Clarence Township, Calhoun County Michigan

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Minutes CLARENCE TOWNSHIP - Regular Meeting July 12, 2021

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Supervisor Linda Kubiak.


ROLL CALL: Sue Ott, Sheryl Proteau, Terry Siefert, Ben Dancer and Linda Kubiak. .

ADDITION OR DELETION TO AGENDA: Motion by S. Ott and supported by B. Dancer to accept agenda as printed. Motion Approved

MINUTES: The Minutes of June 14, 2021were presented motion by T. Siefert. and supported by S. Ott to accept minutes as printed. Motion approved.

The Treasurers report was received with $856,591.73 in Township Total Funds. Motion by S. Proteau and supported by B. Dancer to accept the Treasurers report subject to audit. Roll call taken, Proteau yes, Dancer yes, Ott yes, Siefert yes and Kubiak yes. 5 ayes 0 nays Approved.

GUEST SPEAKER:Gary Tompkins 7th District County Commissioner: The County Commissioner: The County Board of Commissioner will hold in person meeting July 15th. Calhoun County launches Broadband Survey. Please visit for more information about the Calhoun County Broadband Task Force.
State Representative Jim Haadsma, reported that the K-12 school budget has been passed and hopes the General fund will be done in the next couple of weeks. The State is looking at an increase for revenue most likely coming from Sales tax.
Sheriff Steve Hinkley said that in the last quarter there has been over 500 calls in Clarence, Homer, Lee and Albion townships. The sheriff office is looking for people to work in the correctional department.

7 Township residents no comments.

CORRESPONDANCE: A. Letter from Township Attorney David Smith to Zoning Officer Morgan on Zoning Ordnance regarding junk, trash etc.
B. Hunting lease has option for renewal for one year. Mr. Trudell has requested the option for 2021 year.
C. On 7/12/2021 participated in webinar with Calhoun County Broadband Task Force. There will be a survey project thru the county to determine need.
D. The local fiscal recovery fund dollars from MTA. Will have to submit a request for the funds from the Department of Treasury by July 27th.


Fire Board: Terry/Linda: Terry/Linda: We have certified plans, have formed a committee to help get the word out about the New Fire Station. Looking at a small pumper truck.

Calhoun Road Dept.: Ben/Linda/Walt: Send on list of roads to the county for consideration.
Planning Commission: Sue: Next meeting September 14 and letter from the Attorney will be sent to the Planning Commission.
Website: Ken Cool: No report.

Five Year Township Recreation Plan:Linda: Linda: Next meeting of the Recreation Committee will be July 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the Township Hall.

Sewer: Sheryl: Will be having a meeting with the Duck Lake residents on July 21st at 7:00 p.m., to go over the upgrades that need to be done.

OLD BUSINESS: A. The sign for the land that Fishers Donated is up and working with the Road Department to develop a site plan for driveway. B. Remember we are now having Senior lunch Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday need to call the day before for lunch. Senior 60 or older donation $1.50 or free

NEW BUSINESS: A. Board of Review July 19th at 10:00 a.m.

Citizens Comments: None

PAY BILLS: Motion by S. Ott supported by B. Dancer to pay bills for the end June in the amount of $15,852.05. Roll call vote taken: 5 ayes 0 nays Approved Motion by S. Ott and supported by B. Dancer to pay bills for the first part of July $12,481.76 Roll call vote taken: 5 ayes 0 nays Approved.

Motion by T. Siefert supported by S. Proteau to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. Approved Approved

Next regular meeting August 9, 2021. Sheryl Proteau Clarence Township Clerk

Sheryl A Proteau Minutes Approved _______ Clarence Township Clerk Minutes Corrected________

Springport/Clarence Fire Board

June 21, 2021

Call to Order: Vice Chairman Linda Kubiak called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Pledge to Flag:

Roll Call: Members present: Jeff Mitchell, Linda Kubiak, Gordon Webb, Carrie Mohler and Terry Siefert. Also, present Sec/Treasurer Sheryl Proteau, Fire Chief Gary Ott

Citizens present : 3 Fire personal

Addition/Deletions to Agenda: Motion to approve Agenda as printed by G. Webb and supported by T. Siefert Approved

Minutes: Motion by J. Mitchell and supported by G. Webb to approve March 23, 2021 minutes as corrected. Approved

Treasurer: Motion by J. Mitchell and supported by C. Mohler to approve Quarterly expenditures of $23,6979.07. Roll call vote taken 5 ayes 0 nays approved

Motion by J. Mitchell and supported by C. Mohler to approve the Quarterly Payroll of$6,926.75 for regular pay. Roll call vote taken 5 ayes 0 nays approved

Motion by J. Mitchell and supported by C. Mohler to approve total of all funds $84,609.95. Roll call vote taken 5 ayes 0 nays approved

Motion by J. Mitchell and supported by C. Mohler to approve the Treasurer Report subject to audit. Roll call vote taken: Siefert yes, Mitchell yes, Webb yes, Mohler yes, Kubiak yes, 5 ayes 0 nays motion approved.

Correspondence: None

Old Business: Chief Ott had a slide show of the Prints for the new fire station and gave copies to both Clarence and Springport Township. Lots of questions and answers. Vice Chairman Kubiak formed a building working committee: G. Webb, T. Siefert and alternate J. Mitchell and will be looking for 2 citizens to join the committee one from each Township.

New Business: Due to the resignation of Chairman Jason Sebastian from the Springport/Clarence Fire Board we need to reelected officers.

Reelection of Officers:

Motion by L. Kubiak and supported by T. Siefert for Gordon Webb as Chairman. Motion approved

Motion by J. Mitchell and supported by G. Webb for Linda Kubiak as Vice Chairman. Motion approved

Motion by J. Mitchell and supported by C. Mohler to appoint Sheryl Proteau as Secretary/Treasurer. Motion approved.

Chief’s Report: New Station Up-date. Replacing officer next month Grant paperwork to AAA insurance (Jaws) nothing yet. Vaccinations up to the station were cancelled for not enough interest. On 5/15 Chief Ott & T. Woolworth took a plane crash course Working out to the Race Track again this year. Will be installing New Scott air packs soon Garage sales/our pulled port sandwichs sale June 26, 2021 Duck Lake We will be participating in a tanker shuttle exercise Chief Ott turned a claim into our insurance for replacement of pager Putting a new member (Troy Scott) back on the Dept. Chief Ott signed contract with West Shores Services for Scott Air Packs Fire on County Club Way a. Took Fire personal 15 minutes to arrive b. Used Dave Wheeler Dry Hydrant (worked good) laid 400’ LDH hose c. Chief Ott and Asst. Chief Kirchheimers truck got covered with debris from the fire had Zicks detail both Trucks $700.00 for both trucks, Insurance Company will repay Fire Board. d. Working with 9 Insurance companies and 1.3 million Dollar Claim e. Would like (4) 6” gate valves $1,584.00 Total $6,400.00 joining with Spring Arbor getting 2 as well for us to get a discount a total of 6. f. Adding a Truck out to Clarence Township Mini Purer ($15,00.00) max. We have 7 member who live w/in 3 miles of the Township Office. g. Can the COVID Relief Aid Funds be used for Fire Departments?

The Board has given Chief Ott permission to sell the old Scott Air Packs.

Pumper Truck: Motion by B. Webb to have Chief Ott to look at the pumper truck supported by T. Siefert and if the Chief Ott feels that it is a good deal. Then an email will be sent to all member for a Vote to purchase for up to $10,000.00 and $5000.00 for lettering and other items need for the Truck and action will be ratified at the next board meeting. Roll call vote was taken G. Webb yes, T. Siefert yes, C. Mohler yes, J. Mitchell yes and L. Kubiak yes 5 ayes 0 nays. Motion approved

Motion by T. Siefert and supported by G. Webb to purchase 4 gate vales for $6400.00 for trucks. Roll call vote taken: C. Mohler yes, T. Siefert yes, G. Webb yes L. Kubiak yes and J. Mitchell yes. 5 ayes 0 nays motion approved

Citizens Comments: The Board wants to thank Jason Sebastian for his many years of service to the Fire Board. The Board wants to welcome the newest member, Carrie Mohler for Springport Township.

Next Regular Meeting will be September 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Motion to adjourn by J. Mitchell and supported by C. Mohler at 9:00 P.M. Passed

Respectfully submitted: Sheryl Proteau, Secretary