Bingham Township Board
Monday, May 10, 2010, 7:00p.m.
Clinton County RESA
4179 S. BR127, St. Johns, MI 48879
The Meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. Call to Order
Clerk Kus called roll: Present were Clerk Kus, Supervisor Ostrowski, Roll Call
Trustee Hufnagel, Treasurer Trebesh arrived at 8:55 p.m. Trustee
Harger-absent. Others Present: 13 members of the public. Sign in
sheet on file. A quorum reported.
Supervisor Ostrowski led in the pledge to the Flag and gave the Invocation
Adjustments to Agenda: ADD –, 7. New Business-c. Burnham & Agenda
Flower insurance. Motion by Kus, supported by Hufnagel to approve Motion
amended Agenda. Motion carries.
Consent Agenda: ADD-c.6. Letter from MDNRE. Motion by Consent Agenda
Hufnagel, supported by Kus to approve the amended Consent Motion
Agenda, including minutes of regular meeting April 12, 2010.
Accumed Billings, Communications from: CC DC Notice of Repairs,
CCRC millage postponement, Briggs Library minutes April 8, 2010,
CC Sheriff Report, Westphalia Broadband Inc Cable TV Franchise
agreement. Motion carries.
Public Comment opens at 7: 08 p.m. Public Comment
Public Comment closes at 7:08 p.m.
Commissioner McNamara reported that Clinton County has one of Commissioners
the highest percentages of employment in the State of Michigan. Report
Trinity is working on the final punch list. The system is working Old Business
great and everything is pumping to City with no problems. Dave SRF Project
Kudwa acknowledged the great job done by Robert Newman, Update
township system operator. Cell numbers 1 & 2 have been emptied
into cell Number 3, to allow them to dry out. The lagoon closure
continues to be worked on.
Pete Preston the new township assessor is settling in nicely. Township
The Utility bills have gone out from the City. Calls have been Committees
received questioning bills and usage rates. Utilities
A mutual aid agreement is being discussed with the City. Fire
Darryl Schmitz will meet with Dennis LaForest to discuss co- Communications
operation and partnership between the Township and City in the near
Motion by Kus, supported by Hufnagel to table the new sewer Old Business
ordinance. New Sewer
Mr. Searles attorney is in the process of drafting the new agreement. Searles
The Township’s three acres will possibly need to be re-zoned.
Supervisor Ostrowski will respond to Mr. Motz regarding the lawsuit Motz
between Motz and McKenzie negating any responsibility of Bingham Development
Motion by Kus, supported by Hufnagel to table the Resolution New Business
terminating CAFR agreement. CAFR
The insurance renewal for the township was discussed. The liability Burnham &
limit will be decreased to 3,000,000 with a savings to the township of Flower
$1,590.00 and the property & inland marine deductible will be Insurance
increased to $1,000.00, saving the township an additional $322.00
The Bingham Township Fire Protection and Emergency Services and Fire & EMS
Equipment Renewal proposal for the August 3, 2010 Primary ballot Millage
was presented. Motion by Kus, supported by Hufnagel to place the Motion
renewal proposal on the ballot of the Primary Election of August 3,
2010. Roll call vote: Ostrowski-yea, Hufnagel-yea, Kus-yea,
Trebesh-absent, Harger-absent. Motion carries.
The 2010/2011 CAFR budget was approved at the April 13, 2010 Reports
CAFR board meeting. CAFR
Clinton Area Ambulance Service Authority is in the process of CAASA
refurbishing an additional ambulance. The cost will come out of
Motion by Trebesh, supported by Hufnagel to untable the Resolution New Business
Terminating the CAFR agreement. Kus-no. Motion carries. The CAFR
termination letter was discussed and the following resolution was Resolution
BINGHAM TOWNSHIP Motion
RESOLUTION TERMINATING CLINTON AREA FIRE AND
At a regular meeting of the Township Board of the Township
of Bingham, Clinton County, Michigan, held at the Clinton County
RESA, 4179 S BR 127, St Johns MI 48879 on the 10th day of May,
2010, at 7:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Clerk Kus, Supervisor Ostrowski, Trustee Hufnagel,
ABSENT: Trustee Harger
The following Resolution was offered by Clerk Kus and
seconded by Trustee Hufnagel.
WHEREAS, the Clinton Area Fire and Rescue (CAFR)
Agreement terminates on its tenth anniversary, which is June 6, 2011;
WHEREAS, the Bingham Township Board finds that it is in
the best interest of the Township to provide written notice to
Greenbush Township, Victor Township and CAFR that the CAFR
Agreement shall be terminated effective June 6, 2011; and
WHEREAS, the Bingham Township Board would like to use
the next few months to explore with Victor Township, Greenbush
Township, and other area municipalities the options for some
alternative form of fire and rescue service to the area after June 6,
WHEREAS, the Bingham Township Board hopes to enter
into a new agreement for fire and rescue service with Victor
Township, Greenbush Township and other area municipalities
effective June 6, 2011, provided that economies of scale and other
economic changes can be achieved to make fire and rescue service
more affordable for the involved units of government.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Township Board
of the Township of Bingham, Clinton County, Michigan, that:
1. The Township Board hereby determines that the
CAFR Agreement shall be terminated effective June 6, 2011.
2. The Township Board hereby authorizes and directs the
Township Supervisor to immediately send a written notice to Victor
Township, Greenbush Township and the CAFR Board, in the form
attached as Exhibit A to this Resolution, notifying them that the
CAFR Agreement shall be terminated effective on June 6, 2011.
3. All prior resolutions inconsistent herewith are
ADOPTED: YEAS: 4, NAYS: 0, ABSENT: 1
Clerk Kus will mail by certified mail a letter and copy of resolution to
all CAFR parties.
The Treasurer is working on the personal property tax collections. Treasurer’s
The bank reconciliation was presented and the treasurer and clerk Report
balance to the penny. Motion by Kus, supported by Hufnagel to Motion
accept Treasurer’s reports. Motion caries.
Accounts Payable issued for period beginning May 1, 2010 thru May Clerks Report
10, 2010 for check numbers 6147 thru 6170, with total disbursements
for this time period in the amount of $112,011.68. 23 checks issued. 1
void check. Motion by Hufnagel, supported by Ostrowski to approve Motion
accounts payable in the amount of $112,011.68 with an additional
check in the amount of $4,047.00 5,047.00 (corrected 06/14/10) to Burnham
& Flower for Insurance. Motion carries.
864 ballots were cast including 143 Absentee ballots for the May 4,
2010 School election. The bond proposal passed in the township by a
vote of 480 yes and 380 no.
The City Planning Commission voted to allow Shaggie’s Ice Cream
Parlor to have 3 tables and chairs in front of their establishment for
The Supervisor has also received calls regarding utility bills. Supervisors
Motion by Kus, supported by Trebesh to adjourn the meeting. Adjournment
Motion carries. The meeting adjourned at 9:24 p.m.
Helen Kus, Clerk Subject to approval at the Regular Board meeting
of June 14, 2010