MEETING IN BRIEF: Bloomer Township Board

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 3:16 pm on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Bloomer Township

Name of board: Bloomer Township Board.

Meeting date: Sept. 17.

Reporting official: Deputy Clerk Sarah Todd.

Action items:

1. Approved the Aug. 20 minutes with a correction.

2. Accepted a report from Deputy Clerk Sarah Todd.

3. Approved paying bills totaling $5,349.43.

4. Approved a report from Treasurer Nathan Crouse, including $251,174.32 in all accounts before bills. A total of 76 percent of summer taxes have been received.

5. Voted to waive late tax fees for Roberts after the summer tax bill was not received due to an incorrect address.

6. Voted to approve a special use permit for Lawrence Newswanger Jr. to repair farm equipment. A Planning Commission public hearing was Aug. 8 with no comments.

7. Approved appointing Doug Proctor to the Planning Commission to fill the vacancy left by Russell Grinnell.

Discussion items:

1. Carson City Fire Chief Dan Kipp reported a mutual aid run with Sheridan, two wires down and a false alarm in Carson City. Montcalm County officials have moved forward with All-Call, a narrow band radio service.

2. Montcalm County Commissioner Betty Kellenberger reported on the county budget.

3. Sandy Raines introduced herself as a candidate for Montcalm County drain commissioner. She said Montcalm County needs to update drain records, making them computerized. The county is working on Bloomer Township drains and related drains. Raines will send the township an estimate of the drain at large bill.

4. Planning Commission Chairman Mike Beach reported the nine-member board has been reduced to a seven-member board. Six meetings are scheduled per year. The meeting time has changed from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. Revised bylaws were approved Sept. 11. A variance hearing will be Sept. 24 regarding a land split on Waldron Road by Aaron Newhall. A public hearing will be Oct. 2 regarding a special use permit by Greg Koehn for a livestock feed business.

5. Zoning Administrator Duane Hagerman reported applications for a land split of 80 acres into two 40-acre parcels, a pole barn and a special use permit for a livestock feed business and pole barn.

6. Supervisor Karl Harter contacted township attorney William Fahey regarding the Renaissance Zone and water/sewer agreement with Carson City. If the city doesn’t collect taxes from the power plant in the Renaissance Zone, the township won’t receive any either. Harter also reported steel lugs on tractor wheels are causing road damage in the township. Fahey will send current ordinances to the township board to consider. Harter also reported he contacted Road Commission for Montcalm County and they are in the process of graveling, compacting and brining Fenwick Road between Mount Hope Road and East County Line Road.

Members present: Supervisor Karl Harter, Treasurer Nathan Krouse and trustees Raymond Crouse and Dan Ryan.

Members absent: Clerk Donald Baese.

Next meeting: 8 p.m. Oct. 15.

For more information: Call Clerk Donald Baese at (989) 584-6066.

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