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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:40 am    Post subject: Township Meeting Minutes Reply with quote

I am pasting the most recent minutes here.. Thank you, Clover, for help finding the website.. It would be great to have someone who goes to the meetings add their opinions and additional info as needed.. You can also go to the website to view archived minutes at

www.boisblanctownship.org

Bois Blanc Township
Regular Meeting
September 10, 2008
Bois Blanc Township Hall
Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Loren Gibbons at 7:00 PM.
Members present were: Loren Gibbons, Cheryl Gahn, Joan Schroka, Shelby Newhouse and Anne
Kennedy.
Approval of the Minutes. Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by S. Newhouse to approve the minutes
of the August 13, 2008 Regular Meeting and the August 27, 2008 Special Meeting, with one
correction. Roll Call Vote. Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy.
Nays; None. All in favor. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report accepted, as presented.
Budget Amendment: None.
Approval of Bills. Motion by J. Schroka, seconded by S. Newhouse to approve the payment of the
bills. Discussion. Roll Call Vote. Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A.
Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion carried.
Department Reports:
Airport: CH2MHill Contract. Amendment to original contract to do an archaeological survey
for $11,200. Township share is $280.00.
Cemetery: No Report.
Fire: All the equipment is up and running. We are applying for the permit for the Fire Barn
renovations and bathroom.
Harbor: The flag is down until June of next year. The Dock Committee has received proposals
from engineers for the Cheboygan River property.
Law: 2185 miles were traveled, 212 gallons of gas were used, 419.5 hours were expended, 7 traffic
stops, 5 verbal warnings, 3 property inspections, 1 felony complaint and 1 other complaint.
Both trucks are in service.
Community Recreation: The Lake Mary dock is in. He has contacted Flotation Docks about the
dock at the end of the skid pier.
Planning: The Planning Commission has a meeting with Fran from Wade Trim. They are also
meeting with another Planner. When they have more information they will report to us.
Transfer Station: The storage room is complete.
Zoning: The encroachment complaint and the blight complaint has been satisfied.
Old Business:
1. The website is now “boisblanctownship.org”. After discussion, we decided we would
keep our own email addresses instead of having new email addresses through the Township.
2. Street Naming Meeting. Set September 24, 2008 at 10:00AM as the date for the
Workshop/Public Hearing to discuss naming the streets.
Public Comment: Discussion about the Airport expenses for August.
New Business:
1. None.
Correspondence and Meetings:
1. MTA Michigan Enabling Acts Workshop. Motion by J. Schroka, seconded by A.
Kennedy to authorize any Planning Commission, ZBA or Township Board members to go to the
Michigan Enabling Acts Workshop. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J.
Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-099 carried.
There being no further business, meeting was adjourned at 7:46 PM.
Respectively submitted,
Joan E. Schroka, Bois Blanc Township Clerk
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here Are October's Minutes....

Bois Blanc Township
Regular Meeting
October 8, 2008
Bois Blanc Township Hall
Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Loren Gibbons at 7:02 PM.
Members present were: Loren Gibbons, Cheryl Gahn, Joan Schroka, Shelby Newhouse, Anne
Kennedy.
Approval of the Minutes. Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by A. Kennedy to approve the minutes of
the September 10, 2008 Regular Meeting and the September 24, 2008 Special Meeting, as
presented. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy.
Nays; None. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report accepted, as presented.
Budget Amendment: None.
Approval of Bills. Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by S. Newhouse to approve the payment of the
bills. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A.
Kennedy. Nays; None. Motion carried.
Department Reports:
Airport: Greg reported that we have received the belly blades for the truck and supplies for the
winter. We will need to install a door closer on the terminal building door. It has been left open.
Cemetery: Purchase Flag Pole: Motion by J. Schroka, seconded by A. Kennedy that we purchase
the flag pole recommended by Dick Sheets for $340.00, a portion to be possibly reimbursed by the
Bois Blanc Island Association. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J.
Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. Motion 2008-102 carried.
Dick Sheets also donated the flag for the flag pole.
Burial Rights: Motion by J. Schroka, seconded by A. Kennedy that we approve burial rights for Ron
and Chip Mars. (Block VI, Lot C, Plot 3) Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka,
S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-103 carried.
Fire: All trucks are running. Three firefighters went to a class on Mackinac Island.
Law: 2,247 Miles driven, 179 gallons of gas used, 345.5 hours expended, 1 traffic stop, 1 verbal
warning, 1 traffic citation, 1 personal injury accident, 4 inspections, 1 misdemeanor complaint.
Harbor: The Harbor will be closed on October 15th. The painting project is progressing.
At the September 25th meeting, the Cheboygan River Dock Committee unanimously agreed to select
URS, a planning, design, engineering, architectural firm, as the developer in the project on the
Cheboygan River. Michael Donahue and Christopher DeGood from URS were present to speak and
answer questions. There are state and federal grants that are available to do a feasability study.
This firm will work with the township to identify and prepare background materials to prepare this
study. What the potential funding sources are out there and suggestions for pursuing these funds.
Search for a source and what our responsibilities are. There will be no cost until a contract is signed
by both parties after they present the scope of work.
Questions asked and concerns stated.
Why are we looking at this property and why do we need a dock?
How many islands own both sides of the water highway?
How will we pay just the maintenance and taxes on such a property?
What kind of message are we sending to our current provider?
If we build this dock, when have we ever had a stable second boat?
Underlying tone to this project, that there is a drive for a competitor to the current ferry.
Strongly question whether this kind of facility is needed for this island.
Strongly suggest that Plaunt Transportation be a part of this project.
Why is this the responsibility of the Township to provide space on the Cheboygan River?
On the survey sent out last spring to all taxpayers, the number one concern was transportation.
Will there be an increase in taxes?
The feasability study would answer all the questions and layout all the options available to the
township and look at different ways to develop the property.
The request was that the Township Board take the next step in the project.
Motion by S. Newhouse, seconded by A. Kennedy to approve URS, as the engineering/architectural
firm with whom we will work to research and, hopefully, develop the project. Discussion. No
money involved at this time. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse,
A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-104 carried.
Whenever there are any meetings or public hearings on this matter, they will be posted around the
island and on the Bois Blanc Township Website. “boisblanctownship.org”
Community Recreation: There has been a positive response to the Lake Mary dock. Another
section and floating dock will be added to the end next year.
Planning: Development of the Master Plan. Data has been collected by the planning commission
about what the people on the island want. With the new laws in effect, the planning commission is
proposing that we engage the services of Wade Trim to assist the planning commission in the
development of the master plan for $9,000.00. A second company has failed to submit a quote.
Motion by A. Kennedy, seconded by S. Newhouse to accept this proposal from Wade Trim for
$9,000.00. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A.
Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-105 carried.
We will become eligible for grants from Coastal Management in January to cover part of the cost.
Discussion concerning meetings of the Planning Commission. According to the new Planning
Enabling Act it is required that the township adopt an ordinance creating the planning commission
by 2011. The schedule for meetings can be established in the ordinance also.
Transfer Station: Everything is good at the transfer station.
Zoning: Paul St. Germaine has concerns about the Blight Ordinance and thinks it should be
reviewed.
Old Business:
1. The addressing people have been here and sent us maps. We have named some roads
and are waiting to hear from them.
Public Comment: Joe Messenger questioned the lack of detail in the township board minutes.
Cindy Riker asked if we heard any more about the dredging maintenance to the harbor. Permits
have been applied for and we have not heard anything back.
John Engle stated comments to the road project. More discussion after letter from Lani White.
New Business:
1. None.
Correspondence and Meetings:
1. Discussion concerning the letter from Lani White concerning the road project. The
Mackinac County Engineer, Joe Schlund, Loren Gibbons and the Township Board decides which
projects are to be done. The ditches were not considered to be a hazard as there will be a burm
along the ditches. Delineators have been ordered to be put along the roadway near the ditches.
2. Discussion concerning the letter from Barbara Schlund concerning lighting at night. It
was suggested that this issue be taken to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
3. MTA Conference. Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by A. Kennedy that we allow 10
people to go who want to go to the MTA Conference in January in Detroit. Discussion. Roll Call
Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in
favor. Motion 2008-106 carried.
There being no further business, meeting was adjourned at 8:47 PM.
Respectively submitted,
Joan E. Schroka,
Bois Blanc Township Clerk
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

November Minutes...

Bois Blanc Township
Regular Meeting
November 12, 2008
Bois Blanc Township Hall
Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Loren Gibbons at 7:00 PM.
Members present were: Loren Gibbons, Cheryl Gahn, Joan Schroka, Shelby Newhouse, Anne
Kennedy.
Approval of the Minutes. Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by A. Kennedy to approve the minutes of
the October 10, 2008 Regular Meeting and the October 22, 2008 Special Meeting and the
November 6, 2008 Special PreBid Meeting, as presented. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C.
Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report accepted, as presented.
Budget Amendments: Fire Fund: Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by S. Newhouse to move
$1,000.00 from Contingency (206-890-890.000) to Debt Service Principal (206-906-991.000).
Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy.
Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-109 carried.
General Fund: Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by J. Schroka to increase revenue in donations (101-
000-675.200) and Land Improvements (101-751-974.000) in Parks & Recreation by $2,650.00.
Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy.
Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-110 carried.
Approval of Bills. Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by J. Schroka to approve the payment of the
bills. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A.
Kennedy. Nays; None. Motion carried.
Department Reports:
Airport: The fuel tank from the Township Hall will be moved to the Airport. There will be a
telephone conference call meeting with MDOT Aeronautics on November 19th.
During the MAPS meeting last month there was discussion about the 5 year plan and moving some
projects to different years.
Cemetery: The flag pole will be installed next spring. Phyllis Brown called to say she expected
the marker foundations to be done this year. Loren will talk to Bill Graves and Phyllis.
Fire: All trucks are running.
Bid Opening: Two bids were received. Sharpe Construction - $30,535.00 and Island Contractors -
$26,120.92. Motion by S. Newhouse, seconded by A. Kennedy to accept the bid from Island
Contractors, Inc. For $26,120.92. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J.
Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-111 carried.
Harbor: There is a question about where the spoils from the dredging would be dumped. There is
3,000 yards of silt material to be disposed of. Two of the options are to take it to the Road
Commission pit on the Island or to Cheboygan. There was also discussion concerning the
investment policy of the township and the use of more than two banks.
Law: The equipment is all working properly. 2,451 Miles driven, 201 gallons of gas used, 364.5
hours expended, 2 traffic stops, 2 verbal warnings, 63 property inspections, 1 complaint.
Community Recreation: The Bois Blanc Island Foundation has donated $2,500.00 to the Lake
Mary Dock project. Previous donations include a donation from Dave Kaser in memory of Doug
Liedel.
Planning: Fran Brink from Wade Trim has been sent a copy of the Master Plan. Cheryl St.
Germaine has finished the Citizen Planner Class. The cost to take the test is $75.00. Motion by S.
Newhouse, seconded by A. Kennedy to allow Cheryl to take the Master Planner exam for $75.00.
Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy.
Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-112 carried.
Transfer Station: Everything is good at the transfer station. We hope to have one more pick up
by J & N before the boat stops running.
Zoning: Paul St. Germaine reported that he reviewed permits and found no variations from the
sight plans.
Old Business:
1. Investment Policy. There are six banks to be considered for deposits. Motion by S.
Newhouse, seconded by A. Kennedy that we follow the Treasurer’s recommendation to use 6 new
banks for township money. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S.
Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-113 carried.
Public Comment: Cindy Riker stated that she was disappointed and upset that the dredging did not
get done this year because the water levels have gone down. The boat will not run if the water levels
continue to fall. This will have a serious impact on the island and island businesses. The was a
change in Architects/Engineers that contributed to the delay.
New Business:
1. Appoint ZBA Members: Motion by A. Kennedy, seconded by S. Newhouse to appoint
Cheryl Gahn to the ZBA. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S.
Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-114 carried.
Motion by L. Gibbons, seconded by J. Schroka to appoint Betty Hutchinson to the ZBA. Discussion
Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All
in favor. Motion 2008-115 carried.
Motion by L. Gibbons, seconded by S. Newhouse to appoint George Whinery as alternate on the
ZBA. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A.
Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-116 carried.
2. Resolution to allow USDA to debit accounts. Motion by J. Schroka, seconded by A.
Kennedy authorizing pre authorized payments to USDA. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L.
Gibbons, C. Gahn, J. Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-
117 carried.
Correspondence and Meetings:
1. Conference Fees. Motion by C. Gahn, seconded by S. Newhouse to authorize $1,645.00
to pay for Conference Registration fees. Discussion. Roll Call Vote: Ayes; L. Gibbons, C. Gahn, J.
Schroka, S. Newhouse, A. Kennedy. Nays; None. All in favor. Motion 2008-118 carried.
There being no further business, meeting was adjourned at 8:19 PM.
Respectively submitted,
Joan E. Schroka,
Bois Blanc Township Clerk
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