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Minutes from Tecumseh Township Sept. 10, 2018 Meeting
Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM by Supervisor Curt Brown. Present were Brown, Clerk Gerald Coulter, Trustees Mike Feight and Patricia Lamb. Treasurer Rick Bunch was absent. Attorney Mike Brooks also in attendance.
The Pledge of Allegiance was given and the floor was opened to guest comments. There were no comments.
The Minutes from the August Meeting were reviewed. Motion to approve and accept them made by Mike Feight; second by Curt Brown. Motion carried.
There was no Treasurer's Report.
Bills were presented: Curt submitted that our new website administrator( Mensing) had spent nine(9) hours getting the website set up. Curt asked that we set an hourly rate for this service. After discussion, it was felt that we would offer Mr. Mensing $ 25.00/hr. Motion to approve this rate made by Coulter; second by Lamb. Motion passed. Remaining bills presented and discussed. Motion was made to pay these by Coulter; second by Feight. Motion passed.
Building Permits: No report
Old Business: Mike Brooks was asked for any update on our pending lawsuit by Marogi Brothers. There was no update.
New Business: State Assessor Audit. Amanda Lacelle attended and reported on this to Curt Brown. She suggested that we waive State of Michigan penalty fees and pre-affidavits. There was confusion among the Trustees about what this actually entails. It was decided to table the decision until Lacelle can better explain the ramifications.
Discussed further what we want to do about Raisin Township's proposal for changing fee collection and fee structure for building inspection. Curt Brown met with City of Tecumseh to investigate possible use of their Building Inspector. He presented their fee schedule as well as their proposal to split fees collected 95% Tecumseh City and 5% Tecumseh Township. Discussion followed and the Board of Trustees is not ready to decide on how to proceed at this point. Curt was requested to see if we could get a better split on fees with City of Tecumseh and/or get our own Building Inspector. Further action was tabled until Curt can follow through on those requests.
Curt reported on a complaint from neighbors about abandoned house at 9625 Tecumseh-Clinton Rd. It is in bad repair with tree and vine growth all over it.
Mike Brooks requested that we get ( current ) Building Inspector to examine the premises to report condition of the property. After that, Mike will send property owners a letter informing them of action needed to bring property back into acceptable condition.
We next discussed current charges we impose for land splits. Curt Brown presented a list of split fees charged by other townships in Michigan. It was apparent that at $ 200.00 per split, that we are on the high side. After discussion, Coulter made a motion to change our fee from $200.00 to $ 100.00 per split. Motion seconded by Feight and the motion passed.
Clerk G. Coulter informed the Board of a FOIA request we and numerous other municipalities in Michigan have received from a group calling themselves United Impact Group LLC out of New York state. Per Michigan law we must honor this request but can charge reasonable fees. This group wants copies of all ballots cast, on site, provisional and absentee cast in the November 8, 2016 meeting. Coulter has already responded that the Township will fulfill request after upcoming Nov. 6, 2018 election. He is gathering costs associated with meeting the request.
Supervisor's Report : There was no additional Supervisor's report.
There being no additional business before the Board, motion to adjourn made by Feight; second made by Brown.
Meeting adjourned at 8:02 PM.
Gerald Coulter, Clerk                                                
Curt Brown, Supervisor


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