Osceola Township Board Meeting Minutes and Information
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Osceola Township Meeting Minutes
February 13, 2019
The regular meeting of the Osceola Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Karpiak on February 13, 2019, at 6:14 p.m. in the Osceola Township Board Room.
Board members present were Steve Karpiak, Judy Odgers, Don Wareham, and Aaron Janke. Absent was Christa Gardner.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Karpiak asked to amend the order of the agenda as Janke had to leave. The board allowed item “a. clerk’s resignation” under new business moved before other business. Karpiak recommended Martin Hobmeier for replacing the current clerk. Janke and Wareham reviewed his resume and asked Mr. Hobmeier some questions. They then asked Karpiak some questions about the other candidate which resulted in a heated discussion. Janke and Wareham were upset that they did not have any knowledge of Karpiak and Gardner taking applications and interviewing candidates. They felt that they should have been part of the process. Karpiak made a motion to hire Hobmeier as clerk, no support. It was dropped. Karpiak informed the board that Odgers would train the new clerk for $20 an hour and in the afternoons until February 28th . Motion by Janke for a special meeting to review candidates, supported by Wareham. 2 ayes, 1 nay (Karpiak). Motion carried. The meeting will be held on Wed. February 20th at 6 pm. Janke left the meeting as he was only able to stay until 6:30 because of conflicting schedules.
Motion by Karpiak, supported by Wareham to accept the minutes of the January meeting. AVIF
Motion by Wareham, supported by Odgers to approve the financial reports with adjustments to the General fund; Dollar Bay Fire Dept. fund, Tamarack City Fire Dept. fund, TC and OT water funds; no adjustments to the Road and Mason sewer funds. AVIF
Motion by Karpiak, supported by Odgers for payment of the bills: General Fund $13,780.57; TC Water $4,462.62; OT Water $396.73 AVIF
Public Comment: None
Motion by Odgers, supported by Wareham to accept the agenda with the following additions: Under New Business, c. DBFD-gaming license AVIF
Reports: a. Assessor: No report. Karpiak reported that the BOR members attended a training session and many changes are happening. In March, there will be several BOR public sessions. The Earhart Assessing’s contract is expiring on March 31st. Karpiak will meet with Earhart Assessing to discuss renewal on February 25th .
b. Maintenance: Written report for January. Karpiak brought up a new phone system for the office.
c. DBVFD: Ron reported zero calls.
d. First Responders: Written report. There were 6 calls for the month of January, with 3 in Osceola Twp., 2 in Franklin Twp. and 1 in Torch Lake Twp.
e. TCVFD: Written report. The department took down Christmas decorations, had their regular monthly meeting and had their monthly training.
f. TC Utility Board: The Board reviewed the January meeting minutes, February secretary’s report and operator’s report.
g. TLSA: Written reports for January 2018. The sewer rates for Tamarack City will be rising.
h. Supervisor reports: Karpiak attended meetings for KEDA, MTA, Torch Lake Pac, and Houghton County Road Commission. He submitted a Charter franchise renewal notice which expires November 2021.
Unfinished Business: a. Mason sewage: Andrew Keranen, UPEA, submitted a Resolution of the Board required by Keweenaw Title Agency showing that the supervisor is authorized to purchase the property for Mason sewer. Motion to allow the supervisor the authority to sign for the property by Odgers, supported by Wareham. AVIF Andrew also submitted a draft of the Sewer Rate resolution which will be brought back to the board with the operating budget in March. These items are needed to move forward with Rural Development.
b. Ditch to Coast Guard Station: Motion to table to the March meeting by Wareham, supported by Karpiak. AVIF
c. Credit card resolution: Motion to table for March meeting by Wareham, supported by Karpiak. AVIF
New Business: a.Clerk’s resignation: Motion to table until Special meeting on Feb. 20th by Wareham, supported by Karpiak. 2 ayes, 1 nay (Odgers) Motion carried.
b. Poverty Exemption application: Motion by Karpiak to follow the Federal Guidelines for poverty exemption and state recommendation of total assets, supported by Wareham. AVIF
c. DBFD Gaming License: The department asked the Township Board to approve a resolution allowing them to sell raffle tickets for one day only during the firefighters’ tournament to be held in Dollar Bay in June. Motion to approve the resolution by Karpiak, supported by Wareham. AVIF
Motion by Odgers, supported by Wareham to adjourn at 7:06 p.m. AVIF
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