May 15, 2007 Regular Board Meeting

The regular meeting of the Mackinaw Township Board was called to order at 7:31on May 15, 2007, at 10595 Wallick Road, Mackinaw City, Michigan. Dean led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Present: Bertchinger, Rogala, Dean, Keck, Davis
Absent: None
Also Present: Nancy Campbell

Agenda approved as amended, adding Library Report. Minutes of April 24, 2007 meeting approved as amended.

First item under Unfinished Business: Superior Hotel Tax Appeal had no new information to report to the Board. Keck addressed the Board on Local Update of Census and reported there will be a meeting at the Mackinaw Library on May 30, 2007. Keck will attend and would like anyone else that wishes to attend to contact him prior to the meeting.

Annual Clean-Up Project is ready for June 9, 2007. Signs will be posted to direct people to the new location, which is behind the Mackinaw School. Dean will oversee this project.

Attorney Agreement for the upcoming year was approved on motion by Bertchinger, second by Rogala. All ayes, motion to retain Tim MacArthur approved. A Yearly Retainer fee of $500.00 plus further work at $120.00 per hour is covered under this agreement.

Agenda item to be added to June meeting is review of Township responsibility for tax appeals and if the total cost must be borne by the Township.

Township newsletter was next agenda item. Contents of this newsletter might include report on fire and ambulance service. tax issues, road report, etc. Each member of the Board could submit items to be included. Two newsletters per year would be adequate, with the target for the first letter to be Fall, 2007. Items should be submitted to Keck by August 1, with September 1 being publish date. Keck will report to the Board in June on publishing costs.

CCRC Commissioner numbers has had no further action at this time.

Purchase of foreclosed property was next item for discussion. Motion by Keck, second by Davis that we not sign waiver of first refusal, but contact Linda Cronan to find out cost for purchase of this lot.

Ayes: Dean, Keck, Davis, Rogala
Nay: Bertchinger
Motion Accepted.

Costs were reviewed for adding Fog Seal treatment to Mary Ann, Steve, and Stimpson roads after Seal Coat is applied this coming year. Motion by Bertchinger, second by Keck that this procedure be added to the roadwork for the coming year. All aye, motion carried.

After a review of recent action by City of Cheboygan concerning Charter Cable Franchise, motion by Bertchinger, second by Davis that no action be taken concerning this franchise. All aye, motion accepted.

Dean reported that Jeff Lawson, Roger Moore, and Dean recently met for the purpose of drafting a contract for services. Jeff Lawson will create a preliminary draft, which will be brought back to the full Board for approval. In reviewing costs, it was emphasized that no building costs should be included in calculating a formula.

Dean and Rogala had nothing to report on the Building Project.

Nancy Campbell reported on recent happening at the Mackinaw Library. All employees of the Library have been trained in CPR and the use of a Defibrillator. One employee attended the State Library Conference and two people attended the Rural Library Meeting. There is a plan to introduce new library cards, which will allow a person to use them statewide.

Keck encouraged members to consider contributions to the MTA PAC. This money must be from private sources and is used to fund the lobbyist and make sure townships are kept abreast of pending legislation.

The Mackinaw Band Boosters again ask for items for yearly calendar sales. There will be a notice about the Township website at the beginning of each month. An order for two calendars will be placed.

Contract for assessor Eric Jacobson covering the period from June 16, 2007 to June 15, 2010 was approved on motion by Rogala, second by Davis. All aye, motion carried. This contract states a fee of $1500.00 per month for the assessor.

Treasurer's Report accepted as presented This report showed the following balances:

Motion by Rogala, second by Davis to pay bills as presented with the addition of payment to Mary Nelson for cleaning service. All aye, motion approved.

The Memorial Garden will be completed in the near future. There will be contact made with a company to fertilize the lawn. Keck will report back at the June Meeting.

Meeting adjourned to the call of the chair at 9:00 P.M.

Jack A. Keck, Clerk