Osceola Township Board Meeting Minutes and Information
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Osceola Township Meeting Minutes
September 13, 2017
The regular meeting of the Osceola Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Karpiak on September
13, 2017 at 6:16 pm in the Osceola Township meeting room. Board members present were Steve Karpiak, Judy
Odgers, Christa Gardner, Aaron Janke and Don Wareham.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Janke, supported by Gardner to accept the minutes of the August meeting. AVIF
Motion by Odgers, supported by Gardner to accept the financial reports for the General fund. AVIF
Motion to pay the bills for the General fund in the amount of $4542.29 by Gardner, supported by Janke. AVIF
Motion by Odgers, supported by Gardner to accept the financial report for the Road funds. AVIF
Motion to pay the bills in the amount of $3596.85 by Gardner, supported by Janke. AVIF
Public Comment: none
Agenda: addition to the agenda under old business: d. Mason sands. Under new business: b. moved to
maintenance reports, d. North Houghton County representative. Motion to accept the agenda with the changes
by Gardner, supported by Karpiak. AVIF
a. Assessor: Written report. Motion to approve a land split for Mark Jindrich by Gardner, supported by
b. Maintenance: Written report for August. A letter was received by the supervisor from Brad M. apologizing
for taking the ice rink boards and offering to help at the ice rink. D. Odgers informed the roof vents at the
Sandy Bottom bathrooms needed to be repaired; he will call Reed Construction to get an estimate on repairs.
He also informed the Board that fires had been started in the bathrooms and a police report has been filed. The
officer suggested installing cameras. A picnic table had to be removed from the channel.
Motion by Wareham, supported by Janke to purchase a weed trimmer, handheld leaf blower and a hammer drill.
Two quotes were submitted for a plow on the township truck. They are from DeForge Auto in the amount of
$3974.00 and Dodgeville Welding in the amounts of $4436.00/$4496.00. D. Odgers will check reviews on both
of the plows and report to the Board in October.
A quote from Price Odd Jobs was submitted for plowing at the office and rink. No action taken until more
information is available for a township plow.
c. DBVFD: Chief Kokkonen reported that the department responded to zero calls.
d. First Responders: Written report. In August, they responded to 2 calls, 1 in Osceola Twp. and 1 in Franklin
Twp. bringing the total number of calls to 43 for the year.
First Responder candidates need to have their applications in by September 15th.
e. TCVFD: Written report for August. The department held regular monthly meeting and training session.
There no calls. Motion for the township to pay $115.00 for the bulletin board at the fire hall by Janke,
supported by Karpiak. AVIF
f. TC Utility Board: The September agenda and the August meeting minutes were submitted. Motion to
approve the financial reports by Odgers, supported by Janke. AVIF Motion for payment of bills in the amount
of $4226.75 by Gardner, supported by Janke. AVIF
g. TLSA: Written report was submitted.
h. Supervisor reports: A report from the Michigan Twp. Participating Plan (insurance) was submitted. The
letter suggested more signage at the ice rink, the DBFD has items to complete, the water companies and
maintenance reports were ok, and the inspector was not able to get in touch with TCFD.
Written reports for TLPAC, Heet, KEDA, and UPPCO.
a. Mason Sewage: Andrew Keranen, UPEA, was present to discuss the funding and the process to continue with
the project. The township will be receiving a $300,000.00 grant from the MDEQ and a $790,000.00 grant and
$58,000.00 loan (40 years @ 2.0%) from Rural Development. If all goes as planned, construction will begin in
July 2018. Karpiak and Odgers will meet with Rural Development in October.
b. DB Drainage: The project is complete.
c. Deb’s suggestions: Motion to table until the October meeting by Gardner, supported by Wareham. AVIF
d. Mason Sands: Karpiak walked the sand band with Marquette DEQ representative, Wally Waso. Mr.
Waso wanted to check the integrity of the cap. He said that PLSA are meeting all of the requirements set by the
state. Karpiak will be calling the local DEQ representative.
a. Bleachers: Odgers informed the board that a claim has been submitted to the insurance for replacement of the
damaged bleachers at the ball field. Janke informed the board that the fence was also damaged. Odgers will
call the insurance company to inform them. The damage was caused by a snowmobile that hit the bleachers
then hit the fence in January.
b. CCISD tech support: A letter received with an overview of SupportNet.
c. BOR secretary pay: Karpiak feels he has the right to receive additional pay for being the secretary of the
board of review as he has been getting it since he started and should continue to get it even though he gets a
monthly salary for doing his statutory duty. Odgers feels that Karpiak knows that he shouldn’t get paid the extra
pay for something he is already getting paid for and should make it right. The board should make it right.
Odgers said she has looked back on the records and discovered that the practice didn’t start until Karpiak
became supervisor. Karpiak said that the previous supervisor did not act as secretary. Odgers has spoken to
several townships and was told that their supervisors, clerks, treasurers and trustees do not get paid extra for
duties that are part of their statutory duty. Karpiak said that changes cannot be made to his salary until his term
ends or if a new supervisor is installed. Odgers pointed out that his pay as board of review secretary is over and
above his monthly salary which it should not be.
d. North End Sewer Authority representative: Motion for Bruce Coppo to act as the townships representative
on the Houghton County Water sewer authority by Wareham, supported by Gardner. AVIF
Motion to adjourn at 7:46 pm by Odgers, supported by Gardner. AVIF
The October 11, 2017 board meetings will be held in Tamarack City Fire Hall.
Previous Board meeting minutes can be viewed by clicking on the months below:
March 2017 Public Budget Meeting