May 3, 2018

 

The regular meeting of the Common Council of the Village of South Range was called to order in the Village Council Chambers by President Justin Marier at 6:30 pm.

PRESENT:       Cody Bonini, Sarah Derenzo, George Eakin, Craig Paoli, Therese Parolini, Carol Petrelius, Justin Marier, President, Robert Bonini, S.C., Jason Coffey, Clerk

ABSENT:                    

GUESTS:         Joan Cuicci, Reino Sipola, Mike Balma-SRFD, Chris Holmes-UPEA, Janet                  Kokko          

The minutes of the regular meeting of April 5, 2018 were approved on a motion by Sarah Derenzo which was supported by George Eakin.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

STREET COMMISSIONER:  Bob Bonini reported that Don Cline and Craig Burkman have taken the wasterwater lagoon certification exam.  They have been using the sweeper on village streets as part of spring cleanup.  The water leak has been repaired on First St.  Bob would like to conduct the village spring cleanup on Wednesday and Friday afternoons for the month of May.  The clerk will get the word out.  Bob also brought up the plan of using a radio system to help control the water tank filling.  Clerk Coffey attempted to help Bob explain why it would be better than the cell phone system currently in use.  They would like to purchase a test system at a cost of $600.00 to see if it would be feasible to run the system.  Craig Paoli made a motion with support from Sarah Derenzo to purchase the test kit and if it proves to be a feasible investment to go ahead and order the actual radio wave system to run the water tank.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

MIKE BALMA, FIRE CHIEF:  Chief Balma was present tonight to give an update on the fire department.  Four firemen will be taking Firefighter 1 and 2 training.  They have Chet Burkman as the new alternate fireman.  They have ordered fireworks as well as grave flags.  This year’s CC Fireman’s Tourney will be in Chassell.

PRESIDENTS REPORT:  Justin has met with Mr. Keteri and Sheriff McLean about the shared police officer between the school district and the village.  It is not a feasible idea right now but more research will be done.  In discussion with the State of Michigan on the Act 51 funds that have been forfeited as a result of incomplete reporting it has been discovered we could have lost up to $45,000 dollars.  Our auditor completes this report for the village and is then sent to the village for review, approval and submission of the report.  During review by the clerk it was determined to have been correct and thus sent to the State of Michigan.  The report was corrected and sent back to them for approval under the assumption we would then receive the revenue sharing.  The state will not issue these funds to the village as a result.  Sale of Lot 26 in Whealkate Estates is expected to close June 1 and we hope to get an offer on Lot 23 soon as well.  The Masters Racing Circuit has been in contact with him about future snowmobile hill climbs and a motorcycle hill climb to be held in July.  They have signed a seven year contract with the landowner to hold both of these events and has requested help from the village to assist with signage for these events.

RESIDENT SURVEY:  Sarah Derenzo presented her proposed survey for distribution to village residents.  The plan is to hopefully send out to residents the week of May 21 thru May 25.  Further discussion included what rewards we should raffle off to residents that complete our survey.

USITALO’S GARAGE AND PIGEON HOUSE:  President Marier reported that both buildings are to be demolished by Brian Bonnen Construction sometime this month.  When he is done with Usitalo’s Garage he will then take down the Pigeon House.

7TH STREET PLAYGROUND:  Chris Holmes from UP Engineers has ordered the playground equipment.  Delivery will be made a week before our scheduled installation.  Removal of the old equipment will be the first week of June.

EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION TIME:  The Finance Committee has met to discuss village employee’s compensation time accrual.  Carol Petrelius reported on behalf of the Finance Committee and has discovered that federal law states that compensation time can only be accrued to a total of 240 hours.  They have also created a spreadsheet to help the clerk take care of comp time at the employee’s specific pay rates.  This was done for the suggestion that the village pay comp time at the pay rate at which it is accrued.  Debate was held on this topic as to whether or not to make this a policy, as not all agreed with the idea.  Adjustment to the Employee Policy to include a revision to comp time payment has been tabled until the next meeting.  Carol made a motion with support from George Eakin to pay any comp time over 240 hours to our employees.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c. 

REMC1 SUPPORTNET AGREEMENT:  They sent us an addendum to sign that they commit to 2 days per year of on-site computer support for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Sarah Derenzo made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to sign the contract for REMC1 support.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c. 

TAX FORECLOSURE PROPERTY:  The Houghton County Treasurer has sent a notice to the village for the right to purchase property at 59 First St, a 50’ x 100’ empty lot.  Therese Parolini made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to refuse the purchase of this property.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c. 

SPLIT OF LOT 26:  The purchaser of Lot 26, Bruce Heltunen, would like to sell 30 feet on the west side to David and Sherri Normand so they can construct a garage in Whealkate Estates.  The restrictions and covenants in the estates require approval from village council for any landowner to sell a portion of a lot.  Sarah Derenzo made a motion with support from George Eakin to allow Mr. Heltunen  to sell the footage to the Normands.   VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.  

Terri mentioned the village should do a ceremony for the dedication of John Pastore Drive around the Fourth of July.  Craig mentioned he would like to consult with our village attorney about rental properties in town.  Discussion ensued and our attorney will be contacted to get his opinion on the matter. 

Bills totaling $69,878.37 [Old: $9,278.99: New: $60,599.38] were presented for payment. 

George Eakin made a motion with support from Sarah Derenzo to pay the bills.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

At 8:19 pm, Craig Paoli made a motion with support from Cody Bonini to adjourn the meeting.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

                                            Submitted by,

                                              Jason Coffey

                                              Village Clerk                             

            


June 7, 2018

 

The regular meeting of the Common Council of the Village of South Range was called to order in the Village Council Chambers by President Justin Marier at 6:30 pm.

PRESENT:      Cody Bonini, Sarah Derenzo, George Eakin, Craig Paoli, Therese Parolini, Carol Petrelius, Justin Marier, President, Jason Coffey, Clerk

ABSENT:       Robert Bonini, S.C.   

GUESTS:        Joan Cuicci, Reino Sipola, Janet Kokko, Steve Sabatini, Bob Lane, Jerry Cuffe,    

The minutes of the regular meeting of May 3, 2018 were approved on a motion by Sarah Derenzo which was supported by Carol Petrelius.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

Joan Cuicci commented there are cars that are parked in the alley behind her house.  Janet Kokko reported that there have been a lot of four wheelers coming down from the water tank road as well as other vehicles.  They are generally driving much too fast.   

STREET COMMISSIONER:  DPW has finished the culvert work at Janet Kokko’s house.  They have been continuing to fix landscaping damage from the winter months.  They have ordered the water tank radio controls and are awaiting their arrival. 

PRESIDENTS REPORT:  Justin and George went to meeting with Governor Snyder downtown.  UPPCO has told him we can put up banners on their poles as there is an agreement already in place.  Attorney Daavettila was contacted about a meeting he is still working out the details.  Sign for the ballfield is in the garage.  He contacted the county about the machine for folding letters and stuffing envelopes and it costs ten cents per letter.  Village email has been out for a couple weeks, had to get a new server.  The Facebook page is also down and Jason is trying to fix.  The compensations time was paid out to employees over 240 hours.  Justin also reported survey was delayed due in part to the email being out. 

COMPENSATION TIME:  At the last meeting it was discussed to pay employees comp time at the pay rate at which it was earned.  The clerk has confirmed it is possible to pay employees at two different pay rates during the same pay period.  Carol Petrelius has taken the time to make a spreadsheet to help take care of the different hourly comp time rates.  It was agreed to put a maximum of 240 hours on the amount of comp time they can approve as it is the law.  Craig Paoli made a motion with support from George Eakin to pay compensation time at an employee’s current rate of pay.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

RESIDENT SURVEY:  Sarah Derenzo has done all the preparation on getting the survey together to send out to residents.  Getting the survey to be completed online is too difficult and has been scratched.  It was agreed to put July 6 as the return by date for the return of the survey.

PLAYGROUND:  The build date will be June 28, 29, and 30.  The building coordinator from Miracle will need to talk to Bob before we start building.  It has been suggested to have 10-15 volunteers for each day.  The nuts and bolts for the set can be separated beforehand.  Bob has the discretion as to when to get the old one removed.

TRUSTEE ELECTION:  The county clerk has advised Clerk Coffey to have all the trustee position terms on the same election year instead of three in 2018 and the other three in 2020.  This would primarily be for the benefit of record keeping for the clerk.  It was the consensus of the council to keep the election seats the way the village has been conducting them.

SRBA DONATION:  George Eakin made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to make a donation to the 4th of July Committee in the amount of $1000.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

Other 4th of July discussion included the need of judges for the parade floats.  Jason still needs to secure liability coverage for the fireworks and it was noted there will be a committee meeting Monday at 6pm at the VFW.

CIVIL INFRACTION ORD. ENFORCEMENT:  Justin and Jason have agreed to start assessing Sixth, Seventh St. and Stanton Ave for violations of blight and junk.  Craig Paoli mentioned something should be done about the trailer on the side of the road on Second St. because it could possibly roll down the hill.  Bob will talk to them about moving their trailer.

WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE:  There have not been quotes received from other companies for insurance and we will stay with MML.

2018 FIREMANS SALARY:  Carol Petrelius made a motion with support from George Eakin to pay the fireman their annual salaries.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, (one abstain, C. Bonini) m.c. 

FIREFIGHTERS TOURNAMENT EXPENSE:   A motion was made by George Eakin with support from Carol Petrelius to pay the Firefighters Tournament expenses up to $400.00.  VOTE: All ayes, no nays, one abstain (Bonini), m.c.   

INTERNET SERVICE:  Not enough information at this time, matter tabled till next meeting.

2018 PROPERTY TAX RATE:   The village can increase its millage rate to a maximum of 15.6656 mills based on the Headlee Amendment.  President Marier explained the options and Clerk Coffey prepared a handout to help explain those options.  After discussing the budget and the condition of village streets, it was the consensus of the council to seek a millage of 15.3554.  Houghton County Equalization will be contacted to obtain the correct values to publish in the newspaper about the Truth in Taxation Public Hearing.  The public hearing and a special meeting will be on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  Craig Paoli made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to hold a public hearing and special meeting.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

Bills totaling $55,729.45 [Old: $11,420.57: New: $44,308.88] were presented for payment. 

Therese mentioned that Adams Twp. will be spreading sludge from their lagoons and the hefty price tag along with it and was wondering if we will need to do the same ever.  Jason reported that he was fairly positive we will not have to do this.  Assessor rules may be changing their classifications and it might leave the Township without an assessor she also reported.  Therese also mentioned that the grader for the airport will be going out on bids soon she believed.  She also asked if the pop machine was at the ballfields, and it is not.  Therese also mentioned if there was a way to get someone to cut the grass at the lagoons to free up Farrell to do other work.  It was mentioned to get someone to mow grass for the village to free up the crew to do other things.  Lengthy discussion followed on the matter and Justin and Jason will talk to Bob about it.

Terri offered to plant the flowers this year and will talk to Jason more about it.  Jason also reported that our credit card authorizing officer designation with our current card has failed due to a number of reasons and a new card company will be sought.  Camera surveillance was also discussed for the water tank area and road as well as for the brush pile in Baltic.  Sarah reported that she will not be running for another trustee term.

Sarah Derenzo made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to pay the bills as presented.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c.

At 8:16 pm, Sarah Derenzo made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to adjourn the meeting.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

                                           Submitted by,

                                              Jason Coffey

                                             Village Clerk


July 5, 2018

 

The regular meeting of the Common Council of the Village of South Range was called to order in the Village Council Chambers by President Justin Marier at 6:30 pm.

PRESENT:      Cody Bonini, Sarah Derenzo, George Eakin, Therese Parolini, Justin Marier, President, Jason Coffey, Clerk

ABSENT:       Craig Paoli, Carol Petrelius, Robert Bonini, S.C

GUESTS:        Joan Cuicci, Reino Sipola, Janet Kokko, Steve Sabatini, Bob Lane, Jerry Cuffe     

The minutes of the special meeting held May 22, 2018 were approved on a motion by Sarah Derenzo which was supported by George Eakin.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

The minutes of the regular meeting of June 7, 2018 were approved on a motion by Sarah Derenzo which was supported by Sarah Derenzo.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

The minutes of the special meeting held June 19, 2018 were approved on a motion by Sarah Derenzo which was supported by Therese Parolini.  VOTE: All aye, no nays m.c.

Janet Kokko told the council she would like to have the public works crew fix her siding anytime they are ready.  Jason will let Bob know she is ready to have the work done.  Janet also wanted to let the council know there is road damage from the flood that needs to be repaired by her house as well.  The Copper Range Historical Society sent a thank you note to the council and Bob to let them know they are grateful for the assistance after the flood.

PRESIDENTS REPORT:  The new credit cards have been ordered for the village employees.  The lagoons have been discharged in the last month.  Terri picked up the flowers and planted them around town.  Playground project was postponed because of the flood and now will be done on August 16, 17 and 18.  The surveys went out on June 20th and are due tomorrow.  Thank you to the volunteers who offered to stuff envelopes.  The ordinance committee will be meeting with village attorney Nick Daavettila on July 26 at 6:30 pm.  MDOT has been in touch with the village about the flood damage.  There will be a weekly phone conference that Jason will be attending.  Preliminary estimate on damage to 1st Street, Trimountain, and Stanton Avenues have the dollar amount at $90,000.   The Village of South Range is on the 211 list for damage from the flood.   We received junk complaint on 2nd Street and Jason has been tackling the civil infraction ordinance violations on 7th, 6th, 5th  and Stanton Avenue.  The 4th of July went over well.  Don Cline has passed his Lagoon exam and the Facebook page has been restored.

Therese Parolini addressed the council to let them know she thought the public works crew did a great job in getting the roads repaired after the flood damage.  She would like to give them a bonus for the great job they did, two hundred dollars for Bob and one hundred dollars for the other three employees.  President Marier asked about giving the clerk a bonus as well.  Therese Parolini made a motion with support from George Eakin to give Bob Bonini a $200.00 bonus and Craig Burkman, Don Cline, Farrell Dorsey and Jason Coffey a $100.00 bonus.  VOTE:  All aye, no nay, (one abstain, C. Bonini) m.c.

Therese wants to dedicate the John Pastore Drive tomorrow at noon.  Jason will talk to Bob about it.  The resident survey is due tomorrow.  The donations for the prizes will need to be taken care of.

INTERNET – GARAGE:  There are no quotes at this time and matter tabled for now. 

Bills totaling $38,848.60 [Old: $8,353.30: New: $30,495.30] were presented for payment.  George Eakin made a motion with support from Cody Bonini to pay the bills as presented.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c.

Sarah reported someone putting a lot of extra garbage in the cans around town and especially in front of her business.  She also reported getting garbage in her own cans that was not hers.  Sarah also noticed dog owners not picking up after their dogs when they are walking around town. 

At 7:19 pm, George Eakin made a motion with support from Sarah Derenzo to adjourn the meeting.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

                                           Submitted by,

                                            Jason Coffey,

                                          Village Clerk  

August 2, 2018

 

The regular meeting of the Common Council of the Village of South Range was called to order in the Village Council Chambers by President Justin Marier at 6:30 pm.

PRESENT:      Cody Bonini, Sarah Derenzo, George Eakin, Craig Paoli, Therese Parolini, Carol Petrelius, Robert Bonini, S.C Justin Marier, President, Jason Coffey, Clerk

ABSENT:      

GUESTS:        Reino Sipola, Jerry Cuffe, Kali Katerberg-Gazette, Bruce Heltunen, Steve Sabatini           

The minutes of the regular meeting of July 5, 2018 were approved on a motion by Sarah Derenzo which was supported by Therese Parolini with the change of the second of approving the regular meeting minutes from Sarah Derenzo to George Eakin.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, (two abstain, Craig Paoli and Carol Petrelius) m.c.

Jerry Cuffe was present tonight to show pictures of blighted property around town.  He wanted to make sure we were aware about these properties around town and if and when we are going to do something about them.

STREET COMMISSIONER REPORT:  Bob Bonini told the council thank you for the bonus checks the crew received last month.  There is a water leak on 3rd Street that they are hoping to fix next week.  Janet Kokko’s  siding has been repaired by the crew from the snogo damage from the winter.  There are shingles off on the west side roof of the community hall and it leaked onto the stage upstairs.  Bob will be repairing.  Ed Parolini Sr. wants to trade labor for the sand we have gotten from him for the playground project, road repairs and ice control in the winter.  President Marier will check with Village Attorney Nicholas Daavettila to see if this is possible.

PRESIDENTS REPORT:  President Justin Marier reported that Clerk Jason Coffey cannot receive a bonus from the village because he is an elected official.  The old playground equipment has been removed and can be reused with the replacement of a few items.  No summer help has been hired thru Michigan Works but there is still time to have a hire if someone steps forward.   Mr. Daavettila had to cancel his meeting with the ordinance committee and will be rescheduled.  The State of Michigan Act 51 report is done by the auditor and has been submitted to us for our review.  The clerk told the council that Trimountain and Stanton Avenue should be eligible for state aid with the 1st Street damage falling under FEMA assistance should any become available.  Jason has sent out the letters for the ordinance violations giving residents a chance to rectify their issues.  The next step informing them of the violation again and the fine associated with it if they do not correct the situation still needs to be delivered.  The refrigerator in the kitchen upstairs needs to be repaired and will be done as soon as is possible.

RESIDENT SURVEY:  Jason does not have the survey completely done.  There were 58 surveys returned which is eighteen percent of the total sent out.

PLAYGROUND:  Carol has reached out to the MTU community again for volunteers for the build project that will be done August 16, 17 and 18.  Jason and Bob will be calling the build coordinator from Miracle Playground next week to ask more questions about the project.

INTERNET-GARAGE:  Carol Petrelius made a motion which was supported by George Eakin to purchase the wireless booster for internet service to the garage from Baraga Telephone for approximately $1,200.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

DRAINAGE PROBLEM:  The alley between 5th and 6th Street between Champion and Globe Avenue has standing water most of the time and needs to be corrected.  Bob would like to get the property surveyed to see where the alley is so it can be ditched properly.  Carol Petrelius made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to approve the survey work done by Clearwater Surveying at a cost up to $1,000.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, (one abstain, Justin Marier) m.c.

WHEALKATE ESTATES:  Bruce Heltunen needs an extension to his purchase agreement to October 1, 2018 for Lot 26.  Therese Parolini made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to approve the extension.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

STATE WIDE REAL ESTATE:  Craig Paoli made a motion with support from Cody Bonini to approve the signing of another contract with Jenny Deephouse to be the realtor for the village.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

EASEMENT ABANDONMENT:  Bruce Heltunen needs the public utility easement between Lots 31 and 32 abandoned by the village because his house is built on the lot line between the two lots.  Sarah Derenzo made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to approve the easement abandonment pending approval from our village attorney.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

Bruce wanted to say thank you for use of our dump trucks to get rid of brush from the lot he is clearing out next to his house.  He also mentioned the culvert next to his house needs attention.  Bob is aware of the situation and it will be repaired.

ATSD FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP:  Correspondence has been received from the Adams Township School District Foundation for our support by helping sponsor a table at their annual dinner celebration in September.  A donation of $350 will help continue their program and include two tickets to attend this year’s dinner.  Craig Paoli made a motion with support from George Eakin to make the donation of $350 to the foundation.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

LAGOON CERTIFICATION:  Don Cline has passed his lagoon exam to give the village two employees with a lagoon operator license.  Sarah Derenzo made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to give Don a 20 cent raise for passing the exam.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

A poll of the trustees had Craig asking about the rules for renting the community hall.  The clerk explained the way he handled things and will enforce the rules more strictly in the future.  Therese and Carol mentioned that Farrell Dorsey was over the maximum hours in comp time.  Bob explained he has used those hours this week.

Bills totaling $20,381.78 [Old: $13,893.92: New: $6,487.86] were presented for payment.  George Eakin made a motion with support from Cody Bonini to pay the bills as presented.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c.

At 7:45 pm, Cody Bonini made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to adjourn the meeting.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

      Submitted by,                                                     Jason Coffey       Village Clerk

 

September 6, 2018

 

Public Hearing & Regular Meeting

Having been publicly announced in accordance with state law and the Village Charter, a Public Hearing regarding the proposed abandonment of the public utilities easement between lots 31 and 32 in the plat of Whealkate Estates was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Justin Marier.  President Marier explained why the easement is no longer necessary.  President Marier then requested any public comment.  Trustee Parolini asked about the power box on the property and President Marier told her that is on the road right of way.  He further explained the easement would only come into play with village expansion behind South Whealkate and the other easements are still in effect along the other lot lines.  There being no public comment, the meeting was declared adjourned at 6:37 pm.

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The regular meeting of the Common Council of the Village of South Range was called to order in the Village Council Chambers by President Justin Marier at 6:38 pm.

PRESENT:      Cody Bonini, Sarah Derenzo, George Eakin, Craig Paoli, Therese Parolini, Carol Petrelius, Justin Marier, President, Jason Coffey, Clerk

ABSENT:       Robert Bonini, Street Commissioner

GUESTS:        Joan Cuicci, Reino Sipola, Janet Kokko, Glenn Anderson, Jerry Cuffe, Joe Morgan, Kali Katerburg-Daily Mining Gazette

The minutes of the regular meeting of August 2, 2018 were approved on a motion by Carol Petrelius which was supported by George Eakin.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

Glenn Anderson addressed the council to announce his running as the Houghton County Commissioner for the Village of South Range.  He told us a little about himself and if elected would like to attend more of our meetings.  Jerry Cuffe wanted to relay to the council that he is seeing some progress with the enforcement of our ordinances.  He brought up the idea of having the garbage cans around town painted by the art department at Adams Township Public Schools or possibly another entity, as a method of beautification in the village.  Mr. Cuffe also inquired as to using the money from the fines for the ordinances to go towards the cans.  They are presently going into the ordinance enforcement control account.  Craig Paoli would like statistics on what percentage of ordinance violations are being remedied so they can see the progress or the lack thereof we are making with the program.

FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT:  Trustee Cody Bonini told the council that they have reported to two calls recently, for assistance in Trimountain and another in Atlantic Mine earlier in the month.  They are planning on doing a wood raffle this fall and there has been discussion on supporting another run/walk event next year.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:  Audit has been received from our accountant with copies for everyone tonight.  Playground equipment is all installed with the help of volunteers and the public works department.  The wood carpet, timbers, sidewalk and final landscaping are still to be done.  The clerk attended the FEMA meeting for their introduction to the public after the President of the United States declared the flooding a disaster.  Therese Parolini told us the Lions Club would like to donate money towards the fixing of the roads.  Public works has done some ditching beyond the outfield fence at the upper field to help with the wetness problem that is presently there.  They also started work on the installation of the ballfield sign with the block work for the foundation of the sign.  The snowmobile crossing on 3rd Street was also done last month.  Correspondence has been received from EMC insurance that the slip and fall victim has contacted attorneys in order to help her with her case.

A Waste Management salesman stopped in to the clerk’s office today asking if we would be interested in their services. Trustee Derenzo mentioned we should inquire with them about their recycling services.  Justin reported that we have an employee out for medical reasons until at least September 19th.  Justin also mentioned that the City of Houghton has a public works position open at the moment with one of our employees applying for the job.  Bob will be off on Monday and Tuesday, 17 and 18, and with one person out right now there will only be two guys working on the regular garbage pickup day of Monday.  As a result, garbage pickup will be moved to Wednesday, September 19, 2018 for that week only.  Josh Saaranen has filed with the County Clerk to be a write in candidate for the open trustee position in the November election.  The wind turbines in Adams Township are creating conversation again.  The owner of the project has sold his investment to a new investor, Circle Power, and they have contacted the township to inform them of the transaction. 

RESIDENT SURVEY:  A discussion of the results of the survey was held.  It was remarked that the answers received were consistent with what the general consensus is of the council members.  The survey will be used as a guide in order to better serve the needs of the village residents.  Sarah would like to boost the Facebook page to help us communicate better with residents.  A question in the survey asked residents about what we should rename the park located between Sixth and Seventh Streets.  The most popular response was South Range Community Park.  Justin will contact Industrial Graphics and ask them to design a sign with that name on it for council discussion and approval.

ZONING COMPLIANCE – YOOHS and ZIEMER:   A zoning compliance application was reviewed for Chris Yoohs, a resident of 26 Fifth Street to build a garage on his lot.  A motion was made by Carol Petrelius which was supported by George Eakin to accept the zoning compliance.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c.  A zoning compliance application was reviewed for David Ziemer, who resides at 8 Painesdale Avenue, for the construction of a garage.  A motion was made by Carol Petrelius which was supported by Cody Bonini to approve the zoning application.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c. 

FLOOD INSURANCE:  FEMA and DEQ came to the village offices to present flood insurance coverage for residents of the village.  There is not enough information to pass along to the council and the matter tabled until the next meeting.

CONVEY PROPERTY RESOLUTION:  Therese Parolini made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to authorize President Justin Marier and/or Clerk Jason Coffey to sign any and all documents relating to the sale or transfer of property owned by the village on its behalf.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c. 

PUBLIC UTILITY EASEMENT ABANDONMENT:  Carol Petrelius made a motion with support from George Eakin to abandon the public utility easement between Lots 31 and 32 in Whealkate Estates because of the house built on the Lot line.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c. 

ORDINANCE COMMITTEE:   The committee of Craig Paoli, Therese Parolini and George Eakin met with Village Attorney Nicholas Daavettila last week for discussion on our ordinances.  Our zoning ordinance is very old and hard to follow.  It was recommended by Mr. Daavettila to look at examples from other communities in order to update our ordinance.  Rental homes in the village were debated upon during the meeting as well.  The village does not currently have a rental ordinance and we or Mr. Daavettila need to formulate one to help with the parking issues with rental homes in the village.  The rental home across from the gas station on M-26 and Mr. Daavettila suggested we may be able to take action thru the county.  The attorney would like to know how many rentals are in town.  We should be asking for copies of the leases the rental homes have.   Craig asked our attorney to draft a letter for.  The village was instructed to start with an ordinance that would state the specific dos and don’ts.    Craig Paoli made a motion with support from Carol Petrelius to have President Marier contact the attorney to draft our rental ordinance.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c. 
CD RESOLUTIONS:  Carol Petrelius made a motion with support from George Eakin to renew the equipment fund CD for another six months at Superior National Bank.  VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c.  Sarah Derenzo made a motion with support from Cody Bonini to keep the money in the General Fund CD as well as add the money from the sales of Lot 25 and 26 in Whealkate Estates to the CD at Superior National Bank. VOTE:  All ayes, no nays, m.c. 

The alley survey between 5th and 6th Street is done with the corners of all the lots being staked in the alley.  Therese would like us to send a copy of the agreement that Dave Aro, 19 Fourth Street, had signed in order to conduct business on his property.  She also noted that we need to put up a no trespassing or no swimming sign near the flood control ditch in the park area between 6th and 7th Streets.  George mentioned his neighbor has too many animals and has contacted the sheriff’s department about the nuisance.  Therese would like volunteers to please sign up for the Fourth of July Committee.  The council would like President Marier to draft a newsletter for council approval at the October council meeting.  Potholes on our local streets were a subject of discussion as well.   Craig mentioned we should ask the City of Houghton, or others, that may have asphalt chunks that we could use for our recycler to help fill the potholes in.  The clerk will let Bob know about the pothole concern. 

Bills totaling $56,810.37 [Old: $13,845.69; New: $42,964.68] were presented for payment. 

George Eakin made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to pay the bills.  VOTE:  All aye, no nays, m.c.

At 7:50 pm, George Eakin made a motion with support from Craig Paoli to adjourn the meeting.  VOTE: All aye, no nays, m.c.

                                           Submitted by,

 

                                             Jason Coffey

                                             Village Clerk