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BERRIEN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
OCTOBER 11, 2016
 
Berrien Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the township hall.  Supervisor Bryan Bixby called the meeting to order and opened with the pledge to the flag.
 
Members present:  Supervisor Bryan Bixby, Treasurer Paul Sprung, Trustees Julie Burke, Howard Henderson, Jeff Marks, Harold Bishop and Clerk Mary Jane Dean.
 
Also present:  Deputy Super visor Julius Grau, Building Inspector Ross Rogien, Fire Chief Norm Carl, Jr., Lt. Bob Mazurek and reporter Mary Simko.
 
AGENDA:
Paul Sprung made a motion seconded by Julie Burke to approve the agenda with one correction of removing the AEP lease agreement from theagenda.  All ayes, none opposed.  MOTION CARRIED.
 
SHERIFF REPORT:
Lt. Mazurek reported that the township had 50 complaints, 11 tickets were issued and 3 arrests were made in the month of August.  The County had 1297, 341 tickets were issued and 234 arrests were made.
 
MINUTES:
 Julie Burke made a motion seconded by Harold Bishop to approve the September 13, 2016 minutes.  All ayes, none opposed.  MOTION CARRIED.  
 
MINUTES:
Paul Sprung made a motion seconded by Julie Burke to approve the September 20, 2016 public hearing minutes as presented.  All ayes, none opposed.  MOTION CARRIED.
 
TOWNSHIP BILLS:
Julie Burke made a motion seconded by Paul Sprung to approve the township bills in the amount of $42,786.28 for payment.  All ayes, none opposed.  MOTION CARRIED.
 
FIRE BILLS:
Julie Burke made a motion seconded by Howard Henderson to approve the joint fire bills in the amount of $19,713.08 minus by $7,458.01 from money received (insurance refund, selling (2) trucks (1) trailer and AT & T refund and restitution check) leaving the township share in the amount of $7,916.77 for payment.  All ayes, none opposed.  MOTION CARRIED. 
 
UNION CHURCH:
Supervisor reported that the painting of Union Church has been delayed because of the rain.
 
PREVENTIVE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE:
It was mentioned that there should be an open meeting to get residents opinion.  The committee needs to meet again to get their views organized before presenting it to the Board or to the general public.
 
PARK EQUIPMENT/TWP. HALL:   
Ross reported that Terry Nicholson is willing to let the Township use his pole barn for storage until spring.  Paul Sprung made a motion seconded by Julie Burke to purchase the playground equipment that was chosen in the amount of $23,700.00 plus shipping.  All ayes, none opposed.  MOTION CARRIED.   
It needs to be determined if it can be delayed for shipping until spring.
 
FIRE DEPT:
Fire Chief Norm Carl reported that the township had 11 calls and Pipestone had 5.  He reported that Hank Young has retired because of health reasons after 43 yrs. of serving his community.  There will be a retirement dinner on November 5 from 6-8:00 p.m.  Also a benefit for Hank will be held on Nov. 12 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.  The officer’s positions have changed since Hank retired:  Assist Chief Bob Calahan, Capt.  Chris Robbins, Jeff Marks 1st. Lt.  and Jim Artwohl maintenance engineer. The position for 2nd Lt. will be filled at a later date.
 
 
 
BUILDING & ELECTRICAL PERMITS:
Building Inspector issued (9) building permits for an estimated building amount of $205,078.16 for the month of September.  Electrical Inspector finalized (2) electrical permits for a fee of $283.00.
 
CEMETERY:
Clerk Dean reported that the community had recently loss a very dedicated lady that was devoted to Union Church.  Jeannette Young was the President of the Union Church Historical and Preservation Society.  She helped get the 1857 church listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Clerk Dean also reported that since there have been problems again at Franklin Church and it is almost Halloween that the markers won’t be repaired until next spring.
 
PARK COMMITTEE:
All the paper work that Marcy needed to proceed with applying for the grant has been sent.
 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
Julius Grau reported on the State police presentation on Siber attacks.  Everyone should have a list of things to do like turning off the electric to be prepared if bad weather hits.  Any one that has propane tanks should have them fastened down and have supplies that would maintain you for several days.
 
PLANNING COMMISSION:
No meeting for the month.
 
TOWNSHIP ROADS:
 Supervisor stated that all the projects for the year are done.
 
CODE ENFORCEMENT:   
David Dent is still working on violations at the trailer park but is getting some to comply.
 
FINANCIAL REPORT:
Treasurer Sprung reported that revenue for the month of September was $65,025.25 with expenses at $82,541.30.  When winter taxes are corrected revenue will increase since township taxes are collected at that time.
 
ADJOURN:
With no further no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
 
 
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MARY JANE DEAN BERRIEN TOWNSHIP CLERK
 
 
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BRYAN BIXBY BERRIEN TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR    
 


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