:  Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K. Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich.

Also present:  Kenneth Dimoff, Colin Kummerfeldt, Shelly Hall, Scott MacGuidwin, Rhonda Sherwin, Monica Moreno, Steve Moreno, Renee Heide, T.S. Auten, Lindsay Utz, James Utz.

 

After review, Ream moved to accept the minutes of the December meeting as presented. Support, Whitehead.  The motion passed.

 

Public comment:  Shelly Hall questioned the accuracy of the November 3, 2020 General Election results.  The Clerk stated that from all correspondence from the State Bureau of Elections that the results were fair and accurate.

 

Township residents were present for updates on and the process, for the proposed wind turbines.  James Utz questioned Colin Kummerfeldt, Apex Representative, where they are at in their environmental studies. Mr. Kummerfeldt replied that their first study has been completed and only Agricultural land is being considered, with 10,000 acres leased already.  Supervisor, Griffes stated that the Township Zoning Ordinance calls for a maximum height of 400 feet and their projected height is 650 feet.  The Township has received around 200 surveys back with approximately 2-1 against.  Steve Moreno stated that studies show that people walk away from properties because of wind turbine placed near their homes.  James Utz noted that the Township should keep track of all expenses, because Apex had originally agreed to reimburse the Township, for all fees.

 

The BS&A Financial Program/Cash Receipting was explained by Treasurer, Ream.  After discussion, Whitehead moved to approve the purchase of this last portion of the Financial Program.  Support, Benjamin.  Griffes-Yes, Ream-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 

Ingham County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to appoint William E. Fowler as the County Designated, to oversee local assessors.  After review, Diederich moved to accept Resolution #2021-01 to accept the Resolution from the County Board of Commissioners.  Support, Benjamin.  Ream-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed 5-0.

 

Diederich gave the N.I.E.S.A. report for December, which included that they are looking for a new website designer and the meeting schedule has been made out for 2021.  Don Henley was appointed to the finance committee, replacing John Kane.

 

After review, Benjamin moved to pay the bills as presented.  Support-Ream.  Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Whitehead-Yes.  The motion passed.

 

Motion by Benjamin to adjourn at 7:46 p.m.  Support, Diederich.  Motion passed.

 

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Wilma J. Whitehead

Township Clerk

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