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					A CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CLAYTON
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
MARCH 12, 2009

The regular Board of Trustees meeting of the Charter Township of Clayton was called to order by Supervisor Beatty
at 7:05 p.m on March 12, 2009 at the Calvary Christian Church, 7315 Corunna Road.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Supervisor Bruce Beatty                                Trustees:   Greg Childers
Clerk      Dennis Milem                                            Jennifer Henry
Treasurer  Natalie Dennings                                        Glenn Huffman
                                                                   Chuck Shinouskis

Pledge to flag followed by a moment of silence.

AGENDA: MOTION by Milem, seconded by Dennings, to accept the meeting agenda with the following additions:
Police Cars; Deputy Supervisor; Change of Pay Period. Roll call vote: Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Dennings—
yes. Henry—yes. Huffman—no. Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

MEETING MINUTES FOR JANUARY 8, 2009, FEBRUARY 6, 2009, FEBRUARY 12, 2009 AND MARCH 4,
2009: MOTION by Shinouskis, seconded by Beatty, to approve the regular January 8, 2009, the special February 6,
2009, the regular February 12, 2009 and the special March 4, 2009 meetings minutes. Roll call vote: Childers—yes.
Dennings—yes. Henry—yes. Huffman—yes. Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. MOTION
CARRIED.

PAYMENT OF BILLS: MOTION by Milem, seconded by Dennings, to approve the bills list as presented except
for Check # 12144 to Shaheen Chevrolet. Roll call vote: Dennings—yes. Henry—yes. Huffman—no. Milem—
yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

TREASURER'S REPORT: MOTION by Dennings, seconded by Huffman, to accept the February 2008 Treasurer's
Report as presented. Roll call vote: Henry—yes Huffman—yes. Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes.
Childers—yes. Dennings—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Charles Etzler, 1320 N. Seymour Road, Dale Jones was appointed Deputy Supervisor, is
there a precedence? Sandy Brill asked why is a Deputy Supervisor needed; why are the Board minutes not on the
Web; is Mr. Forrest Bruce's attorney? Tammy Kapraun recapped events leading up to this meeting, such as: Chief
Melki's suspension, Police Department locks changed, security cameras turned off, case files missing, contracts not
negotiated, firing of Attorney Iamarino, unionization by Police, Chief Melki's termination, Police being under
budget, appointment of Dale Jones as Deputy Supervisor, the time Ted Henry is in the Building Department. Ken
Brill (to Supervisor Beatty) did you introduce Mr. Forrest as your personal attorney, is Mr. Forrest your attorney or
the township's? Terry Krotzer stated that the police security cameras were not shut off they were disabled. Steve
Iamarino stated that he had sent a letter of resignation to Supervisor Beatty which stated in part that Mr. Shinouskis
tried to tape a closed meeting and that the township employees are scared for their jobs. Trustee Shinouskis
responded that there was no tape recording and that the Board did not go into closed session. Bert Forsmark asked if
the recorder was turned on. John Sayer (former Trustee) stated that the continuity of public service is essential to
government. He also stated that every question after acceptance of the agenda represents public opinion. Jim Brent
asked about the tax monies. Charlotte Kidder (referring to the voided contracts) asked what about your contract,
your job was negotiated. Patrick Kidder (addressing Supervisor Beatty) stated "you bring shame on the UAW".
Treasurer Dennings stated "I voted no confidence in the Board". Pat Thorpe stated she is satisfied with the Board
and Bruce Beatty should be applauded. Tom Lewis asked why questions are not answered. Trustee Huffman
responded that the Board does not have to answer any questions. Amy Plumb (addressing Supervisor Beatty) asked
do you have a relationship with Sheriff Pickell? Laura Hammersly (addressing Supervisor Beatty) please resign.
Evelyn Bower stated the time is to be used for public comment. Susan Somers asked why don't you rehire if it was
just the contracts. She also asked (addressing Supervisor Beatty) shouldn't you reduce your pay when you appointed
a Deputy Supervisor. Steve Iamarino stated that he had sent a report to the Attorney General on the township
problems and that police files are missing. He stated that he had never personally represented Chief Melki; e had
never received a call to renegotiate his contract did Chief Melki? He suggested that advise from MTA not be taken
'at face value'. Rev. Mike Haines stated "we have rights—we voted in this Board and that's our fault". He stated
that the Board is a disappointment and why don't you answer the questions or get the answers. Steve Lawrence
stated that the contracts were standard and people who don't know what they are doing are always renegotiating.
Patrick Kidder stated that the Board does not care. Nancy Abraham stated that if the people are doing their jobs well
we expect their contracts to go on. Bob Paradise asked 'did you have a lifetime contract? Resident asked 'what did
Chief Melki do'? Supervisor Beatty stated that he was not fired, the contract was void and had no comment to
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question. Tom Lewis Stated that he is embarrassed for the township. John Doering asked about the Attorney
General investigation. Rev. David Gilbreath suggested adopting Roberts Rules. Nancy Abraham thanked Pastor
Haines for use of the church. She asked about other contracts that go beyond the former Board's terms such as
Waste Management; preplanned termination letter; questions on attorney and Building Official Henry; Trustee
Henry has a conflict of interest. John Murphy stated that this is an embarrassment, the Board does not have to
answer questions but why not answer. Trustee Shinouskis stated that the former Board did not answer questions.
Terry Krotzer asked who authorized the disabling of the police security cameras? Bill Sprague commented on the
terminated contracts. Bob Paradise asked what the cost the County Deputies at the March 4 meeting and why were
they there? Charles Etzler stated that Ted Henry was not to blame for the down turn of economy. Resident asked
who do you answer to. Susan Somers stated that taxes paid the Deputies to be at the meetings; Henry, Iamarino,
Melki and Shumaker are friends; there is no experience on the Board.

CORRESPONDENCE & PRESENTATIONS:
 Notice Of Cole Creek Est Br Board Of Determination
 Request For Contribution From Dominic Webb

BUILDING OFFICIAL EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT: Trustee Henry asked to be allowed to abstain due to
'conflict of interest', her husband is Building Official Ted Henry. MOTION by Huffman, seconded by Shinouskis,
to allow Trustee Henry to abstain from voting on Building Official Employment Contract. Roll call vote: Milem—
yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Huffman--yes. Dennings—no. Henry—abstain. MOTION
CARRIED.

MOTION by Beatty on the following: The Clayton Township Board of Trustees affirmatively rejects and does not
ratify the action by previous Board of Trustees in entering a contract for Building Department services with Building
Inspector Ted Henry, signed and approved by the previous Board on December 29, 2006 subject to review annually.
The contract entered by the previous Board was void as extending beyond the terms of the members who composed
that Board, thus impairing this newly elected Board's authority to negotiate and enter into contracts. Motion
seconded by Huffman. Roll call vote: Milem—no. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Huffman--yes
Dennings—no. Henry—abstain. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION by Beatty on the following: Township Supervisor Bruce Beatty is authorized immediately to solicit
written proposals from building inspectors or firms to provide Building Official services to the Township on an as
needed basis; Supervisor Beatty is further authorized to advertise for the request for bids utilizing a budget of up to
$300.00 by whatever methods he deems appropriate. All proposals shall be presented to the Township Board, and
approved by Township Board by the May 14, 2009 Board of Trustees meeting. Motion seconded by Dennings.
Roll call vote: Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—no. Dennings—yes. Huffman—yes. Milem—yes.
Henry—abstain. MOTION CARRIED.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT: Trustee Henry asked to be allowed to abstain due to 'conflict of interest', her husband
is Building Official Ted Henry. MOTION by Huffman, seconded by Shinouskis, to allow Trustee Henry to abstain
from voting on Building Official Employment Contract. Roll call vote: Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—
yes. Childers—yes. Dennings—yes. Huffman--yes. Henry—abstain. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION by Beatty, seconded by Huffman, to postpone further discussion regarding the Building
. Roll call vote: Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Dennings—yes. Huffman—yes.
Henry—abstain. MOTION CARRIED.

BIDS, SNOW REMOVAL & LAWN MAINTENANCE: MOTION by Henry, seconded by Huffman, to have a
committee, to consist of Beatty, Milem and Dennings, open the snow removal and lawn maintenance bids and report
to the Board on the lowest bid. Roll call vote: Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Dennings—yes. Henry—yes.
Huffman—yes. Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES, EMPLOYEES MANUAL: MOTION to postpone consideration the Employee
Manual until the April 9, 2009 regular meeting. Roll call vote: Childers—yes. Dennings—no. Henry—yes.
Huffman—yes. Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

POLICIES & PROCEDURE, TOWNSHIP VEHICLE: MOTION by Huffman, seconded by Shinouskis, to
approve the repairing of the Saturn Vue at a cost of $491.55, less $18.48 tax, and to use same as the Township
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vehicle by the staff whenever possible. Roll call vote: Dennings—yes. Henry—yes. Huffman—yes. Milem—
yes. Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—no. MOTION CARRIED.

APPOINTMENT, FIRE BOARD: MOTION by Huffman, seconded by Henry, to appoint Novel Johnson as
citizen-at-large to the Swartz Creek Area Fire Board. Roll call vote: Henry—yes. Huffman—yes. Milem—yes.
Shinouskis—no. Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Dennings—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

PATROL CAR PURCHASE: MOTION by Childers, seconded by Huffman, to purchase from Shaheen Chevrolet
two (2) Chevrolet Impala police cars at a cost of $36,006.00. Roll call vote: Huffman—yes. Milem—yes.
Shinouskis—yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Dennings—yes. Henry—no. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION by Huffman, seconded by Dennings, to issue a check to Shaheen Chevrolet in the amount of $36,006.00
for the purchase of two (2) Chevrolet Impalas to be used as patrol cars. Roll call vote: Milem—yes. Shinouskis—
yes. Beatty—yes. Childers—yes. Dennings—yes. Henry—no. Huffman—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

APPOINTMENT, DEPUTY SUPERVISOR: MOTION by Shinouskis, seconded by Henry, to allow Dale Jones to
perform duties as Deputy Supervisor without pay per his request. Roll call vote: Milem—yes. Shinouskis—yes.
Beatty—yes. Childers—no. Dennings—yes. Henry—yes. Huffman—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

FINANCIAL, PAYROLL PERIOD: MOTION by Childers, seconded by Henry, to change the pay period to Friday
through Thursday instead of from Monday through Friday. Roll call vote: Henry—yes. Childers—yes.
Dennings—yes. Beatty—yes. Milem—yes. Huffman—yes. Shinouskis—yes. MOTION CARRIED.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned by Supervisor Beatty at 10:08 p.m.

Minutes recorded by,                                        Accepted by,



Dennis Milem, Clerk                                      Bruce Beatty, Supervisor

				
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