May 4, 2017
The regular meeting of the Common Council of the Village of South Range was called to order by President Justin Marier at 7:00 pm.
PRESENT: Sarah Derenzo, George Eakin, Craig Paoli, Therese Parolini, John Pastore, Carol Petrelius, Justin Marier, President, Robert Bonini, S.C., Jason Coffey, Clerk
GUESTS: Don Cline, Steve Sabatini, Janet Kokko, Torey Kostamo, Kathy DeForge, Mark Sellers – Fabick Cat, Joan Cuicci, Dan and Mary Sivonen, Reino Sipola, Barry Gaudette-CPA, Anthony Sarazin, Mike Balma-Fire Chief, Bruce Heltunen, Duane Pangrazzi.
The minutes of the regular meeting of April 6, 2017 were approved on a motion by Carol Petrelius which was supported by George Eakin with the following corrections, delete “the” before Bob’s name in the third paragraph of minutes and delete the double wording of “on the” in the section of the Presidents report. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
Steve Sabatini wanted to report that the CCISD will be proposing a 1 millage increase mainly in support of the trades’ school. Dan and Mary Sivonen wanted to know how the council intends to combat the blighted properties inside village limits. Carol informed them and the rest of the audience that the ordinance committee is presently studying ways to rectify these problems. Mr. Sivonen also inquired if we have an ordinance concerning open burning within village limits. Clerk Jason Coffey stated the village has an ordinance stating no outside burning of any material is allowed within the village. Whealkate Estates resident Bruce Heltunen is interested in purchasing another lot in the estates to build a spec house. He believes this project would promote further building. He informally made a bid of $10,000.00 for the purchase of a lot. Duane Pangrazzi was representing the SR 4th of July Committee and asking for a donation for this year’s festivities. Duane informed the council that they made a donation of one thousand dollars last year and to consider making at least the same amount this year. Mr. Pangrazzi also inquired about sharing the cost of new 4th banners for the celebration. Anthony Sarazin asked about the building restrictions and covenants for Whealkate Estates. John Pastore informed him of the signatures he would need to acquire from neighboring residents for variances he wants to build the size garage he desires. He will have the required paperwork for the next council meeting for council approval.
ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: A motion was made by Sarah Derenzo with support from Carol Petrelius to add the discussion of the FOIA policy and the action item of a donation to the 4th committee to the agenda. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
STREET COMMISSIONER REPORT: Bob Bonini reported that spring cleanup will be May 15 thru 19, as well as May 22 thru 26. Items to be collected at the curb in front of residents’ homes include yard clippings and small tree branches and boards. They have welded the moldboard on the grader and Craig Burkman and Bob took the water license test in Marquette yesterday. Bob ordered water valves for the vault that houses the main water meter. A water line access needs to be repaired on Stanton Avenue.
PRESIDENTS REPORT: President Marier reported that he attended the April KEDA meeting. He also contacted realtors about the sale of Whealkate Estates lots and updated the Cash in Lieu and Employee Evaluation policies, all of which will be addressed in the meeting tonight. Jason and Justin have visited American Welding and Gas and informed them the council would like to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome them to the village. The clerk contacted Scott MacInness about our five year recreation plan as to when and what we need to do next and have not received a response. The clerk and street crew have been working on delinquent water accounts and have been successful in reducing the past due amount more than half. A visit with the Township assessor produced the guide with which she uses for determining assessment value for vacant lots. A letter was received from the Houghton Planning Commission requesting input for their Master Plan. This was not considered to help the village and not addressed. Treasurer Lindsay Seefeldt and Fire Chief Michael Balma had a boy, Owen Michael on April 19th. Flowers were sent for congratulations to the couple. A demonstration Caterpillar Grader was delivered last week and it and the current grader are outside the building tonight for inspection. Thank you letter from UPSET regarding our donation was received. An email from MSHDA concerning blighted property was received and will be forwarded to council members. Justin reported he and Jason discussed the pros and cons of purchasing a projector and screen for use during meetings and have made the purchase and are now awaiting delivery. Justin has also taken pictures of the 7th Street playground equipment to aid in determining future use of the assets.
WEBSITE: Need to speak with Computer Mechanix about domain name. More time is needed to add more content to the new page.
ORDINANCES: Craig Paoli has done a great amount of work on a civil infraction ordinance. A copy of his draft has been forwarded to council members. The committee will meet to discuss the next steps going forward.
CASH IN LIEU POLICY: A motion was made by Craig Paoli with support from Carol Petrelius to adopt the policy as presented. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
WHEALKATE ESTATES: Northern Michigan Land Brokers, Douglass Remax and State Wide Real Estate were all contacted to be real estate agents for the sale of the Whealkate Estates lots. Their respective terms of agreements were read and it was the consensus of the council to not advertise with an agent for the time being and to advertise them ourselves.
OSHKOSH AND GRADER BIDS: Bids were not received for the grader and one official bid was received for the Oshkosh. The City of Marquette bid $35,000.00 for the right to purchase the Oshkosh. Therese Parolini made a motion to accept the City of Marquette bid for $35,000.00 with support from George Eakin. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
ELECTED OFFICIAL VACANCY POLICY: Carol Petrelius made a motion with support from Sarah Derenzo to approve the policy as presented. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
WATER SHUT OFF POLICY: After fine tuning of the policy to read turn off will be after two bills delinquent and service disconnection to be 10 days after notice is mailed, Carol Petrelius made a motion with support from Sarah Derenzo to accept the policy with stated corrections. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
EMPLOYEE EVALUATION POLICY: A motion to approve the policy as written was made by Sarah Derenzo with support from Craig Paoli. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
FOIA POLICY: A Freedom of Information Act procedure has been presented. Craig Paoli made a motion with support from George Eakin to approve the policy as written. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
4th OF JULY: A motion was made by George Eakin with support from Sarah Derenzo to make a $1,000 donation to the South Range Business Association to help fund 4th of July activities. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
South Range Volunteer Fire Department Chief Michael Balma requested funds to help them purchase new hoses and other miscellaneous materials. He also requested permission to apply for a one day liquor license for the fireman’s tournament. Carol Petrelius made a motion to approve the fire department spending up to $1,500.00 for their various needs with support from George Eakin. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
Carol Petrelius made a motion with support from Sarah Derenzo to apply for a liquor license for the fireman’s tournament. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
Bills totaling $78,274.12 [Old: $11,263.52: New: $67,010.60] were presented for payment. George Eakin made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to pay the bills as presented. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.
At 9:18 pm, Craig Paoli made a motion with support from Sarah Derenzo to adjourn the meeting. VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.