Colon Township minutes 12/27/11

Colon Township Board Meeting

Minutes of December 27, 2011 7:00pm                Accepted______________________


Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call:

Present: Jackson, McKelvey, Smigla, Zimmerman, Miller

Absent: None


Without objection the minutes of the 11-22-11 regular meeting were approved.

Without objection the bills were approved in the amount of $23,116.36.


Colon Village Council had asked to be put on the agenda.  Whitford (speaking on behalf of the village) stated he felt it was in the best interest to have this Colon Fire and Rescue agreement approved.  The Village understood everything was to be prorated. They felt the $2600 would also be prorated.  He urged the township to do the right thing and pay the $1300 for the partial year.  He stated as a public official it is  our duty to do what is in the best interest of the people.

Mckelvey asked if anyone else from the village wished to speak.  Bell stated we have issues that need to be resolved.

Mckelvey asked if anyone else from the village wished to speak – no one responded.


Attorney Thornton Report – there is a hearing on the Appleton case on 1-5-12 at 2:00 p.m. A compliance order is pending on Candace Smith.  He asked that the zoning ordinance changes be put on the agenda for the next meeting.


Fireboard Report was given by Dan Smigla.


Under old business:

  1. Jackson reported only 1 bid had been received on the land in Magic City Mobile Home Park. At this time we are not going to accept the bid.
  2. The budget amendments were tabled until the January 18, 2012 budget meeting.  Motion by Smigla, second by Miller.
  3. Parlins gave us a bid on new carpeting; waiting on a bid from Bowersox.
  4. Supervisor McKelvey said she would check on the trimming of the shrubs.
  5. Cerny is to have new zoning ordinance books next week.
  6. Fire Department agreement:
    1. McKelvey stated the $2600 was a donation
    2. Jackson understood at the time of prior discussion they would give $7000 to the hydrant rental and $2600 contribution to the large equipment sinking fund
    3. Miller was not in favor of paying the $1300
    4. Zimmerman understands the villages issues.  He is disappointed so much time has went by without a decision and asked why.  Thornton stated he sent Attorney Tomlinson an email on 11-7-11 that stated the townships position.  Zimmerman felt we should put it to a vote and sign the contract.
    5. Smigla thinks enough money has been spent on fees and special meetings and this matter should be settled.

Jackson stated that the Village minutes said, “The village council states that the township has spent in excess of $25,000 on legal fees.”  Jackson stated no one has asked for any information via the FOIA and this statement is totally false.


McKelvey stated that whoever said that at the village meeting gave them wrong information.


Thornton said we had 3 options concerning the fire agreement:

  1. revoke previous approval of proposed contract and approve a new version
  2. impose a time limit on the Township’s previous approval of the proposed contract
  3. revoke the previous approval of proposed contract and do nothing further


At this time no contract is in place


McKelvey stated we could withdraw the $2600 then the $1300 issue would go away.


Zimmerman made a motion to rescind the Township’s previous approval of the proposed contract, amend the proposed contract to provide that the Township will make a $1300 contribution for the large equipment fund for 2011-2012 in addition to $2600 contribution for each of the five years thereafter, and approve the amended proposed contract..  Second by Smigla.  Under discussion Jackson said she would not have a problem voting yes if the village would share the cost of attorney fees for the drafting of the contract.

Roll call vote – Zimmerman, Smigla – ayes; Miller, Jackson, McKelvey – nays.  Motion failed.


Under new business:

  1.  The budget workshop will be held on 1-18-12 at 10:00 a.m.



  1. Ed Bell
  2. Wayne Held
  3. Frank Nowak
  4. Mike Woodruff
  5. Dan Smigla
  6. Paul Osthoff
  7. Tom Whitford


Motion to adjourn by Miller, second by Smigla.  Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Sandi Jackson, Clerk

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10 Responses to Colon Township minutes 12/27/11

  1. Concerned Township Resident says:

    It seems like an awful lot of money would have been paid to the Township Attorney just to save $1300. What a waste of time and money!

  2. sherry miller says:

    why are you the township wasting so much money onthe appletons i heard this has been going on for 5 years is that true i have went by there address and i see nothing wrong are you telling me that there land looks worse then everyone eles around there if so you are wrong the only thing i saw was alot of no tressassing signs is that for the township do not waste the townships money like this or you will be ask why by your people

  3. tim says:

    i want to have it put in the board meetings how much has the city paid there attorney on the appletons and why d.mckelevy seems to have a real problem with the appletons it seems this is personal i do not want my tax money spent on personal gruges is it true her husband was on there property and in the barns why is he on the board now too i do not want my taxes raised to pay off a lawsuit for harrisment from the appletons

  4. joy says:

    i know the appletons and i know that they are being harrassed by certain members of the board i also know this has been going on for 5 years if they can not find anything wrong at one property they start picking on there other property back and forth i also know the townships clean up of there 3 acres was 1 window frame 1 old tire and cement rocks in three acres i have seen the pictures i also know that they pulled an electric permite when the township did not like the wireing inthe barn and even paid mr electric llc to come out and disconect the power at the pole which cost them over 200 dollars and that still was not good enough they the township came in and took all the wireing pugs switches lights out of there barn and took them with them and told them to be greatfull they did not tear there barn down with everything in it we are letting the township walk all over them do not think you are safe because after them someone is going to be next there asking for jail for these people because they took a couple of cars outside of the barn to be cleaned for a car show and our township gave them tickets for it they want them to go to jail because they took cars to a car show

  5. no name says:

    since when do people get jail time on civil matters they got tickets for cars in there yard not junk cars but show cars that were begin cleaned i do not know mr appleton but i do know mrs appleton and i think this is wrong i think some people on the board have personal problems with mr appleton and are taking it too far colon township board needs to step back and think this thru

  6. mike says:

    Maybe it’s time for those who commented on this issue come to the township meetings. Misinformation is worse than second hand information and you do not know all the facts/circumstances behind this.

  7. no name says:

    to mike i do know first hand i was there and after tomrrow feb 29 2012 i will be having an attorney look into sueing the township all you have to do is look at the court records this is all the proof i need it has been 5 years of this and iam tired of it when i can sit in a restruant next to someone and they tell me all about me and how bad iam acorrding to the township board but do not know it is me this has gone to far or sending letters to the judge on the townships behalf that is full of lies you have gone to far

  8. no name says:

    well it looks like diane mckelvey does have a personal gruge against the appletons i was a wittness at court and she cant see 30 feet in front of her but she can see a car wth no plate backed in at 35 miles an hour shes good i liked her faceual expression when she was asked if she liked the appletons if looks could kill she is colon township boards worst enemy by far

  9. Concerned Township Resident says:

    How often are Township meetings held? There have been no minutes posted since a meeting on 12/27/11. The Village posts their minutes on a regular basis. What is the Township board afraid of?

  10. Colon Village says:

    I’m sorry this is my fault, I just posted the Township minutes from January and I’ve had them since February 9th. I will try to post them as soon as I get them. Again I’m sorry for the delay. Julie Baker

    The Township holds their regular meetings on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Township Hall.

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