Secord Township   1507 Secord Dam Road    Gladwin,  Michigan 48624
Archive - Township Board - 2019 - March 20
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Secord Township Meeting
March 20, 2019

Meeting called to order by Clerk Wilton due to the absense of Supervisor at 10:00 am with everyone standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call: Taken by Clerk Kathy Wilton as follows: Supervisor Colin Combs absent, Treasurer Linda Ronne, Clerk Kathy Wilton, Trustee Bill Bowman and Trustee Martin Holmes were present. 16 interested residents were in attendance.

Public Comment: None

Correspondence: Wilton read the following: AMAR review from the Dept of Treasury for the State was a perfect score thanks to our Assessors diligence, notice from the state of the changes for absentee ballots, notice from Charter that Spectrum Mid-America now holds the franchise in our township, new channel additions are Cheddar TV, CineSony Network and Pasiones TV, fireboard minutes received, the cost of pest control for the township hall is increasing by a $1, Board of Review minutes for 3 meetings were received.

Minutes of February 20, 2019 regular meeting were reviewed. Motion by Holmes/Bowman to accept as presented. 4 ayes 1 absent M/C

Treasurerís Report: Report was read by Treasurer Ronne as follows:

General Fund                     $640,761.63
Fire Fund                             153,364.23
Fire Fund Capitol Reserve     39,041.22
Garbage Fund                      158,181.92
Road Fund                           428,475.54
Mosquito Fund                      39,383.06
Weed Control Fund             279,380.06
Total Funds                     $1,738,587.66

Motion by Bowman/Holmes to receive and file the treasurerís report. Wilton noted since they had just received the report, the Treasurerís office and the Clerk's office do not balance on figures.
4 ayes 1absent M/C

Bills to be paid: Wilton read the following bills to be paid: General fund $23,649.58 Fire Fund $4,672.24 and payroll $8,210.00 Motion by Holmes/Bowman to pay the bills as presented. 4ayes 1 absent M/C

Guests: Berg Assessing: Assessor Allan Berg was not present but sent a report. Board of Review is now closed and was reasonably light. Letters for the spring/summer/fall reappraisal program will go out soon and will cover the West Branch Dr, Pinecrests, and Whispering Pines area.
County Commissioner Joel Vernier: The township welcomed our new county commissioner. He reported that they will be bringing a balanced budget soon to be voted on, he has attended several meetings which he's been assigned, 4 Lakes Task Force hired Tara Hovey as their attorney, Robert North has been hired as the Emergency Mgmt Director, License at Edenville Dam has been requested to transfer and Rising Tide meeting was well attended and informational.

Committee Reports:
Planning Committee: No report but starts April 10th
Fire Board: Chairman Marty Holmes reported: 12 total runs in February: 9 were rescue runs and 3 fire with1 mutual aid run. They are working on the budget to present to the Secord Twp board on April 8th at 9am.
Fire Chief: Chief Fred Shaver reported that the rims on the new truck are cracking again due to weight and they are being covered by warrenty from the truck company, he reminded everyone there is to be no burning in the ditches and it's a $250.00 fine, Gladwin Fire has a grant for a new piece of equipment for training and Secord qualifies to be able to use it, EMS software from state requires the same information that County EMS has and would cost $2,500 to purchase. He is working on trying to use the County information.
Constable: Hart turned in her report and all is well.
Road Committee: Wilton received the brine schedule and read it to the board. Tentative dates are: 5-16, 6-20 and 8-20. All are dependent upon the weather. The first to are at 65%cost to the township the final is 100% cost to the township @ .1775 per gallon w/ approximately 2,000 gallons spread per mile w/ double passage. Motion to allow the first 2 brinings with the 3rd brining at the Supervisor's descretion by Holmes/Bowman. 4 ayes 1 absent. M/C
Zoning Administrator: 2 permits requested. 1 for buildings and 1 for a sign.
Ordinance Officer: Still working on the issues on Ash St.
Well and Septic report: 3 new properties in compliance.
4 Lakes Task Force: no report
Goose Round-up: Wilton offered the Goose Roundup Nest Destruction and Round-up Resolution 2019-1. Also training must be taken for nest/egg destruction on April 3rd. If interested in training please contact Marvin Ehlert.

Secord Township
1507 Secord Dam Rd
Gladwin MI 48624
Resolution 2019-1
Regarding Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Canada Goose Nest Destruction Program and/or Canada Goose Roundup/Removal Program

WHEREAS, the Township Board of Secord has received complaints of overpopulation of Canada geese inhabiting the grounds of residents along the Tittabawassee River (which includes Secord Lake above the dam and Smallwood Lake below the dam) within Secord Township; and

WHEREAS, the Township Board has determined that the DNR Canada Goose Nest Destruction Program and/or Roundup/Removal Program are effective program(s) for the control of site specific problems for our residents; and

WHEREAS, the residents clearly understand that any birds removed and relocated during this program may be killed and nests destroyed;

WHEREAS, the Township on behalf of the residents, lake associations, businesses, subdivisions, condo associations etc., must apply for a DNR Permit for these program(s), on an annual basis, and must ensure that all lakefront residents, tenants, employees of this site, have been informed that this program is taking place at their lake/site, and understand if their site is located within more than one government unit, they are responsible to receive resolutions from each township/city/village, and are responsible for adhering to the requirements under their permit;

NOW, THEREFORE LET IS BE RESOLVED that the Township Board of Secord hereby formally requests the assistance of the Michigan DNR on behalf of the requests made in Secord Township by residents as long as they abide by the DNR permit requirements, in the implementation of the Canada Goose Nest Destruction Program and/or Roundup/Removal Program, for a 5-year period from 2016 through 2020 and additionally, to advise the Department that there shall be no cost to the Township of Secord for these programs other than the permit fee.
Moved by Wilton/Holmes
Roll call votes: Ronne yes, Wilton yes, Bowman yes, Holmes yes
Combs absent
Ayes: 4 Absent 1
Motion carried
Kathy Wilton, Clerk

Other Business: None

Public Comment/Announcements: Carol Wilhelm asked if the channels from Spectrum could be requested as the new ones didn't seem to be things that would be requested in our area. Wilton replied they couldn't. She then asked about the Rising Tide meeting and new logos etc for the cities and county. Wilton and Vernier both replied that this was all being done through a grant for promotion of the county and cities and blending the trade mark for it.

Motion to adjourn by Holmes/Bowman at 10:47am

Kathy Wilton, Clerk