Board Meeting Minutes for July 8, 2014

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance given by all present.


Roll Call:  Trustee Wilson, Trustee Jager, Clerk Johnson, and Treasurer Halbower.  Supervisor Noble absent.


Request for Treasurer Halbower to Chair the meeting.  Board agrees.


Add to agenda.  12.4  Sale of Post Office

12.5  Purchase of a generator for DPW

Agenda is set.


Review of minutes:


070114                  Trustee Wilson made a motion to accept the June 10 minutes as presented.  Trustee Jager seconded.  CARRIED.


070214                  Trustee Wilson made a motion to accept the June 25 minutes as presented.  Trustee Jager seconded.  CARRIED.


Review of Bills:

070314                  Trustee Wilson made the motion to pay the bills as presented.  Trustee Jager seconded.  CARRIED.


Business from the Floor:  Mr. Alan Jager, Holton Duck Lake Rd spoke.  He is running as an Independent for State Representative and will be on the ballot in November.  He is for a Part Time Legislature and putting the Government back in to the hands of the people.


Ms. Amy Brookhouse spoke about the Holton Days Committee and having 3 ¼ members – would love more members.  She talked about sprucing up along Main Street to make our Township look nice.  They are going to clean up on July 17th at 6pm and would welcome any volunteers to help.  They will be weed whacking, and raking the cut weeds up, and anything else that needs doing.  Volunteers will bring and use their own equipment.


Mr. Steve Vallier introduced himself.  He is running for the 7th District County Commissioner position.  He understands the issues and will work hard to represent the citizens of the 7th District.


Ms. Margaret Puffer of W. Lake Rd. asked when things were going to be cleaned up around Little Silver Lake.  Also at neighbors on Hart Rd who have junk vehicles in yard.  She also said the potholes on the road are not all being fixed.  Also her daughter at 7110 Holton Rd has an issue with a neighbors sign being large and impairing sight.  Bill responded that that is a Department of Transportation issue.


Treasurer’s Report: 


070414                  Trustee Wilson made the motion to accept the treasurers report as presented.  Trustee Jager seconded.  CARRIED.

Department Reports: 


Correspondence:  Letter from Bonnie Woodring of Holton Rd asking for her taxes to be reduced due to the neighbors on both sides having junk on their properties.


Bill talked about the meeting on July 9th with Connect MI at Hart Middle School at 10am.  Inviting anyone interested to attend.  It was suggested that Matt Henry be asked to attend if possible as he is familiar with internet in the area.


Unfinished Business:   Lease at Post Office – the previous owner passed away and the new owner has submitted a transfer of the lease to the Township.  It is the same lease as with the previous owner and can’t be changed.


070514                  Trustee Jager made the Resolution to agree to the transfer of the lease, and to approve the new ground lease.  Trustee Wilson seconded.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  Trustee Wilson – YES, Trustee Jager – YES, Clerk Johnson – YES, Treasurer Halbower – YES.  Supervisor Noble – ABSENT.  RESOLUTION PASSED.


New Business:  Pay increase for Secretary.


070614                  Clerk Johnson made the motion to increase the Secretary’s salary .50 cents an hour from $11.00 to $11.50 an hour.  Trustee Wilson seconded.  CARRIED.


Recycling program:


070714                  Trustee Jager made the motion to table the recycling program till we receive further information.  Trustee Wilson seconded.  CARRIED.


Resignation of Val Jensen – Ordinance Enforcer and Rental Inspector


070814                  Trustee Jager made the motion to accept Val’s resignation with regret and wish him well.  Trustee Wilson seconded.  CARRIED.


Post Office property sale information.  The new owner asked if we would be interested in selling the property.  He would give us a life lease for the fire department access from the back door.  Two years ago the previous owner offered $19,000 for it.  Tammy asked if it was purchased with any grant money – no.  Would the life time lease be free – yes.  Would it be on the tax roll – it already is.  Alan Jager asked if we might need it for future expansion of the fire department – possibly.

The Post Office building would be ours after the lease expires in approximately 20 years.  No action.


Purchase of a generator for DPW.

070914                  Trustee Jager made the motion to allow the purchase of a generator for the DPW at the cost of approximately $130.  Trustee Wilson seconded.  CARRIED.


Motion to Adjourn:


071014                  Trustee Jager made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.  Trustee Wilson seconded.  CARRIED.


Respectfully submitted,


Melanie Johnson

Holton Township Clerk

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