MEETING IN BRIEF: Evergreen Township

By Daily News • Last Updated 2:27 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Name of board: Evergreen Township Board.

Meeting date: Dec. 6.

Reporting official: Clerk Kelli Greenhoe.

Actions taken:
1. Read and approved minutes of the Nov. 1 meeting.
2. Accepted the treasurer’s report as read.
3. Approved paying current bills totaling approximately $12,338.13.
4. Approved the following snowplow schedule for winter: Gale Goodsell or Doug Greenhoe will do the cemetery for $50, Greenhoe will do the township hall parking lot for $40 and Darrell King will do the transfer station for $50.
5. Approved purchasing a lighted “open” sign to advertise when someone is available at the township hall.
6. Approved closing the drives to sections 1 and 2 of the cemetery for the winter.
7. Approved splitting township voting precincts at Holland Lake Road for all elections except school elections, which will remain at the township hall. The north side of Holland Lake Road will be in precinct 1 and the south side will be in precinct 2.
8. Tabled a final decision on keeping qualified voter file maintenance at the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office.

Discussion items:
1. Winter taxes have been mailed. Only about 15 envelopes have been returned.
2. The Sheridan Fire Association had a special meeting Dec. 5 to appoint a new treasurer and make a decision on the brush truck. Evergreen Township Clerk Kelli Greenhoe was appointed treasurer for the remainder of the fiscal year. The association gave Fire Chief Doug Lane permission to proceed with getting a new brush rig ready before grass fire season next spring.
3. The Soil Conservation District issue was brought up again. Supervisor Lyle Braman Jr. said the township is currently not allowed to donate to the district and must have a contract from the district spelling out what it will be doing in each entity before the township can allot any funds. Bruce Noll from the Soil Conservation District will visit the township to explain things in more detail.
4. A Road Commission for Montcalm County meeting was in October and township contracts will be coming in March with the exception of the chloride contract, which will be coming in January. Township officials will be putting road projects in the summer newsletter to let people know which roads the township is fixing this year.
5. Trustee Andy Ross asked Braman to contact the Road Commission and ask what they do when the ground is frozen and there is no snow on the ground. Ross also reported the township gained more troopers when the Michigan State Police restructured police posts.
6. Last month, two residents asked the township board about contracting police protection from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. The cost would be $68,000 for one year. A 1-mill tax increase in the township would only generate about $62,000, which would tax away from the township’s road budget. Township officials are concerned about the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners taking away from funding of the sheriff’s office if a millage is passed. Township officials encouraged everyone to express to commissioners that this cannot be done and they must maintain their current level of funding. Township officials want to improve the sheriff’s office.
7. Bill Collins of Patriot’s Pyrotechnics asked for a variance from the noise ordinance when he puts on a display. Board members were not comfortable giving Collins a variance at this time.
8. Turnout for the Nov. 8 election was very poor.

Members present: Supervisor Lyle Braman Jr., Clerk Kelli Greenhoe, Treasurer Laura Edwards and trustees Andy Ross and Robert Wagner.

Next regular meeting: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

For more information: Call the township hall at (989) 831-4073.

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