2019 Meeting Minutes
January 9, 2019
Williamstown Township
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
January 9, 2019
Call to Order
The Williamstown Township Board of Trustees convened a meeting at 7:00 p.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, Trustees Kane, and Duffy, Clerk Steinberg and Treasurer Cutshaw.
Absent:  Trustees Eyster and Williams.
Public Comment for agenda and non- agenda items
Opened at 7:03 pm.
None
Closed at 7:03 pm
Consent Agenda
Treasurer Cutshaw moved the consent agenda consisting of:
Approve the minutes of the December 12, 2018 Board meeting
General Fund Accounts Payable Paid, check numbers 22673-22687, for a total of $ 125,410.53.
Police Accounts Payable Paid, check number 1097, for a total of $59,151.79.
Payroll Paid check numbers 44778-44812, and EFTs 578-579, for a total of $25,846.59 (phys. check amount). 
General Fund Accounts Payable for Approval, check numbers 22688-22692 for a total of $1,302.49, and check numbers 22693-22698 for a total of $495.88, and check number 22699 for a total of $100.
Revenue and Expenditure report ending December 31, 2018
December Revenue activity report (GL activity)
Building inspector’s report
Litigation Report
Acknowledge receipt of Treasurer’s Report
Seconded by Clerk Steinberg. 
Discussion:  None.
Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Treasurer Cutshaw, Clerk Steinberg, Trustee Duffy, Supervisor Bloomquist.
Nays: Trustee Kane.
Motion Passed
Police Report:
Chief Plaga presented the report for the Meridian Township Police Department. He stated in comparison to the previous year, there was a 40% reduction in auto accidents. Traffic stops increased from 360 in 2017 to 530 stops in 2018. 
They are holding a Youth Academy for high school-aged students. They will meet Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Feb 13 to March 27. There is no cost and participants will get a Citizens Academy t-shirt. Williamstown Township will publicize this on their website. The department has two vacancies to fill this year and two who may retire next year.
Board members asked questions about what the department has seen related to the recently passed recreational marijuana laws and what concerns the department has about future trends in that area.  Meridian Township has recently began discussion of allowing Medical Marijuana facilities in the Township.
Poverty Exemption Resolution
Trustee Kane moved the Williamstown Township Board approve the 2019 Township Poverty Guidelines Resolution #97 with the beginning income qualification set at $18,795 (an increase to the 2018 Township level by the 2019 CPI multiplier of 1.24)
Seconded by Clerk Steinberg.
Discussion: None.
Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Treasurer Cutshaw, Clerk Steinberg, Supervisor Bloomquist, Trustee Duffy, and Trustee Kane.
Nays: None.
Motion Passed.
Road RFP
Clerk Steinberg moved the Williamstown Township Board move forward with the request for proposal for consulting on Road Improvements and Maintenance subject to review and approval by the Township Attorney.
Seconded by Treasurer Cutshaw.
Discussion: How other Townships are handling road maintenance issues.
Motion Passed.
Compensation Commission Appointments   
Clerk Steinberg moved the Williamstown Township Board confirm the Supervisor’s appointments to the Compensation Commission of Robert Hayes with a term to expire on December 5, 2022 and Donna Zischke with a term to expire on December 5, 2023.
Seconded by Treasurer Cutshaw.
Discussion: The process for committee and commission appointments were discussed.
Motion Carried.
Dangerous Building Ordinance
Tabled until February 13, 2019 meeting.
Budget
Trustee Duffy moved the Township Board schedule a Public Hearing for the proposed budget on Wednesday March 6th at 7:00 pm.
Seconded by Trustee Kane.
Discussion: Trustees opted for a 7:00 pm start time rather than 6:00 pm.
Motion Carried.
Reports
NIESA:  They have purchased protective gear for the ambulance staff, similar to police gear, so that they will be able to enter a building that may be dangerous. They are looking for more staff to hire for various positions. NIESA is working on updating the fire code. They will be meeting with the surrounding townships to discuss this and get input. The next meeting is Thursday, January 10, 2019.
Emergency Management Meeting: The Township Supervisor went to a meeting last week and learned how the emergency management process works in our area. The Red Cross coordinates shelters.
Michigan Townships Association: MTA Ingham Chapter is holding a meeting on February 27th 6:30 pm.here at the township. Everyone is encouraged to attend. MTA annual conference is April 2nd & 3rd in Grand Rapids.
Classes: The Township is considering hosting classes for residents on sustainability. There are a variety of classes that would be beneficial and informative to township residents.
Signs: There was discussion on ideas for signage as a way to publicize Township events and meetings.
Public comment for agenda and non-agenda items
Opened at 8:28 pm.
None.
Closed at 8:28 pm.
Adjournment and Review
Clerk Steinberg moved to adjourn the meeting.
Seconded by Trustee Duffy.
Motion Passed.
Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.
Minutes approved by:
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Wanda Bloomquist, Township Supervisor                                Date
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Mark Steinberg, Township Clerk                                                Date