September 16, 2008 Regular Board Meeting

The regular meeting of the Mackinaw Township Board was called to order at 7:30 P.M. on September 16, 2008 at 10595 Wallick Road, Mackinaw City, Michigan. Supervisor Dean led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Present: Keck, Dean Rogala, Bertchinger
Absent: Davis

Also present: Eric Jacobson, Jeff Curth, Tim MacArthur, Leroy “Buddy” Ormsbee and Scott Ingersoll.

Agenda approved as presented with the addition of two speakers: Scott Ingersoll and Leroy “Buddy” Ormsbee. Minutes of July 15, 2008 meeting approved as presented.

Buddy Ormsbee then spoke to the Board Members concerning his candidacy for County Road Commissioner. Mr. Ormsbee reviewed his past employment in the county and feels his has the experience to serve as a contributing member of this Board.

Mr. Ingersoll then spoke to the Board Members and thanked them for the support he received from Mackinaw Township in the Primary Election. He stated he feels very strongly that he is ready to serve in the capacity of Prosecuting Attorney for Cheboygan County.

First item under unfinished business concerned the Attorney Fee Sharing and Retainer Agreement prepared by Attorney MacArthur to include Mackinaw Public Schools, Village of Mackinaw, and COP ESD. The motion to accept this agreement by the Board Members of Mackinaw Township contingent on the approval of the Village of Mackinaw City, Mackinaw City Public School District, and COP ESD by October 1, 2000 was brought forth by Keck, with second by Rogala.

Roll Call: Aye: Keck, Rogala, Dean, Bertchinger
Nay: None
Absent: Davis

Next item of business concerned a document prepared by Attorney Lester N. Turner and filed with the Michigan Tax Tribunal on behalf of Mackinaw City Schools, Village of Mackinaw, and COP Educational Service District (so named as COP ESD). This petition asks for permission for these three entities to intervene in the Courtyards of Mackinaw tax case. Motion by Rogala, second by Keck to oppose this request.

Roll Call: Aye: Dean, Keck, Rogala, Bertchinger
Nay: None
Absent: Davis

Davis arrived at 8:10 P.M.

Tim MacArthur then reviewed the current cases pending before the Michigan Tax Tribunal or the Eric Jacobson, assessor for the township reported on possible adjustments in appraisals for the coming year.

Fire Agreement now in effect with the Village of Mackinaw was next item of business. Motion by Bertchinger, second by Keck to instruct Attorney MacArthur to write a letter to the Village asking for a monthly documentation on fire runs or lack of runs. All aye, motion carried.

Keck ask permission of the Board Members to send a welcome letter (sample in board packet) to each new resident in Mackinaw Township. It was agreed that this, indeed, would be a good thing to do.

Motion to Extend the Metro Act for both CenturyTel and AT&T. This extension is for five years. AT&T pays $594.00 per year to the Township. CenturyTel has a very small section of the township in their agreement and does not pay anything. Motion to approve by Keck, second by Rogala. All aye, motion carried.

Keck then reviewed the need for a new Four Station Voting Booth for the upcoming election. This will alleviate some of the over crowding in the hall during elections. Motion by Bertchinger, second by Davis to approve purchase of Voting Booth. All aye,, motion carried.

The list of Mackinaw Township Precinct Workers for the November 4, 2008 election are as follows:

6:30 AM to 2:00 PM. – Mary Margaret Cosins (D), Donna Falor (R), Nancy Hinsman (R), Sandra Prior (D)

12:00 PM to 8:30PM – Darlene Krueger (D)

2:00 PM to 8:30 PM- Eleanor Crisp (D), Glenn Crisp (R), Dawn Edwards (R), Donna Edwards (R)

Motion to approve by Davis, second by Dean. All aye, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Reports for July and August presented by Bertchinger as follows:

Warrant List for August which were prepaid because there is not an August meeting was approved on motion by Dean, second by Bertchinger. All aye, motion carried.

Warrant list for September approved on motion by Bertchinger, second by Keck. All aye, motion carried.

Keck reported that the road work scheduled for Hebron Mail Route should be started in the very near future. He will also continue to work with the State of Michigan concerning property transfer or sale of lots owned by the township.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 to the call of the chair.

Jack A. Keck, Clerk