Minutes - Board of Trustees|




MAY 02, 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, Ward and Nelson.


ABSENT: Hoffman and Deland.





    Wrubel motioned to approve the agenda as presented supported by Ward.

    Motion Carried.



    Nelson: Add to ZBA: MTA advised that no financial burden should be considered for a variance, only a hardship of the land.


    Jackson motioned to approve the minutes for April 18, 2023 as amended supported by Nelson. Motion Carried.



  1. Check Register from 04/12/2023 to 04/25/2023
  2. Revenue & Expenditure Report for Period Ending 04/30/2023

Jackson motioned to approve the disbursement of $250,213.88 to pay the bills and receive and file supported by Ward.


ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Jackson, Ward, Wrubel, Nelson and Usakowski.

NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman and Deland. (5-0-2) Motion Carried.


  2. Board of Public Works of the County of St. Clair Minutes for April 04, 2023
  3. Board of County Road Commission of the County of St. Clair Minutes for

    April 04, 2023

  4. Planning Commission Meeting Minutes for 03/28/2023

Wrubel motioned to receive and file boards and commissions supported by Ward. Motion Carried.


  1. PUBLIC COMMENT (Brief Comments)







    1. Resolution 2023-12

    Usakowski explained that Resolution 2010-7 varied from what the Ordinance had said. Resolution 2023-12 will rescind Resolution 2010-7 because it doesn’t match the parameters of the ordinance.


    Wrubel motioned to approve Resolution 2023-12 supported by Jackson.


    ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Wrubel, Jackson, Nelson, Usakowski and Ward.

    NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman and Deland. (5-0-2) Motion Carried.


    1. March Board of Review, 2023 Assessment Roll

    Usakowski explained that the March 2023 Board of Review had six appeals approved, eleven denied. There were five administrative corrections, three poverty exemptions and 27 Veterans’ exemptions.


    We also settled with the Dollar General Tax appeal.


    Jackson motioned to receive and file the March Board of Review 2023 Assessment Roll supported by Wrubel. Motion Carried.


    1. Congressional Discretionary Spending

    Usakowski explained that we did not receive approval. Gary Peter’s office didn’t know why our application was not accepted. They are supposed to get back with me.


    Pozios development on Range Road is on hold until able to resolve sewer issue.


    1. Billing and Water Shutoff

    Usakowski explained that all information was reviewed. The woman that complained wants the shut off and turn on fees waived, which we did.

    Owner had requested anyone late be shut off. We must follow the ordinance.


    1. DPW Report

    The Cross-Connection report has been completed and is ready to be sent to EGLE EAGLE. The Annual Pumpage/Usage report is also being sent in with it.


    We have several meters that need to be recalibrated, with cost under $10,000.00, including The Lakes, Sommerset Meadows, KOA, Port Huron Township, 2 in Clyde Township, the schools, etc. These should be recalibrated every 3-5 years according to the state and ours have not been done for 7-8+ years.


    The DPW will be putting our own meter on the City of Port Huron’s main water supply line so we can read it monthly to monitor the numbers.


    Wet well maintenance is completed going down Griswold Road from Huntington Bank to the old Kimball School. The maintenance includes isolation valves on the transmission lines, cleaning the wells out, inspecting bolts, structure and lid, make sure the valves are operable, mapping location, and recording all the information in InfraMap.


    EAGLE Line verification continues, with a goal to complete 100 this season. The purpose of the verification is to prove there is no lead in our lines. The DPW continues to map and repair the broken curb boxes as they find them while this task is being completed.


    The DPW has jetted the sewer line out on the dirt part of Allen Road and videotaped it too. They identified four leads that need repair work. The DPW has also completed the jetting on Ravenswood Road from Allen Road to Wadhams Road, and Wadhams Road from Ravenswood Road to Hammers

    and Superior Engine.


    The DPW will be registering the end of the month for required EAGLE recertification classes to better serve our community.


    Wrubel motioned to approve the meter recalibration for up to $10,000.00 supported by Jackson.


    ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Wrubel, Jackson, Usakowski, Ward and Nelson.

    NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman and Deland. (5-0-2) Motion Carried.






A. Supervisor Usakowski

The Spring Clean-up and Tire Recycling went exceptionally well. We had three trailers full with approximately 3,000 tires. Grateful for community service workers who worked tirelessly through the day. We collected six dumpsters of trash. We still have DNR Grants that will allow three more trailers in the fall.


Parks: Seven trees, branches and grass were cleaned up at the park.

There were some plumbing issues in the restrooms and we have Carl Septic working on it. We received new picnic tables from St. Clair Township which Cal arranged. The trail sign will be fixed up and the trail will be cleaned up around the township office. I did get a connection to someone that maybe interested in doing some work on the trails around the township office.


The Sparks Grant is opened back up again for parks. This will be the second round and needs to be submitted by mid-June.


I went to the County Board of Commissioners Meeting. They discussed 26 Mile Road construction and reduced the amount to $8 million. They are hoping to get another $1 million for engineering. There focus has changed and now they want to keep the money in the county for projects. It looks like they aren’t planning on giving municipalities any money. I will keep lobbying on our behalf.


  1. Clerk Wrubel

    The Cemetery Board would like to go to a MTA seminar workshop in June. There hasn’t been any trainings available for three years.


    Ward motioned to approve the Cemetery Board to go to the Workshop in June supported by Nelson.


    ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Ward, Nelson, Usakowski, Jackson and Wrubel.

    NO: None. ABSENT: Hoffman and Deland. (5-0-2) Motion Carried.


    Usakowski explained to the board that Culvers is probably a no. We spent a lot of time with the Road Commission, Drain Commission and MDOT trying to figure out a location for the drainage to go off the site. MDOT refused to let us use the ditch.


  2. Treasurer Jackson

    Jackson asked if we could keep the hill in Smiths Creek groomed for summer use.


    Usakowski: We can’t do anything until the water clears up.


    Jackson talked about the culverts on Burns and Mayer Roads.


    Jackson gave a financial review.


  3. Trustee Hoffman



  4. Trustee Deland



  5. Trustee Nelson

    Nelson questioned about the couple with the large fire bill.


    Jackson explained.


  1. Trustee Ward

    Opening day was a success but wet. The volunteers did a wonderful job. We had 13 games scheduled and were able to play-out 11 games. We had a garbage can shortage and bought plastic holders for dug-outs use.


    Aarow Flags and more did maintenance on the flag pole and said it needs $150.00 more repairs. Aarow Flags and More are donating the flag and repairs.


    Ward questioned about the septic tank.


    We would like to set up for Picture Day in the meeting room on Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m. The actual Picture Day will be on Saturday, May 13th at 8 a.m. and I need to be in the building around 7:15 a.m.


    Ward questioned about clean-ups for the dirt roads.


    Usakowski mentioned that we would get community workers to do that.


    Ward is trying to get grant letters going to purchase $30,000 of fill dirt. I will need a letter of support.


    Usakowski said he could do that.


    Audience Participation

    Carol Seibert, 2886 Eastwood Drive: Wants to know what is going on at I-69, Sparling and Taylor Roads.


    Usakowski explained.


    Seibert: None of this was posted in your monthly newsletter?


    Usakowski mentioned that this is a MDOT project and we don’t know about that.




    Wrubel explained that we only send out newsletters twice a year.


    Julie Reid, 3801 Quain Road, Emmett: Concerned about a super highway going through St. Clair County.


    Usakowski explained that they are just fixing the roads of I-69.



    Wrubel motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:29 p.m. supported by Nelson.

    Motion Carried.


    Meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.


    Submitted by Becky Wrubel, Clerk

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