Osceola Township Board Meeting Minutes and Information
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Osceola Township Meeting Minutes
June 13, 2018
The regular meeting of the Osceola Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Karpiak on June 13, 2018, at 6:19 p.m. in the Tamarack City Fire Hall. Board members present were Steve Karpiak, Christa Gardner, Don Wareham, and Aaron Janke. Absent was Judy Odgers.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Janke, supported by Wareham to accept the minutes of the May meeting. AVIF
Motion by Janke, supported by Gardner to approve the financial reports for the General, Road, Mason Wastewater, and TC water funds. AVIF
Motion by Janke, supported by Gardner for payment of the bills: General Fund $6,100.17; TC water $4,239.31. AVIF
Public Comment: Liz Montgomery, a new resident in Tamarack City, brought up a concern that she found burnt garbage close to the Tamarack City Park. Supervisor Karpiak informed her that where she found it is not township property, but Trustee Wareham appreciated knowing that it was there.
A motion was made by Janke, supported by Wareham to approve the agenda with the addition under New Business: c - Parts needed for Water Company. AVIF
a. Assessor: Written report. Laura sent a copy of what the State Tax Commission has required the township to turn in by the 1st and
15th of each month, showing the progress made on the reassessment. The STC has given the township a deadline of September 1st
for the entire reassessment to be completed.
b. Maintenance: Written report for May.
c. DBVFD: Ron reported that they had 0 calls. Fourth of July planning is in full swing.
d. First Responders: Written report. There were 8 calls for the month of May, bringing the total for 2018 to 32.
e. TCVFD: Written report. The department held its regular monthly meeting and attended two trainings. There was one call in May.
f. TC Utility Board: The Board reviewed the May meeting minutes, June secretary’s report, and June operator’s report.
g. TLSA: Written reports for May 2018.
h. Supervisor reports: Karpiak attended meetings for PAC, UP Energy Summit, and KEDA. He also submitted meeting minutes for January, March, April, May and June 2018 for the North Houghton County Water and Sewage Authority. He also gave an update on the situation with the proposal on the ballot in November for dissolving the Village of Calumet, and possible impacts it may have on our township. Overall, we are told to wait and see what happens in the upcoming election, and that we will be included in talks if it passes.
a. Mason sewage: Karpiak reported that we need to have a lift station, and it would be located on private property. UP Engineers are currently at a stand still until the property owners can give permission for this to happen. It’s likely no work will start until 2019.
b. Osceola Township Roads: Karpiak reported that road work is expected to start soon.
c. Resolution for pavilion rental: There were many questions by members of the Board. More needs to be looked into before action can be taken. A motion to table until the July meeting was made by Wareham, supported by Janke. AVIF
d. Attorney Letter: A letter was submitted from attorney, Nick Daavettila, regarding some issues that were discovered during the ordinance process. Karpiak suggested that all members take the letter home and discuss at the July meeting. A motion was made to table until the July meeting by Karpiak, supported by Wareham. AVIF
a. Road Millage Renewal: A motion was made by Janke to renew the millage for five years (2019 - 2023), and put it on the November
2018 ballot, supported by Wareham. AVIF
b. Snowmobile Trail: Janke reported that he spoke with members of the DNR regarding the snowmobile crossing on 6th Street in Dollar Bay. MDOT owns one trail, and the DNR owns another. There are plans to make one trail to be non-motorized and the other for motorized vehicles. MDOT is currently surveying the entire trail system for this purpose. Nothing will be done with the crossing at this time, but could be a possibility in the future.
c. Parts needed: A motion made by Janke, supported by Wareham to purchase the parts needed from Core & Main as submitted by Water Supervisor Mattfolk in the amount of $2,444.50. AVIF
Motion by Wareham, supported by Karpiak to adjourn at 7:14 p.m. Motion carried. AVIF
Previous Board meeting minutes can be viewed by clicking on the months below:
March 2017 Public Budget Meeting