Secord Township   1507 Secord Dam Road    Gladwin,  Michigan 48624
Archive - Township Board - 2019 - December 18
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Secord Township Meeting
December 18, 2019

Meeting called to order by Clerk Kathy Wilton 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. 27 interested residents were in attendance.
Public Comment: none
Correspondence: Wilton read the following: Christmas cards from various people, letter from Spectrum stating they are changing several different channels, Board of Review minutes, 2 DEQ permits (Wing and Ronne), planning minutes and fire board minutes received.
Minutes of November 20, 2019 regular meeting were reviewed. Motion by Holmes/Bowman to accept as presented. 4 ayes, 1 absent M/C
Treasurer’s Report: Report was read by Treasurer Ronne as follows:

General Fund                         $620,697.63
Fire Fund                                 118,409.53
Fire Fund Capitol Reserve        47,429.09
Garbage Fund                           51,701.72
Road Fund                              207,869.12
Mosquito Fund                         16,422.68
Weed Control Fund                121,781.26
Total Funds                        $1,184,311.03

Motion by Holmes/Bowman to receive and file the treasurer’s report. 4 ayes, 1 absent M/C
Bills to be paid: Wilton read the following bills to be paid: General fund $35,125.64 Fire Fund $2,240.56 and payroll $8,229.32 Motion by Holmes/Ronne to pay the bills as presented. 4 ayes, 1 absent M/C
PLM Lake Weed Control: Bree Grabill discussed the snail issue in the lake. The state of Michigan Invasive Species division has determined them to be Chinese Banded Mystery Snails. There doesn't seem to be any way to control them at this point. They most likely came from a dumped fish tank. They can be very invasive and will cling to boats/jet ski. So everyone should clean, drain and DRY their vessels when moving them from lake to lake. Weed treatment will remain the same as this year unless something unusual appears.
Berg Assessing: Allan Berg spoke about the sale value of property increasing in the township. He also discussed assessing being very different from appraisals. Poverty guidelines for Board of Review were also discussed as well as making sure we add the asset test to our resolution.
County Commissioner Joel Vernier: Joel spoke about a variety of meetings he has attended. The county has adopted a balanced budget, the early draw down of Wixom was not permitted by the state, Brownfield redevelopment now allows for blight cleanup.
Committee Reports:
Planning Committee: Jim Carroll reported the public hearing on ordinance changes December 14th. They passed and recommend 2 sentences be added to Article 3 Section 3.33 Wells and Septic Systems. #6. Additional responsible parties, namely realty companies, who have listed the property will also be held responsible for repairs.
#7. If needed, an escrow account can be established with the approval of the township board representative. This will be published in the Gladwin Record and then be enforced.
Fire Board: Chairman Marty Holmes reported there were 4 runs last month: 2 medical, 2 mutual aid. They are still looking at options for the truck repair on the pumper.
Fire Chief: Chief Fred Shaver on vacation.
Constable: Larson turned in her paperwork and stated all was well and wished everyone a very Merry Christmas
Road Committee: no report
Zoning Administrator: Sabourin sent a written report in her absence. So far this year there have been 55 permits and she is waiting on 3 more.
Ordinance Officer: none
Well and Septic report: Bill Bowman reported: the ongoing issue on Lakeshore. The Health Dept is working with the owner who bought on a foreclosure. Their well is only 30 feet from the neighbors septic.
Other Business:
Poverty Exemption Guidelines Resolution: Holmes/Wilton offered Resolution 12-18-19 as follows:

Secord Township
Resolution 12-18-19
Poverty Exemptions Guidelines for 2020

WHEREAS, the adoption of guidelines for poverty exemptions is required of the Secord Twp Board; and
WHEREAS, the principal residence of persons, who the Supervisor/Assessor and Board of Review determines by reason of poverty to be unable to contribute to the public charge, is eligible for exemption in whole or in part from taxation under Public Act 390 of 1994 (MCL 211.7u); and
WHEREAS, pursuant to PA 390 of 1994, the Township of Secord, Gladwin County adopts the following guidelines for the Board of Review to implement. The guidelines shall include but not be limited to the specific income and asset levels of the claimant and all persons residing in the household, including any property tax credit returns, filed in the current or immediately preceding year;
To be eligible, a person shall do all the following on an annual basis:
1) Be an owner of and occupy as a principal residence the property for which an exemption is requested.
2) File a claim with the supervisor/assessor or Board of Review, accompanied by federal and state income tax returns for all persons residing in the principal residence, including any property tax credit returns filed in the immediately preceding year or in the current year.
3) File a claim reporting that the combined assets of all persons do not exceed the current guidelines. Assets include but are not limited to, real estate other than the principal residence, personal property, motor vehicles, recreational vehicles and equipment, certificates of deposit, savings accounts, checking accounts, stocks, bonds, life insurance, retirement funds, etc.
4) Produce a valid driver’s license or other form of identification if requested.
5) Produce, if requested, a deed, land contract, or other evidence of ownership of the property for which an exemption is requested.
6) Meet the federal poverty income guidelines as defined and determined annually by the United States Department of Health and Human Services or alternative guidelines adopted by the governing body providing the alternative guidelines do not provide eligibility requirements less than the federal guidelines.
7) The application for an exemption shall be filed after January 1, but one day prior to the last day of the Board of Review. The filing of this claim constitutes an appearance before the Board of Review for the purpose of preserving the right of appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
8) The applicant and all household members assets shall not exceed the following limits: Liquid cash limit in checking and savings: $2,500.00 Value of vehicles limit 1 vehicle Value of other assets maximum limit: $10,000.00 *excess land attached to or included with the primary residence may be included in the asset test. Excess land is defined as and add acreage over 1 acre. The primary residence is exempt along with the land not defined as excess.
The following are the federal poverty income guidelines which are updated annually by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The annual allowable income includes income for all persons residing in the principal residence.
Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2020 Assessments
Number of Persons Residing Poverty Guidelines
in the Principal Residence Annual allowable income
Poverty Guidelines
1 $12,490.00
2 $16,910.00
3 $21,330.00
4 $25,750.00
5 $30,170.00
6 $34,590.00
7 $39,010.00
8 $43,430.00
For each additional person $4,420.00
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the supervisor/assessor and Board of Review shall follow the above stated policy and federal guidelines in granting or denying an exemption, unless the supervisor/assessor and Board of Review determines there are substantial and compelling reasons why there should be a deviation from the policy and federal guidelines and these reasons are communicated in writing to the claimant.
The foregoing resolution offered by Township Board Member Holmes and supported by Township Board Member Wilton .
Upon roll call vote, the following voted:
“Aye”: Ronne, Wilton, Bowman, Holmes
“Nay”: None
Absent: Combs
Township Clerk declared the resolution passed
Kathy Wilton, Clerk December 18, 2019
Meeting Dates for Twp: Motion by Bowman/Holmes to have the dates of township board meetings held at 10am on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All ayes 1 absent. M/C
Wilton passed out the audit report. No findings. Motion to sign report by Wilton/Bowman. M/C
Wilton announced that she is selling her home. She will not be running for re-election and if anyone was interested in the Clerk's position to please contact her.
Wilton wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Healthy and Happy New Year. The food was ready for our luncheon!

Public Comment/Announcements: none

Motion to adjourn by Holmes/Bowman at 11:05am

Kathy Wilton, Clerk