Minutes - Board of Trustees|



                             REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 17, 2023

6:30 P.M.

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

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS: Usakowski, Jackson, Wrubel, Hoffman, Deland and Nelson.




ALSO PRESENT: Chief Gratz.



    Deland motioned to approve the agenda as presented supported by Jackson.

    Motion Carried.



    Nelson: Questioned about page four, under B., could it say “inspections” instead of “rules?” Also, under Audience Participation, it should be Bill Deater.


    Jackson motioned to approve the minutes as amended supported by Nelson.

    Motion Carried.



Check Register from 12/28/2022 to 01/10/2023

  1. Revenue & Expenditure Report for Period Ending 01/31/2023

Usakowski: We have disbursements totaling $347,854.03.


Wrubel motioned to approve the disbursement of $347,854.03 and to receive and file supported by Jackson.


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


  2. Board of Public Works of the County of St. Clair Minutes for 12/20/2022
  3. Board of County Road Commission of the County of St. Clair Minutes for 12/20/2022

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


  1. PUBLIC COMMENT (Brief Comments)




  2. 2022 Annual Report

Gratz presented report with an overview of last year’s accomplishments and where we are at now.


We have 10 Cadets currently in the program.


  1. Request for Expenditure Over $500: Rescue 1 Replacement Vehicle

Bid through MIDeals. Rescue 1 needs to be replaced which was due five years ago. It is 15 years old with 116,000 miles on it. The money comes from CARES Funds.


Old vehicle will go up for bids (sealed). New vehicle would be a Chevy Tahoe. The pickups are about $30,000 more.


Usakowski explained that the money would come from ARPA Funds and not CARES Fund.




Wrubel: How long will the delivery time be?


Gratz: 4 to 6 weeks.


Hoffman: Is it going to hold up for use with the equipment?


Gratz: I can’t tell you how the vehicle will hold up to. Do I feel this vehicle is adequate for what we need, yes. It’s similar to what other fire departments are using, and appropriate for the usage intended.


Wrubel motioned to replace the old rescue truck of the fire department and the purchase of a new Chevy Tahoe supported by Deland.


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


  1. 2023 Volunteer Fire Capacity Project Agreement

We applied for this grant and it is a 50/50 match from DNR. It will be for a dry hydrant with the ability to draft water out of a lake or pond. It has to be tested once a year.


It would be funded through the budget or Tax monies.


Deland motioned to approve the 2023 Volunteer Fire Capacity Project Agreement with a 50/50 match supported by Jackson.


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


  1. St. Clair County System Dispatch

Gratz: Discussion regarding the proposed St. Clair County System Dispatch and suggested implementation.




Gratz: Requested data and letter of support by the Board of Trustees.


Wrubel motioned to support the existing St. Clair County System Dispatch Policy and we do not support the new wording supported by Jackson. Motion Carried.


Gratz mentioned that the Fire Department Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Solitude Links Banquet Center.


  2. Medical Marijuana

Usakowski: The Planning Commission has asked the Kimball Township Board of Trustees to reconsider the proposed Medical Marijuana Ordinance, or come up with an ordinance to send back to them.


Nelson proposed a compromise. It concerns the constable. Nowicki suggested the township could add to the constable’s requirement for inspections and not in favor of having Mr. Erickson do it.


Usakowski mentioned that we can designate who does the inspections. We can look into having the constables responsible in the future.




Usakowski said there is no provision in Zoning Ordinances for fines and penalties. General Law allows for penalties and fines for failure to comply.


The board reviewed what items were already in the Medical Marijuana Ordinance and if anymore can be done.


Usakowski: We can designate someone for the General Law Ordinance to do inspections. We can adopt the Zoning Ordinance then the General Law Ordinance would be initiated by the Kimball Township Board of Trustees. All agree it needs an inspection program.


Nelson motioned to adopt Ordinance 142-53 under the condition that we will have a General Law Ordinance where we will do annual inspections, as well as further discussions on who we will use as the inspector for those yearly inspections, as well as the initial inspection supported by Deland.


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


    1. Letter from St. Clair County Road Commissioners of the County of St. Clair

    Usakowski explained that everyone is invited to this Annual Meeting on Monday, February 20, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


    1. Union Negotiations

    Usakowski: The DPW contract has a wage opener and was wondering if anyone would be interested in serving on the committee. Wrubel volunteered. Nelson will be willing but will need to check her schedule.



    No report.






  1. Supervisor Usakowski

We got a DNR grant for the tire cleanup of $18,000.00. It is free to the residents. It will be in conjunction with the Spring Clean Up on April 22, 2023, with 4-5 dumpsters.


A ticket was issued for the Sparling Road property for $500. He agreed to clean it up. I also had a conversation with the State of Michigan and they haven’t been out to the site in a few years.


  1. Clerk Wrubel

Our flag out front, which is 12′ x 18′, is looking pretty ragged. Flags and More found a replacement flag for $500 and there is a $150 service charge. call plus clips and rope.


Deland motioned to approve the purchase of a new flag with the service call and parts not totaling more than $1,000.00 supported by Nelson.


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


I finally got Tetra Tech to write off a partial amount of the invoice which was $1,048.00.


We are getting ready to put out the CCR Report. It needs to be mailed out by July 1st.


I talked to Jamie at the Water Treatment Plant. We are having problems with the communications. It has been their phone line and not ours that has been the problem.


We had water turned off at the apartment complex across the road. The owner went back and turned the water back on. Rob has told me that we can call the Sheriff and report that he is stealing water from us. 20 units were shut off today.


Jackson: The owner said that we need to go through him before anyone gets shutoff.


Usakowski: Why don’t we shut it all off until we get paid?




On Dove Road between Sturdevant and Richman Roads, there are about 40 tires. I’m going to contact the road commission to see if they will pick them up.


Usakowski: We can apply for a Private Site Grant.


Wrubel: I am ready to put out bids for the generator for the Allen Road Lift Station. The generator will be coming from Sourcewell. The bids would be for the installation. Ainsworth won’t do it because they want us to purchase the generator from them.


  1. Treasurer Jackson

Review of Financials.


Auditors are calling to see who we are having for the audits.


Usakowski suggest we send out RFP’s for bids.


Wrubel: King and King sent us dates to reserve for the audits.


I am working toward banking with single payout account.


  1. Trustee Hoffman

Usakowski mentioned that Metropolitan Planning can do a Saturday meeting.

Hoffman has no report but thanked Mr. Tuttle for showing up tonight.


  1. Trustee Deland

My email is still being blocked.


Carwyn is working with IT to correct the security certifications.


  1. Trustee Nelson

No ZBA meeting. I did go to the Roberts Rules meeting.


  1. Trustee Ward




    Wrubel motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m. supported by Nelson.

    Motion Carried.


    Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.


    Submitted by Becky Wrubel, Clerk

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