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Township Board Meeting Minutes - April 20, 2009

Proposed MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD

April 20, 2009

The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Lovelock at 7:00 p.m. in the Charter Township of Chesterfield Municipal Offices at 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield, MI 48047.

Present: Supervisor Lovelock, Clerk Uglis, Treasurer Hartman

Trustees: Bell, DeMuynck, Ficht, Printz

Also Present: Deputy Clerk Wurmlinger, Attorney Anderson

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cub Scout Pack #372, Wolf Den.

 

MEETING OPENED

 

Motion by DeMuynck, seconded by Fitch to approve: 4a) The consent agenda as submitted. 4b) Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of April 6, 2009. 4c) Approve the Payment of Bills as submitted by the Finance Department. 4d) Approve DPW request to contract with Eisenhart Dust Control Inc. to apply brine dust control to township private roads, parking lots, parking area at Pollard Park, Historical site and other township property. The cost is $484.00 per mile. 4e) Approve Lempke-Blackwell V.F.W. Post 7573 request for Township Board support for the "Buddy Poppies" donation program, in Chesterfield Township, on May 7, 8, 9, 2009. 4f) Approve Police Department request to purchase a weapons storage cabinet from the lowest bidder, Secure It Weapons Storage and Armory Design Services at a cost of $2,468.87. 4g) Approve Treasurer’s Department request to adopt the Administrative Policy and Procedure Identity Theft Prevention Program.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

Motion by Uglis, seconded by Ficht to deny the Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance amending Chapter 38 adding Article V Fire/Rescue Call Reimbursement and Cost Recovery as introduced March 16, 2009 and adoption postponed from April 6, 2009.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Uglis, Ficht, Hartman, Printz, Lovelock, DeMuynck, Bell

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

CONSENT AGENDA

/APPROVED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DENIED ADOPTION OF FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTON ORDINACE AMENDING ARTICLE V AS INTRODUCED MARCH 16, 2009

Motion by DeMuynck, seconded by Printz to introduce the Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance amending Chapter 38 adding Article V Fire/Rescue Call Reimbursement and Cost Recovery as revised and approve for first publication.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: DeMuynck, Printz, Lovelock, Bell, Ficht, Uglis

Nays: Hartman MOTION CARRIED

For the record Treasurer Hartman stated her objection to the motion.

At this time I am opposed to the ordinance as written and therefore will have to cast a No vote for a number of different reasons, among which are:

Just five months ago, in November 2008 the residents approved a millage increase for the fire department in order to maintain the level of professional services they have come to expect. Now we want to bill for selective services?

The unemployment rate in Macomb County and the surrounding area is 14-15% and rising. This figure does not include those that have exhausted their benefits or are underemployed. Eighty-five percent of those still employed have had to endure wage and/or benefit cuts, so their take home pay is not what it used to be. Do we further burden them with increased fees when they are struggling just to put food on the table?

Our Police Department already bills businesses and residents. Additionally, the state already has laws and heavy financial fines governing driving without a license, insurance or driving under the influence.

Accidents happen; that is why they are called accidents. The public has come to expect the police or fire department to respond to a vehicle incident that requires rescue or medical treatment; they view that as their job as first responders. That is why they pay taxes to support police and fire departments.

In my estimation, for the township board to pursue this course action of cost recovery just because some other municipalities are already doing it, may be leading our fire department down a slippery slope that one day could result in one county-wide fire department and Chesterfield loses local control. At this time I oppose that.

In closing, if this ordinance for cost recovery is passed, the fire department will submit the bill to the auto owner’s insurance company. Do you think for one moment the insurance company will say "that is fair, we will absorb the cost", or do you think they will raise the insurance rates for all drivers?

 

APPROVE ADOPTION OF FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTON ORDINACE AMENDING ARTICLE V AS REVISED /APPROVED

Motion by Printz, seconded by Ficht to adopt Resolution 2009-09 revoking Industrials Facilities Exemption Certificate # 2006-459 for JEA Automotive.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes: Printz, Ficht, Bell, Uglis, Lovelock, Hartman, DeMuynck

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

APPROVE RESOLUTION 2009-09 REVOKING IFEC #2006-459 FOR JEA AUTOMOTIVE /APPROVED

Motion by Ficht, seconded by DeMuynck to deny Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) written appeal submitted by Ms. Juanita Murdock.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

 

DENY FOIA SUBMITTED BY MS. JUANITA MURDOCK/APPROVED

Motion by Printz, seconded by Uglis to deny Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) written appeal submitted by Mr. Mark Murdock.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

 

DENY FOIA SUBMITTED BY MR. MARK MURDOCK/APPROVED

Lou Nigro, Tom Dunn, Jody Lesinski, and Richard Tracy addressed the Board during Public Comments.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

     

Motion by DeMuynck, seconded by Ficht to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 P.M.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

_____________________________________________________ Janice M. Uglis, Clerk Michael Lovelock, Supervisor

   

 

 

 

 

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