Hubbardston Meeting in Brief for Feb. 14

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:31 am on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Name of board: Hubbardston Village Council.
Meeting date: Feb. 14.
Reporting official: Clerk Debbie Amos.
Actions taken:
1. Approved the agenda with an addition about Casair tower.
2. Approved pursuing adopting an ordinance for the village to sell property and look into the land behind Homer Alley and/or the businesses.
3. Approved renting the gym to Awakening Church the fourth Saturday of every month and also on March 24 (for a movie presentation) at a cost of $150 each time during the winter months. Treasurer Carol Fink reported utilities were estimated at $25 for the gym used by the church on Jan. 21.
4. Approved allowing Hands for Hubbardston (a cancer fundraiser) to use Dugan Field on July 6-7 for a benefit softball tournament and an acoustic music jam. Ann Thorn updated the council about Hands for Hubbardston.
5. Accepted minutes of the Jan. 10, Jan. 24 and Jan. 21 meetings.
6. Accepted the treasurer’s report as presented.
7. Accepted the clerk’s report as presented.
8. Approved renting the Community Center conference room for $50 and the kitchen for $25 to Ryan Lanckford in March to conduct a financial advising presentation.
9. Approved accepting a bid of $1,072.82 from Gage Electric to install outlets in the Community Center gym.
10. Approved ordering stop signs and other street signs as needed from the Ionia County Road Commission.
11. A bid from Williams Asphalt was presented for street work. Due to the bid being more than $20,000, the council voted to obtain additional bids.
12. Approved rejecting any Texas hold ‘em tournaments in the Community Center.
Discussion items:
1. Amy McMillan gave an update on the youth league and shared photographs with the council. The leagues would like to begin using the ball fields the first week in April with games starting the first week in May.
2. Jack Fahey reported Lions Club tree choices are free to the village.
3. Bill Cunningham discussed the purchase of two lots behind his business. More inquiry needs to be done, along with a property survey.
4. President Janet Dailey reported on the Casair tower. They are waiting on word from the USDA to include Hubbardston as a recipient.
5. A special meeting will be 6 p.m. March 7 with Michigan Township Participating Plan of Western Insurance representative Cindi White to inform various village activities leaders about the conditions of risk management for the village’s insurance carrier.
6. Nathan Girvin, who is responsible for earlier destruction at the village’s nature center, wrote a letter of apology to the village, which Dailey read aloud. Discussion followed with input from Deputy Ruswinckle regarding non-motorized and off-street vehicles in the village.
7. Dailey reported there is a new cable company called WOW and a new franchise agreement has been sent to the village for signatures.
8. An application for a grant for a security system was denied because the village has not been a member of the PAR plan for one year.
9. North Plains Township has decided not to get involved with the East Side and West Side cemeteries.
10. One blight letter had a positive response from a resident, while the other resident did not conform and will be fined.
11. Dailey will submit small claims court applications for four residents in arrears for fire or medical first responder payments.
Members present: President Janet Dailey, Treasurer Carol Fink, Clerk Debbie Amos, trustees Mary Dalton, Ellen Genereux, Stephanie Genereux and Earl Geselman.
For more information: Call Hubbardston Village Hall at (989) 981-6141.

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