April 29, 2008 Regular Board Meeting

The regular meeting of the Mackinaw Township Board was called to order at 6:00 P.M. on April 29, 2008 at 10595 Wallick Road, Mackinaw City, Michigan. Supervisor Dean led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes of March 18, 2008, approved as presented.

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

Also present: Maria Barton and Dan Martin

Maria Barton spoke to the Board on behalf of her candidacy for 89th District Court. This vacancy has occurred because Judge Johnson is retiring. Ms. Barton reviewed her legal experience, and also activities she has been involved in since moving to Northern Michigan. She also expressed a desire for some changes she would hope to make should she be elected.

Dan Martin was next to speak to the board. Mr. Martin is also a candidate for 89th District Court. He also reviewed his past experience as an attorney in the Cheboygan area. Mr. Martin also has some ideas on changes he feels would benefit the District Court.

Attorney Tim MacArthur gave his monthly update on cases he is now dealing with concerning tax appeals. There are currently four cases being handled and a progress report was reviewed on each of these cases.

Fire Service Agreement with the Village of Mackinaw was again brought before the Board.
Dean reported on two conversations he recently had with officials from the Village. He also recounted conversation he had with fire officials from Inverness Township. There is still hesitancy
on the part of the members to commit to the three-year contact in the amount the Village is asking.

Motion by Rogala to accept Fire Agreement with Village of Mackinaw for one year @ $30,000 with the stipulation that the township is supplied with names and addresses of people involved in auto accidents so insurance companies can be billed. This resolution died for lack of support.

Motion by Bertchinger, support by Keck to write contract for fire service with the Village of Mackinaw for the amount of $20,000 for one year. The rational for this contact is the need for a complete study of future needs of the township.

Roll Call: Davis – Yes, Keck – Yes, Dean – Yes, Rogala – No, Bertchinger – Yes. Motion approved.

Motion by Dean to approve the issuance of a check for $20,000 for Fire Service to be issued to the Village of Mackinaw. Bertchinger supported this motion.

Roll Call: Keck – Yes, Davis- Yes, Dean – Yes, Rogala – No, Bertchinger – Yes. Motion approved.

Bertchinger and Dean reported on a meeting recently held with Jeff Curth, Superintendent of Mackinaw City Schools and Nick Jaggi, Board President. This meeting concerned the recent filing of a tax appeal on the Mackinaw Crossing Property.

Bertchinger also reported to the members on her activities concerning the Homestead Exemption review of the township residents. She will continue this review and report back when it is complete.

Spring Clean-Up Day is scheduled for June 14, 2008. Posters have been prepared and will be distributed.

Meeting dates for the coming year are as follows: The third Tuesday of each month except August and December. Meetings will be at 6:00 in January, February, March and April and 7:30, May, June, July, September, October and November. Motion by Bertchinger, second by Davis to accept this meeting schedule. All aye, motion carried.

Eric Jacobson reviewed with Board Members a requested property split by Ms. Jane Emery at 11242 W. U.S. 23. The parcel number of this property is 16-011-109-200-013-00. Motion by Keck, second by Bertchinger to reject this request until such time as proof of sanitary sewer availability is submitted. All aye, motion carried.

Based on review of lawful expenditures, a motion by Bertchinger, second by Davis to approve a contract in the amount of $2500.00 for the Mackinaw Area Visitor’s Bureau to be used for a Bridge Run on Memorial Day. All aye, motion approved.

Bertchinger presented Treasurer’s Report as follows:

Motion by Bertchinger, second by Rogala to approve payment of warrants for April. All aye, motion carried.

Meeting adjourned to the call of the chair at 8:00 P.M.

Jack A. Keck, Clerk