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January 16, 2024 Board Meeting Minutes

Sheridan Township Board of Trustees Meeting

January 16, 2024

7:00 pm

 

I.          Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by Richard Porter at 7:00 pm.

 

The pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States:  Led by Tommy Miller

 

Present:  Richard Porter, Scott Frederick, Rusty Smith, Hayley England, and Stephanie Craig

 

Absent:  None

 

II.         Approval of Agenda:  A motion was made by Scott, 2nd by Rusty to accept the agenda as written.  All in favor, the motion passed. 

 

III.        Approval of previous township board minutes.  A motion was made by Scott, 2nd by Rusty to accept the November 6th special meeting minutes as presented.  All in favor, the motion passed.  A motion was made by Rusty, 2nd by Scott to accept the November 21st meeting minutes as presented.  All in favor, the motion passed.  All in favor, the motion passed. 

 

IV.        Payment of Bills:  A motion was made by Scott, 2nd by Rusty to approve the payment of bills.  Roll call vote; all in favor.  The motion passed.

 

V.         Treasurers Report:  A motion was made by Rusty, 2nd by Scott to approve the treasurers report as presented.  All in favor, the motion passed.

 

VI.        Correspondence:  The County has informed us that they will not be doing any of our roads in 2024. 

 

VII.       Committee Reports:

 

·         Planning Commission/Roads - Scott Frederick.  There was a Planning Meeting last month and the Planning Commission accepted the DG Market plan.  There is no update on the roads at this time.

 

·         Fire - Chief Lance Lohrke.  Chief Lohrke goes over his report for November and December.  Training for November was electric vehicles, and training for December was SCBA and a tour of Caster concepts.

 

·         Disability insurance committee report/fire department.  The Clerk updates on the insurance research.  We are waiting to hear back from Kevin from Decker before moving forward.

 

·         Fire barn update - Rusty Smith.  Rusty goes over what has been done on the fire barn addition to date.  Interior walls, electrical, and plumbing will be installed in the next month, as well as insulation.  Currently there are the same four change orders as last month.  As of this meeting $144,297 has been spent on the addition. 

 

VIII.      Public Comment:  Public comment was taken at this time. Chief Lohrke thanks Janet Cuatt for the sandwiches for the Fire Department before the snowstorm.  Tommy Miller gives a county update.  Steve Frisbee introduces himself. 

 

IX.        Unfinished Business:  None

 

X.         New Business:

 

1.      Approve Resolution 2024-01 to adopt Calhoun County, Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  This plan is for natural disasters.  This is updated every 4 years in the county.  The Mitigation Plan is a plan on how natural disasters would be handled in our County.  This is an update of the previous plan that Sheridan Township was already a part of.  A motion was made by Rusty, 2nd by Scott to approve Resolution 2024-01 adopting Calhoun County's Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Roll call vote.  All in favor; the motion passed. 

 

2.      Discuss proposed hiring of Deputy Sheriff to be assigned to our township.  Sheriff Hinkley presents the proposal for a deputy in Sheridan Township.  Sheridan Township is one of the busier townships in the County.  With this proposal there would be a deputy in Sheridan Township consistently unless there is an emergency outside of the township.  The board will think it over and make a decision at a later date.    

 

3.      Approve Park Millage project for 2024.  This year we will receive $6,237.43 from the county for parks.  Last year we put the money toward the shuffleboard courts in Albion.  This year the money would again go toward the shuffleboard courts, to purchase new equipment and repair the existing restroom and paint the building.  A motion was made by Rusty, 2nd by Scott to approve the 2024 parks millage project.  Roll call vote.  All in favor; the motion passed.   

 

4.      Review Sign Art, Inc proposal.  The supervisor presents the quote for a new digital sign for the township.  The board would like to see more quotes on the sign.  A motion was made by Rusty, 2nd by Hayley to not renew the CD from MSUFCU and use the funds to pay for the new sign.  Roll call vote.  Rusty - yes, Richard - yes, Scott - no, Hayley - yes, Stephanie - yes; the motion passed. 

 

5.      Start review of new policy manual sections 1-4.  The board will look at the new policy and bring any questions or concerns to the supervisor. 

 

6.      Review quote for replacing existing parking lot with new asphalt and concrete.  A motion was made by Scott, 2nd by Rusty to approve the quote for replacement of the existing parking lot.  Roll call vote.  All in favor; the motion passed. 

 

7.      First review of proposed 2024-2025 budget.  A copy of the proposed budget was provided to the board members for them to look over before the next meeting. 

 

XI.        Adjourn:  A motion was made by Hayley 2nd by Stephanie, to adjourn at 8:25.  All in favor, the motion passed.

 

 

Stephanie Craig, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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