PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED FOR
Wednesday, AUGUST 20TH, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Regularly scheduled meeting called to order at 7:08 p.m. by Chairperson Chris Marko in the Board Room of the Township Hall and attendance taken.
Commissioners Present: Isla Boskee, Debbie Hayes, William Jenuwine, George Kunnath (arrived at 7:48 p.m.), Mary Agnes Simons, Bernie Pelc, Chairman Chris Marko, Georgia Phelan (arrived at 7:30 p.m.)
Excused Absent: William Drake
Audience in Attendance: Michael Harrington, Anderson, Eckstein, & Westrick, Inc., Richard Smith, Montgomery & Associates, Inc.
1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes were handed out from the July 23rd meeting which were e-mailed to everyone by Secretary Georgia Phelan.
ACTION: It was moved by Simons, Seconded by Jenuwine to approve the minutes of the July 23rd, 2008 Meeting as presented, and place them on file.
All Ayes; Motion Carried.
2. AGENDA APPROVAL:
Request to add to the "Communications" section of agenda, the draft of the changes in the Planning Commission Ordinance for next month's agenda.
ACTION: Motion by Simons, seconded by Jenuwine to approve the agenda with the above changes.
All Ayes; Motion Carried.
a). Draft of the changes in the Planning Commission Ordinance.
4. OLD BUSINESS:
A). MTA Ordinance Enforcement Session -- Chairman Chris Marko attended this session in Ann Arbor, MI. Marko reported that recalls are raging throughout the State; also reminded us that we will have to take a look at our Zoning Ordinance and punishments are misdemeanors, or civil infractions. He explained the differences between the two punishments. Some can be sent out as "Notices
of Violations" by mail with a maximum fine of up to $500. Marko explained that
Ordinance enforcement would need to be addressed in our ordinance to allow
for this, starting with an Ordinance Board, Ordinance Officers and Codes.
B). Request to purchase Planning Enabling Act Work Books -- Chairman Marko advised he sent a written request to Twp Board to order 12 books for us.
C). Joint Meetings with Neighboring Township Planning Commissions -- Chairman Marko has sent a letter to the Chairman of Ira Township Planning Commission requesting their board join our Commission on Wednesday, September 17th. It was tentatively set up but Chris will e-mail everyone to confirm this either way.
D). Review of Engineering Ordinance Draft -- Mike Harrington, of AEW explained and reviewed the Draft.
Some changes were: questions from Bill Jenuwine regarding ditching slopes, &
materials; Back Flow Preventer Valves by Bernie Pelc; subsurface & surface
drainage inquiries by Chris Marko, including prints; request to add PVC C-900
pipe as possible materials by Simons; fees and inspections by Kunnath, and
numerous clarifications by Georgia Phelan. Mr. Harrington thanked everyone
who helped with this, particularly Georgia Phelan, for fine tuning of this work.
5. NEW BUSINESS:
A). Ordinance for Wind Generators
This inquiry was made by Bernie Pelc who felt we should be proactive and get
something in our zoning ordinance regarding wind generation.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
With no further business, it was moved by Pelc, supported by Simons to adjourn for the evening. The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.
Mary Agnes Simons, Vice-Chairman
Acting on Behalf of Georgia Phelan, Secretary
The next Planning Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. for joint Planning Commission Meeting with Ira Township -- this will be confirmed by Chairman Marko; and Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.