REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP BOARD
August 12, 2002
CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Supervisor Douglas Sherk, at the Eagle Harbor Community Building in Eagle Harbor, called the regular meeting of the Eagle Harbor Township Board to order at 7:00 p.m. on August 12, 2002. Supervisor Sherk led the Pledge of Allegiance.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Supervisor Sherk, Clerk Olson, Treasurer Johnson, Trustees Ellis and Lantz
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
AGENDA APPROVAL AND ADDITIONS
Additions and changes to the agenda: to the Supervisor’s Remarks and Correspondence: Emergency Helo Port (moved from New Business); Float plan landings.
MM/S Lantz/Olson to accept the agenda as amended. 5 Ayes, 0 Nays - Agenda was approved.
CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL
MM/S Ellis/Lantz to approve Consent Agenda.
5 Ayes, 0 Nays - Motion Carried
GUEST:Jim Heikkila- County Engineer- Road Commission- We have received a request from Gratiot Lake to Sealcoat approximately 1.05 miles of access road. Cost of Sealcoat is $15,000.00 which would be a shared responsibility. Township responsibility would be half of the cost. Jim Heikkila recommends Sealcoating not be done this year. Road should be examined next year to determine if there are any soft spots to be repaired before road is seal coated.
The estimated cost to pave Eagle Harbor’s 2 ½ miles of in-town streets is $40,000.00 to $50,000.00. The Silver River Loop (4/10 mile); the Delaware shortcut (3 ½ miles); 1.05 miles in Gratiot Lake, and 1.16 miles from Central to Copper Falls are also the responsibility of the Township. The Marina road is not included. The Township does not have responsibility for that road. The Eagle Harbor South road will be included as a local County road at time the first home is built in subdivision. The County is not responsible for maintaining the Lake Medora access road to residences. This is a private road created by Lake Superior Land Co, and has never been accepted as a County road.
Jim informed residents that they must obtain a building permit for a new deck. The cost for the permit is $60.00. A permit is also needed for additions to existing decks if the additions are more than 1 to 2 feet. If deck is over 30 inches from ground, the deck must include a 3 foot high railing. A permit is not required for detached one-story structures of 200 sq. feet or less.
Jim discussed soil erosion. Any construction within 500 feet of waters of Michigan (includes any streams and lakes) requires a Soil Erosion Permit. A Soil Erosion Permit is also required if you open over one acre (200’ X 200’) of land.
Manufactured/Modular homes require a building permit. The County inspects slab/foundation, and tie downs. Permits are required for electrical, plumbing and mechanical work, and inspections are made.
In the past, the building code has allowed for a double permit fee penalty to be charged to persons not obtaining the necessary building permits. This penalty has been removed from the code, with offenses being handled as misdemeanors through the court system.
County Road Commission has a contract with the State TSC (Transportation Service Center) to correct road problems including potholes, culverts, dips in highway collecting water, etc. Requests for work done should be directed to Jim Heikkila who will provide us cost estimates.
Questions: Barb Sickler asked how to have "Dead End Road" or "No Lake Access" sign placed on street? Jim agreed that resident could put up thier own sign. Jim Heikkila will check on possibility of County signage.
Sign on corner of M-26 on Ed Filsinger’s corner blocks driver’s view of oncoming automobile/pedestrian traffic. Can anything be done to move or remove sign? Jim Heikkila will check on what can be done.
GUEST: Nancy Wakeman- Omega House/Hospice Care- Campaign for $1,000,000.00. Funds to be used for building of a six bedroom (each with own bath) complex. Complex to include a hospitality room and a dining room. Home would provide 24 hour licensed staff, with Hospice services provided. Funds would also be used for staffing and equipment costs. Home would be open to residents of Keweenaw, Houghton and Baraga counties. Possibly open to Marquette and Ontanogan at a later date. Cost to residents-approximatly $95.00/day (sliding scale). Home would be built next to The Bluffs in Houghton on land donated by Jim Vivian. Contributions are welcome- $25,000.00 contribution for room named/ $100.00 contribution for a brick. Brochures are available through Nancy Wakeman.
SUPERVISOR’S REMARKS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
BEACH COMMITTEE – Fred and Colleen Geis – No Report
CEMETERY COMMITTEE – Ginny Schubert –No Report- The prisoners will be working on a cedar fence to complete fencing around the cemetery. Lots of berry pickers have been spotted in the cemetery.
SEXTON COMMENTS –Mike Braman – One memorial service is planned for Mrs. Davis on Friday.
COMMUNITY BUILDING– Nancy Clarkson –The schoolhouse kitchen floor has been replaced. Blinds have been ordered for seven windows from Kirkish Furniture, and will be delivered in 3-4 weeks. Nancy displayed the ceiling covering for schoolhouse, which should help deaden sound. The cost is minimal. Activities planned include a Euchre session next Sunday, and Bridge sessions on Thursdays. The upstairs of Community Building is straightened up, and will be arranged to make a schoolroom atmosphere. The prisoners will assist in cleanup effort. We should consider stabilizing repairs in the future. There is still no public access at this time. The Community Yard Sale was a huge success. We made $3,032.20 (net amount). Thanks to everyone who helped with a donation of items or time. Thanks to the Schubert’s Food Booth which netted $1,448.80, and included a donation from Keith and Mid Willoughby for $204.00 for the purchase of hot dogs. Gratia Scrutton and Charlotte Barber left a check for $1,726.93, which represented Bake Sale proceeds. Proceeds from the food concession and the bake sale will be used to purchase defibrillators. Proceeds from the rummage sale will go towards purchase of defibrillator and other life saving equipment.
FIRST RESPONDERS- All 1st Responders now have all of their equipment. Radio problems encountered have been partially solved. 911 must be called to dispatch 1st Responders. Do not call directly to residences of 1st Responders. Defibrillators to be purchased will be reconditioned Medtronic models at a cost of $2,000.00 each. 1st Responders include Bruce Olson, Dick Lantz, Kris Callog, Barb Been, Ginny Schubert, and Patty Asselin. A list of 1st Resonders and Eagle Harbor TWP Volunteer Firemen will be provided to Don Keith per his request.
HAZARD MITIGATION COMMITTEE – Kris Callog – No report
HEBARD PLAT COMMITTEE – Jeane Olson – No Report
LAND USE COMMITTEE – Barbara Been- At a meeting on Aug 7th in Mohawk, Lori Hauswirth presented land use maps. Maps will now be presented to County Zoning and Planning. Public Hearing date not yet set, should be sometime in October. Map needs some correction to Eagle Harbor Resort Services. Barb would like to have project completed by January or the whole process starts over. Maps and WUPPDR report available in TWP Hall for examination. Contact Lori Hauswirth at WUPPDR for questions/concerns about plan.
911 COMMITTEE – Ginny Schubert- 911 addresses currently going through Ameritech. Notification of new addresses should be sent to residents by Dec. 3rd of this year. Residents will have one year in which to start using the new 911 addresses, which will also be the mailing address. Mailboxes should have the same new addresses on them. Mailboxes should have 1" contrasting letters. The bottom of the mailbox should be 42" above the street. The 911 funding will cover the cost of the new street signs, which will not be available until next year. Ginny Schubert suggested that we look into reorganizing mailboxes. Doug Schubert suggested we organize a committee to look at the mailbox question. Doug Sherk would prefer that local residents discuss this matter among themselves and possibly come to a conclusion on their own.
PARK COMMITTEE – George Hite- No Report
RECREATION COMMITTEE – Barb Sickler – New basketball backboards have been installed. Thanks to the persons who helped. Excess 4th of July Beer Stand funds (stand run by John Wakeman) have been donated for the purchase of permanent cemented vinyl clad benches at the playground.
SOLID WASTE COMMITTEE – Bruce Olson – Junk Jettison Day was extremely successful. Final cost of Junk Jettison Day was in excess of $4,000.00. Thanks to all volunteers for the hard work, time and money donated to make Art Fair weekend fundraiser efforts a huge success.
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT – Mike Radigan – No Report- Fire Millage passed.
WATER COMMITTEE – John Wakeman – No report
WATER SYSTEM OPERATOR – Rick Finke – All copper/lead samples are fine, as well as water samples.
WELLHEAD PROTECTION – Rick Finke – No Report
Fred Geis requests permit to replace the walk in front of his home. He would replace
approximatly 40 feet of grass with pavers at his own cost. The grass is damaged each year by
snowplows. MM/S Ellis/Lantz to table request. 5 Ayes, 0 Nays. Motion carried.
ZONING VARIANCE REQUESTS- None
Nancy Wakeman-CPR and Defibrillator Training- Tues. August 13, 2002 from 5-7 p.m. in Eagle Harbor
Community Building. Cost is $15.00. See Nancy Wakeman to sign up for classes. Certificates will
be issued for completion of class.
Ann Boggio- Asks if others can use defibrillators? Defibrillators will be stored under lock and key and available to 1st Responders only at this time.
John Clarkson- Are defibrillators confined to Eagle Harbor Township? We would house defibrillators with 1st Responders in Township. Will be stored at various places under the control of the 1st Responders.
Eagle Harbor Township Clerk
- CERTIFICATION –
I, the undersigned, Jeane Olson, the duly qualified and elected Clerk for the Township of Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw County, Michigan, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing is a true and complete copy of certain proceedings taken by the Township Board of said Township at a regular board meeting held on the 12th day of August, 2002.
Eagle Harbor Township Clerk