Monthly Minutes

June 8, 2020

The June Monthly Meeting for Tecumseh Township was called to order by Supervisor, Curt Brown, at 7:00PM. Present were Brown, Treasurer Bunch, Clerk Coulter, Trustees Feight and Lewis. Also present was Attorney Mike Brooks. Supervisor Brown led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.Guest comments were deferred until later in the meeting.
The Minutes from the May 11, 2020 meeting were presented. There were no additions or corrections. Motion to approve the minutes made by Brown, seconded by Lewis. Motion approved by voice vote.
Treasurer’s Report: Report presented by Bunch with all pertinent financial activity and balances give. The report was open for questions and there being none, was placed on file. Bunch next presented all outstanding bills. After brief discussion, motion to pay bills as presented made by Coulter, seconded by Lewis. Motion passed by voice vote.
At this point Supervisor asked for a motion to adjourn the regular meeting to go into an open, public forum/hearing to discuss the Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Motion to adjourn made by Bunch, seconded by Feight. Motion approved by voice vote and we adjourned to go into Public Session.
Curt Brown presented the proposed budget of $ 254,000.00 with corresponding expenses of 241,420.00. There was considerable discussion about the individual items especially the amount of projected state revenue sharing income and the amount we might spend on road maintenance. After some “tweaking of the totals and adjustments we came to agreement on the $254,000.00 number for income and expenses. At this point Brown asked for a motion to adjourn and re-join the regular meeting. Motion made by Coulter; seconded by Feight and passed by voice vote. Back in session as the regular meeting, a motion to accept the budget as amended was made by Bunch, seconded by Feight and passed by voice vote.
Old Business (cont.): With extra funds for road maintenance being part of the amended budget Curt will go back to the road commission and discuss some additional projects for the coming fiscal year. He will advise the Board at the July meeting.
New Business Larry Anderson has proposed the building of a Drive In theater in Tecumseh Township and requested information on our zoning regulations for such a project. Curt referred this to our attorney, Mike Brooks for research. Mike responded that under current zoning regulations, this was not allowable. A permit to allow would have to be done by amending our zoning regulations. Curt will advise Mr. Anderson and see if he wants to pursue further.
Curt presented Ed Engle as our guest and prospective Building Inspector. Ed is a building inspector and  has considerable experience in the fields as he is currently engaged as Building Inspector for several Lenawee County townships including Clinton and Seneca and also serves as deputy inspector for Raisin Township. He has 5 years experience in the field, lives in Tecumseh and is a licensed NFPA fire inspector.
Much discussion followed re: how to structure fees, address fee collection and securing of inspectors for electrical and plumbing, etc. Ed is strictly mechanical inspection but he would serve as lead for all of our building inspection requirements. The general discussion was very positive and the Board will discuss in more depth and present a recommendation at the July 2020 meeting.
Clerk Coulter reported that he had presented a bill for $ 2856.00 to the State of Michigan for reimbursement for costs associated with the March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary. He also requested that the Board consider raising the compensation for the Deputy Clerk esp. for election related duties from current $10.00/hr. to $15.00/hr. Curt was unsure of the timing required for compensation changes so he will investigate and report back at the July meeting.
Supervisor’s Report: Curt reported that we will participate with Raisin Township on July 11, 2020 from 8 AM to 12 Noon. There was no additional open discussion. There being no additional business before the Board, a motion to adjourn was made by Brown, seconded by Lewis. Motion approved by voice vote. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.
Gerald Coulter, Clerk
Curtis Brown, Supervisor


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