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Township Board Meeting Minutes - March 1, 2010

Proposed MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF
THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD
March 1, 2010

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, Township Attorney Seibert

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Motion by DeMuynck, seconded by Ficht to approve the: 4A) Agenda with addendum to the regular agenda. Approve Supervisor’s appointment of Wendy Jones to the Board of Review as an alternate. Item will be considered in section 6. 4B) Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 16, 2010 and the Study Session Board Meeting of February 17, 2010. 4C) Approve the Payment of Bills as submitted by the Finance Department.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

Motion by Uglis, seconded by Bell to approve the installation of the Police Garage Lighting system to the lowest bidder, Dan Jordan Electric at a cost of $9,948.77. (Postponed from January 4, 2010)

Roll Call Vote:

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

Nays: Lovelock MOTION CARRIED

Motion by Hartman, seconded by Printz to approve the Clerk’s Office request to adopt Resolution 2010-01 supporting State of Michigan House Bill 5665, a bill to modify Act 312 of 1969. (Postponed from February 16, 2010)

Clerk Uglis read into the record Resolution 2010-01.

WHEREAS, the (Charter Township of Chesterfield Board of Trustees believes that the current provisions of State Act 312 of 1969 (the "Act") unreasonably removes control of personnel costs for police and fire from local control; and

WHEREAS, Economists who have studied the impact of the Act indicate that the law adds 5 to 10 percent to the cost of police and fire labor contracts; and

 

 

WHEREAS, Human resources can account for more than 75% of the costs of a municipality, and over 50% of that typically is for public safety; and

WHEREAS, the Act may only be modified or repealed by action of the State of Michigan;

THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing, It is hereby resolved that;

The Charter Township of Chesterfield, Board of Trustees asks that the State immediately enact the following modifications to the Act:

Limit the total economic costs of an arbitrator’s award to the total percentage of increase of the local units General Fund Revenue or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less in cases where either the General Fund Revenue or the Consumer Price Index is decreased, mandate that the total economic affect of the award reflect those decreases.

Prohibit awards that change pensions or retiree health care that result in an increase in the unfunded accrued liability of a local unit and/or its pension system.

Prohibit arbitrators from considering unused millage or assessment capacity.

Eliminate the authority of an arbitrator to grant retroactive wage adjustments.

Eliminate the authority of an arbitrator to issue any award that extends more than eighteen months from the date of the award.

WHEREAS, the Charter Township of Chesterfield passes a resolution on March 1, 2010, calling for the modification of Public Act 312; and the Township Clerk shall deliver a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State, our State Senator, State Representative, Michigan Township Association, SEMCOG and Macomb County Municipalities.

Roll Call Vote:

Ayes; Lovelock, Uglis, Hartman, Bell, Printz,

Nays: Ficht, DeMuynck MOTION CARRIED

Motion by Ficht, seconded by Hartman to approve the Supervisor’s request to dissolve the current Appreciation Awards Committee as a standing committee of the Township Board of Trustees and approve establishing the Appreciation Awards Committee as a standing committee of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion by Uglis, seconded by Printz to approve the Treasurer’s Office request to purchase a SeeTech I-Sniper Discriminator Counterfeit Currency Counter from Automated Business Machines, Inc. at a cost of $1,695.00.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

Motion by Lovelock, seconded by DeMuynck to deny an appeal from Eye Spy Investigations, Inc. and Michael Torrice of a Freedom of Information Act request dated January 27, 2010 that was denied in part by the Township.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

It was noted for the record that the Township was willing to allow Mr. Torrice a choice of four options to attempt to recover missing information from a Police in-car video, portions of which could not be released as they revealed the residence of a Police Officer. This portion of the video could not be redacted. The options as stipulated by the Township Attorney, Robert Seibert were:

The Township will hire a certified court reporter at Mr. Torrice’s expense to provide a verbatim transcription of the in-car video for the time and date requested in his FOIA.

The Township will duplicate the audio tape of the entire in-car video for the time and date requested in his FOIA.

Police Department personnel will schedule a mutually convenient time for Mr. Torrice, his Attorney and a court reporter provided by him to listen to and transcribe the in-car video, although no one will be able to view the actual video tape.

Police Department personnel will schedule a mutually convenient time for Mr. Torrice and his Attorney to duplicate the audio portion of the entire in-car video tape, although no one will be able to view the actual video tape.

Mr. Torrice through his attorney did not accept any of the options presented

No action taken on setting a Public Hearing for March 15, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. to hear comments on the Billing, Delinquent Account and Payment of Charges, Ordinance Amendment 128-03 Garbage Collection and Disposal.

 

 

Motion by Ficht, seconded by Printz to approve the Supervisor’s request to appoint Wendy Jones to the Board of Review as an alternate. The appointment will be effective March 2, 2010 and expire December 31, 2010.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

Holly Allen, David Joseph, and Joe Miller addressed the Board during Public Comments.

Motion by Lovelock, seconded by DeMuynck to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 P.M.

Ayes: All

Nays: None MOTION CARRIED

 

Janice M. Uglis, Clerk Michael Lovelock, Supervisor

 

CONSENT AGENDA

/APPROVED

 

 

 

 

MOTION TO APPROVE THE INSTALLATION OF THE POLICE GARAGE LIGHTING SYSTEM TO DAN JORDAN ELECTRIC/APPROVED

 

 

MOTION TO APPROVE TOWNSHIP RESOLUTION 2010-01 SUPPORTING STATE OF MICHIGAN HB 5665 TO MODIFY ACT 312 OF 1969/APPROVED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTION TO APPROVE SUPERVISOR’S REQUEST DISSOLVING THE APPRECIATION AWARD COMMITTEE AS A BOARD OF TRUSTEE STANDING COMMITTEE AND ESTABLISING IT AS A PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION COMMITTEE

/APPROVED

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTION TO APPROVE THE TREASURER REQUEST TO PURCHASE A CURRENCY COUNTER MACHINE/APPROVED

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTION TO DENY FOIA APPEAL FROM EYE SPY INVESTIGATIONS INC, AND MICHAEL TORRICE/APPROVED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NO ACTION TAKEN ON SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 128-03

 

 

MOTION TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF WENDY JONES TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW/APPROVED

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

 

 

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