Secord Township   1507 Secord Dam Road    Gladwin,  Michigan 48624
Archive - Township Board - 2019 - July 17
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Secord Township Meeting
July 17, 2019

Meeting called to order by Clerk Wilton (Supervisor Combs was absent due to a death in his family) 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, Trustees Bill Bowman and Martin Holmes were present. 22 interested residents were in attendance.
Public Comment: None
Correspondence: Wilton read the following: fire board minutes received, Planning minutes received, Household Hazardous Waste Collection in the City of Gladwin August 24, letter from Spectrum that they will no longer credit services that are cancelled before the end of the month.
Minutes of June 12, 2019 regular meeting and June 12th budget hearing 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                        $685,339.25
Fire Fund                                141,172.31
Fire Fund Capitol Reserve        44,412.52
Garbage Fund                         122,095.12
Road Fund                              460,193.19
Mosquito Fund                         42,862.07
Weed Control Fund                322,153.08
Total Funds                        $1,818,327.54

Motion by Wilton/Holmes to receive and file the treasurerís report. Wilton noted the Treasurerís office and the Clerk's office still have a discrepancy on figures from January and from May and June will let the auditors examine.
4 ayes 1 absent M/C

Bills to be paid: Wilton read the following bills to be paid: General fund $111,731.14 Fire Fund $2,312.49 and payroll $8,881.00 Motion by Bowman/Ronne to pay the bills as presented. 4 Ayes/1absent M/C
Berg Assessing: Allan stated the summer Board of Review was at 11:30. He expected it to be simple and quick.
County Commissioner Joel Vernier: Joel spoke about the improvements being made at the county buildings, Bourret and Billings are looking at noise ordinances, and the census meetings continue to concentrate on the impact the census has on the county and townships.
Rose Pest Solutions: Mark Lucero spoke about the large amount rain we had experienced with the hot weather and that promotes shorter incubation for larvae. They are working on controlling the population the best they can.
Committee Reports:
Planning Committee: VanWambeke stated that they are concentrating on reviewing ordinances for fireworks, home rentals, septic/well and solar. Fee and fines are also under review. Escrow account for well and septic upgrades/replacements needs to be put into effect so property can be sold in a more timely manner. Wilton suggested the committee come up with language and our treasurer agreed they could hold escrow account. The committee is continuing work to update police power ordinances.
Fire Board: Chairman Marty Holmes reported there were 12 runs last month: 7 medical, 1 mutual aide, and 4 fire. Grim Twp's contract is up. Motion to enter into a 5 years contract with Grim for fire protection in the North 1-36 range by Wilton/Bowman. 4 ayes/1absent. Fire Board recommends the purchase of a ATV trailer for rescue. Cost is $5,000. They already have collected $3,000 towards the purchase. Motion to allow the purchase of the ATV trailer by Wilton/Ronne. 4 ayes/1absent. M/C The boat on the lake has been helpful.
Fire Chief: Chief Fred Shaver reported there are only 4 fire departments in the county that are compliant with state regulations. Secord is compliant. He will be attending the county commissioners meeting to discuss the boat purchase. A medical license is now required to do blood sugar testing. He gave out 16 warnings over the 4th of July. Ordinance 7-19-1 was offered by Holmes/Bowman for clearer understanding of the fireworks ordinance.

The Fireworks Ordinance, Section 3.41 of Secord Township Code of Ordinances is amended in its entirety to read as follows:

An Ordinance enacted pursuant to the authority of MCL 41.181 et seq., to secure the public health, safety and general welfare of residents, property owners and persons within the Township of Secord, Gladwin County Michigan by the regulation of Fireworks within the township and to prescribe the penalties for the violation thereof.
A. Definitions.
The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:
1. Alcoholic liquor. That term as defined in section 1d of the Michigan Vehicle Code, being Public Act No. 300 of 1949 (MCL 257.1, et seq.).
2. APA Standard 87-1. 2001 APA Standard 87-1, standard for construction and approval for transportation of fireworks, novelties, and theatrical pyrotechnics, as published by the American Pyrotechnics Association of Bethesda, Maryland.
1. Consumer Fireworks. Fireworks that are designed to produce visible effects by combustion, that are required to comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations promulgated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR parts 1500 and 1507, as amended, and that are listed in APA Standard 87- 1: 3.1.2, 3.1.3, or 3.5. Consumer fireworks do not include low-impact fireworks.
2. Controlled Substance. That term as defined in section 8b of the Michigan Vehicle Code, being Public Act No. 300 of 1949 (MCL 257.1, et seq.).
3. Fireworks. Any composition or device, except a starting pistol, a flare gun, or a flare, designed for the purpose of producing visible or audible effect by combustion, deflagration, or detonation.
4. Low-Impact Fireworks. Ground and handheld sparkling devices as that phrase is defined in APA Standard 87-1: 3.1, to, and 3.5.
5. Minor. An individual who is less than 18 years of age.
B. Prohibited Conduct
1. Ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks. A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks except on the following days after 11 a.m.:

a. December 31 until 1 a.m. on January 1.

b. The Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

c. June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m. on each of those days.

d. July 5, if that date is a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.

2. A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of any another person without that organization's or person's express permission to use those consumer fireworks on those premises.
3. A minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks.
4. A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without that organizationís or personís express permission to use fireworks on those premises.
5. Consumer fireworks or Low impact fireworks shall not be ignited, discharged, or used by any person under the influence of any alcoholic substance, controlled substance, marijuana substance or a combination of any of the above.
6. A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks if the environmental concerns based on the Department of Natural Resources fire division criteria are elevated to extreme fire conditions or if the environmental concerns based on the Department of Natural Resources fire division criteria are elevated to very high for 72 consecutive hours and the commanding officer of the fire department, in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources, issues a no burning restriction that includes a ban on the ignition, discharge, and use of consumer fireworks. If a no burning restriction is instituted under this section, the commanding officer of the fire department enforcing the restriction shall ensure that adequate notice of the restriction is provided to the public.
C. Enforcement: In addition to police officers, the Secord Township Ordinance Enforcement Officer, the Secord Township Fire Chief or his/her designee are authorized to enforce the provisions of this article.
D. Penalty. Any person, responsible party or entity that violates any provision of this ordinance shall, upon conviction in a court or competent jurisdiction, be guilty of a crime as follows:
1. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
2. A person that violates paragraph B(5) is responsible for a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.

3. A person that violates paragraph B(2) is responsible for a civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00.
4. If the violation causes damages to the property of another person, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
5. Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) of the fine collected under this chapter shall be remitted to the local law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing this chapter.
E. Local, State and Federal Requirements. Nothing contained within this chapter shall be construed to relieve a person of any duties and obligations imposed under any local, state, or federal laws, rules, regulations, licenses, or permit requirements.
F. Severability. The various parts, sections, and clauses of this Ordinance are hereby declared to be severable. If any part, sentence, paragraph, section, or clause is adjudged unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the Ordinance shall not be affected thereby.
G. Effective Date: 7-17-2019
Roll Call: Wilton yes, Bowman yes, Ronne yes, Holmes yes Combs absent. 4 ayes/1absent
Resolution declared passed and will go into effect immediately.

Constable: Hart did not turn in her report.
Road Committee: Chairman Gary VanWambeke reported Blueberry, Deer and Lakeshore have been paved. Thendara, E. Pinecrest, Secord Dam are still on the schedule.Only 6 miles are unpaved in the township with 18 permanent residents on those roads. County doesn't want to do roads with so few people on them. The Phasar report was passed out and that is what the road commission goes by.
Zoning Administrator: Sabourin stated 24 permits issued and many more have been given out. Most are for pole barns. She is still reviewing properties where permits that have been issued and making sure what was said on the permit actually took place.
Ordinance Officer: No report
Well and Septic report: Bill Bowman reported: A lot of properties have changed hands. 25% of homes in the area are not in compliance with the health codes. He is constant contact with the Health Dept. Houses that have been sold without notice/permit are now being reviewed and will be made to come into compliance. Our ordinance is sound and it is the responsibility of the seller and/or buyer to bring well and septic into compliance. We will try to work out communication with the Registar of Deeds and the assessor to make sure we are aware of all property that changes names. Bowman stated that the Health Dept has 2 people doing inspections now.
Other Business:
Water Samples: Carl Kerr did water testing in 6 different places in the township for E.Coli on 6/27/19. The highest concentration was in the Jennings Terrace Cut at 24.1. Over 300 is the limit for full body contact.
Council of Local Government: No report
4 Lakes Task Force: no report
Secord Lake Property Owners Association: They will be holding a regular meeting each 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am at the Secord Twp Hall. All residents above Secord Dam are invited to attend. Wilton reported the meeting went well and very informative with the DNR Conservation Officer Mark Papineau speaking about the difference between our river system and a lake. Our Fire Chief Fred Shaver also spoke at the meeting about the fireworks rules and the new ordinance.
Goose Round-up: It took place towards the end of June. They collected 52 geese-42 babies and 10 adults.
Lake Weed Control: Algae has been sprayed.
Property owned by township: The last piece of property owned by the township on Lakeshore is: 130-300-000-029-00. Wilton stated 9 different real estate companies were written on pieces of paper. She read all the names and put them into a container. Ronne pulled out one name to contact to list the piece of property with. It was Real Estate One. Motion by Bowman/Holmes to have Real Estate One list the property. 4 ayes/1absent. Wilton will contact and get the paperwork started. The property has been surveyed and is ready to sell.
The 2nd piece of Boman property was discussed. Judy Boman will contact attorney and get the paperwork for quit claim done to go back to Esther Boman Rumminger. The township would like to get this cleared up at the August meeting.
ORV County Ride: Saturday, August 17th will be the ride. Secord Twp Hall will be one of the stops on the ride. All board members are expected to participate in the games that will be set up for the riders.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection: Wilton passed out flyers for the collection date of Saturday, August 24th from 9am to 2pm at the Gladwin City Public Works building on S. State Street in the city of Gladwin. Secord residents are allowed to participate but must show proof of property ownership in Secord. Bring a tax bill or drivers license to show or utility bill with name and address.
Public Comment/Announcements: Mrs. Bieling on Lakeshore Drive asked about the property that is being sold. It is adjacent to their property. Wilton explained it must be listed to be fair to anyone interested in that piece. We can't just offer it to a limited amount of people.

Motion to adjourn by Ronne/Bowman at 11:25am

Kathy Wilton, Clerk