Meeting in Brief: Hubbardston Village Council

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:31 am on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Name of board: Hubbardston Village Council.

Meeting date: May 15.

Reporting official: Clerk Debbie Amos.

Action items:

1. Approved the agenda with the addition of two items.

2. Approved minutes of the April 10 meeting and special May 1 meeting.

3. Approved accepting Treasurer Carol Fink’s report with the addition of a $1,000 transfer from the Community Center money market to the Community Center checking account to pay outstanding bills.

4. Approved a resolution to transfer 2010 and 2011 fire receivables to the 2012 village tax roll.

5. Approved accepting Clerk Debbie Amos’ payables and payroll and revenue and expenditure reports.

6. President Janet Dailey reported on septic system repair for the Community Center. A single bid came in from Simon Electric for approximately $18,000. The bid is too high so the council requested that Daily obtain at least two more bids. The council also approved a resolution allowing the president and clerk to sign any contracts in submitting for grant money from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help pay for septic system repairs.

7. Approved continuing to use an attorney’s service for lots 1 and 2, as well as to pursue a blight ordinance infraction on the Peiffer residence.

Discussion items:

1. Ionia County Equalization Director Cheryl O’Connor, Ionia County Drain Commissioner John Bush and Ionia County Central Dispatch Director Jim Valentine addressed the council with their ideas to correct address problems for emergency services in the village. They offered suggestions and offered to hold a public meeting for village residents, which will be scheduled in the near future. The Equalization Department will do all the administrative work involved with any address changes in the village council and residents choose to make changes. Fire Chief Steven Sanborn had expressed concerns about addresses at a previous council meeting.

2. Curt Read introduced himself as a write-in candidate for Ionia County sheriff in the August primary election.

3. Karol Sanborn presented a certificate of insurance for Memorial Day festivities.

4. Scrappin’ for Survivors has a $77 donation for Hands on Hubbardston collected for appliances dropped off during spring clean-up.

5. A resident’s complaint about barking dogs has stopped because the dog owner moved the dogs out of the village.

6. Bill Schriba of Ashley is interested in purchasing Texas hold ‘em chips, of which the council approves.

7. Greg Gage reported one and a half dumpsters were filled on spring clean-up day May 4.

8. Sanborn reported on continued false alarm calls at a residence due to a faulty Life Alert system.

9. Dailey reported on a successful payment plan from a resident as a result of small claims court proceedings.

10. The village received a fire contract from Lebanon Township.

11. The village had its first siren test on May 7.

Members present: President Janet Dailey, Clerk Debbie Amos, Treasurer Carl Fink, trustees Mary Dalton, Ellen Genereux, Stephanie Genereux and Earl Geselman.

Next meeting: 6:30 p.m. June 12.

For more information: Call Village Hall at (989) 981-6141.

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