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JANUARY 07, 2020

6:30 P.M.

Usakowski opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Usakowski, Hand, Sturdevant, Wrubel, Hoffman and Deland.

ABSENT: Jackson.



    Sturdevant motioned to approve the agenda as presented supported by Hoffman.

    Motion Carried.


    Sturdevant motioned to approve the minutes for December 17, 2019 supported by Wrubel. Motion Carried.


Check Register from 12/12/2019 to 12/30/2019

  1. Revenue & Expenditure Report for Period Ending 12/30/2019

Hand motioned to approve the disbursement of $379,597.80 to pay the bills supported by Wrubel.

ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Hand, Wrubel, Usakowski, Sturdevant, Hoffman and Deland. NO: None. ABSENT: Jackson. (6-0-1) Motion Carried.

    1. St. Clair County Depart. of Public Works Minutes for 12/03/2019
    2. St. Clair County Board of County Road Comm. Minutes for 12/03/2019
    3. Cemetery Board Meeting Minutes for 10/09/2019
    4. Board of Review Meeting Minutes for 12/10/2019

    Sturdevant motioned to receive and file boards and commissions supported by Hoffman. Motion Carried.

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT (Brief Comments)

    David Barber, 79 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville: Here to talk about the problem with the sewer line at my daughter’s house at 2976 E. Bob White Lane. It has been an ongoing problem and it is a new house. They had a company come in to fix it but there was a cease and desist order put on it.

    Does your DPW Supervisor have an interest in a company that works in Kimball Township that fixes these things and also owns a vacuum truck? Did the DPW Supervisor contact Trivac Services and get their rates yesterday morning and turn around and give them to a company that he has interest in so that they can lower their rates and get the job. Vac trucks that are owned by this company, I understand that vac trucks are only allowed to go to the St. Clair County Landfill and dump. Every time a truck goes there to the landfill they get one of these (a receipt). So if I FOIA every time that truck worked in Kimball Township and I FOIA out at the landfill, would I see that they have one of these (a receipt) that they dumped? Because it has come to my understanding that they don’t dump at the landfill. So you might want to ask where they dump.

    Is Kimball Township going to pay my daughter’s cost associated with all this? There has been extended cost into this. The first time she had it snaked, that’s on your dime, the cost of her being out of her house, that’s on your dime, and everything that is being done now is on your dime. Is what you are going to pay to have this done lower than the $8,500 that that company would have paid and had this job done? Or are you going to spend more of your taxpayer’s money to do this? There are other issues with this house. Your inspectors or lack of finding problems with basic codes that are violated with this home. Tomorrow morning we are meeting with Fletcher, Fealko, Shoudy and Francis in Port Huron and are going to retain them.

Michael Dye, 2311 Hancock, owner of Dun-rite Sewer and Drain Cleaning: Here for the same issue at 2976 E. Bob White Lane. We were on the job at 7:30 a.m. and Jason was there. After he left we were contacted that we weren’t registered to work in Kimball Township. So we went ahead and fixed all that except I hadn’t paid the $20 registration fee which I was going to pay before days end or in the morning. Amado was for us to go ahead with the three feet to fix the sewer but he had to get a hold of Jason first. Jason showed up and told us to put our pipe together and back fill and get out of there. Before I left the job, Jason showed up with another contractor, I believe it was Dan Varty and awarded him the job. I don’t understand why they didn’t just let us finish it. What really upset me was when your DPW Supervisor went back to my customers and spoke negatively about me and my business. My biggest concern is to get these people back into their house.

Hand: What made you believe that Dan Varty was awarded the job?

Michael Dye: Because Mr. Hyde showed up in Dan Varty’s truck.

Hand: Jason must had needed a ride over to the job so Dan brought him over there. He was working on another job over by Hammar’s. It doesn’t mean that he was awarded the job. The job hasn’t been awarded to anyone yet.

Katie Levin, 2976 E. Bob White Lane: Here for the same issue. She said that she has been displaced from her home four times in a year because of the sewer problem. She is very upset and has a new baby to care for and wants the issues taken care of.

Usakowski explained how the township handles these problems.

Mr. Brower would like an agenda packet like the board gets.

Usakowski approved.

    1. M.C. Shine Commercial Carpet Cleaning

    We can schedule the cleaning for after the May election.

    Sturdevant motioned to have the carpets cleaned by MC Shine at a cost of $880.00 after the May 2020 elections supported by Wrubel.

    ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Sturdevant, Wrubel, Usakowski, Hand, Hoffman and Deland. NO: None. ABSENT: Jackson. (6-0-1) Motion Carried.

    1. Resolution #2020-01

    Wrubel motioned to approve Resolution #2020-01 supported by Deland.

    ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Wrubel, Deland, Usakowski, Hand, Sturdevant and Hoffman. NO: None. ABSENT: Jackson. (6-0-1) Motion Carried.

    1. DPW Report as of 12/23/2019
  • Three final meter readings
  • Daily Miss Dig
  • Normal trash removal at Caswell and office
  • Various calls from Port City
  • One meter reread
  • One curb stop locate
  • Two water turn on
  • One water tap inspection
  • Cycle readings
  • One spiked water bill reread
  • Four funerals
  • Two check for water at the road
  • Three new meters installed

Wrubel thanked Hand for doing these reports for the board.

  1. St. Clair County Chapter MTA 2020 Annual Meeting/Dinner

Hand explained the cost and when to register by.

  1. Ordinance 152-31 as Amended

Sturdevant motioned to amend Ordinance 152-31 to the new $75.00 figure supported by Wrubel. Motion Carried.

  1. General Fund Preliminary Budget

Usakowski will put all of the budget in your mailboxes tomorrow.




  1. Supervisor Usakowski

We have a pretty solid budget this year. Looks about a 2% increase in total tax revenue and about a 3% to 4% increase in revenue sharing.

Library: We did replace a part in the boiler. The company didn’t charge us for that. Our attorney sent a letter to all three parties involved, the installer, local representative of the manufacturer and the manufacturer. None of them have responded back about replacing the whole boiler. We have a two year warranty on it.

Jenna asked that we move the dumpster.

  1. Clerk Hand

The company that is coming to repair the cathodic protection for the water tower are supposed to be in next week.

Ready-to-serve: George Jackson checked with our attorney and the attorney says we shouldn’t charge for the ready-to-serve until the meter is installed.

  1. Treasurer Jackson


  1. Trustee Hoffman

No Report.

  1. Trustee Deland

No Report.

  1. Trustee Sturdevant

Are the inspectors under contract with us or how does that work.

Usakowski: We didn’t issue new contracts.

Hoffman: Have we straightened it out with them?

Wrubel: Didn’t Mr. Pung get his masters? Wasn’t that our intentions to give it all to Mr. Pung once he had his masters?

Sturdevant: The present person that we are now using isn’t jolly on the spot when you want him. That is what I’ve heard from different residents. They are in the process of building homes and so forth and he is a hard guy to get to the sight to get their inspections done. Maybe we should have a chat with him.

  1. Trustee Wrubel

Questioned about having the agenda packet scanned and sent by email.

Hand: That’s a lot of work.

Wrubel: Why can’t we have ice fishing out at our pond?


    Wrubel motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:27 p.m. supported by Deland.

    Motion Carried.

    Meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

    Submitted by Robert G. Hand, Clerk

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