REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP BOARD
August 13, 2001
CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The regular meeting of the Eagle Harbor Township Board was called to order at 7 p.m. on August 13, 2001 by Supervisor James Boggio, at the Schoolhouse/Community Building in Eagle Harbor. Supervisor Boggio led the Pledge of Allegiance.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Supervisor Boggio, Clerk Olson, Treasurer Johnson, Trustees Ellis and Lantz
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
AGENDA APPROVAL AND ADDITIONS –Supervisor Boggio requested an addition to the agenda of Tom Poynter - request for support to return Sand Bay float copper to Keweenaw County.
CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL MM/S Ellis/Lantz to approve the consent agenda as presented.
- Approve minutes from July 9, 2001 regular meeting
- Accept Treasurer’s report
- Approve payment of bills
5 Ayes, 0 Nays - Motion Carried
SUPERVISOR’S REMARKS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
- Letter from George Hartmann asking the Township to sell him a piece of property in front of his house. This property belongs to the State of Michigan and is road right of way. Therefore it is not the Township’s property to sell. A letter will be written to Mr. Hartmann explaining this situation.
- Letter from Hein Surveying concerning the land split of property located at Sand Bay. This will be put on the agenda for the September board meeting.
- Letter from Mrs. William Carlton informing the Board that she was removing her wooden picket fence and replacing it with a stone fence. There was no objection from the Board.
BEACH COMMITTEE – Fred and Colleen Geis – No Report
CEMETERY COMMITTEE – Ginny Schubert – No Report
SEXTON COMMENTS –Mike Braman – a couple of plots have been sold – otherwise no report
COMMUNITY BUILDING – Nancy Clarkson – Rummage sale made $2108. Thanks to all volunteers who helped with the rummage sale and food concession.
Special thanks to John Clarkson, and to Doug and Ginny Schubert who ran the food concession, Cornelia Carlton for her help with collecting and pricing, Patty Asselin for the use of her garage, and Bill Simon for the use of the tent.
The Wednesday night dance with the Harborites took in $150. $100 was donated to the fire department and $50 was donated to the Community Building renovation fund.
From June to October the Community Building will have been used 120 times for Bridge, Exercise Classes, Dances, Weddings and other celebrations, Story Hour and meetings. Miscellaneous events have brought in $514.50 to the renovation fund
Doug Schubert - The food concession at the Art Fair netted $710 for the weekend and that will be added to the renovation fund also.
HEBARD PLAT COMMITTEE – Jeane Olson – Charles Eschbach and Charles Hein have met and Mr. Hein has corresponded with the committee but we have still not heard from Mr. Eschbach.
LAND USE COMMITTEE - Doug Sherk – The property at Sand Bay previously owned by MUCC has been sold to a private individual. A request has been made to post signs at the County line stating that Keweenaw County is zoned.
The possibility of putting storage buildings at the solid waste site was mentioned. This will be put on the September agenda. A copy of Doug’s report is attached.
911 COMMITTEE - Doug Schubert – no report
Paul Freshwater reported that all the petitions for road name changes on M26 have been turned down.
PARK COMMITTEE – George Hite – Absent
RECREATION COMMITTEE – Barb Sickler – The canoe races were held on August 4th – the morning of the pig roast. There are no cars parking on the basketball court so they will not be putting up "No Parking" signs. The sound system is being stored at Boggio’s and Dick Lantz will be in charge of the system to make sure users know how to run it.
SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE – Bruce Olson –We used two compactors in June, two in July, and two in August so far.
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT – Mike Radigan – Absent –
The Fire Department did a great job at the Westlake fire. The Board has sent a letter of condolence to the Westlake family.
Supervisor Boggio presented a Certificate of Thanks to the Fire Department from the Kellow family.
Ed Stoneman and Chris Callog presented the new Fire Department Flag.
WATER COMMITTEE – John Wakeman – Absent
WATER SYSTEM OPERATOR – Rick Finke – Absent
WELLHEAD PROTECTION – Rick Finke – Absent
- Insurance for Jeep Fire Truck. – Clerk Olson has received quotes on insurance for the 1948 Jeep Fire Truck. The lowest is $167. Supervisor Boggio asked Frank Carlton to review the quotes.
- Ed Stoneman asked that the Fire Department be reimbursed for the Insurance paid on the Jeep from June of 1997. For 10 months in 1997-$318.30, for 1998-$402.00, for 1999, $410.00 and for 2000, $425.00. That is a total of 1555.30 The $435 for 2001 has already been reimbursed. The Board has not received the letter they asked for from the Fire Department giving up the rights to the Jeep. Tom Ellis made a motion not to reimburse the insurance. The motion died for lack of support. MM/S Lantz/Olson to reimburse the insurance when we get the letter from the Fire Department stating they no longer claim ownership of the vehicle. Ayes –5, Nays-0. Motion carried. Ed Stoneman said we would have the letter by the September meeting.
- Increased Liability Insurance – Supervisor Boggio reported on the cost of more liability insurance and that the Township could be sued for many times the amount of insurance coverage they had. The excess would be paid by a special assessment on the taxpayers of the township. The Board took no action on this issue. The raft and slide will not be put in the water at the beach. Barbara Sickler asked for an explanation of the difference in risk between the raft and the swings on the playground. Supervisor Boggio said that the risk for the raft was much greater than the swings on the playground.
Mr. Jilbert asked that the holes be filled in at the Northwest corner of the
lot behind the Township Hall.
- Tom Poynter – Requested the Township’s support in the effort to have the float copper that was raised from the bottom of Lake Superior at Sand Bay returned to Keweenaw County. Copper Harbor would house it in their old Fire hall until a decision was made as to where the Copper would finally be placed. Supervisor Boggio felt we should wait to see what action the County took on this subject. Mr. Poynter said he would prepare a sample resolution for us to offer at our next meeting. No action was taken at this time.
- Additional Backup for Solid Waste Site – Mike Braman has agreed to be a backup for Clarence Bach at the solid waste site. Other backups are Rick Finke and Gary Tallon.
- Resolution to Support Purchase of "Tip of Keweenaw" – MM/S Johnson/Lantz to adopt a resolution supporting the purchase by the State of Michigan of the "Tip of the Keweenaw". Ayes-5, Nays-0 Resolution was adopted.
- Resolution to Support the Purchase of Hunter’s Point – Supervisor Boggio asked for more details on the purchase such as who is buying it and where is the money coming from? This item was tabled until the next meeting.
- Millage Increase – Truth in Taxation hearing set for 6:30 p.m. on September 10, 2001, before the regular Township Board meeting at the Eagle Harbor Township Hall.
– A plaque was presented to the Ladies Breakfast Group thanking them for their contribution of the kitchen furnishings at the Community Building. It will be placed in a prominent place in the kitchen of the Community Building.
– Supervisor Boggio read his letter of resignation, effective 10 p.m. on August 13, 2001. MM/S Johnson/Lantz to accept his resignation with regret. Ayes 4 Nays-0 Abstain-1 Motion Carried.
- Special Award Presentation
- Michigan Nature Conservancy is purchasing the top of Mt Baldy. It is classified as an undisturbed Northern Bald Community. The Conservancy is trying to establish a stewardship committee and is also looking for funding for their projects. The Township Board will ask Tina Hall or Nicole Pearce to attend our next Township Board meeting to answer questions and discuss their plans for Mt. Baldy. Their Website is www.nature.org
- Marilyn Marshall asked the Board to consider an ordinance to outlaw outhouses in the platted village of Eagle Harbor. We will consult with our attorney on that issue.
- MM/S Lantz/Johnson to adjourn. Ayes - 5, Nays – 0 Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Eagle Harbor Township Clerk
- CERTIFICATION –
I, the undersigned, Jeane Olson, the duly qualified and elected clerk for the Township of Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw County, Michigan, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing is a true and complete copy of certain proceedings taken by the Township Board of said Township at a regular board meeting held on the 13th day of August, 2001.
Eagle Harbor Township Clerk