EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP BOARD
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 8, 1997
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: 7:00 PM by Supervisor,
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MEMBERS PRESENT: Jim Boggio, John Clarkson, Gerald
Johnson, Donald Keith, Peter Van Pelt
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
MINUTES: August 11, 1997 reviewed. Added the following
missed supervisor's remark: Supervisor
Boggio gave an update on the
Board approved plans for a Health Center in the E.H.
School House two or three half-days
a week in the summer, staffed by Keweenaw
Memorial. Motion to approve,
Van Pelt, supported by Johnson, vote unanimous.
TREASURER'S REPORT: Reviewed and accepted.
APPROVAL OF BILLS: Motion to approve, Keith, supported
by, Johnson, vote unanimous.
SUPERVISOR'S REMARKS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
- Received and read a letter of resignation as
Trustee from Peter Van Pelt. A plaque will be purchased and presented
to him for his outstanding service as a member of the board for
the past 5 years. A motion to donate $100.00 to the Keweenaw
Historical Society's Penny-A-Pound fund in Peter's name was moved
by Johnson, supported by Clarkson, vote unanimous. Anyone interested
in filling the Trustee position, please forward your request in
writing to the supervisor and an appointment will be made at the
next township meeting.
- Boggio spoke about conducting future board meetings
in a more professional manner. Tonight's
meeting, anyone wishing to speak, will be
asked to approach the podium and speak with control.
- The Keweenaw Memorial Clinic is doing great,
nice to have it here at no cost to the township.
Volunteer Fire Department - Mike Radigan
- Boggio commented on the status of purchasing
a firetruck. The reason for delay is as follows: The attorney,
Mr. Landreville, who took over our previous attorney's firm has
been notified of his termination with us and a new attorney, Mr.
Mechlin, of Vairo, Mechlin, Tomasi, Johnson & Manchester Firm,
will be representing us in township matters. We are waiting for
his 'timetable' and recommendations on the procedure to proceed
- Ed Stoneman requested the following statement
be revised of the August minutes to read: 'the
township should turn the Gratiot Lake fire
building back over to the donor, per the
suggestion of Howard Hoski, not himself.
- Firechief, Radigan, recommends that it would
be a mistake to forfeit the use of the Gratiot Lake firehall.
The building is used for a firetruck. Comments from the floor
expressed the desire to do some upgrading of the building, and
to explore the possibility of the Keweenaw Youth Academy sharing
fire protection for that area of Eagle Harbor Township. Advisory
rep, V. Jamison will check on this issue.
- The board's action is to keep and maintain the
building as a firehall. The Volunteer Fire Department
is asked to recommend to the board what upgrading
they want to see done. Mike Horner offered to
volunteer his time to make improvements to
Water & Well-head Protection Committee - John
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Cemetery Committee - John Pippenger (Absent)
Solid Waste Committee - Bruce Olsen (Nothing to report)
Beach Committee - Fred Kellow
- The raft and buoys will be brought in soon off
the beach. Fred verbally gave his resignation as committee chairman
effective next season.
Recreation Committee - Barb Sickler
- Reported the income and expenses of the 1997
4th of July celebration.
- Schoolhouse: The bid to restore windows to it's
original look was given to Dudenas at a cost of $4,600 - 5,600.00.
The bid to scrape and paint the exterior of the building was
given to Kesanen at a cost of $4,800.00.
- Maintenance Person: Looking for interested person
to cover a variety of work to be done for the
township that would not be considered for
- Dogs on beach: Boggio talked to the sheriff
about this issue. They will issue a citation to those who do
not have their dogs on a leash, because E.H. has a leash ordinance.
To keep dogs 'off' the beach would be difficult to enforce.
It was suggested that 'Please, NO dogs on beach' signs be posted
and perhaps people will abide it.
- Letter submitted by Bud & Jan Avery regarding
the Waste Management fees, facility, & recycling (see letter
on file): Boggio read the letter with the following comments.
Recycling is available to all residents if they wish to take
the items to Houghton through Peninsula Sanitation as part of
the contract we have with them. Leasing of the Solid Waste Facility
building is collecting revenue on an empty building that can still
be used for a recycling center. The fees for solid waste collection
based on a 1993 letter that went out to all taxpayers, reads '$75.00
full-time residents, $40.00 part-time residents' (of which, the
rates have increased slightly since then). A bag system has been
looked into, but the board decided not to place it into effect.
- Fire Chief Pay Increase: It was recommended
to raise his current (mileage allowance of $45.00) amount to $75.00
per month. Motion by Clarkson, supported by Van Pelt. Motion
to increase it to $100.00, instead of $75.00 was made and supported.
Motion by Keith, support by Clarkson, vote unanimous.
- Land Division Act: John Clarkson volunteered
to accept the responsibility of administrator of the Land Division
Act for the township. He will receive applications and process
them according to the guidelines set by the state, maintain and
file all necessary documents for a fee of $100.00 per application.
Fees to be collected from the owner of the property to the administrator.
Back-up files and records to be held at the township offices.
Motion by Van Pelt, supported by Johnson, vote unanimous. Board
also approved a revised ordinance to supercede the one passed
at the June meeting. Ordinance will appear in the newspaper.
Motion by Keith, supported by Van Pelt, vote unanimous.
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- Pay Phone / Gratiot Lake area: Keith suggested
we try again to obtain a pay phone for the residents in that area.
Boggio asked him to do some checking and report back to the board
- Light at the firehall: The township is currently
receiving a $10.00 minimum electric bill for the light
at the firehall, of which, the light is controlled
by a switch and has been found to be in the 'off'
position. The board approved, moved by Keith,
supported by Van Pelt, one opposed, to have a light
installed on the pole adjacent to the firehall
based on the desire of some of the residents in that area.
- Raffle Ticket Donation: Taxpayer, George Hartmann
donated $50.00 worth of raffle tickets to the township for a 1973
Fire Pumper - drawing to be in November. Acknowledgement has
ADJOURNMENT: 9:17 PM. Motioned by Boggio, supported
by Keith, vote unanimous.
John M. Clarkson, Clerk
Jim Boggio, Supervisor