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4-13-21 DRAFT Minutes

LOCKE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES                                     Draft 4-13-2021

April 13, 2021                                                                                                                    Approved___________


The Locke Township Board met April 13, 2021 in the Locke Township Hall, 3805 Bell Oak Road.

Present:  Hart, Turner, Rambo, Shepler, Davis.  Also, present:  Approximately 40 Locke Township residents.

Absent:  None.

Call to order at 7:00 PM by Supervisor Hart followed by pledge to flag.

Additions to agenda/approval of agenda: None.

Action on Accounts Payable Independent Bank checks #5125-#5150 totaling $14775.77.  Motion Hart, second Shepler to approve accounts payable checks #5125- #5150 in the amount of $14775.77.  PASSED {5-0}.

Action on March 9, 2021 meeting minutes.  Motion Shepler, second Davis to approve the minutes of March 9, 2021 Board of Trustees meeting.  PASSED {5-0}.


Unfinished Business:

Ordinance 2021-01 Blight 3rd draft [white with yellow highlights]

Article III. Junk, Trash and Rubbish and Division 1.  Blight.

Discussion on proceeding with continued Drafts of Blight Ordinance.  Consensus to not proceed with continued drafts siting the following reasons; Cannot determine what Blight is in the Township, is difficult to enforce, is not relatable for the Township as a majority of the Township is agriculture.

No Motion.


Public Comment/Presentation.  Some public comments not in favor of Blight Ordinance


New Business:

2021 Local Road Program [20210308 Road Dept email distributed @ Mar. meeting]

$41,600 matching funds + $71,393 budgeted = $112,993

Bell Oak Rd, Morrice to Herrington and Harris to Dietz Roads, 2 separate miles

Dietz Road, Rowley to Bell Oak Roads, 2.5 mi

Moyer Rd, Shaftsburg to Webberville Roads, 3.75 mi

Motion Turner, second Shepler to contract with the ICRD for 2021 Road program not to exceed $112,993.  PASSED {5-0}.



*Treasurer- Mar Treasurers report distributed.  Registered for Apr 19-21 virtual MTA annual conference.

*Clerk- Mar Rev/Exp report distributed. Registered for Apr 19-21 virtual MTA annual conference, completed 3 surveys-State of Michigan (Election Security), Brennan Center for Justice (Elections), University of Michigan Public Policy (fiscal health, covid, online technology)

*Trustee- Update from Shepler on Rowley cemetery hidden drive sign.  MDOT does not find that a sign is warranted (attached e-mail from Steve Shepler, MDOT).  Shepler also reported   Planning Commission members Carlson, Kitchenmaster, Lackey & Shepler attended Mar 24 virtual Renewable Energy seminar.

Davis reported that he was still having difficulty accessing the Township website.

*Supervisor-Attended 03/11/21 NIESA Zoom meeting; Mar 8 & 9 Bd of Review; registered for Apr 19-21 virtual MTA annual conference; reported Ingham County Sheriffs responded to 4 calls in Locke Township in March (attached e-mail from officer Chad Doyle).

*Zoning Administrator- March report distributed, building permits update.


Communications, seminars, etc.:

Mar 16 anonymous letter re: Blight

Mar 15 e-mail fwd from VanDooren re:  Lt. Gov. Gilchrist visits/inspects Dietz Rd bridge.

April 19-21 MI Twp Assoc Annual Conference-virtual $179.

May 30-Aug 8 10 am-9pm Seventh Day Adventist church door-to-door student literature evangelists.

Aug 18-20 MI Assoc of Cemeteries Annual Conference, Traverse City $129 plus lodging.

Feb 22 Tri-County Reg Plan Comm blog, Rolling Out the Road Salt.

Ingham Conservation District Board Vacancy-seeking member of the agricultural Community.


Public Comment:  A few dissenting comments regarding Blight Ordinance.


Any Other Business/Board member comments:  Shepler voiced concern over anonymous Blight flyer that was placed in resident’s mailbox noting that it is a federal offense.


Adjournment:  Motion Turner, second Rambo to adjourn meeting.  PASSED {5-0}.  Meeting adjourned at 7:46 by Supervisor Hart.

Glenda S Turner

Locke Township Clerk





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