Colon Village Council Public Hearing and Regular September Meeting Minutes (Unofficial)

COLON VILLAGE COUNCIL
Colon Village Hall
PUBLIC HEARING – September 8, 2015
Hearing Call to Order at 6:300 PM – Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Nancy Percival, Sharon Craun, Tom Tenney. Absent: Marilyn McManus – excused
Also Present: Chief Brinkert, Jim Weinberg, Kurt Kuhlmann, Paul Osthoff, Christina Quimby, Ronald Betts, Mike Voss, Joy Heitger, Stoney Summey, Mike Fitzgerald, Aaron Miller, Tim Brown, Craig Shumaker, Adam Messinger, Kay Delle, Julie Hollister, & Wayne Held
President Tenney read sections of Article II. Blight Control, Section 34-41 as it relates to the property and structure located at 241 John St. Several people spoke in favor of condemning the property and structure. Concern was expressed concern about Mike Fitzgerald’s ability to repair and maintain the property and regard for his health and safety. Stoney Summey, St. Joseph County Veteran Affairs, informed the Council that he was pursuing permanent housing and care for Fitzgerald at the Veterans’ Home in Grand Rapids, MI. Summey requested an additional 45 days before the Council votes to condemn the property in order to straighten out the title issues regarding the property.
RA Kuhlmann also asked the neighbors if they would be comfortable allowing the additional time before the council condemns the property. They agreed.
T. Tenney closed the meeting at 6:49 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,

Kurt P. Kuhlmann, Clerk/Treasurer


COLON VILLAGE COUNCIL
Colon Village Hall
COUNCIL MEETING – September 8, 2015
Meeting Call to Order at 7:00 PM – Pledge of Allegiance was recited at the Public Hearing.
Present: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Nancy Percival, Sharon Craun, Tom Tenney. Absent: Marilyn McManus – excused
Also Present: Chief Brinkert, Jim Weinberg, Kurt Kuhlmann, Paul Osthoff, Christina Quimby, Mike Voss, Aaron, Miller, Tim Brown, Craig Shumaker, Rick Fisher, Adam Messinger, Kay Delle, Julie Hollister, & Wayne Held
Consent Agenda: N. Percival made a motion to approve changed consent agenda; approve minutes from August 11, 2015 and payment of bills in the amount of $93,842.40. Seconded by D. Delp. The motion carried.
Public Comments
a. Chief Brinkert introduced Officer Kevin Brooks. Brooks shared information about himself and answered several questions from the council.
b. Aaron Miller – Miller reported the State Legislator will start September 9th. Roads and the Courser/Gamrat are at the top of the agenda. Also, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the future, will meet with local leaders regarding additional poultry Broiler facilities.
c. Craig Shoemaker – Sometime this fall the Village should receive information from the Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) on the Storm water/Waste water Asset Management (SAW) grant application. The total in grant monies is $399,825.00 with matching funds of $44,425.00 of which $42,000.00 may be matched in labor. The Village is responsible for development of a twenty-year capital improvement plan to determine needs & review rate increases for sewer and water. The needs and review of rates are necessary to generate information in regards to a 10% rate increase to reach the capital improvement goal. The SAW grant ends in 2018.
d. Adam Messenger, assistant to John Proos addressed the council. Proos believes the roads in Michigan are a big issue and will work to pass a balanced plan to fund roadwork. Also, he is talking with the Attorney General to question why the shutting down of the Indiana BP oil refinery, which Michigan only receives 20% of total gas from, should cause such a spike in gasoline prices. Proos is very concerned about Vocational Technical Education Schools in Michigan. Several Habitats for Humanity homes in Michigan will be built with labor from Vocational Technical Education Schools.
Monthly Reports:
a. DPW – J. Weinberg presented written report.
i. RA Kuhlmann thanked the DPW for the help with Magi Pride Days at the Schools.
b. Police – Chief Brinkert presented written report.
c. Fireboard – minutes from August 12th meeting were in the packets. Next meeting will be September 9th at 7 pm.
d. Lake Board – minutes from the August meeting were not available. Information from PLM Lake and Land Management presented.
e. Planning Commission – Tim Brown will address the Council later in the meeting.
f. Colon Community Park Board – The restroom floor replacement project will begin next week.
g. DDA Committee – Rick Fisher reported that the committee would like to fill the vacancy on the committee with Teryl Kidwell. Kidwell has a marketing background and will be a great asset to the committee. S. Craun moved to appoint Teryl Kidwell to the DDA. RA Kuhlmann seconded the motion. The motion carried. The DDA is working on a plan for placement of directional wayfaring signs within the Village. T. Tenney asked that the DDA work with the Planning Commission, as this is a recommendation from the Master Plan.
h. Farmers Market – As the season is winding down there is more produce available.
i. Well Head Protection Program – no report
j. EDC – Three Rivers will receive $100,000 from St. Joseph County EDC for their DDA /Main Street Program. They are encouraging the St. Joseph County EDC to support similar programs and initiatives in other DDA’s within S. Joseph County.
k. Zoning Ordinance Review – RA Kuhlmann reported that a meeting has been set for September 17th at 7 PM, however T. Brown informed the Council that a conflict had arisen and the meeting date would need to be changed.
l. Other Committee Reports – none
Unfinished Business:
a. Part-time Office Position – There were five applications received for the position. The personnel committee recommended Kay Delle. RA Kuhlmann moved to hire Kay Delle for the part-time office clerk position at part-time pay and no benefits. N. Percival seconded the motion. The Motion carried.
b. Electrical Inspector – There were five applications received for Village Electrical Inspector. The Personnel Committee recommended Ron Ballaire. RA Kuhlmann moved to hire Ron Ballaire as Village of Colon Electrical Inspector with fees set per State of Michigan requirements. D. Delp seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yeas: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Nancy Percival, Sharon Craun, Tom Tenney. Nays: none Absent: Marilyn McManus. Motion carried.
c. Schrock Broiler Poultry Farm – The Department of Agricultural and Rural Development has approved the site plan for the Broiler Poultry Facility.
d. Water & Sewer Delinquent Accounts Resolution 2015-09-08-A – The Council received a copy of the resolution in their package. N. Percival moved to approve the resolution. S. Craun seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yeas: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Nancy Percival, Sharon Craun, Tom Tenney. Nays: none Absent: Marilyn McManus. Motion carried.
e. Property Conditions at 241 John St. – D. Delp moved to extend the condemnation of the property at 241 John St. 45 days to allow Stoney Summey to clear up the title issues and to reevaluate the matter at the November council meeting if necessary. RA Kuhlmann seconded the motion. The motion carried.
f. Website – The Village’s website is operational. www.colonmi.net
g. Colon Community Park By-Laws – the by-laws were presented to the council members in their packets. S. Craun moved to accept the by-laws as presented. N. Percival seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yeas: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Nancy Percival, Sharon Craun, Tom Tenney. Nays: none Absent: Marilyn McManus. Motion carried.
h. Planning Commission – Amendment to the Master Plan –– Resolution 2015-09-08-B – Resolution to Adopt the Amendment to the Master Plan to Designate the South Burr Oak Road Corridor as a priority area for the rehab of existing low to moderate income housing and the establishment of new multi-family affordable workforce housing targeted to families with low to moderate incomes. N. Percival moved to accept changes to the Master Plan as presented. E. Doenges seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yeas: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Nancy Percival, Sharon Craun, Tom Tenney. Nays: none Absent: Marilyn McManus. Motion carried.
New Business – none
Public Comments – S. Craun moved to allow the department heads of the DPW and Police to be allowed to increase their purchase limits from $250 to up to $500 without prior council approval. N. Percival seconded. The Motion carried.
Correspondence
a. From the Miller Family expressing thanks to the Colon Police Department.
FYI – Title VI & LEP is due October 5th.
Adjournment – RA Kuhlmann moved to adjourn. S. Craun seconded. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:08 PM.
Respectfully Submitted,

Kurt P. Kuhlmann, Clerk/Treasurer

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