2017 Meeting Minutes
January 11, 2017
Williamstown Township
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
January 11, 2017
Call to Order
The Williamstown  Township Board of Trustees convened at 7:00p.m. at the Williamstown  Township Hall located at 4990 Zimmer  Rd., Williamston,  Michigan.  Supervisor  Bloomquist  called the meeting  to order and reviewed the Agenda. Supervisor Bloomquist led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call
Present: Supervisor Bloomquist, Trustee Kane, Trustee Duffy, Treasurer Cutshaw, Clerk Steinberg. Absent: Trustee Eyster and Trustee Williams
Also  present:  Chief Dave Hall of Meridian Police Department,  Jeff Lawton  and Daniel Lawton of 2340 Dennis
Rd  and Recording  Secretary, Carolyn Burt/ Deputy Clerk.
Public Comment
7:02  None
Consent Agenda
Treasurer Cutshaw moved the consent agenda  consisting of:
Approve minutes of 12-14-16 Township Board meeting
General Funds Accounts Payable  Paid, checks 21812 through 21825 for a total of $18,368.64
General Fund  Account Payable checks to approve, (21826-21834 voided) 21835-21843  for a total of $12,182.10
Additional Accounts  Payable checks to approve, 21844-21849 for a total of$ 3,248.94
Revenue and expenditure  report  12/30/16
Building Inspector's Report
Police  Report
The payroll checks paid  report and theTreasurer's report to be deferred for clarification at the next Board meeting
Seconded by Clerk  Steinberg
Motion approved
Police Report
Chief Hall reported the following:
o    37 Body Cams will be ordered
o    A grant is in the works for new palm print fingerprinting software
o    A new officer with 11 years experience in the military is now on the force
o    New Branding for the Department will soon be revealed including the police cars, letterhead and patches
o    A Christmas party for the needy was held at Murphy elementary
o    Shop with a Cop had more than 100 needy kids participate in December
o    18th annual Citizen Academy was held recently and a Youth Academy will be offered soon, dates to be provided
Old  Business
Fireworks Ordinance
Trustee Kane moved that the Williamstown Township Board send a revised draft Fireworks Ordinance modeled after the Milton Township Ordinance with restricted hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday  11am-12 midnight to the Planning Commission to garner public comments at the Planning Commission's  March meeting for consideration at the April Township Board meeting.
Seconded by Clerk Steinberg
Discussion:
o    Keep the provision "May approve" professional fireworks displays similar to the Milton Township
Ordinance reviewed
o    Ban on Chinese lanterns
o    Discussion of limiting use of consumer fireworks to Friday and Saturday
Motion approved
Budget
Supervisor  Bloomquist  solicited questions/ comment on the draft agenda for the Budget Workshop to be held on January 25th at 6:00 pm.  A Budget packet will be sent to Board Members  prior to the meeting.
Compensation Committee Appointments.
Teasurer Cutshaw moved that the Williamstown Township Board  approve the re-appointment of Kurt Shoecraft for a term  of 5 years to expire in December of 2021, the appointment of Frank Seminski for a term of 4 years  to expire December 2020, and Robert Hayes to fill the vacancy left by Martin Wright with a term expiring December 2017
Seconded by Clerk  Steinberg
Discussion:
•   The terms are for 5 years and are staggered
•   The compensation recommendations  affect only elected officials
•   Suggestion that there be an application process for those  interested in serving on Township Commissions
Motion Approved
New Business
Poverty  Exemption Guidelines
Trustee Kane moved that the Williamstown Township Board approve the 2017 amendments to the Township Poverty Guidelines Resolution #97-2017 with the beginning income qualification set at $17,820.00
Seconded by Trustee Duffy
Discussion:
•   The Resolution is approved annually in January
Roll Call Vote:  Ayes: Trustee Kane, Trustee Duffy, Treasurer Cutshaw, Clerk Steinberg and Supervisor Bloomquist
Absent: Trustees Eyster  and Williams
Motion Approved
507 East Grand River
Supervisor Bloomquist discussed an upcoming Stakeholder meeting on Tuesday January 31,2017  to garner input from Stakeholders re:  Possible uses for the property that would benefit the community.  From this meeting, the ideas put forth will be presented to the residents at an Open House proposed for Saturday February 11th from 10 am -2 pm. The township expects to submit a grant application to help support renovations, due April 1.
Hall Rental
•   Discussion re: allowing commercial  activities
•   Liability insurance issues
•   A reworked agreement will be presented for approval at a later date
Reports
•   Niesa Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 12.
•   Treasurer Cutshaw proposed a change to Investment reports to include an " Interest to date" column rather than "Interest at maturation"
•   A Michigan Township Association meeting  will be held at the Township hall on February 22nd at 6:30 pm which will provide an opportunity to network with other township personnel.
•   Concern expressed re: recent CATA  reduction in services to our community
Public Comment for agenda and non agenda items
Opened at 8:57
•   Jeff Lawton, Scoutmaster, expressed interest  in possible uses of the 507 E. Grand River property on behalf of local Scouts
•      Daniel Lawton, local Scout, suggested involving the Science department at the High School in usage of the property
Public comment closed at 9:02
Clerk Steinberg moved to adjourn and seconded by ?
Supervisor Bloomquist adjourned the meeting at 9:07
Minutes approved by:
Wanda Bloomquist, Township Supervisor    Date
Mark Steinberg, Township Clerk    Date
Carolyn Burt Recording Secretary