September 19, 2006 Regular Board Meeting

The regular meeting of the Mackinaw Township Board was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 10595 Wallick Road, Mackinaw City, Michigan. Supervisor Dean called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Present: Dean, Keck, Rogala, Bertchinger
Absent: Davis
Guest: Sharon Stack - Candidate for Probate Judge

Agenda stands as presented.

Minutes of July Board Meeting stand as presented.

Sharon Stack discussed with the Board Members her background in dealing with family matters which come before the Probate Court. She emphasized the need for decisions to be made in a timely matter since these decisions involve children. She also stressed her belief that siblings belong together in any placement. She thanked the Board for allowing her to speak before them.

Dean reported on the latest information concerning Fire and Ambulance agreement with the Village of Mackinaw. He reported that President Heileman has agreed to invite Dr. Lynn Harvey of MSU to meet with representatives from Wawatam Township, Mackinaw Township and the Village of Mackinaw. This meeting is scheduled for October 3, 2006 and the cost will be shared equally between the three governmental agencies.

Presque Isle Electric needs to be contacted concerning light in parking lot. It needs to be changed so it stays on.

The need for storage space was again addressed. Dean and Keck reported they met with Marlin Yaeger concerning the need to secure the outside shed so it would be safe to use for storage. After lengthy discussion about future needs, a motion by Bertchinger, second by Rogala to spend up to $1000.00 to renovate storage shed. All aye, motion carried.

Bertchinger reported that Mary Nelson has agreed to clean the township hall. She will sign a hold harmless agreement and will spend approximately two hours per month. There will periodically be additional cleaning such as windows. Keck presented motion to hire Mary Nelson @ 10.00 per hour. Second by Bertchinger, all aye, motion carried.

Motion by Bertchinger, second by Rogala, that J & N Trash Haulers be contracted to make monthly pickup at the township hall. All aye, motion carried.

The report received from Amy Maes concerning the Township Polling Survey was reviewed by Keck. There are some recommendations including the handicap accessible parking space which must be more clearly marked and a new sign installed. The ramp railing is also in need of some modifications. Grant monies will be investigated to fund these changes.

Hebron Mail Route funds have been advanced to the county and they will put these repairs on their schedule, probably not until Spring of 07.

The plaque for the Memorial Garden was available for examination. Further improvements for the Garden were briefly discussed, Bonnie agreed to talk with Donna Beach about possible landscaping and gardening tasks to be done.

Motion to reduce Contingencies budget and increase following line items as follows:

Motion introduced by Keck, seconded by Bertchinger.
Roll Call: Ayes: Rogala, Keck, Bertchinger, Dean
Absent: Davis

Treasurer's Reports for August and September were accepted as presented. Motion by Bertchinger, second by Rogala to pay bills as presented. All aye, motion carried.

Correspondence was reviewed including meeting of Mackinaw Village to discuss Master Plan. Barry will attend this meeting. Letter from Robert Zimmerman was discussed. This letter concerned the Cheboygan Humane Society. Barry reviewed a message he had received concerning a disgruntled hotel guest in Mackinaw City and he reported to the Board members that he had turned this information over to the Health Department.

Meeting adjourned to the call of the chair at 9:05 P.M.

Jack A. Keck, Clerk