KIMBALL TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
2160 WADHAMS ROAD, KIMBALL, MI 48074
MARCH 02, 2021
Usakowski opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS FOR BUDGET MEETING: Usakowski, Jackson, Wrubel, Sturdevant, Hoffman, Deland and Ward.
PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING OPEN @ 6:32 p.m. for 30 minutes
Usakowski: Anticipated budget down 2%. Construction industry looks like it has stayed pretty steady. Landfill picking up. Expenses haven’t changed much from last year.
- ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS FOR REGULAR MEETING: Usakowski, Jackson, Wrubel, Sturdevant, Hoffman, Deland and Ward.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Sturdevant motioned to approve the agenda supported by Jackson.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
YES: Sturdevant, Jackson, Ward, Deland, Wrubel and Usakowski. NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman. (6-0-1) Motion Carried.
PRESENTATION OF MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 02, 2021
Jackson motioned to approve the minutes as presented supported by Ward.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Jackson, Ward, Deland, Sturdevant, Wrubel and Usakowski. NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman. (6-0-1) Motion Carried.
V. CONSENT AGENDA AND COMMUNICATIONS
Check Register from 01/28/2021 to 02/19/2021
- Revenue & Expenditure Report for Period Ending 02/28/2021
Sturdevant motioned to approve the consent agenda and pay the bills totaling $1,064,456.14 supported by Jackson.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
YES: Sturdevant, Jackson, Usakowski, Wrubel, Deland and Ward. NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman. (6-0-1) Motion Carried.
VI. BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
- St. Clair County Depart. of Public Works Minutes for 01/19/2021 and 02/02/2021
- St. Clair County Board of County Road Comm. Minutes for 01/19/2021 and 02/02/2021
- Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes for November 10, 2021
Sturdevant motioned to receive and file boards and commissions supported by Jackson.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Sturdevant, Jackson, Usakowski, Wrubel, Deland and Ward. NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman. (6-0-1) Motion Carried.
VII. PUBLIC COMMENT (Brief Comments)
Joe Fontaine, 6841 Raymond Court, Kimball (submitted per letter, Mr. Fontaine was not present): On Tuesday, February 16th at 3:15 p.m. I observed a township truck being used at Jason Hyde’s home plowing a personal driveway. I have pictures of the event. I know it is Kimball Township policy that township equipment cannot be used for personal use.
Seven pictures were emailed to Deputy Clerk Christine Carwyn and Mr. Fontaine has requested to be included in the Public Comment at the next township meeting.
Usakowski: Township policy does allow for department heads to give permission in certain cases for the use of vehicles. In this case, we were expecting quite a big storm and it turned out to be exactly that. Clerk Wrubel felt it was in our best interest to protect township assets to have Mr. Hyde take a truck home and I think that was a good idea. Policy does allow for that. I don’t think that there is any issue with him taking the vehicle. He was given permission from his department head.
Jackson: It was a good idea.
Wrubel: Mr. Fontaine also complained that Jason waved at him as he passed him on the road.
Ward: He wouldn’t have gotten out if he hadn’t had the truck.
Hoffman: There is no personal gain.
VIII. CHIEF GRATZ REPORT
- Request to Modify Budget
Gratz: These are line items changes that I need to do in regards to repairs for Rescue 1. There is no bottom line change as far as the budget itself.
Usakowski: Unless it affects wage lines, the board doesn’t have to approve it. You just have to let us know that you are making the change.
- Emergency Repair for Expenditure Over $500
Gratz: Just so everyone knows that I did follow procedures. The information is in your packets.
IX. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
X. NEW BUSINESS
- Resolution 21-02: Resolution to Allow Residents to Protest in Writing
Change Robert Hand at the bottom and replace with Becky Wrubel.
Sturdevant motioned to approve Resolution 21-02 as amended supported by Deland.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
YES: Sturdevant, Deland, Ward, Hoffman, Wrubel, Jackson and Usakowski. NO: None. ABSENT: None. (7-0-0) Motion Carried.
- Ordinance 152-29 Water/Sewer
Jackson: There will be a price increase of about 4.35%. $4.60 per 100 cubic feet. Match rates to Port Huron rates and the same rates as Lagoon
Jackson motioned to approve Ordinance 152-29 supported by Wrubel.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
YES: Jackson, Wrubel, Sturdevant, Hoffman, Deland, Ward and Usakowski. NO: None. ABSENT: None. (7-0-0) Motion Carried.
- 2021 License Agreement Between Kimball Township and Kimball Township
Wrubel motioned to approve the 2021 License Agreement between Kimball Township and Kimball Township Little League supported by Ward.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Wrubel, Ward, Deland, Hoffman, Sturdevant, Jackson and Usakowski. NO: None. ABSENT: None. (7-0-0) Motion Carried.
XI. PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING CLOSED
Sturdevant motioned to close the public budget meeting supported by Deland.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Sturdevant, Deland, Usakowski, Jackson, Wrubel, Hoffman and Ward. NO: None. ABSENT: None. (7-0-0) Motion Carried.
- Sale of Township Properties
Jackson gave an update on the properties that the township owns that are for sale.
Usakowski: We can bring this back.
- Invoice Cloud Outbound Campaign
Jackson explained how this would work with online bills. It would cost $100.00 a month.
Jackson motioned to go with Invoice Cloud Outbound Campaign for $100.00 a month supported by Wrubel.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Jackson, Wrubel, Usakowski, Sturdevant, Hoffman, Deland and Ward. NO: None. ABSENT: None. (7-0-0) Motion Carried.
- Baymont Inn and Suites Fire Invoice #21-017
Kim, Andy and Heather from Baymont Inn explained what happened. Baymont is barely above water and would like to ask if Kimball Township could waive the invoice for them.
Gratz: We have to respond to any complaint of gas odors. We shut the gas main off and that stopped the odor. Semco showed up and suggested it was from the valve at the top of the water heater feeding into the ventilation. I did follow up with Trevor from Semco and he felt it might have been from the contractors drying their clothes.
Jackson motioned to reduce the bill to $500.00 supported by Sturdevant.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Jackson, Sturdevant, Deland, Ward and Usakowski. NO: Hoffman and Wrubel. ABSENT: None. (5-2-0) Motion Carried.
XIII. OFFICERS REPORT
- Supervisor Usakowski
Our next board meeting will be in person. Board of Review will still be virtually but all other meetings can be in person.
Tri-County Aquatics sent a contract for treating the Sutherland Park Pond for $900.00 for two treatment.
Ward: Do they have anything for mosquitos?
Usakowski: I will check with them.
Usakowski motioned to approve the pond treatment of $900.00 from Tri-County Aquatics supported by Jackson.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Usakowski, Jackson, Wrubel, Sturdevant, Hoffman, Deland and Ward. NO: None. ABSENT: None. (7-0-0) Motion Carried.
Parks: I would like to have the day-time attendant be full-time and have them do the grass cutting around the township. This would eliminate our grass cutting contract. We would go back to having a night time attendant as well.
Ward: I think it’s a good idea.
Sturdevant: If we go to mowing everything, we are probably going to have to buy a new mower though, is that correct?
Usakowski: It’s a possibility. That mower has been in for repairs a few time. I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to last.
I will have a conversation with Mitchell before we proceed and will bring it back to the next meeting.
- Clerk Wrubel
I am working on the township newsletter right now. I’ve gotten three bids for the printing. Sir Speedy was the least expensive. Sir Speedy is $1,870.00 for the printing, folding and the sealing.
Ward: We are going to have a newsletter again?
Wrubel: Yes, twice a year. Allegra was $1,932.60 and Thorpe Printing was $2,126.05.
Ward motioned to hire Sir Speedy to print the newsletter at $1,870.00 supported by Jackson.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Ward, Jackson, Usakowski, Wrubel, Sturdevant, Deland and Hoffman. NO: None. ABSENT: None. (7-0-0) Motion Carried.
We are working with Tetra Tech and the DPW in getting all the information for all the pump stations that are pumping into the Allen Road Pump Station.
Our Infra Map that we purchased over a year ago is up and running. We have gotten into the MDOT system and we have successfully have our GPS working within one inch. We are finally starting to get in all of our data put in for the DEQ.
Reminder that May 4th is an election day. Right now we have about 50 absentee applications that have come back in the mail. We have mailed out over 400 for the Marysville School Mileage.
MTA Conference Information has gone virtual this year. Registration opened the 21st of February. If anyone is interested please let us know.
DPW Work in Past Few Weeks
- Supervisor Usakowski
- 55 ½ hours snow plowing
- 58 ½ hours working on water
- 30 hours working on sewer
- 49 hours out in cemetery
- 45 hours of work orders
- 29 ½ hours of mapping
- 3 hours of Miss Dig along with the other things that they have done.
The county road commission informed me that weight limits go into effect tomorrow at noon.
- Treasurer Jackson
A resident has brought to my attention about burn permits. He has four different properties and doesn’t think that he should have to buy four permits for all the properties.
Usakowski: We will have to look at the language of the ordinance.
Keller Williams contacted me about the 11 acre property east of Wadhams Road.
Jackson reviewed the financing.
We collected well over seven and a half million in the summer and winter taxes.
- Trustee Hoffman
Any thoughts to a cleanup this year?
Usakowski: Yes, I think we are. We should be bringing that to the board at the next meeting.
Any water main breaks this year at all Becky?
Discussion about the Planning Commission Meeting.
Mike Smith, 2258 Allen Road: Is interested in the property at Howard and Allen Roads.
- Trustee Deland
Wants to know if the old tractor tire is going to be removed from the Smiths Creek Park when it dries out?
Usakowski: It is pretty soft and wet out there. We need to do something with the water problem there and the tire will be removed eventually.
- Trustee Sturdevant
Fish fry the first Friday of the month at the American Legion, carry out only.
Zoning Board: We combined some properties on 11th Street. There were three lots combined into one. It still non-conforming but we gave them a variance so it would allow them the variance for the square footage that they would have to meet to build a structure.
Little League opening day will be April 24th. It’s the last Saturday of the month.
May 1st is picture day at the hall.
Sturdevant: Are we going to adopt the budget tonight or at the next meeting?
Usakowski: At the next meeting.
Wrubel motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:39 p.m. supported by Ward.
Meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m.
Submitted by Becky Wrubel, Clerk