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[00:00:19]

[INAUDIBLE] YEAH.

GOOD POINT [INAUDIBLE] . GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 REGULAR MEETING OF THE

[1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER]

TOWNSHIP BOARD IN MERIDIAN CHARTER TOWNSHIP.

PLEASE JOIN ME FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

ERVISOR JACKSON? HERE. CLERK GUTHRIE? HERE. TREASURER DESCHAINE? HERE. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON? HERE. TRUSTEE SUNDLAND? TRUSTEE WILSON? HERE. TRUSTEE WISINSKI? HERE. TRUSTEE SUNDLAND IS ABSENT ALL OTHERS PRESENT.

THANK YOU. WE HAVE NO PRESENTATIONS ON OUR AGENDA TONIGHT, AND SO WE'LL MOVE DIRECTLY TO ITEM FIVE CITIZENS

[5. CITIZENS ADDRESS AGENDA ITEMS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS]

ADDRESS AGENDA ITEMS AND NON AGENDA ITEMS. BEFORE WE START THAT, I SHOULD SAY THAT THERE ARE TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT CITIZENS WHO WISH TO ADDRESS AGENDA OR NON AGENDA ITEMS OR HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING AS WELL AS NEAR THE END, INDIVIDUALS WHO WISH TO ADDRESS THE BOARD MUST COMPLETE A GREEN FORM LOCATED WITH THE AGENDAS NEAR THE ROOM ENTRANCE AND PRESENT THE CARD TO THE BOARD SECRETARY PRIOR TO THE START OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD.

AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, SUPERVISOR WILL CALL UPON THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COMPLETED A GREEN FORM TO SPEAK ON THE TOPICS INDICATED CITIZENS ARE REQUIRED TO LIMIT THEIR COMMENTS TO 3 MINUTES, EXCEPT WHEN THIS REQUIREMENT IS WAIVED IN ADVANCE BY THE SUPERVISOR FOR GOOD CAUSE, A TIMEKEEPER WILL COMMUNICATE TO THE INDIVIDUAL WHO IS ADDRESSING THE BOARD AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE 3 MINUTES, THE BOARD HIGHLY VALUES PUBLIC COMMENT AND INPUT.

HOWEVER, THE BOARD MEETING FORMAT IS DESIGNED TO FACILITATE THE EVENING'S AGENDA AND THEREFORE RESTRICTS BOARD MEMBERS FROM ENGAGING IN CONVERSATION WITH SPEAKERS OR IMMEDIATELY RESPONDING TO QUESTIONS.

QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS MAY BE ADDRESSED BY THE BOARD LATER IN THE AGENDA AND OR MAY BE ASSIGNED FOR FOLLOW UP BY THE BOARD OR THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER AT A LATER DATE. IN ORDER TO FOSTER THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE BOARD'S BUSINESS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM RUDE OR DISCOURTEOUS BEHAVIOR. ADDRESS ALL COMMENTS TO THE BOARD AND NOT TO INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS OR TO OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE.

FINALLY, THE MEETING IS A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF THE TOWNSHIP, HELD IN PUBLIC FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING THE BUSINESS OF THE TOWNSHIP.

IT IS NOT A MEETING OF THE PUBLIC.

PLEASE LIMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE ISSUES ON THE AGENDA TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE.

THE FIRST AGENDA I HAVE, I MEAN THE FIRST GREEN CARD I HAVE TONIGHT IS FROM MARKS AND SANTUCCI.

IF THAT'S CORRECT, THAT'S EXACTLY CORRECT.

DO I GIVE MY ADDRESS? YES, PLEASE.

[00:05:01]

MARK SANTUCCI 5909 BLYTHEFIELD DRIVE, EAST LANSING.

I MISSED THE LAST MEETING, SO I'M CATCHING UP.

SO YOU GUYS DON'T GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF ME.

I'M GOING TO ADDRESS THE CANNABIS OR MARIJUANA ORDINANCE THAT YOU JUST STARTED WORKING ON.

AND THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE WAS WHEN THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCES WERE BEING DISCUSSED.

IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T THINK OTHER THINGS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT THIS ONE JUST GOT MY ATTENTION MORE THAN OTHERS.

I'D LIKE TO KIND OF UPDATE PEOPLE ON WHERE WE ARE, BECAUSE WHEN WE DID THE ORIGINAL MARIJUANA MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE, THERE WAS A LOT OF SUPPORT ACTIVITY AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

AND EVERYONE THOUGHT, OKAY, WE HAVE SIX SPOTS.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SIX MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES.

WELL, WHAT HAPPENED AT THAT SAME TIME IS THE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA STARTED BECOMING PASSED BY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS.

AND SO AT ONE TIME, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL LICENSES WAS PRETTY HIGH.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR RECREATIONAL.

ONCE THEY GOT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR RECREATIONAL, THEY WENT TO THE RECREATIONAL.

BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THERE'S STILL ISN'T A NEED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND PEOPLE WHO NEED TO USE IT.

IT'S JUST THAT IT'S NO LONGER PROFITABLE BY ITSELF.

SO I DON'T THINK YOU'RE EVER GOING TO SEE A SOLELY MEDICAL MARIJUANA OPERATION, NOT ONLY HERE, BUT PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE ELSE WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF TO HAVE RECREATIONAL OR RECREATIONAL AND MEDICAL, WHICH MEANS I REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA. IT'S JUST VERY LIKELY, ALMOST 100% THAT IT HAS TO BE COMBINED WITH RECREATIONAL.

SO I UNDERSTAND THERE WAS SOME FEAR THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SO MANY MEDICAL SO MANY RECREATIONAL.

WELL, WE'RE EITHER GOING TO HAVE.

OR WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE RECREATIONAL.

AND THAT'S JUST THE ECONOMICS OF IT NOW.

AND THAT'S ALL I'LL SAY FOR TONIGHT AND SAVE OTHER COMMENTS FOR LATER.

THANK YOU. JOHN KOVEL.

6156 EAST LAKE DRIVE HASLETT I'M ALSO MAKE MY COMMENT ON THE MARIJUANA THING.

THE WAY I UNDERSTAND IT, THERE'S NO EXACT LAW THAT SAYS JUST HOW MANY OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO APPROVE.

JUST BECAUSE SOMEBODY JUST BECAUSE 100 PEOPLE APPLY FOR A LICENSE DON'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO APPROVE OF 100 OF THEM.

I HAVE A NUMBER FOR YOU.

I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST ONE.

WHY NOT JUST ONE? AND I KNOW RIGHT WHERE TO PUT THE THING TO TURN THE CORNER OF BIRCH AND LAKE LANSING ROAD.

AND THERE'S A LITTLE STRIP MALL OUT THERE AND IT'S HALF OCCUPIED AND IT'S WAY OUT OF THE WAY.

THAT IS MY OPINION OF THAT.

I'VE SAID IT BEFORE A FEW MONTHS AGO, TAKE A TOUR DOWN CEDAR STREET OR MLK BOULEVARD AND JUST LOOK AROUND.

JUST LOOK AT ALL THE BUILDINGS.

JUST THEY'RE ALL COVERED WITH DIRT.

WEEDS ARE GROWING.

WINDOWS ARE BROKEN.

TAKE A CRUISE AROUND THE IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORHOOD DOWN THERE.

IT DON'T LOOK GOOD.

AND AS FAR AS FOR ANY FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR THE TOWNSHIP, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HIRE EXTRA POLICE BECAUSE THERE'S GOING TO BE ROBBERIES, THERE'S GOING TO BE ATTEMPTED BREAK INS.

I MEAN, THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO UNNOTICED BY THE CRIMINAL COMMUNITY.

IF THEY SEE A SHOP OUT THERE AND IT DOESN'T HAVE A BIG IRON GATE IN THE FRONT, THEY'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THAT THING TO GET INTO IT.

I MEAN, THIS STUFF AIN'T CHEAP AND THEY'LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET IT.

LIKE I SAID, THERE'S NO FINANCIAL BONANZA HERE THAT I CAN SEE CAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO EAT IT ALL UP IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND I HAVE NOTICED THAT THE CITY OF HOWELL OPTED OUT OF IT, AND THEY CERTAINLY DIDN'T GO BANKRUPT BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT IT.

SO I JUST DON'T SEE WHY.

YOU KNOW, IF EAST LANSING AND LANSING WANTS TO GO CRAZY WITH THIS THING, LET THEM.

BUT I JUST DON'T SEE.

GRAND RIVER AVENUE.

MARSH ROAD, OKEMOS ROAD.

TURN INTO A CEDAR STREET.

I JUST I THINK THAT WOULD BE A DOWNGRADE ON QUALITY OF LIFE OUT HERE.

THAT'S IT. I'LL GIVE YOU MY LAST MINUTE BACK.

THANK YOU. THIS THIRD GREEN CARD IS FROM REX

[00:10:05]

HARRINGTON. AND I BELIEVE MR. HARRINGTON HAS REQUESTED A FIVE MINUTE TIME AND I HAVE GRANTED THAT.

GOOD EVENING. I'M MARK HARRINGTON.

820 PYPER ROAD AND HASLETT, I THINK I PRESUME MOST OF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A NOTICE FROM THE ENERGY COMPANY THAT THEY WOULD OFFER YOU $50 FOR A REFRIGERATOR OR A AIR CONDITIONER.

AND ON THAT, NOTICE THAT IT WILL SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT BEING AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE.

AND AT THE SECOND PART OF THIS IS THAT YOU HAD A BROWNFIELD ISSUE LAST MEETING AND THAT INVOLVED A CHLORO POLLUTION.

AND THE TWO OF THESE ISSUES ARE RELATED, AND I'LL EXPLAIN WHY ALL LIFE ON EARTH IS CONTAINED WITHIN A SHELL IN THE SAME WAY THAT A SNAIL IS WITHIN ITS SHELL.

ALL LIFE ON EARTH IS WITHIN ITS SHELL.

AND IN THE SAME WAY THAT A SNAIL WOULD DIE WITHOUT ITS SHELL.

SO ALSO ALL LIFE ON EARTH DIE WITHOUT ITS SHELL.

AND OUR SHELL IS THE OZONE LAYER.

THE OZONE LAYER IS A LAYER OF GAS.

IT'S ABOUT IT'S IN THE STRATOSPHERE.

IT'S VERY THIN.

AND IF YOU PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, IT WOULD AMOUNT TO THE THINNESS OF A CREDIT CARD, AND YET IT PROTECTS ALL LIFE.

AND I WANT TO EXPLAIN HOW THE SUN RADIATES FORTH LIGHT.

AND THIS LIGHT IS IN THE FORM OF PHOTONS.

AND THESE PHOTONS ARE LIKE LITTLE BOLTS IN TWO WAYS.

THEY'RE ONE LIKE LITTLE BOLT OF ENERGY.

AND THE SECOND WAY IS THEY'RE THREADED LIKE A BOLT.

SOME ARE VERY FINELY THREADED AND OTHERS ARE MORE LOOSELY THREADED.

AND THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE THREADS IS WHAT WE CALL THE WAVELENGTH.

NOW, THERE'S NOT JUST A FEW OF THESE, THERE ARE 10,000 DIFFERENT WAVELENGTHS.

AND WE CALL THE WHOLE THING A SPECTRUM OF LIGHT.

NOW THESE PHOTONS ARE ON THE WAY TO EARTH, AND AS THEY COME TO THE EARTH, THEY INTERACT WITH ATOMS AND MOLECULES THAT ARE HERE AT THE EARTH. AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THIS WHEN THEY MEET AN ATOM OR SAY LIKE THE OZONE, IT'S A MOLECULE.

THEY HAVE THE MOLECULE OR ATOM HAS A STRUCTURE, IT HAS A LATTICE.

AND THIS IS VERY MUCH LIKE THE NUT THAT WOULD FIT INTO THE BOLT OR THE BOLT END OF THE NUT.

IF IT'S NOT GOING TO FIT, THEN IT'LL BOUNCE OFF AND GO AWAY.

SO EVERY EVERY ELEMENT, EVERY ATOM HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE SPECTRUM, WHICH ABSORBS AND ABSORBS PHOTONS.

NOW, OZONE ABSORBS ONLY AT ONE VERY DISTINCT PLACE RIGHT HERE.

EVEN ON THE WHOLE, IF MY ARMS REPRESENTED THE ULTRAVIOLET, IT WOULD BE ONLY HERE IN THE MIDDLE THAT THE OZONE ABSORBS THIS LIGHT.

AND WHEN IT ABSORBS IT, WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT PHOTON COMES ALONG AND SCREWS ITSELF RIGHT INTO THE ATOM AND ATOM, AND THE MOLECULE BURST FORTH WITH ENERGY, RATTLE AROUND AND EMIT ANOTHER PHOTON.

BUT THAT PHOTONS THAT HAVE A LOWER LEVEL OF ENERGY, THE ORIGINAL PHOTON, THE ORIGINAL ENERGY IS GONE FOREVER.

AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. IT IS.

BECAUSE IF THAT OZONE IS NOT THERE ABSORBING THAT PARTICULAR BAND, ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT, THAT LIGHT WILL COME THROUGH AND IT'S ABSORBED BY ANOTHER MOLECULE.

AND THAT MOLECULE IS A NUCLEIC ACID OR DNA.

AND WHEN DNA ABSORBS THAT PHOTON, IT BREAKS IT APART AND DESTROYS IT.

THAT'S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OZONE AND LIFE.

OZONE IS A PART OF LIFE.

IT'S A SHELL AROUND LIFE.

WHEN YOU HAVE AN INTACT OZONE, GOOD LIGHT COMES THROUGH ALL THE LIGHT NEEDED FOR ENERGY IN LIFE, EXCEPT THE ONE VERY NARROW BAND THAT DESTROYS DNA THAT IS RULED OUT.

BUT WITHOUT OZONE, THAT BAND OF UV WILL STRIKE DNA AND DESTROY IT, AND LIFE ON EARTH WILL VANISH.

[00:15:02]

NOW, WE HAVE YOU'VE SEEN THE HOLES IN THE OZONE OVER THE ANTARCTIC.

I THINK IF YOU HAVE, PROBABLY MOST PEOPLE HAVE.

THIS IS A NASA PROGRAM.

WE HAVE A SATELLITE TAKES PICTURES OF THE OZONE AND UV AND IT'S A VERY WELL DEFINED HOLE.

IS THAT 5 MINUTES? UH. ARE WE CLOSE TO THE END? I CAN QUICKLY ADD ANOTHER MINUTE.

ONE MINUTE. OH, THAT OZONE HOLE IS THERE'S ANOTHER OZONE HOLE IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE IN THE ARCTIC, AND THAT ONE IS NOT AS WELL DEFINED AS CIRCULATES AROUND.

IT WAS OVER MICHIGAN IN 2020.

IT STOOD OVER MICHIGAN.

AND JUST RECENTLY, IN JULY THIS YEAR, SCIENTISTS FROM WATERLOO UNIVERSITY DISCOVERED ANOTHER OZONE HOLE.

THIS ONE IS SEVEN TIMES LARGER THAN THE ANTARCTIC HOLE AND IS LOCATED OVER THE TROPICS.

THIS IS A HUGE REVELATION BECAUSE THIS WAS NEVER KNOWN BEFORE.

AND NOW THIS IS IMPACTING PEOPLE.

IT'S IMPACTING REAL LIFE, NOT JUST REMOTE AREAS.

NOW, THE FINAL PART OF THIS, AND I'VE GOT 23 SECONDS, IS THAT WE KNOW WHAT THE CAUSE OF THIS IS.

THESE ARE CFCS.

CFCS ARE THE REFRIGERANT GAS GASES THAT ARE IN AIR CONDITIONERS, REFRIGERATORS, THE PROGRAM THAT YOU SAW FROM ENERGY, FROM CONSUMERS ENERGY WAS NOT ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

IT WAS ABOUT RECOVERING THOSE GASES.

BUT LOOK HOW INEPT IT WAS.

IT DIDN'T RECOVER GASES.

AND I COULD GO ON JUST A LITTLE LONGER, BUT IT LOOKS THAT WAY.

BUT I THINK WE'VE GOTTEN THE POINT BECAUSE YOU RELATED IT TO OUR BROWNFIELD PROJECT AND THE BROWNFIELD PROJECT ALSO, YOU'LL SEE, AS IS ALSO A QUARREL THE FIRST ONE, CFC, IS A CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS.

RIGHT. THE OTHER ONE IS ANOTHER CHLORO.

WHENEVER YOU'RE ATTACHING A CHLORO, A CHLORINE ATOM TO A HYDROCARBON, YOU'RE CREATING THE DESTRUCTIVE ANGEL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD AT THIS TIME? THEN WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM SEVEN ON OUR AGENDA.

[6. TOWNSHIP MANAGER REPORT]

I'M SORRY. SIX ON OUR AGENDA, WHICH IS THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S REPORT.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR, AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

JUST A FEW THINGS I WANT TO UPDATE YOU ON TODAY.

WE HAVE FIVE SPONSORED ACADEMY STUDENTS AND THE POLICE ACADEMY.

ACCORDING TO CHIEF PARGA, THEY'RE ALL DOING EXTREMELY WELL WITH THE ADDITIONAL TWO OFFICERS THAT JUST JOINED US.

WHEN THESE FIVE GET OUT.

THAT PUTS US AT 39 WITH A GOAL OF 41.

BIG NEWS TODAY, THE PHASE ONE OF THE MSU LAKE LANSING PATHWAY THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR, OH, LET'S SAY A FEW YEARS, WENT OUT TO BID TODAY. SO PHASE ONE, WHICH IS CLOSE TO SHORE, CLOSE TO THE MUSIC BUILDING OVER ON HAGEDORN, ALL THE WAY OVER TO PARK LAKE.

I WANT TO COMPLIMENT FORMER DEPUTY MANAGER PERRY, CURRENT ASSISTANT MANAGER OPSOMMER JANICE GRADY, NIALL NUNN.

JAY GRAHAM REALLY PUT A LOT OF HEART AND SOUL INTO THAT PROJECT AND WE'RE GOING FORWARD AND WE'RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.

ANOTHER PROJECT THAT'S MOVING FORWARD THAT'S BEEN LAGGING FOR, OH, LET'S SAY THREE OR FOUR YEARS IS OUR SIGN PROJECT.

THIS PROJECT REALLY STARTED, I BELIEVE, IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME, MAYBE ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO UNDER CLERK GUTHRIE, BACK WHEN SHE WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT.

SO THAT'S HOW LONG AGO WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS PROJECT.

BIDS ARE DUE FRIDAY, SO WE'RE REALLY HOPEFULLY WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET TWO OR THREE BIDS FOR THAT PROJECT.

THAT'S AN ENORMOUS PROJECT FOR US.

IT'S REALLY A BANNER EVENING TONIGHT, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, BECAUSE IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE HASLETT PROPERTY, YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WERE DOING 15 YEARS AGO, AND THAT'S ABOUT HOW LONG WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON AS A COMMUNITY BEFORE MANY OF US BEFORE I ARRIVED, BEFORE MANY OF US ARRIVED IN OUR POSITION.

SO REALLY HOPEFULLY TAKING A BIG STEP FORWARD AND HASLETT AND IF YOU GO BY, IT'S GREAT TO SEE ALL THE WORK THAT'S GOING ON AND SOON TO BE VERTICAL CONSTRUCTION ON THE PROPERTY. AND THEN IF YOU GO ABOUT AS FAR AS YOU CAN TO THE SOUTH IN THE TOWNSHIP JOE'S, ANJALI IS NOW OPEN AND THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU THAT ATTENDED THE RIBBON CUTTING LAST WEEK.

IT WAS REALLY A NICE NIGHT.

WHAT WAS REALLY GREAT ABOUT THAT? IT WASN'T THE LIGHTS, IT WASN'T THE FOOD, IT ISN'T THE BUILDING.

BUT IF YOU WERE THERE, YOU HEARD ABOUT THE OWNER, JOE, TALKING ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP, TALKING ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TOWNSHIP AND HOW WELL THE TOWNSHIP WORKED WITH HIM.

[00:20:03]

WE APPRECIATE JOE GOOD, SIR.

AND WE APPRECIATED HEARING THOSE COMMENTS THE OTHER DAY.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS SWEARING IN JUST LAST WEEK, SUPERVISOR JACKSON AND I AND OF COURSE, CLERK GUTHRIE WAS THE PRESENTER AT THE AT THE CEREMONY.

GREAT TO SEE SO MANY NEW FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDICS.

GREAT TO SEE THE PROMOTIONS AND THE LEADERSHIP THAT'S OCCURRING IN THERE.

WE JUST HAD ANOTHER PROMOTION AND I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT TWO OF OUR FIVE TOP POSITIONS, ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS, ARE NOW HELD BY DIVERSE CANDIDATES.

WE'RE PROUD OF THAT.

LAST FRIDAY.

THIS MAKES INSIGNIFICANT TO SOME, BUT WE HAD A BIRTHDAY BASH IN THIS ROOM.

WE HAD SIX PEOPLE CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY LAST FRIDAY.

WE HAD DONUTS BROUGHT IN AND HAD A NICE TIME.

FIRST FRIDAY WAS ON THE SECOND FRIDAY OF SEPTEMBER DUE TO THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, BUT WE HAD 71 OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS COME IN AND PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT WITH LUNCH.

AND AGAIN, THE TEAM, IT'S ALL ABOUT OUR PEOPLE.

THE SPECIAL RIBBON CUTTING WAS RECENTLY AND SUPERVISOR JACKSON MADE SOME ELOQUENT COMMENTS ON BEHALF OF THE TOWNSHIP AGAIN AND A NUMBER OF YOU WERE THERE, THE TOWNSHIP'S INVOLVEMENT, OUR LEADERSHIP INVOLVED IN EVENTS LIKE THAT, IT'S GOOD TO SEE BECAUSE WE WENT THROUGH A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE WE WEREN'T AT SO MANY EVENTS AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOU AT THE EVENTS THAT WE'RE HAVING.

THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE TEAM IS GETTING BACK ON TRACK.

AS YOU KNOW, WE LOST OUR LONG TIME LEADER IN THAT DEPARTMENT.

MARY MCGUINNESS HAS JOINED US.

SHE'S IN ABOUT HER FIFTH OR SIX WEEK NOW AND TRUSTEE WILSON HAS BEEN HELPING HER, BRINGING HER ALONG.

WE'RE MAKING REALLY GOOD PROGRESS IN THAT DEPARTMENT.

IT'S AN IMPORTANT THING OF WHAT WE DO IN THE COMMUNITY AND THAT LEADERSHIP IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS ROOM.

JUST YESTERDAY, SEEMS LIKE A WEEK AGO FOR ME, BUT YESTERDAY SUPERVISOR JACKSON CAME IN AND MADE SOME COMMENTS TO THE GARDEN CLUB, A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE IN HERE YESTERDAY.

AND WHAT A GREAT THINK ABOUT THE AMBIANCE OF THIS COMMUNITY AND THE AMBIANCE OF OUR FACILITIES.

THEY WOULDN'T BE WHERE THEY ARE WITHOUT THE GARDEN CLUB.

THINK ABOUT THE CORNER UP THERE BY THE LAKE.

AND WHAT? HBA THE HASSLET BEAUTIFICATION ASSOCIATION DOES MAKES US ALL A COMMUNITY.

AND JUST RECENTLY, THE WORK THAT TREASURER DESCHAINE AND HIS GROUP AND HIS VOLUNTEER GROUP DID OUT IN FRONT OF THE PAVILION.

IF YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED OUT THE MUMS, YOU SHOULD.

OUR CURRENT OPENINGS RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE ONE IN COMMUNICATIONS BECAUSE OF SAM'S PROMOTION, WANTED RECREATION, ONE IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE.

AND WE HAVE A MECHANIC POSITION THAT'S OPEN.

THOSE ARE THE PROJECTS THAT'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE TOWNSHIP.

THOSE ARE THE VACANCIES THAT WE HAVE.

THINGS ARE GOING REALLY WELL AND WE'LL JUST CONTINUE TO TAKE EVERY STEP WE CAN FORWARD.

THAT'S MY REPORT TONIGHT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.

THANK YOU. ITEM EIGHT ON OUR AGENDA IS APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA.

[8. APPROVAL OF AGENDA]

CAN I GET A MOTION? VISION TRUSTEE WITHIN SCAPE SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WILSON.

THE OTHER COMMENTS ARE ADDITIONS, CORRECTION, ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE AGENDA.

PLEASE SAY YES, YES.

OPPOSE NO CHAIR.

VOTES YES AND THE MOTION PASSES.

ITEM NINE IS THE CONSENT AGENDA.

YES. WE DID SKIP SEVEN.

[7. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS OF ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS]

OH, I'M SORRY. I CERTAINLY DID.

SO BEFORE WE GO TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

I WILL GO BACK AND ALLOW OUR ILLUSTRIOUS PANEL TO TALK ABOUT THEIR ACTIVITIES.

AND, MR. DESCHAINE, I PRESUME YOU WOULD LIKE TO START? IT WAS A BUSY COUPLE OF WEEKS SINCE MY LAST 14.

AS THE MANAGER MENTIONED, MANY OF US WERE PART OF THE MERIDIAN SERVICE DAY HERE ON SATURDAY.

WE HAD A COUPLE DOZEN VOLUNTEERS, ADULTS AND YOUTH SPRUCING UP THE HISTORICAL VILLAGE IN THE OLD FARMER'S MARKET AREA.

THEY PICKED UP TRASH ALL ALONG CENTRAL PARK, DRIVING THROUGH OUR PATHWAYS PLENTY OF, MOMS PUT DOWN MULCH.

IT'S SUCH A GOOD TURNOUT. WE ACTUALLY RAN OUT OF WORK BEFORE BEFORE NOON.

SO IT WAS IT WAS GOOD. THEY HAD SUCH A STRONG TURNOUT ON SEPTEMBER 15TH WAS THE PENSION BOARD MEETING HERE.

[00:25:02]

FIRST ONE FOR DIRECTOR GARBER IS PRODUCTIVE.

WE DID GET A SETTLEMENT ON AN ISSUE THAT WAS PENDING.

THE BANK CAME THROUGH AND MADE IT RIGHT AS THEY NEEDED TO BECAUSE IT WAS THE MISTAKE THEY HAD MADE YEARS AGO.

DDA MEETING HERE IN THE 12TH SPARROW, RIBBON CUTTING ALSO ON THE 12TH, AND HAD THE HONOR TO ATTEND THE SWEARING IN OF OUR TWO NEW POLICE OFFICERS, OFFICER MARCY CLEVENGER AND OFFICER STACY BRAZEN, EXCELLENT EVENT.

MANY OF US WERE HERE FOR THAT AS WELL.

AND IT'S SO GOOD TO SEE OUR OUR OUR POLICE NUMBERS COMING BACK UP AGAIN.

THAT'S MY REPORT. THANK YOU. ANY OTHER BOARDMEMBERS TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

I'M SORRY. YOUR FIRST AND THEN WILSON.

IT'S VERY SHORT. I'M JUST ONE I'LL JUST PLUG IN MERGING TOWNSHIP'S REGIONAL ELECTRONIC RECYCLING DAY ON OCTOBER 8TH FROM 9 TO 1.

SO BRING ALL YOUR RECYCLING FOR ELECTRONICS, TVS, COMPUTERS, MONITORS, PRINTERS.

THERE ARE SOME THINGS NOT ACCEPTED LIKE BATTERIES, SMOKE DETECTORS, LIGHT BULBS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT IT'S ON OUR WEBSITE AND THAT'S MY REPORT.

THANK YOU, TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

TRUSTEE WILSON. THANK YOU.

WE'VE DONE A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER, INCLUDING THE GRAND OPENING ON JOE'S ON JOEY.

THAT WAS FUN. I DIDN'T GET TO STAY FOR LUNCH, BUT I HOPE IT WAS GOOD.

AND WE HAD OUR FIRST CRC MEETING, A COMMUNITY RESOURCE MEETING WITH OUR NEW COMMUNITY RESOURCE RESEARCH SPECIALIST AND CLERK GUTHRIE AND I BOTH ATTENDED THAT AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT GROUP.

THANK YOU. I THINK I SAW NO? TREASURER. I'VE GOT CHUCK CLERK GUTHRIE [LAUGHTER] LAUGHING SO HARD.

NOT EVEN ONE FOR ONE NIGHT.

NO, NO, CLERK GUTHRIE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

IT WAS AN HONOR TO DO THE FOR FIRE AND FOR POLICE.

I THINK IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE GREATEST PLEASURES OF THIS POSITION.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO DO THAT.

AND THEN ALSO SATURDAY WAS CONSTITUTION DAY AND IT WAS ALSO IT'S ALSO KNOWN AS CITIZENS DAY.

AND SO THAT TOO WAS AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SERVICE PROJECT THAT WAS HERE AT THE TOWNSHIP.

AND IT WAS REALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT I WAS ABLE TO GET OUT ON A WEEKEND AND BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A SERVICE PROJECT.

BECAUSE, AS YOU KNOW, I WAS HELPING MY MOM FOR SEVERAL WEEKENDS, SO IT KIND OF MARKED THIS REALLY NICE ABILITY TO GET OUT AND PROVIDE THAT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO IT WAS A GREAT EVENT.

LIKE YOU SAID, MANY PEOPLE CAME OUT AND WE WERE JUST SMILING THE WHOLE TIME.

WE JUST REALLY I CAN STILL FEEL OUT OF MY BODY, ACTUALLY, BUT IT WAS JUST AN ENJOYABLE TIME.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE OTHERS OUT THERE TO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC SERVICE PROJECTS.

IF YOU SEE THEM, I ATTEND.

THE HARRIS NATURE CENTER, TURTLE TOAST.

AND THEY WOULD LIKE ME TO ENCOURAGE MORE BOARD MEMBERS TO ATTEND AND TO BRING MY FRIENDS.

I'M NOT SURE IF I REALLY HAVE ANY FRIENDS, BUT SO I WILL ENCOURAGE THE BOARD MEMBERS TO ATTEND FUTURE HARRIS NATURE CENTER EVENTS.

IT REALLY WAS A LOVELY EVENING.

THE NEW PAVILION THAT WAS UNDERNEATH THE NEW PAVILION THAT WAS BUILT.

AND THERE WAS A BAND AND THERE WAS A SOLO ARTIST AND THEY WERE PERFORMING AND THEY HAD THESE BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS UP AND IT WAS JUST A LOVELY, ENGAGING TIME WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

AND IT WAS JUST REALLY NICE.

SO IF YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN OUT IN A WHILE, MAYBE COVID, MAYBE SOMETHING ELSE, I JUST REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THAT.

AND THEN IN REGARDS TO THE RIBBON CUTTINGS, YOU KNOW, I WENT BACK TO JOE'S ON JOLLEY IN THE EVENING, AND NOT ONLY WAS THE OWNER SUPER AMAZING AND CHOKED UP ABOUT HIS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TOWNSHIP IN THE OPENING OF HIS OF THE RESTAURANT IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP. BUT WHEN I WENT BACK IN THE EVENING, HE CAME AND SAT DOWN WITH ME.

AND IT WASN'T JUST ME BECAUSE HE RECOGNIZED ME FROM EARLIER.

HE SAT DOWN WITH OTHER PEOPLE AT THEIR TABLES TOO, AND JUST HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH THEM.

AND I JUST FOUND THAT REMARKABLE IN A BUSINESS OWNER.

AND NOT ONLY DO WE TRY TO BE WELCOMING, BUT HE WAS SUPER WELCOMING THERE.

[00:30:02]

SO THAT WAS I JUST THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY COOL.

AND THEN LASTLY, TODAY IS NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY.

SO IF YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION, IF YOU'VE MOVED WITHIN THE LAST FEW YEARS, IF YOU'VE CHANGED YOUR NAME, IF YOU'VE DONE SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN THE LAST TIME YOU VOTED, GO TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE WEBSITE, UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION, CHECK IT.

DON'T WAIT UNTIL ELECTION DAY BECAUSE THERE'S PROBABLY BE A LINE HERE AT THE CLERK'S OFFICE IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT.

SO I JUST ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THAT IN ADVANCE AND KNOW THAT YOU'RE ALL VOTE READY ON NOVEMBER 8TH.

I THINK THAT'S IT.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMENT ON REAL SAFETY WEEK AS WELL? OH, YEAH. THERE'S A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR RAIL SAFETY WEEK AS WELL.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, I DON'T WE HAVE HAD SOME INCIDENTS IN THE TOWNSHIP AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WAS PRESENTED TO THE BOARD AT THE LAST MEETING THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT BY A FEW OF OUR DIRECTORS.

AND SO WE HAVE THAT RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT HERE BEFORE US TONIGHT.

AND THERE'S THERE ARE SOME ITEMS IN THE BUDGET TO SUPPORT RAIL SAFETY IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

ANYONE ELSE? THANK YOU.

OH, WELL, SO IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER PLACES THAT I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO SHOW UP AT, I DID ATTEND THE WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE QUARTERLY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING, AND THEY SPEND A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT AGTECH AND THEIR EFFORTS TO ATTRACT AGTECH TO THE AREA.

BUT THEY ALSO EMPHASIZE IMPLICATIONS FOR EVEN TOWNSHIPS LIKE MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP TOWNSHIP, IN REFERENCE TO THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT ARE BEING BROUGHT TO THE BOARD, TO THE REGION, THE NUMBER THE HOUSING NEEDS THAT ARE COMING WITH THESE PEOPLE, COMING TO THE REGION.

AND SO IF ANYONE'S INTERESTED IN MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE KIND OF WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING AND THE KINDS OF ATTRACTIONS, THE KINDS OF ACTIVITIES THAT MAY IMPACT THE TOWNSHIP AS WE MOVE ALONG, YOU CAN GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AND CHECK THAT OUT.

AND IN ADDITION, HR DIRECTOR TEED OFF AND MANAGER MELISSA MASSEY AND I ATTENDED A MICHIGAN RESPONSE TO HATE PROGRAM ON I BELIEVE IT WAS WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK.

AND THAT WAS VERY HELPFUL.

WE THOUGHT VERY HELPFUL TO US AS WE BEGAN TO REFORMULATE THE TOWNSHIP'S EFFORTS AND PROGRESS.

IF THERE ARE NO OTHER REPORTS TO BE MADE, WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM NINE, WHICH IS THE CONSENT AGENDA, BECAUSE AN AGENDA

[9. CONSENT AGENDA (SALMON)]

INCLUDES THE USUAL COMMUNICATIONS, THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER SIXTH, 2022 REGULAR MEETING, THE MANAGER'S BILLS, AND THE THREE RESOLUTIONS REFERRED TO BY CLERK GUTHRIE RELATING TO COMMEMORATING CONSTITUTION WEEK.

RECOGNIZING RAIL SAFETY.

AND RECOGNIZING NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY.

MR. HENDRICKSON BY THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED BEFORE, IT'S BEEN MOVED AND SUPPORTED FURTHER COMMENTS ? AND SO FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA, WE NEED THE ROLL CALL VOTE.

MR. LEMASTER? SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. CLERK GUTHRIE.

YES. TREASURER DESCHAINE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU. WE HAVE NO QUESTIONS FOR AN ATTORNEY TONIGHT.

WE HAVE NO HEARINGS TONIGHT.

YOU WE MOVE ON DIRECTLY TO ACTION ITEMS.

[12.A. Haslett Village Square - Commercial Rehabilitation Act]

AND IN 12 A HAS TO DO WITH THE HASLETT VILLAGE SQUARE COMMERCIAL REHABILITATION ACT APPLICATION.

UNFAMILIAR FACE FOR THIS ITEM.

I BEG YOUR PARDON? UNFAMILIAR FACE FOR THIS ITEM.

I AM PINCH HITTING THIS EVENING FOR OK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR CLERK WHO IS CURRENTLY SHE PROBABLY KNOWS BY NOW WHETHER OR NOT SHE WAS A TEN OVER THE NEXT TEN AWARD RECIPIENT.

SO I WILL LEAVE THAT UP TO HER TO ANNOUNCE.

THIS IS THE FINAL STEP IN THE COMMERCIAL REHABILITATION ACT APPLICATION FOR THE HASLETT VILLAGE SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

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SO SHOULD THE BOARD CHOOSE TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION THIS EVENING? WE WILL VERIFY THE SUBMITTAL WITH THE ASSESSING DEPARTMENT AND THEN WORK WITH THE TOWNSHIP CLERK TO MAKE THE FORMAL SUBMITTAL TO THE STATE TAX COMMISSION. AS LONG AS IMPROVEMENTS HAVE NOT STARTED ON THE PROPOSED AREA, WHICH THEY HAVE NOT, AND THE SUBMISSION IS MADE IN A TIMELY FASHION BY THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR IS VERY STRONG LIKELIHOOD THE STATE TAX COMMISSION WILL APPROVE THIS.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE FINANCIAL PUZZLE TO THIS PROJECT GOING FORWARD.

FUNCTIONALLY, WHAT IT DOES IS IT FREES UP CASH FLOW ON THE FRONT END OF THE PROJECT TO ALLOW THE PROJECT TO GET BUILT.

AND THEN ONCE IT ALSO IS VERY MUCH AN INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO GO BECAUSE IT'S A GREATER ABATEMENT FOR THEM IF THEY GET THINGS DONE QUICKER BECAUSE IT DOES HAVE A TEN YEAR SUNSET, IT'S A HARD STOP WON UNDER THE ACT.

I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.

WE DID HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THIS AT OUR LAST MEETING.

THERE WERE NO MAJOR CONCERNS OR COMMENTS RAISED, AND DIRECTOR CLARK HAS PROVIDED A MOTION TO ADOPT ON THE SECOND PAGE AND A COPY OF THE RESOLUTION THAT WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE STATE TAX COMMISSION.

I'M OPEN TO A MOTION FOR.

FROM THE BOARD MOTION.

JUST THE MOTION PART, NOT THE RESOLUTION, I PRESUME.

SURE. OH, MR. HENDERSON, I'VE MOVED TO ADOPT THE ATTACH RESOLUTION APPROVING THE APPLICATION FROM XRP HOLDING COMPANY LLC FOR THE COMMERCIAL REHABILITATION EXEMPTION FOR TEN YEARS WITHIN THE ESTABLISHED COMMERCIAL REHABILITATION DISTRICT 1655 1621 HASLETT ROAD SMART MOVE AND SUPPORTED MOVE BY TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WILSON TO APPROVE TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION.

MR. IS THERE FURTHER DISCUSSION? MR.. HENDRICKSON SO THIS RESOLUTION WILL MOVE US ONE STEP CLOSER TOWARD THE REALIZATION OF THE PROJECT AT HASLETT VILLAGE SQUARE.

AND THIS IS A METHOD BY WHICH THEY CAN FINANCIALLY MAKE SENSE OF THE PROJECT WITH VERY LITTLE CONSEQUENCE TO THE TOWNSHIP.

AND SO I BELIEVE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT NEXT STEP THAT WE TAKE TO MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN REALIZE THE VISION THAT WAS BROUGHT BEFORE US THAT WE'VE ALREADY APPROVED.

SO I ENCOURAGE MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION.

AND JUST THIS IS AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH THAT WE'VE NEVER TAKEN IN THIS TOWNSHIP BEFORE.

AND IT'S EXCITING THAT IT WILL WORK FOR BOTH THE TOWNSHIP AND FOR THE DEVELOPERS.

SO I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS.

IN YOUR NOTES. MR..

I DO SUPPORT THIS.

MR. WILSON SAYS THIS IS INNOVATIVE.

WE HAVEN'T SEEN THIS BEFORE.

IT'S WE WEREN'T ASKED TO TAKE $1,000,000 OUT OF OUR MERIDIAN REDEVELOPMENT FUND.

INSTEAD, IT'S COMING OUT OF FUTURE TAX REVENUES.

IN SHORT, IT FREEZES TAXES AT THEIR CURRENT VALUE FOR TEN YEARS.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT IS WHAT DIRECTOR SCHMITT POINT OUT.

IT'S A TEN YEAR TAX FREEZE.

11TH YEAR, THERE'S NO MORE FREEZE.

SO REALLY INCENTIVIZES THE DEVELOPERS AS THEY'VE ALREADY SHOWN.

THEY ARE INCENTIVE MOTIVATED TO GET THIS PROJECT UNDERWAY, TO BUILD IT, TO REALIZE THE HIGHER TAX VALUES AND REALIZE THE TAX SAVINGS FOR THOSE TEN YEARS. IF WE'D ONLY HAD THIS FOR THE VILLAGE OF OKEMOS, WE WOULD BE FIVE YEARS INTO IT AND THAT GROUNDBREAKING WE DID FIVE YEARS AGO WHEN I'VE MET SOMETHING THAT'S ANOTHER DISCUSSION.

I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THIS ONE AND I'M GLAD WE'VE GOT THE DEVELOPERS WE DO ON BOARD TO DEVELOP THIS PROJECT.

ANY THE COMMENTS.

THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION FOR THE COMMERCIAL REHABILITATION EXEMPTION FOR TEN YEARS.

AND IF WE'RE READY TO VOTE, MR. LEMASTER, WE WOULD NEED A ROLL CALL.

CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

TREASURER DESCHAINE YES.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SCHMITT. NOW WE'LL PRESENT ITEM 12 B FOR US.

[12.B. 1621 & 1655 Haslett Road – Brownfield Plan]

BACK MORE INTO MY ROLE.

SO THIS IS THE BROWNFIELD PLAN FOR THE PROJECT AS WELL.

SO THE PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON THIS AS REQUIRED UNDER THE STATE LAW.

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AT THE LAST MEETING, THERE WERE NO MAJOR COMMENTS OR CONCERN.

SO WE HAVE BROUGHT IT FORWARD FOR APPROVAL THIS EVENING.

BRIEFLY, I WILL GO THROUGH THIS ONE LAST TIME.

IT PROPOSES BOTH STATE AND LOCAL CAPTURE.

AND THE KEY TO THIS PLAN IS 89% OF THE CAPTURE COMES FROM STATE DOLLARS.

IT'S THE THE STATE EDUCATION TAX DOLLARS THAT IS REIMBURSED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM THE STATE DURING THE CYCLE OF THE PROJECT.

AND THEN AT THE END OF THE BROWNFIELD, THEY GET ALL THE NEW TAX REVENUE FROM IT.

SO THIS IS AN 11 YEAR PLAN FOR THOSE FIRST TEN YEARS.

THE ABATEMENT IS IN PLACE, SO THERE'S VERY LOW CAPTURE ON LOCAL.

AND THEN IN YEAR 11, FUNCTIONALLY IT PAYS OFF THE PROJECT BECAUSE IT POPS UP TO THE FULL VALUE PROJECT IS DONE AND THAT ONE YEAR OF FULL CAPTURE THEN LEADS TO PROJECT BEING COMPLETED, COMPLETELY PAID OFF.

AND IN YEAR 12, THEN WE WILL.

ALL THE TAXING JURISDICTIONS WILL RECEIVE ALL THE TAXES FROM THE NEW PROJECT AT THE NEW VALUE LEVELS.

WE DID PROVIDE NOTIFICATION TO ALL THE TAXING JURISDICTIONS AS REQUIRED BY LAW, RECEIVED NO COMMENT BACK FROM ANY OF THEM.

IN TOTAL, IT'S A $2.778 MILLION CAPTURE OVER 11 YEARS.

ALL OF THAT 202.4 MILLION GOES TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT REIMBURSEMENT OF ELIGIBLE COSTS.

THE REMAINING AMOUNT IS SPLIT BETWEEN LOCAL, WHICH WE WILL GET ABOUT 26,000 FOR A BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT FUND AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN AND 314 15,000 GO TO THE STATE BROWNFIELD REVOLVING FUND.

BECAUSE OF THE STATE PARTICIPATION IN THE PLAN, STAFF WAS ASKED TO LOOK INTO THIS THE PUBLIC PURPOSE CONCEPT AND AFTER EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF MULTIPLE STATE LAWS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH MULTIPLE EXPERTS IN THE FIELD, THERE IS NO FORMAL DEFINITION OF PUBLIC PURPOSE THAT REFERS BACK TO THE BROWNFIELD LAW.

THERE ARE MULTIPLE DEFINITIONS OF PUBLIC PURPOSE THROUGHOUT STATE LAW THAT REFER TO THEIR SPECIFIC AREAS OF STATE LAW.

BUT THERE IS NO DIRECT REFERENCE BACK.

IT IS LEFT UP TO THE LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT TO DETERMINE WHAT IS PUBLIC PURPOSE.

HOWEVER, WHAT WE CAN DETERMINE THROUGH THE BROWNFIELD ACT PAY 381 AND THROUGH THE EPA ACT.

THE NATURAL RESOURCES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT IS THAT PUBLIC WORK IS GENERALLY IN THESE ACTS IS DEFINED AS CLEANING UP CONTAMINATION, REMEDIATING EXISTING PROBLEMS, CLEANING UP ASBESTOS, DEALING WITH OBSOLETE OR BLIGHTED BUILDINGS.

SO THINGS OF THAT NATURE ARE PUBLIC PURPOSE.

SO WE HAVE WRITTEN UP THIS THE RESOLUTION TO APPROVE NOTING PUBLIC PURPOSE.

SPECIFICALLY, WE'LL CLEAN UP HISTORIC CONTAMINATION FROM THE FORM OF DRY CLEANER, REMOVE THE HAZARDOUS ASBESTOS FROM WITHIN THE EXISTING BUILDINGS, AND REDEVELOP A FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE SHOPPING CENTER, BRINGING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY TO THE AREA.

AT THIS TIME, STAFF WOULD RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THIS PLAN, AND THIS WILL ALLOW US THEN TO BEGIN WORK WITH THE STATE OF MICHIGAN TO APPROVE THE STATE PIECE OF THIS THROUGH THE EDC.

SO WITH THAT, I'D ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR OTHER QUESTIONS.

TRUSTEE I MEAN, TREASURER DESCHAINE THIS DISCUSSION GOING ON TO MAKE THE RESOLUTION I MOVE TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION APPROVING THE HASLETT VILLAGE BROWNFIELD PLAN FOR THE PROPERTIES AT SIX ONE, 621 AND 1655 HAS THE ROAD THE TOTAL INCREMENT REVENUE TO BE CAPTURED NOT TO EXCEED $2,778,028, WITH THE MAXIMUM TO 2,000,437 $243 MAXIMUM TO THE DEVELOPER OVER AN 11 YEAR CAPTURE PERIOD.

SUPPORT. MR. DESCHAINE I'M GLAD DR.

SCHMITT POINTED DIRECTOR SCHMITT POINTED OUT THAT 89% OF THIS REVENUE FROM THIS IS COMING FROM THE STATE, INCLUDING THE SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO BE REIMBURSED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS PLAN FROM THIS STATE EDUCATION FUND.

THAT AMOUNTS TO ESSENTIALLY $2,472,444 OF THIS IS COMING FROM THE STATE.

YOU HEAR A LOT ABOUT DONOR STATES AND IN TERMS OF STATES THAT CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THOSE THAT RECEIVE MORE.

BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THIS ON A COUNTY BY COUNTY OR A TOWNSHIP BY TOWNSHIP BASIS, BECAUSE OF OUR HIGH TAX VALUE WE'RE IN UNDOUBTEDLY IS A DONOR TOWNSHIP.

WE LIKELY DONATE MORE TOWARDS THE STATE REVENUE POT THAN WE RECEIVE BACK.

THIS IS A CHANCE FOR US TO RECAPTURE SOME OF THAT MONEY AND PUT IT INTO THIS MUCH NEEDED DEVELOPMENT AT THE HASLETT VILLAGE SQUARE.

SO AGAIN, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO GET THIS PROJECT UNDERWAY AND FUNDED, AND I FULLY INTEND TO SUPPORT THIS.

AND TRUSTEE WILSON, WE DO A LOT OF MITIGATION OF BROWNFIELDS ON THIS COMMUNITY.

IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY PARCEL HAS SOME CHALLENGES, AND DRY CLEANERS ARE REMARKABLY BAD AT TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

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BUT I DO WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION THAT YOU FOLLOWED THROUGH ON THE PUBLIC PURPOSE, BECAUSE WE ARE INDEED CHANGING A VACANT, BLIGHTED PROPERTY INTO A VIABLE COMMUNITY, AND WE HAVE TO HAVE THIS STEP IN ORDER TO DO THAT.

AND THAT'S WHY I'M SUPPORTING THIS MOTION.

I'M A BOARD MEMBER. MR. HENDRICKSON AND SO I THINK FROM A PUBLIC PURPOSE PERSPECTIVE, IN ADDITION TO REMOVING BLIGHT, AS TRUSTEE WILSON POINTED OUT, THE SHEER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THIS PLAN ALONE, I THINK, SERVES A PUBLIC PURPOSE, EVEN IF THERE WASN'T DEVELOPMENT HAPPENING, YOU KNOW, ALONG THE WAY AS WELL.

AND THE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS, THE REMOVAL OF THOSE CHEMICALS IN THE SOIL, THAT SERVES A PUBLIC PURPOSE TO NOT ONLY THE FUTURE TENANTS AND RESIDENTS OF THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT, BUT ALSO THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY AND TOWNSHIP AS A WHOLE.

SO FOR ME, THAT PRESENTS A CLEAR PUBLIC PURPOSE FOR APPROVAL OF THIS BROWNFIELD PLAN, WHICH IS WHY I'LL BE SUPPORTING.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS? I, TOO, WILL BE SUPPORTING THIS MOTION FOR ALL OF ALL THE REASONS NOTED.

AND SO IN VOTING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION, WE ARE ESSENTIALLY APPROVING THE BROWNFIELD PLAN AND AS IT IS THE KIND OF MOTION THAT IT IS, WE NEED A ROLL CALL VOTE FROM MR. LEMASTER TREASURER DESCHAINE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON YES.

CLERK GUTHRIE. YES.

MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU, MR. SCHMIDT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ITEM 12.

[12.C. 2023 Township Budget]

SEE, ON OUR AGENDA IS THE TOWNSHIP BUDGET.

MR. WALSH, MANAGER WALSH WILL REFRESH OUR MEMORIES.

OH, JUST REAL QUICK.

I KNOW THIS MIGHT BE INAPPROPRIATE, BUT JUST THANK YOU ALL.

GRATITUDE FROM THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM, INCLUDING MR. RYAN BACK HERE AND STAFF, MR. WALSH, TIM SORRY AND MS. CLARK AND OF COURSE PLANNING COMMISSION THE BOARD, EVERYBODY DID A GREAT JOB AND THESE THINGS ARE PUSH AND PULL.

AND I THINK WE'VE GOT A GREAT PROJECT AS A RESULT OF A LOT OF THOUGHT AND REALLY EXCITED TO BE ABOARD.

AND WE'VE GOT A GREAT PROJECT.

SO AND THESE WERE TWO VERY IMPORTANT PIECES.

SO THANK YOU. I AGREE.

AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO EXCITING THINGS.

YEAH, HASLETT.

THANK YOU. [INAUDIBLE], [LAUGHTER] YES, WE DO. GOOD EVENING AGAIN.

MADAM SUPERVISOR AND BOARD HERE JUST TO DISCUSS THE THE 2023 BUDGET.

BEFORE I GO IN THERE BEFORE I GO IN AGAIN, JUST LISTENING TO DIRECTOR SCHMITT UP HERE, THINKING ABOUT THOUGHT ABOUT ENERGY.

THE ENERGY HE BRINGS, THE TEAMWORK, THE THINGS THAT HE HAS BROUGHT TO THIS DEPARTMENT.

HE AND DIRECTOR CLARK MAKE A TERRIFIC DUO UP THERE.

ALSO WANT TO MENTION COURTLAND JENKINS TONIGHT.

IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO MEET COURTLAND, YOU SHOULD.

HE'S AN INTERN. I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE'S AT, BUT HE'S FLYING SOLO TONIGHT.

OUR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER WAS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE TONIGHT, SO HE'S IN CHARGE OF THE WHOLE OPERATION TONIGHT.

AND I WANT TO THANK COURTLAND FOR THAT.

THE BUDGET, PROCESS IN MY 32 OR 33 YEARS OF PRESENTING A BUDGET TO THE ELECTED BODY, THIS WAS PROBABLY THE MOST DIFFICULT PROCESS I'VE SEEN. IT STARTED WITH DISARRAY BACK IN APRIL AND MAY WHEN WE WERE LEFT WITH LOTS OF CHALLENGES.

AND I'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT, THAT WE HAD TO HIRE A FINANCE DIRECTOR, REALLY WANTED TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WAS DEDICATED, POTENTIALLY A CPA.

WE STRUCK GOLD WITH DIRECTOR GARVER AND THAT SHE COMES ON BOARD AND WE THEN TRANSCEND TO THE BUDGET.

THE AUDIT IS FIRST, THE AUDIT IS A MESS.

SHE GETS US THROUGH THAT.

THROUGH THE AUDIT. LET ME GO TO THE BUDGET PROCESS.

I WANT TO THANK BERNIE BLONDY, OUR ACCOUNTANT, AS WELL.

I WANT TO THANK MICHEL PRINCE, MY EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT.

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BUT OF COURSE, WE GOT TO THE TAIL END OF THE PROJECT.

AND AGAIN, THINGS WENT OFF THE TRACK WITH DIFFERENT THINGS THAT OCCURRED AND THAT BROUGHT IN DIRECTOR MASSEY, MELISSA MASSEY TO COME IN AND TAKE CARE OF PRINTING ALL THE BUDGETS ON ONE DAY AND GETTING THEM ALL OUT TO MEET OUR STATE GUIDELINE.

SO IT'S JUST A REAL TEAM EFFORT FROM ALL OF OUR TEAM WITH THE BUDGET.

LAST TIME WE MET WAS TWO WEEKS AGO TO GO OVER THE BUDGET.

THERE WERE THREE MAIN THINGS THAT CAME UP THAT EVENING AND ONE OR TWO OF THOSE CAME FROM, I BELIEVE, TRUSTEE WISINSKI, AND THAT IS ON THE WETLANDS EDUCATION.

AND THE OTHER WAS GREEN GRANTS.

BOTH OF THOSE ARE INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET.

THE WETLANDS ARE EARMARKED ON PAGE 57.

ON PAGE 72, THE GREEN GRANTS ARE NOTED FOR 10,000, BOTH OF THOSE.

AND THEN ON PAGE 91, TRUSTEE WILSON BROUGHT UP THE NEED TO INCREASE AND IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WAS SUPPORT THAT YOU NEED TO INCREASE THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE FUND, AND THAT'S FINE.

ON PAGE 91, IT WAS ORIGINALLY, I BELIEVE, 10,000.

IT INCREASED TO 50.

THOSE CHANGES HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE BUDGET THAT'S PRESENTED TO YOU THIS EVENING.

IF IT'S APPROVED TONIGHT, YOUR FUND BALANCE WOULD BE 12 MILLION 345, 867.

AND THAT IS AN INTERESTING NUMBER.

IF YOU LOOK AT IF YOU'RE IN THE NUMBERS, THAT'S AN INTERESTING NUMBER.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE AND SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT.

BUT WE DIDN'T PLAN IT THAT WAY, BUT THAT'S HOW IT CAME OUT.

THE BOARD SET A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT BACK IN 2013.

THE BOARD SAID A NUMBER OF $5.25 MILLION WOULD BE THE FUND BALANCE.

THE BOARD HERE RECENTLY SAID A 25% OF GENERAL FUND EXPENSES AND WE WOULD BE CLOSER TO 50% IF THIS IS APPROVED. TYPICALLY, LOCAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO HAVE A MINIMUM OF ABOUT 2.8 TO 3 YEARS.

THAT'S A STATE AVERAGE, 2.8 TO 3 YEARS, I'M SORRY, 2.8 TO 3 MONTHS OF FUND BALANCE TO PAY EXPENSES.

THE BUDGET BEFORE YOU TONIGHT IS SIX MONTHS, SO IT'S DOUBLE THE STATE AVERAGE.

I WON'T GO INTO A LOT OF DETAILS BECAUSE WE MADE A HALF HOUR PRESENTATION AT THE LAST MEETING.

THERE WAS ANOTHER 40 MINUTES OF DISCUSSION.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE DOING ROADS, WE'RE DOING LEGACY COST, YOU KNOW, ALL THE DIFFERENT AREAS.

WE'RE STILL DOING A LOT OF PROJECTS.

WE'RE DOING PUBLIC SAFETY.

WE'VE GOT A PUMPER COMING.

WE'VE GOT A LADDER TRUCK COMING, WE'VE GOT SQUAD CARS COMING.

WE'VE GOT A NEW SQUAD ROOM.

COME IN, WE'VE GOT A NEW K-9 UNIT AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

THERE'S ALSO PARK IMPROVEMENTS, SO I DON'T WANT TO GO ON THIS EVENING, BUT THAT'S JUST SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.

THE BUDGET IS HERE TO PRESENT IT TO YOU THIS EVENING AND ITS FINAL FORM.

AND AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK DIRECTOR GARDINER, HER TEAM.

IT'S BEEN AN EXCEPTIONAL TEAMWORK.

WHEN I LOOK AT THIS BUDGET, I'M NOT THAT EXCITED ABOUT THE RESULTS.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE TEAM THAT PUT IT TOGETHER.

THE TEAM THAT PUT IT TOGETHER JUST DID A FANTASTIC JOB UNDER A LOT OF DURESS.

SO THAT'S IT.

I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE THIS EVENING.

BOARD MEMBERS, MR. HENDRICKSON. THANK YOU, MA'AM.

I'M GOING TO START OFF TO BY MOVING THAT THE TOWNSHIP BOARD APPROVED THE 2023 RECOMMENDED BUDGET RESOLUTION, ALSO SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON AND TRUSTEE BRZEZINSKI.

MR. HENDRICKSON.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

WELL, I KNOW THIS IS MY FIRST BUDGET PROCESS THAT I'M GOING THROUGH WITH THE TOWNSHIP, AND I WILL JUMP UP AND DOWN ABOUT WHAT'S BEFORE US TODAY, BECAUSE I THINK WE HAVE A VERY GOOD BUDGET BEFORE US.

MAY NOT BE GLAMOROUS, MAY NOT HAVE A BUNCH OF THINGS TO JUMP UP, JUMP TO THE RAFTERS ABOUT.

BUT THIS DOES TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT TAKE CARE OF THE RESIDENTS OF MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

AND I THINK WE'LL SEE THAT REFLECTED LATER THIS MEETING AS WELL.

AND I THINK THAT IT'S LONG OVERDUE TO DO SO.

I APPRECIATE THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE AT THE URGING OF THE BOARD AND IT DEFINITELY FELT AS THOUGH OUR INPUT WAS HEARD, AND THAT'S BEING REFLECTED IN THE FINAL VERSION OF THE BUDGET.

AND SO I THINK MANAGER WALSH AND DIRECTOR GARBER AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS, AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE BUDGET RESOLUTION THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US TONIGHT.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE WISINSKI THANK YOU, MADAM.

I ALSO APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT WENT INTO THIS MANAGER WALSH AND MANAGER GARDNER.

GARDNER. SO I GUESS, APPLAUD YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY BY EMBRACING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY SERVICES COMPONENT.

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THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

IN ADDITION TO JUST MAKING SURE WE'RE FINANCIALLY HEALTHY AND IN A GOOD PLACE IN THE EVENT WE HAVE SOME OTHER TRAGEDY, LIKE A PANDEMIC OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

SO I APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT WENT INTO THIS.

I APPRECIATE THAT YOU YOU LISTEN AND YOU HEAR OUR SUGGESTIONS AND IMPLEMENT.

THANK YOU. AND THERE'S ARE THE FUNDS IN HERE, THOUGH, ANOTHER AREA THAT WE WANT TO EXPAND, BUT WE'RE NOT SURE WE KNOW WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING.

BUT THERE'S A BIG QUESTION MARK AS TO WHAT THAT IS, AND THAT'S THE AREA OF D-I.

ONCE WE FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT IS, THERE'S FUNDS IN HERE TO DO WHATEVER THE COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD DETERMINE AS APPROPRIATE.

THANK YOU. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE MR. DESCHAINE. THANK YOU. MADAM PRESIDENT, I TOO WILL SUPPORT THIS BUDGET.

I LIKE THE FACT THAT IT IS REWARDING OUR EMPLOYEES, WHICH OUR EMPLOYEES ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET, AND PROVIDE THEM FINALLY WITH A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING IN EVERY DEPARTMENT HERE IN THE TOWNSHIP.

I'M AN EMPLOYEE, AS IS CLERK GUTHRIE, BUT WE'RE DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE'RE HIRED BY THE VOTERS.

THE OTHER 166 EMPLOYEES ARE HIRED BY THE MANAGER.

AND WE RECRUIT MANAGER RECRUITS, REALLY GOOD TALENT.

AND THAT TALENT HE RECRUITS THEN RECRUITS OTHER STAFF THAT DO THE WORK EVERY DAY IN THE TOWNSHIP.

AND THEY DO GOOD WORK. AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE HIGH LEVELS OF SATISFACTION IN OUR POLICE AND OUR FIRE AND OUR PUBLIC WORKS AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS, BECAUSE WE HIRE THE BEST, WE HAVEN'T PAY THEM THE BEST, AND THIS BUDGET MOVES TOWARDS PAYING THEM A BETTER WAGE THAT THEY'RE DESERVING OF.

THIS BUDGET DOES INCLUDE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN FEES AND TAXES THAN THAT I'VE VOTED FOR IN THE PAST. THE TAXES ARE GOING TO BE 5% NEXT YEAR.

THE STATE WILL PEG THAT RATE AND THAT'S THE MAXIMUM THAT ALLOWED BY STATUTE.

TAXES CAN GO UP BY THE RATE OF INFLATION TO A MAXIMUM OF 5%, WHICHEVER IS LESS.

INFLATION RIGHT NOW IS ABOUT 8%, BUT THE STATUTE WILL KEEP IT TO FIVE.

WE'RE INCREASING OUR WATER AND SEWER RATES IN THIS BUDGET BY ABOUT 10%.

WE STILL HAVE THE LOWEST RATES IN THE REGION.

OUR IN FACT, WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS, OUR SISTER COMMUNITY, EAST LANSING, WE SHARE A WATER AND SEWER PLANT WITH USES THE EXACT SAME SERVICES FACILITIES WE DO THEIR WATER AND SEWER RATES ARE ALMOST TWICE WHAT OURS ARE.

SO WE CHARGE OUR OUR RESIDENTS PRETTY MUCH WHAT IT COSTS.

WE DON'T USE THIS AS A REVENUE SOURCE.

AND YET RATES COSTS HAVE GONE UP.

LABOR COSTS HAVE GONE UP, FACILITIES COSTS HAVE GONE UP.

WE'RE GOING TO HEAR THIS IN THE NEXT YEAR AT THE COUNTER, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO EXPLAIN TO THEM.

WE'LL KEEP OUR CHART HANDY.

THAT SHOWS WHERE WE STAND WITH RATES WE HAVE.

IN FACT, OUR WATER AND SEWER RATES ARE SO LOW, IT GIVES US A COMPELLING.

ADVANTAGE WHILE WE DO HAVE HIGHER TAXES THAN SOME COMMUNITIES.

NOT ALL, BUT SOME.

WE HAVE THE LOWEST WATER AND SEWER RATES, AND EVEN WITH THIS INCREASE, WE WILL STILL BE BY A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER, THE LOWEST WATER AND SEWER RATES IN THE REGION FOR THE BEST WATER IN THE REGION.

THERE'S JUST NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. IT REALLY IS THE BEST.

SO THIS IS A COMPLEX BUDGET.

I'M GLAD IT PRIORITIZES PEOPLE.

I'M GLAD IT CONTINUES OUR OTHER PROJECTS.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE EEI ENHANCEMENTS THAT WILL BE COMING DOWN THE ROAD AS WELL.

THANK YOU FOR THIS BUDGET.

THANK YOU TO, IF I MAY, TWO COMMENTS ABOUT THAT.

ONE IS WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND, TOO, WE'RE A NON INCOME TAX COMMUNITY, NOT INCOME TAX.

AND OUR TWO LARGEST NEIGHBORS ARE.

AND WE NEED TO KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BEING COMPETITIVE.

AND THE SECOND THING IS, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE WORKING ON, TOO, THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IS THE WE ARE WAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE OF PAYING OFF THE CENTRAL FIRE STATION.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE TARGETED.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE LEVY AND THE TAX, WHICH IS A QUARTER OF A MILL, THAT IS IT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT.

BUT WHEN YOU CAN ONLY LEVY UP, WHEN YOU LEVY FIVE MILLS AND WHICH HAS BEEN REDUCED BY HARDLY A QUARTER OF A MILL OF 4.7 IS SOMETHING THAT TAX THAT THAT LEVY IS SUPPOSED TO GO OFF IN 2028 BECAUSE OF OUR ANTICIPATED TAX GROWTH.

WHEN WE SET THAT UP, WHEN I SAY WE, I SHOULDN'T SAY WE WHEN THE TOWNSHIP BECAUSE THAT OCCURRED BEFORE I CAME HERE.

THE VOTE WAS IN NOVEMBER OF 12, SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE I ARRIVED.

BUT WHEN THEY SET THAT UP, THEY SET UP WITH ANTICIPATED TAX GROWTH.

BUT OUR TAX GROWTH HAS BEEN MORE HERE.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT INCREASE IN THE TAX GROWTH, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SET ASIDE SOME FUNDS TO PAY THE FIRE STATION OFF.

REALLY, WE EXPECT RIGHT NOW WHEN WE LOOK AT THE THE PERFORMA ON THE FIRE STATION, CENTRAL FIRE STATION, WE BELIEVE WE'LL BE PAYING THAT OFF THREE YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. SO THAT'S ANOTHER THING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TAX LEVIES AND HOW DO WE REDUCE THAT?

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THAT'S THAT'S THE WAY THAT THE BOARD IN 2025 MAY CONSIDER DOING THAT.

RIGHT. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? THEN THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE 2023 RECOMMENDED BUDGET RESOLUTION AS PRESENTED. MR. LEMASTER. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

YES. SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. CLERK GUTHRIE.

YES. TREASURER DESCHAINE.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ON BEHALF OF OUR TEAM, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE BUDGET AND WE WANT TO ALL THANK YOU FOR THE HARD WORK THAT WENT INTO BRINGING US THIS KIND OF BUDGET.

THANK YOU. GREAT TEAM.

GREAT RESULTS. ALL RIGHT.

[12.D. 2023-2027 TPOAM Non-Supervisory Professional Employees Tentative Agreement]

WE MOVE ON NOW TO ITEM 12D.

YOU WILL NOTICE WE HAVE FOUR SIMILAR ACTIONS.

12D INVOLVES 2023 2027 TPO&M, NON SUPERVISORY PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT.

MR. WALSH.

YEAH, THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

AND BOARD. TONIGHT, WE'RE GOING TO COVER FOUR CONTRACTS WHICH INCORPORATES 68 OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS DOES NOT INCLUDE POLICE AND FIRE OR NON UNION. IT WAS THE TRUTH UNDER THIS UNDER 12 DD UNDER THE FIRST CONTRACT.

THIS IS NON SUPERVISORY.

THIS ENCOMPASSES 19 OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS UNDER THIS CONTRACT AND THE CONTRACT CALLS THIS WE STARTED OUT ON A 3 YEAR CONTRACT, BUT OUR DISCUSSIONS ARE, BY THE WAY, IT TOOK ONE.

USUALLY NEGOTIATIONS CAN TAKE 5 TO 10 MEETINGS.

THEY CAN TAKE THEM. THEY BRING IN MEDIATION.

AND THEN YOU BRING IN POTENTIALLY FACT FINDING IN ALL OF THAT.

THIS GROUP TOOK ONE MEETING AND WE SAT DOWN AND HAD A VERY GOOD FACT BASED CONVERSATION, NON EMOTIONAL AND CAME UP WITH WE WERE LOOKING AT A THREE YEAR CONTRACT AND THAT LED ITSELF INTO A FIVE YEAR DEAL THAT WE DISCUSSED THIS CONTRACT BEFORE YOU AS 3% PER YEAR OF THE FIVE YEARS AND ALSO INCLUDES A ONE TIME 5% BUMP, WHICH IS AN ADDITIONAL STEP, WHICH IN THIS CASE WOULD BE A SEVENTH STEP.

SO IF I'M AT MY SIXTH STEP IN 2023, ON JANUARY ONE, I WOULD RECEIVE 5% PLUS MY 3%.

I RECEIVE AN 8% INCREASE ON JANUARY ONE.

THE ORIGINAL DISCUSSION WAS AND THE AND BY THE WAY, THE UNIONS HAD AGREED TO THIS, THAT WHEN YOU HIT YOUR SEVENTH STEP ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY, BECAUSE THAT'S THE WAY STEPS OCCUR. SO IF I HIT MY SEVENTH STEP ON DECEMBER 27TH, I GET THAT 5% IN DECEMBER 27TH OF 2023.

THE INEQUITY IN THAT IS THAT AND ONLY COVER THIS ONCE BECAUSE IT'S FOR ALL FOUR CONTRACTS.

THE INEQUITY IN THAT IS, SAY, CHIEF [INAUDIBLE], WHO I BELIEVE WAS HIRED ON SEPTEMBER 6TH, AND HE'S BEEN HERE 27 YEARS.

THERE'S SOMEONE ELSE WHO'S BEEN HERE SEVEN YEARS AND THEIR ANNIVERSARY DATES ON JANUARY 3RD.

SO THAT PERSON WHO'S BEEN HERE FIVE YEARS, TOP STEP GETS THEIR 5% IN JANUARY.

SHE SPENT HER 27 YEARS.

HE HAS TO WAIT MONTHS TO GET HIS.

THERE'S AN INEQUITY THERE.

SO WE DECIDED AFTER THE VOTES, WE DECIDED, HEY, THAT JUST DOESN'T SEEM FAIR.

HOW ABOUT IF WE GIVE IT TO EVERYONE ON JANUARY ONE AND THEY WERE ELATED THAT THAT WASN'T EVEN PART OF THE DISCUSSION THAT WAS AFTER THE FACT.

THAT'S HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE HERE.

WE GET RID OF THE INEQUITIES.

SO IT'S 3% PER YEAR, A ONE TIME 5% ON JANUARY 1ST.

IF YOU ARE AT THE TOP STEP, LET'S SAY YOU'RE AT STEP FIVE.

WHAT HAPPENS? WELL, AND STEPPED IN IN 2023, YOU GO TO STEP SIX AND GET 3%.

IN 2024, YOU THEN WOULD SEE THE 5% BECAUSE YOU WOULD GO TO THAT STEP.

SO THE STEPS THERE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AT THE TOP NOW TO RECEIVE IT.

EVERYONE WILL EVENTUALLY RECEIVE IT.

THAT'S IT. AND THE ADDITION OF THE JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE BOARD ALREADY, THOSE ARE THE ONLY CHANGES.

FIVE YEARS, 3%, ONE TIME, 5% JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY.

AND WE HAD ONE MEETING AND WE SAW THE CONTRACT AND WE DID IT WITHOUT LABOR ATTORNEYS.

THAT'S THE OVERVIEW OF THE NON SUPERVISORY.

ALL RIGHT. I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE OF MR. DESCHAINE'S COMMENT ABOUT THE FOCUS ON THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWNSHIP INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET THAT WE JUST APPROVED.

AND THIS IS HOW THAT HAS OCCURRED.

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I BELIEVE WE ARE READY FOR A MOTION.

TRUSTEE WILSON.

MOVE TO APPROVE THE 2023 TO 2027 NON SUPERVISORY PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AGREEMENT, AS OUTLINED IN THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S MEMO DATED SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022.

SUPPORT.

SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, COMMENTS? MS. WILSON THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I THINK WE ALL AGREE THAT IT'S BETTER TO KEEP PEOPLE THAN IT IS TO HAVE RAPID TURNOVER OF EMPLOYEES.

AND I THINK THIS RECOGNIZES THAT THIS RECOGNIZES THE QUALITY OF PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE AND MAKE THIS TOWNSHIP OPERATE DAY AFTER DAY AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND SATISFY THE RESIDENTS WITH OUR GOOD WORKS THAT WE DO FOR THEM.

SO I'M REALLY PLEASED TO SEE ALL THREE OF THESE CONTRACTS COME BEFORE US.

I THINK IT BRINGS A LOT OF EQUITY AND ALSO THE SENSE THAT THE TOWNSHIP VALUES THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE BY ALL THESE FOLKS.

SO I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS.

MR. HENDRIX. THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I CONCUR WITH EVERYTHING THAT TRUSTEE WILSON JUST SAID.

I'LL ONLY ADD THAT THESE NEGOTIATIONS, AND I THINK THE BREVITY OF THE NEGOTIATIONS INDICATES THE GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP THAT THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER AND HIS TEAM HAVE WITH THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE.

AND I THINK THIS BOARD HAS BEEN CLEAR ABOUT OUR DESIRE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH.

SHOWING OUR SUPPORT FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWNSHIP AND CERTAINLY THE MANAGER HAS TAKEN THAT INTO TAKING THAT TO HEART IN THESE CONVERSATIONS.

AND I THINK THE THE LACK OF ADVERSARIAL NATURE OF THE NEGOTIATIONS IS REFLECTIVE THAT THE EMPLOYEES SIDE OF THE BARGAINING AGREEMENT AGREE WITH THAT.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE SUPERLATIVE WORK THAT THE MANAGER HAS DONE TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THESE NEGOTIATIONS CAN HAPPEN ON FRIENDLY TERMS AND AND HAVE AN END RESULT THAT EVERYONE CAN BE HAPPY WITH.

SO I'LL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS TONIGHT.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I, TOO, WANT TO COMMEND THE MANAGER, BUT I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND DIRECTOR T HOFF AS WELL.

I'VE BEEN PRESIDENT OF A COUPLE OF THESE UNIONS BEFORE IN MY PAST POSITION, AND SO I KNOW WHAT THOSE NEGOTIATIONS CAN BE LIKE WHEN YOU'RE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THE NON ADVERSARIAL NATURE IN WHICH THESE CONTRACTS WERE NEGOTIATED THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT.

IN ADDITION, SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE FOR A REALLY LONG TIME, I'VE THERE'S BEEN CONTRACTS WHERE IT WAS ONLY 3%.

THERE'S BEEN CONTRACTS WHERE THERE WAS 0% OR 1% OR 2% OVER THE YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE 96.

AND SO SEEING THAT 5% INCREASE ON IN JANUARY IS VERY IMPRESSIVE.

I'VE NEVER IN MY TIME SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE, AND I'M VERY HAPPY FOR STAFF TO RECEIVE THAT 5% AND FOR ALL UNION EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE THE JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY AS WELL.

I KNOW WHEN THE MLK HOLIDAY WAS PASSED BY A PREVIOUS BOARD LONG AGO, ONLY CERTAIN UNION EMPLOYEES GOT IT AND THEN THE OTHER CONTRACTS HAD TO OPEN UP.

AND SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS EFFECT FOR ALL UNION EMPLOYEES, FOR THE FACT THAT 5% IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. AND SO I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR FOR WORKING WITH THE EMPLOYEES ON THAT.

THANK YOU. MR. LEMASTER CAN WE HAVE A ROLL CALL VOTE? TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

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SUPERVISOR JACKSON YES.

CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

TREASURER DESCHAINE YES.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU. ITEM 12 E IS THE TENTATIVE

[12.E. 2023-2027 TPOAM Administrative Professional Employees Tentative Agreement]

AGREEMENT WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES.

YEAH. THANK YOU, MR. WALSH. THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

AND I DO WANT TO ECHO THE CLERK'S COMMENTS.

ONE OF THE BEST HIRES THE TOWNSHIP HAS EVER MADE WAS ABBY TO HER 30 YEARS OF THE JUDICIAL BRANCH.

SHE IS PHENOMENAL.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE TWO PEOPLE.

LET'S NOT FORGET THERE WAS ANOTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE THAT HELPED BRING THIS TOGETHER.

MIKE DEVLIN FROM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND ANGELA RYAN FROM THE ASSESSING OFFICE WERE THE TWO THAT WE NEGOTIATED WITH ON DD ON E.

I WANT TO THANK DANIELLE HUGHES FROM THE ASSOCIATE OFFICE AND KRISTI SHADING FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE CHIEF'S EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT.

THAT'S WHO WE NEGOTIATED WITH ON E.

I WON'T BELABOR THE POINTS ON E BECAUSE THEY'RE EXACTLY WHAT THE FIVE YEAR AGREEMENT AS LAID OUT BEFORE.

TREASURER DESCHAINE. I MOVED TO APPROVE THE 2023 TO 2027 ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AGREEMENT, AS OUTLINED OUTLINED IN A TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S MEMO DATED SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022 REPORT.

MR. DESCHAINE? YEAH, I LIKE THIS.

IT'S FOR THE REASONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SPOKEN OF THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT IN PARTICULAR, THIS AGREEMENT IS FOR, QUITE HONESTLY, THE LOWEST PAID GROUP OF OUR EMPLOYEES.

IF YOU LOOK AT THEIR PAY SCALE COMPARED TO THE OTHERS, THEY'RE STARTING AT A LOWER BASE AND THEY MOVE UP.

BUT THESE ARE THESE ARE NOT ANYWHERE NEAR THE TOP OF OUR PAY SCALES.

NONETHELESS, THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE BY THESE EMPLOYEES IS ESSENTIAL FOR THEM.

WORK DIRECTLY TO WORK DIRECTLY FOR ME, TO OTHERS, WORK VERY CLOSE TO ME IN THE UTILITY BILLING.

AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF THEY WEREN'T THE TOP EMPLOYEES THAT ALL FOUR OF THEM ARE, WE WOULD ALL BE GETTING A LOT MORE COMPLAINTS FROM CITIZENS WHO WERE NOT TREATED PROPERLY AT THE COUNTER OR DIDN'T GET THE ANSWERS THEY WANTED TO OR WERE UPSET BECAUSE THEIR DIDN'T GET THEIR WATER SHUT OFF WHEN THEY NEEDED TO OR THE WATER TURNED ON WHEN IT WAS ESSENTIAL THEY'D BE TURNED ON. THEY'D DO A LOT OF WORK AND THEY TAKE CALLS ALL DAY LONG.

AND WHEN IT COMES TO ESSENTIAL UTILITIES OR TAXES, THAT MIGHT CAUSE YOU TO LOSE YOUR HOME BECAUSE YOU'RE BEHIND IF SITUATION OR ANOTHER CRISIS LIKE THAT, THESE ARE NOT CASUAL PHONE CALLS.

THESE ARE INTENSE PHONE CALLS AND INTENSE VISITS.

AND THESE FOUR WOMEN THAT WORK FOR ME ARE TOP NOTCH.

AND I'M REALLY GLAD THAT WE'RE GIVING THEM THIS THREE AND 5% INCREASE THIS YEAR AND 3% NEXT YEAR.

THEY DO ESSENTIAL WORK.

EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T PAY THEM AS MUCH AS THEY MIGHT DESERVE.

THEY ARE STILL HERE AND THEY'RE WORKING.

AND THIS THIS INCREASE HELPS REMEDY THE LOWER THE PAY THAT WE'VE GIVEN THEM AND GIVES THEM A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE.

SO, AGAIN, I APPRECIATE ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SAID BEFORE.

AND ONE THING ELSE I LIKE ABOUT THESE FOUR AGREEMENTS IS THE UNIFORMITY OF THEM.

AND ONE WAY TO KEEP EMPLOYEE MORALE HIGH IS TO TREAT ALL EMPLOYEES WITH THE SAME SAME AGREEMENT SO THAT THE SUPERVISORS AREN'T PITTED AGAINST ANOTHER GROUP.

PUBLIC WORKS IS PITTED AGAINST ADMIN PROFESSIONALS.

THEY'RE ALL GETTING THE SAME AGREEMENT.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TOGETHER UP OR SIDEWAYS OR BACK, WHATEVER IT IS.

THE FACT WE'RE MOVING TOGETHER IS ESSENTIAL AS A AS A TEAM, AS A FAMILY, EVEN.

AND I APPLAUD THE MANAGER FOR HAVING THIS UNIFORMITY AMONGST THESE CONTRACTS.

IT HELPS BUILD EMPLOYEE MORALE AND ALSO WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING TREATED THE SAME, THAT THIS IS A FAIR PLACE TO WORK AND EVERYONE'S TREATED PROPERLY AND FAIRLY.

THANK YOU. DID YOU MAKE A MOTION? I MADE A MOTION. AND, COURTNEY.

I'M SORRY. I WOULD JUST ADD A FEW THINGS.

I ALSO IT'S IMPRESSIVE THE INNOVATION THAT IT TOOK TO COME UP WITH WITH THIS TYPE OF PLAN.

AND I ALSO APPRECIATE THE EQUITABLE PIECE OF THAT WITH ALL FOUR AGREEMENTS THROUGH OUR CONVERSATIONS, IT DID SEEM LIKE IT WENT PRETTY SMOOTH FOR ALL FOUR.

SO THAT SHOWS A LOT OF COMMITMENT FROM BOTH SIDES.

I'LL JUST SAY THAT EARLY IN MY CAREER I'VE LEARNED THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS ARE THE PEOPLE YOU WANT TO GET TO KNOW AND BE FRIENDS WITH.

THESE ARE THE FOLKS THAT KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT WORK.

SO EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY BE LOWER ON THE PAY SCALE, THEY CERTAINLY DESERVE CREDIT.

[01:15:04]

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU.

DID YOU HEAR THAT ZACH? OTHER COMMENTS? MR. LEMASTER A ROLL CALL VOTE, PLEASE.

TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON YES.

CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

TREASURER DESCHAINE YES.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU. ITEM 12 F IS THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISORY ASSOCIATION.

[12.F. 2023-2025 TPOAM Professional Supervisory Association Tentative Agreement]

MR. WALSH.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

THIS IS THE THIRD AGREEMENT THIS EVENING.

IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER TWO.

I WANT TO THANK OUR PE GIANNIS, SHAHADI AND OUR CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL, JOHN HECKMAN, WHO WE NEGOTIATED THIS CONTRACT WITH.

THIS ONE EXTREMELY SMOOTH.

IN FACT, I WAS TOLD IT WAS A UNANIMOUS VOTE IN THE UNION.

THEY WERE GREAT TO WORK WITH.

AND THIS CONTRACT IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE OTHER TWO.

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THIS IS A THREE YEAR AGREEMENT INSTEAD OF FIVE.

A MOTION, PLEASE.

TRUSTEE WILSON.

MOVE TO APPROVE THE 2023 TO 2025 PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISORY ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT, AS OUTLINED IN THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S MEMO DATED SEPTEMBER 20, 2022.

SUPPORT. SUPPORT BY TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, TRUSTEE WILSON WE HAVE IT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE TO HEAR THAT THIS VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS FOR ALL THE REASONS WE'VE OUTLINED EARLIER.

I SUPPORT THIS MOTION.

MR. WILSON. I'M SORRY.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, SUPERVISOR I'M CURIOUS IF YOU COULD SHARE WITH US IF YOU WERE GIVEN ANY FEEDBACK AS TO WHY THIS GROUP IN PARTICULAR CHOSE A THREE YEAR CONTRACT VERSUS A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT? THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION FOR I HAVE NO ANSWER.

I DIDN'T PURSUE IT.

I WAS SO PLEASED WITH WHERE OUR TEAM GOT WITH NEGOTIATIONS AND THINGS WERE HEADING IN SUCH THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

I CHOSE NOT TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS.

THAT'S I WISH I HAD A BETTER ANSWER, BUT THAT'S THE TRUTH.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. CLERK GUTHRIE, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE MANAGER.

IF YOU'RE ABLE TO ANSWER IT, CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY THERE'S A STEP EIGHT IN THIS CONTRACT AND THE OTHER TWO THAT WE JUST APPROVED OR HAVE SEVEN STEPS? I'M NOT SURE I'D HAVE TO CHECK WITH THE DIRECTOR ON THAT.

YEAH, IT SHOULD BE SEVEN.

I'M NOT SURE WHY THERE WOULD BE EIGHT.

WE DO HAVE SOME POSITIONS THAT ALREADY HAVE SEVEN STEPS IN THIS UNIT.

WHAT'S THAT? WE HAVE SOME POSITIONS WITH SEVEN STEPS.

OKAY. SO SOME POSITIONS IN THIS UNION HAVE SEVEN STEPS, SO WE'RE ADDING THE EIGHTH.

JUST TO CLARIFY, IS THE EIGHTH BEING ADDED SO THAT THEY CAN GET THE 5%? YES. THANK YOU.

YEAH. I APPRECIATE THAT.

DESCHAINE? SO THIS ONE WILL BE UP FOR RENEWAL IN THREE YEARS.

OTHER ONES IN FOUR.

THE POLICE AND FIRE WILL BE UP FOR RENEWAL IN TWO YEARS BEFORE THEY'RE UP FOR RENEWAL.

THE POLICE AND FIRE IS UP AT THE END OF 2024 AT THIS MOMENT.

HOWEVER, I DO BELIEVE THAT PERSONAL OPINION THAT EVERYTHING WE'VE DONE, THE POLICE AND FIRE ARE SLATED FOR A 2% AND 2% FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

WE MIGHT BE APPROACHING THEM WITH SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF WE OPEN UP THE CONTRACT.

IT'S I RECALL THE FIRST YEAR ON THE BOARD FOR ME AT LEAST 21ST FOUR YEARS, 2017.

DID YOU HAVE ALL SEVEN CONTRACTS RENEWED AT THE SAME TIME THEN? I'VE HAD THAT THREE TIMES.

DO YOU DO YOU LIKE THAT OR DO YOU PREFER THEM BROKEN UP AND STAGGERED LIKE THIS IN TERMS OF THE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION EACH ONE OF THESE CONTRACTS REQUIRES? THERE'S TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT THAT.

I TEND TO TRY TO LOOK AT THINGS AS A POSITIVE.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK, BUT IT'S A GREAT WAY TO BE ABLE TO BRING EQUITY TO EVERYONE AT THE SAME TIME.

SO I GUESS THAT'S THE BEST ANSWER I CAN GIVE YOU.

AND ONCE THEY'RE OUT OF SYNC, AS THEY ARE NOW, THE LIKELIHOOD OF THEM COMING BACK INTO SYNC PROBABLY ISN'T GREAT.

IS THAT CORRECT? PROBABLY, YEAH.

IT'S VERY UNLIKE IT'S VERY UNUSUAL FOR A CITY, COUNTY, TOWNSHIP VILLAGE TO HAVE ALL YOUR CONTRACTS UP AT THE SAME TIME.

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THAT'S UNUSUAL. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE STATE HAS, BUT THIS IS UNUSUAL.

IT'S UNUSUAL TO HAVE THEM ALL UP WITH SYNCHRONIZED LIKE THAT.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. MR. WALSH. COULD YOU TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF EXTENDING THE CONTRACTS TO FIVE YEARS VERSUS IN THE CONTRACTS TO THIS EVENING? YES, WELL, THE BENEFIT IS THAT IT LOCKS IN.

SO THE TEAM KNOWS THE MEMBERS OF THAT UNION KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

THAT'S THE BENEFIT. THE OTHER BENEFIT IS THE TOWNSHIP KNOWS WHERE OUR EXPENSES ARE GOING TO BE, AND WE CAN DO SOME FORECASTING MODELING ON THAT.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF BENEFITS.

THE OTHER THING, TOO, IS, AS TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON SAID, THIS WAS A LITTLE UNUSUAL THAT THESE CAME TOGETHER SO QUICKLY AND IT WAS WORKED SO WELL TOGETHER. AS YOU KNOW, MOST OF YOU HAVE PROBABLY BEEN IN NEGOTIATIONS IN YOUR CAREERS, AND IT DOESN'T ALWAYS GO THIS WAY.

SO TO HAVE THEM OUT FIVE YEARS TAKES AWAY FROM THAT, MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THAT VOLATILITY SUPERVISOR THAT CAN COME FROM NEGOTIATIONS.

AND I WANT TO CLARIFY SOMETHING.

IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WHAT YOU SAY IS CORRECT.

WE HAD WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER ONE NEGOTIATION.

WE HAD ONE MEETING WHERE THE UNIONS CAME IN AND JUST TOLD US WHAT THEY WANTED, WHAT THEY'RE SEARCHING.

I DIDN'T CALL THAT NEGOTIATION.

SO WHEN I SAY THERE WAS ONE MEETING, THERE WAS ONE MEETING FOLLOWING THE ORIGINAL MEETING WHERE THEY BROUGHT US THERE.

I DON'T WANT SOMEONE TO SAY, WELL, WE MET TWICE WHAT? WE DID MEET TWICE. BUT THE FIRST ONE WAS JUST, HERE'S OUR PROPOSAL AND WE DIDN'T NEGOTIATE IT AT ALL.

EIGHT MEMBERS OF THIS UNION.

I LIKE THE OTHER TWO WHO HAVE 18.

OK OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS.

THE MOTION IS FOR, I BELIEVE, APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT WITH PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISORY ASSOCIATION.

MR. MASTER SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. CLERK GUTHRIE.

YES. TREASURER DESCHAINE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU. AND THE LAST ITEM IN THIS GROUPING IS 12 G.

[12.G. 2023-2027 TPOAM Department of Public Works and Department of Parks and Recreation]

THIS IS THE AGREEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION.

MR. WALSH, THANK YOU.

FINALLY THIS EVENING, THIS COVERS 22 MEMBERS.

IT WAS A BIT MORE OF A CHALLENGE FOR US.

I THINK WE HAD TWO OR THREE AND WE EVEN HAD ONE SET OF MEDIATION, A CORDIAL MEDIATION.

I WANT TO THANK THREE BARGAINING MEMBERS, TYLER CANAL, LARRY, BOB AND MIKE ELLIS WERE THE THREE GENTLEMEN THAT WE NEGOTIATED WITH FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

AGAIN, THE AGREEMENT IS THE SIMILAR.

IT'S THE FIVE YEAR AGREEMENT THAT WE HEARD OF AND THE OTHER TWO THIS EVENING.

MR. DESCHAINE, I MOVE TO APPROVE THE 2023 TO 2027 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION AGREEMENT, AS OUTLINED IN THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S MEMO DATED SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2022.

I'LL SUPPORT.

SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

MR. DESCHAINE SHARES ALL THE STRONG CHARACTERISTICS AND FEATURES OF THE OTHER AGREEMENTS AND TEND TO FULLY SUPPORT IT.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE WISINSKI I AGREE WITH THE TREASURER.

I FULLY SUPPORT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.

CLERK GUTHRIE, I HAVE A QUESTION.

MADAM SUPERVISOR, CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY IN THIS CONTRACT IT SAYS A 5% RATE INCREASE FOR LEAD WORKERS UPON REACHING FIVE CONSECUTIVE TENURE YEARS.

THE WAY I READ THAT IT READS AS IF THAT THE OTHER UNION CONTRACTS ALLOW FOR NON CONSECUTIVE YEARS.

AND THIS ONE. DOESN'T I THINK YOU'RE REFERRING TO IF I KNOW WHERE YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE CONTRACT, THERE ARE SOME POSITIONS THAT ARE PROBATIONARY BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO GET CERTAIN LICENSING AND THERE'S THE TENURE WHEN THEY GET THEIR LICENSING THAT'S REQUIRED FOR THAT POSITION.

SO I THINK IT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROBATIONARY, BECAUSE THEY DON'T THERE ARE SOME POSITIONS IN THIS UNION THAT DON'T HAVE STEPS.

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AND SO THE DIFFERENCE IS THEY COME PROBATIONARY WHEN THEY START.

BUT LET'S SAY YOU HAVE TO GET AN S ONE LICENSE OR AN F ONE LICENSE OR S2.

PREDOMINANTLY, IT'S THE S TWO LICENSE.

THEY START OUT PROBATIONARY.

THEY HIT TENURE WHEN THEY GET THAT LICENSE.

AND THAT'S WHERE THE TENURE STARTS, THE DISCUSSION OF THE YEARS.

SO IT'S NOT THAT OTHER UNION EMPLOYEES THAN OTHER CONTRACTS, LET'S SAY THEY WORK HERE FOR TWO YEARS AND THEN THEY LEAVE AND THEN THEY COME BACK.

IT'S NOT THAT THEY PICK UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF.

THEY START OVER AGAIN.

AND THOSE OTHER CONTRACTS.

AND THIS ONE IS.

NO, YOU'RE SHAKING YOUR HEAD.

NO. WHEN WE.

WELL, WE JUST HAD AN OFFICER LEAVE TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO THAT WE BROUGHT BACK AND WE BROUGHT HIM BACK AND EVERYTHING WAS EXCITING THAT HE DECIDED TO LEAVE.

BUT WHEN WE BRING SOMEBODY IN, WE LOOK AT THERE'S SIX STEPS.

WELL, ANOTHER SEVEN, EIGHT.

IN ONE CASE, WE DECIDE BASED ON EXPERIENCE THE DIFFICULTY IN RECRUITING THAT POSITION.

I'M SURE TRUSTEE WISINSKI DOES THE SIMILAR THING AT THE STATE.

YOU FIGURE OUT ALL OF THAT AND WHERE THEY FIT IN, ON WHAT LEVEL, WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO PAY THEM, WHERE'S THAT GOING TO START? AND MOST OF THOSE POSITIONS ARE TEND TO BE HIRING IN AT THE TOP END.

FOR INSTANCE, THE DEPUTY CLERK POSITION WE JUST HIRED, WE JUST MADE A PROMOTION THERE.

WE PUT THAT RIGHT AT THE TOP LEVEL BECAUSE THE DIFFICULTY AND FIND SOMEONE WITH THAT EXPERIENCE.

SO WE TAKE ALL THAT INTO CONSIDERATION.

THERE IS NO STEADFAST RULE ON WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES AND WE BRING THEM BACK WHAT LEVEL THEY GO TO.

IT'S BASED ON H.R.

AND THE DIRECTOR'S DECISION WITH A FINAL APPROVAL FOR ME, MY EXPERIENCE AND ALL THAT STUFF AND DIFFICULTY IN RECRUITING THAT POSITION.

OKAY. THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT CLARIFICATION.

IT'S A GOOD QUESTION. MR. HENDRICKSON YEAH.

SO WHAT YOU JUST SAID SORT OF PUZZLED ME.

WHEN DOES THAT DETERMINATION GET MADE? WHEN WE'RE NEGOTIATING, BRINGING THEM IN.

OKAY. SO WHEN WE POST A POSITION TO THE WORLD, RIGHT? DO WE POST THE ENTIRETY OF THE RANGE? THAT'S YOUR STARTING SALARIES.

THAT'S RIGHT. OKAY.

THANK YOU. AND THEN WE THEN, FOR INSTANCE, LIKE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH THE CHALLENGES WE'RE HAVING THERE AND THEN AT SOME OTHER POSITIONS WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND I DON'T WANT TO SAY THERE ARE CERTAIN POSITIONS, I'M SURE YOU CAN THAT ARE EASIER TO RECRUIT TO BECAUSE THERE'S MORE PEOPLE THAN OTHERS.

AND WE TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AND EXPERIENCE.

THANK YOU. IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS.

THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION.

MR. LEMASTER.

CLERK GUTHRIE. YES.

TREASURER DESCHAINE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. IF I MIGHT, I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL COMMENT.

HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TOWNSHIP, BUT I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO SHARE THIS EVENING.

YOU KNOW, I GREW UP IN AN UNDERDOG SITUATION.

I'VE BEEN PRETTY MUCH AN UNDERDOG POSITION MY WHOLE LIFE.

I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT HERE.

NOT GOING TO MAKE IT HERE.

GREW UP YOU GREW UP OUT HERE.

YOU DIDN'T GROW UP WITH THIS.

AND I WENT TO THE FOOTBALL GAME A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.

IT WAS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE.

EAST LANSING AND OKEMOS.

IF ANYBODY ELSE WAS THERE. BUT THE SCORING UP BEING 77 TO NOTHING.

AND I'VE COACHED A LOT OF VARSITY SPORTS IN MY CAREER AND WE'VE HAD SOME CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WE'VE HAD MUCH MORE TEAMS THAT WEREN'T SO SUCCESSFUL. AND SOME OF THE KIDS THAT I REMEMBER FROM SOME OF THOSE TEAMS THAT WERE TWO AND 20 BASKETBALL TEAMS, THREE AND 30 VOLLEYBALL TEAMS, WHERE SOME OF THE KIDS THAT I MOST REMEMBER TODAY, BECAUSE THEY WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT EPISODES, CHALLENGES, AND THEY STUCK TO IT AND THEY LEARNED SOMETHING FROM THAT.

I ALWAYS WONDERED WHEN A TEAM FINISHES 3 AND TWO.

WHERE ARE THOSE KIDS TEN YEARS FROM THERE? OR THE TEAMS THAT FINISHED TWO AND 3 AND GET BEAT 77 TO NOTHING? WHERE DO THEY END UP IN LIFE? WHAT DID THEY LEARN? AND I THINK HERE IN THIS COMMUNITY, WE OUGHT TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT OKEMOS HIGH SCHOOL WITH OUR FOOTBALL TEAM.

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DON'T LOOK AT MY TEAM FOR SCORING 77.

LOOK AT THE OKEMOS FOOTBALL TEAM.

FOR HANGING IN THERE AND PERSEVERING THROUGH ALL OF THAT.

AND THERE'S A LOT TO BE SAID ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE OKEMOS HIGH SCHOOL WITH OUR FOOTBALL TEAM.

IT ISN'T ALWAYS ABOUT WINNING.

IT ISN'T ALWAYS ABOUT THE WS.

AND I WATCHED THOSE KIDS AND I STAYED TILL THE END, AND IT WAS A LONG NIGHT.

BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT. THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR THOSE KIDS ON THAT FOOTBALL TEAM.

AND WAIT. DO YOU SEE WHERE THEY'RE AT IN TEN YEARS? I BET YOU WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE PROUD OF JUST AS WE ARE TONIGHT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

DO WE NEED A BREAK? OKAY. THE ITEM 13 IS BOARD DISCUSSION ITEMS. 13 A IS THE 2022 MASTER PLAN UPDATE.

[13.A. 2022 Master Plan Update]

AND MR. SCHMIDT WILL TELL US ALL ABOUT THAT.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

IF YOU'RE EVER BORED AND IN THE TOWNSHIP HALL AND YOU WANT TO COME UP AND SEE HOW MY BRAIN WORKS, SOMETIME YOU CAN LOOK AT MY INITIAL SORT OF OUTLINE OF THIS CONVERSATION.

IT'S HANGING ON MY DOOR RIGHT NOW BECAUSE MY ORIGINAL THOUGHT WAS TO TRY AND BOIL DOWN THE MASTER PLAN TO ITS ESSENCE AND SEE IF WE CAN ACTUALLY GET IT ON A INFOGRAPHIC ONE PAGE SHEET.

BECAUSE THE TOWNSHIP SPENT A LOT OF TIME UPDATING THE PLAN IN 2017 BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN SOME TIME SINCE WE HAD DONE A MAJOR OVERHAUL.

WE INTRODUCED FORMALLY THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARY INTO THE PLAN.

WE INTRODUCED THE PEAK CONCEPT, DID SOME MAJOR WORK AT THAT TIME ON GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, AND WE GOT A COUPLE OF GOOD YEARS OUT OF IT AND THEN COVID HIT. AND SO ALL OF A SUDDEN NOW WE FIND OURSELVES AT THE END OF OUR SORT OF FIVE YEAR CYCLE AND HAVE FORMALLY KICKED OFF WITH THE NOTICE OF INTENT TO PLAN THE PLANNING COMMISSION DIRECTED STAFF TO SEND OUT IN AUGUST.

AND WE FIND OURSELVES WITH A PLAN THAT IS STILL REALLY SOLID IN A LOT OF WAYS, BUT ONE, WE'RE REQUIRED BY LAW TO UPDATE IT, AND TWO, WE REALLY SHOULD.

THAT'S A GOOD PRACTICE.

AND SO WHAT I'VE TRIED TO DO HERE IS BOIL THIS DOWN INTO ITS TO ITS MAIN ELEMENTS.

AND JUST BRIEFLY, I'LL GO THROUGH THIS AND WE'D BE HAPPY TO SIT DOWN WITH ANY BOARD MEMBER AT ANY TIME TO DISCUSS FURTHER DETAILS AND THOUGHTS AND IDEAS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, BY LAW, THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY NINE ELEMENTS TO ANY PLAN.

I'VE LISTED THEM ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THE MEMO.

THE MIDDLE SEVEN ARE LARGELY STAFF DRIVEN.

FIVE OF THEM ARE MAPS.

ONE OF THEM IS DISCUSSION OF BLIGHTED AREAS, WHICH IS NOT SOMETHING THAT TRULY AFFECTS US.

BUT WE WILL LOOK INTO IT AND HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.

AND THE LAST ONE IS THE ZONING PLAN.

AND WHAT THAT REALLY IS WHERE HOW YOUR ZONING ORDINANCE LINES UP TO YOUR FUTURE LAND USE MAPS.

SO IT'S ONE OF THE LAST THINGS YOU DO IS SWITCH THEM UP KIND OF AT THE END.

SO THE REAL KEYS ARE THE LAND USE MAP AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OR HOW YOU IMPLEMENT THEM.

SO YOUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO FOCUS ON HERE WITH THE ADDED CAVEAT THAT I AM OF THE OPINION THAT WE NEED TO HAVE DEDICATED CONVERSATION ABOUT THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARY IN ORDER TO MAKE IT DEFENSIBLE IN THE LONG TERM.

IT IS UNIQUE ITEM IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

THERE'S NOT A LOT OF PLACES THAT HAVE THESE.

AND SO IF YOU'RE NOT REVIEWING IT ON A REGULAR BASIS, IT BECOMES MUCH MORE LIKELY TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT.

SO THE PLAN THAT WE'VE SORT OF LAID OUT AS THIS INITIAL ROLLOUT OF HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH THE PLANNING COMMISSION ABOUT LAST YEAR, SURVEY RESULTS AND THE INFORMATION THAT WE CAN GLEAN FROM THAT AND START TO CREATE THE OUTLINE OF OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, HOLD A FORMAL PUBLIC HEARING IN OCTOBER TO SORT OF KICK OFF THAT CONVERSATION.

WE KNOW THERE ARE SEVERAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT I HAVE READY TO SHOW UP TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THEIR INDIVIDUAL THINGS.

WE WILL HAVE A FORMAL DISCUSSION ON THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARY LIKELY IN NOVEMBER, BECAUSE, AS I SAID, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION SPECIFICALLY TALK ABOUT THAT AND THE TOWNSHIP BOARD AS WELL.

WE WILL BE REACHING OUT TO ALL THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT MONTH, MONTH AND TWO MONTH OR TWO TO TO MEET WITH THEM AND AT LEAST PRESENT THE IDEA AND GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO PROVIDE INPUT.

EDC HAS ALREADY SUBMITTED A LETTER.

THEY ALREADY HAVE SOME COMMENTS THERE.

THE DAY AFTER WE SUBMITTED A NOTICE OF INTENT TO PLAN, THEY HAD ALREADY MET AND THEY PENNED A LETTER TO US.

AND SO WE EXPECT THAT ALL THE OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS WILL GIVE THEM A PRESENTATION AND SEND THEM AWAY TO THINK AND REALLY COME BACK WITH SOME INFORMATION THAT THEY WOULD LIKE US, THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND THE TOWNSHIP BOARD TO FOCUS ON AND THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

AND THEN WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING RIGHT NOW, AND IT STILL NEEDS TO BE FLESHED OUT.

AND THE PLANNING COMMISSIONERS HAD SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE LANGUAGE, BUT WE'RE TRYING TO NOT RECREATE THE WHEEL WITH OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

AND IN THAT WE HAVE A VERY GOOD PATHWAY MASTER PLAN.

WE HAVE A VERY GOOD PARKS MASTER PLAN.

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I DON'T NEED TO RECREATE THAT.

WHAT I NEED TO DO IS REFERENCE IT AND I NEED TO TIE IT BACK INTO SUSTAINABLE GROWTH.

I NEED TO TIE IT BACK INTO BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT.

I NEED TO TIE IT BACK INTO HOW THAT AFFECTS THE SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND TIGHTEN DOWN OUR GOALS AND OUR TOP LINE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AND THEN FILL IN UNDER THAT WITH THOSE CONNECTIONS BACK.

THE ONE BIG CHANGE THAT I AM RECOMMENDING AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION SEEMED TO BE ON BOARD WITH IS HOW WE HANDLE THE PEAK IS WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO IS TAKE, NOT TAKE THEM OUT OF THE FORMAL PLAN AND CREATE SMALL AREA PLANS FOR EACH OF THOSE PIKAS THAT WILL FUNCTIONALLY BE ROTATING REVIEW IN THE INTERVENING FIVE YEARS OF THE PLAN.

SO RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THREE.

THERE'S A VERY GOOD LIKELIHOOD THE EDC IS ACTUALLY ASKED US TO LOOK AT CREATING A FOURTH.

BUT IF YOU LOOK IN THE FIRST FIVE YEARS AS OF YET, JUST NOW WE'RE STARTING TO GET CONSTRUCTION ON ONE OF THE PEAK IS.

AND SO THE CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND, THE CONDITIONS HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE WE'VE HAD SOME DEMOLITION, BUT THERE'S BEEN NO REAL NEW CONSTRUCTION AS OF YET.

SO MAKING MAJOR CHANGES TO THE PEAK IS RIGHT NOW DOESN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE.

LET'S GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO BLOOM A LITTLE BIT.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING IS THAT ONCE THE PLAN GETS ADOPTED IN 2023, WE WOULD THEN PICK A PEAK AND START FUNCTIONALLY. WHAT WILL WE CREATE? WHAT WE'LL END UP CREATING OUT OF THIS IS TWO, THREE, FOUR PAGE MARKETING GUIDE FOR THOSE AREAS.

AND THAT BECOMES A SMALL AREA PLAN THAT WILL BE ADOPTED BY REFERENCE THROUGH THE OVERALL MASTER PLAN.

THOSE ARE THAT IS A PERMITTED WAY TO DO PLANNING IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN.

YOU CAN PULL OUT AND DO THESE SMALL AREA PLANS FOR ANY NUMBER OF THINGS.

AND THEN THE LAST THE LAST THING AND THE THING THAT WILL SORT OF BRING IT ALL TOGETHER IS WE'LL START WE'RE GOING TO BRING FORWARD A SORT OF SKELETON OF THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES WITH THE INFORMATION WE'VE HEARD TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, BEGINNING IN X, AND THEN BRING THE DRAFT MUTUALLY IN THIS MAP FORWARD BEGINNING NEXT YEAR, ALL WITH AN EYE TOWARDS FORMAL PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPTION IN THE EARLY PART OF 23.

AND SO THIS IS THE ROUGH OUTLINE THAT WE HAVE.

WE'RE WORKING WITH COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT TO START MORE OUTREACH AND SORT OF TRYING TO UTILIZE OUR EXISTING SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS AS BEST WE CAN TO GET SOME SORT OF QUICK HITTING INPUT ON THINGS.

WE DON'T HAVE MAJOR CONTROVERSIAL THINGS RIGHT NOW THAT WE WOULD EXPECT TO BRING THE PUBLIC OUT IN A GIANT CHARRETTE TYPE SETTING.

YOU KNOW, THE LAST ONE I WENT TO BEFORE COVID WAS PROBABLY THE REIMAGINING THE AVENUE THAT LANSING DID FOR THE MICHIGAN AVENUE CORRIDOR.

IT WAS A GREAT PROJECT.

WE DID ONE IN EAST LANSING WHERE WE INVITED PEOPLE TO COME TO.

I OPENED A BAR TAB AND INVITED ANYBODY TO COME OVER TO DUBLIN SQUARE AND HELP US REIMAGINE THE DOWNTOWN WITH LEGOS.

WE HAD AN EXISTING SETUP OF SORT OF HERE THE EXISTING BUILDINGS.

WHERE WOULD YOU CHANGE THINGS? WHERE WOULD YOU ADD A LEGO? AND THAT WAS A VERY INTERESTING WE GOT A DIFFERENT CROWD OF PEOPLE THAT WE WOULDN'T NORMALLY GET, BUT WE DON'T HAVE THOSE MAJOR CONTROVERSIES HERE, WHICH IS GOOD FOR US BECAUSE IT MEANS WE'RE DOING A LOT OF GOOD THINGS, RIGHT? SO NOW WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ELSE NEEDS TO HAPPEN GOING FORWARD, AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND DRILL DOWN ON.

LIKE I SAID, I'VE GOT A GROUP OF PROBABLY SIX OR EIGHT PEOPLE THAT ARE ALREADY READY TO COME OUT AND HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT SOME SPECIFIC AREAS.

I KNOW THERE'S A FEW MORE OUT THERE PROBABLY, BUT WE REALLY NEED TO BUILD ON WHAT'S GOOD AND GET THIS UPDATE ON.

SO I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR HAVE ANY CONVERSATION THIS EVENING, BUT I REALLY JUST WANTED TO PRESENT THIS TO THE BOARD SHORTLY AFTER WE DID WITH THE PLANNING COMMISSION, BECAUSE IT IS UNIQUE HERE THAT I THE BOARD IS THE FINAL ADOPTER.

THAT IS NOT HOW MY CAREER HAS GONE.

SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I'M SHARING THE SAME INFORMATION AT BOTH GROUPS.

SO. MR. HENDRICKSON. THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

AND THANK YOU, DIRECTOR SCHMITT, FOR THE INFORMATION.

AND AS I'M SURE YOU'VE GATHERED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I'VE BEEN REALLY INTERESTED TO SEE MOVE FORWARD FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

SO I'M EXCITED THAT WE'RE GETTING STARTED.

SO I THINK, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, THE SURVEY RESULTS FROM THE 2021 SURVEY.

HAVE THOSE YET BEEN DISSEMINATED TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION? TO US? NO, THE ABSOLUTELY.

THE SURVEY WAS DONE.

YEAH. THE SURVEY THAT WE DID IN LAST YEAR WAS PROVIDED THE RESULTS WERE PROVIDED TO THE BOARD.

I'M NOT SURE I WAS ON THE BOARD. AND THAT MAY HAVE BEEN JUST BEFORE YOU GOT HERE, ACTUALLY, NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT THAT.

I'D LOVE TO SEE THOSE.

I FORGET THAT WE HAD SUBSTANTIAL TURNOVER SO WE CAN GET THE COPY OF THE SURVEY RESULTS OUT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YES. SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

THAT WAS THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY REQUEST FOR THAT.

SO A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS THAT I'VE HAD IN GIVING THIS SOME THOUGHT OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO.

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WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED AND I ENCOUNTERED WHEN I WAS ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION, A NUMBER OF INSTANCES WHERE WE HAD DISCOVERED MISMATCH IN ZONING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN CORRECTED WITH A SLIGHTLY MORE PROACTIVE APPROACH FROM THE TOWNSHIP'S PERSPECTIVE.

SO WE DID THIS A COUPLE OF TIMES WITH A COUPLE OF PLANNING COMMISSION INITIATED REZONINGS.

THINKING OF ONE OVER ON HAGEDORN, THERE WAS ONE UP BY LAKE LANSING AS WELL, I BELIEVE.

IS THIS THE TIME TO START TO LOOK AT THIS AND DO SOME OF THESE PROACTIVE REZONINGS WITH, OF COURSE, THE PUBLIC'S INPUT AND PUBLIC HEARINGS AND SO FORTH? IS THIS THE TIME TO START LOOKING AT THOSE ONCE THIS PLAN GETS INITIATED, OR DO WE START THOSE NOW AND PUT THEM IN THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP? IT IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU DO AFTER THE FUTURE LANDS MAP IS UPDATED.

IT'S A VERY GOOD IMPLEMENTATION ITEM AS A GOAL OR OBJECTIVE BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT TYPICALLY WHEN YOU DO A LONG RANGE PLAN, YOU DO A MASTER PLAN AND THEN YOU UPDATE THE IMPLEMENTATION PIECE, WHICH IS THE ZONING ORDINANCE.

AND SO YES, THAT WOULD BE AN ITEM THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND IS AN OBJECTIVE OF THIS PLAN WHEN IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO IT.

AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE TACKLE IN 2023.

I KNOW THAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION HAS LOOKED AT SOME OF THOSE AREAS WHERE THERE'S SOME OVERLAP, WHERE THERE'S SOME MISMATCH, AND WHERE THERE'S SOME POTENTIAL CONFLICT WITH THE EXISTING LAND USE IN THE NEIGHBORING LAND USE.

SO WE WILL HAVE SOME OF THOSE ITEMS. I WILL POINT OUT.

SOME OF THEM, THOUGH, ARE PROBABLY INTENTIONAL IF WE LOOK BACK AS TO WHY THEY WERE DONE.

SO IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EVERY SINGLE MISMATCH.

BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL.

YES, THAT I HAVE A COUPLE IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD AS WELL.

THERE WERE A COUPLE OF OTHER ITEMS THAT I'D LIKE TO SEE THE MASTER PLAN AS WE GO THROUGH, AS WE START TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IT, CONSIDER ONE OF THEM IS WHETHER OR NOT THE TOWNSHIP SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT ADOPT A TIFF FOR THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AND AUTHORITY FOR THE CORRIDOR DISTRICT.

THIS IS, I THINK, BEEN SOMETHING THAT THAT WE COULD HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF WITH SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WERE COMING ALONG.

AND AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY, AT LEAST A LIAISON TO, I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ITCHING FOR THE FUNDING TO MAKE SOME OF THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS A REALITY.

AND SO GIVING THEM A FUNDING SOURCE THROUGH THE TIFF MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT WE COULD EXPLORE IN THE MASTER PLAN PROCESS TO MAKE THAT CORRIDOR HAVE SOME MONEY TO THROW AT BEAUTIFICATION AND WHATNOT AND A NUMBER OF THEIR OTHER GOALS THAT THEY HAVE.

THE OTHER ITEM WHICH I KNOW I SPOKE ABOUT AT LENGTH PREVIOUSLY, BEFORE AS WELL, WAS FORM BASED CODE.

AND I'M NOT ENTIRELY SURE IF THIS IS THE VENUE TO DISCUSS THAT.

I KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAD TAKEN SOME STRIDES ON.

WE HAD COME UP, I THINK, WITH A PILOT AREA THAT WE JUST NEVER SORT OF MOVED FORWARD WITH BECAUSE IT WAS TO COME DOWN THE ROAD SOMEWHERE AND WE ARE NOW DOWN THE ROAD.

WHETHER WE'RE SOMEWHERE OR NOT, I'M NOT ENTIRELY SURE.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT ADDRESSING OR SHOULD BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION FOR THE MASTER PLAN, OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WOULD COME AFTERWARD? IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF AN IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF B, AND I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT PROBABLY NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED DURING THIS COMP PLAN UPDATE.

YEAH. OKAY. AND THEN THE LAST THING IS, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE THE CONVERSATION AROUND THE DEEPIKA'S AND THREE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS AGO WE WERE DISCUSSING NODES THAT WAS THE TERMINOLOGY AT THE TIME AND IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE FIVE OR SIX.

BUT IT WAS LOOKING AT SOME OF THESE CONCENTRATED AREAS THAT ARE THROUGHOUT THE TOWNSHIP, NOT JUST AS AN OPENNESS, BUT THERE WAS ONE OVER IN THE PARK LAKE CORRIDOR. THERE WAS ONE AT HASLETT AND OAK ALCHEMIST'S AND ONE MITCHELL AND OKEMOS THAT SORT OF FIT THE BILL IN TERMS OF LIKE MORE COMMUNITY CENTERED NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALSO SOME COMMERCIAL.

AND SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE IDEA OF EXPANDING THE DEFINITION OF THESE AREAS THAT WE THAT WE FOCUS ON.

BECAUSE I DO THINK THERE ARE PROBABLY MORE LIKE 4 TO 6 THAT WE COULD BE SPENDING OUR TIME ON THAT.

I THINK SOME OF THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE SEEN IN HASLETT, WHICH IS TERRIFIC AND WE'D LIKE TO SEE OBVIOUSLY WITH OUR OTHER TWO PIKAS AS

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WELL, I THINK WE CAN START TO DIVERSIFY OUR FOCUS A LITTLE BIT INTO SOME OF THESE NEIGHBORHOOD AREAS AND CREATE SORT OF POCKET COMMUNITY AREAS WITHIN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP AS WELL.

AND SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THAT DISCUSSION AND SEEING HOW WE CAN BEST ADDRESS SOME OF THESE NATURAL NODE LIKE AREAS AND THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

TRUSTEE. TREASURER DESCHAINE THANK YOU.

DIRECTOR SCHMITT FIRST OF ALL, I SENSE YOU HAVE A REALLY GOOD HANDLE ON THIS PROCESS AND STAFF'S ROLE, THE BOARD'S ROLE, AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

I THINK YOU'LL BE GREAT USED TO THE BOARD IN HELPING US TO GET TO THIS AND GET THROUGH THIS IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY.

THE LAST MASTER PLAN TO DATE WAS 12 YEARS FROM THE PREVIOUS ONE AND REQUIRED A PRETTY MAJOR UPDATE.

IS IT YOUR SENSE THAT THIS IS MORE OF A MINOR UPDATE TO THE PREVIOUS MASTER PLAN? ABSOLUTELY. AND I THINK THE PLANNING COMMISSION WOULD AGREE THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD ENOUGH CHANGE PHYSICALLY OR FULLY UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE PANDEMIC IS CHANGING IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT TO REALLY DO A COMPLETE OVERHAUL AT THIS POINT.

I THINK IT WOULD BE A BIT OF FOLLY TO DO A FULL BLOWN CHANGE AT THIS POINT.

SO WERE IT NOT FOR THE STATE REQUIREMENT, WE DO THIS EVERY FIVE YEARS.

YOUR RECOMMENDATION MIGHT BE TO WAIT A COUPLE OF YEARS AT LEAST BEFORE WE DID THIS.

CORRECT. AND ONE OF YOUR OPTIONS UNDER THE STATE REQUIREMENTS IS YEP, OK.

WE LOOKED AT IT. WE DON'T NEED TO CHANGE ANYTHING NOW.

I DON'T NECESSARILY THINK THAT'S THE CASE HERE.

I THINK WE CAN AT LEAST DO SOME CHANGES.

UPDATE OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES WOULD BE MORE BENEFICIAL MOVING FORWARD AND MAKE SURE OUR FUTURE LAND USE MAPS IN GOOD SHAPE.

AND AGAIN, STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT WE LOOK AT THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARY ON A FIVE YEAR BASIS AT A MINIMUM.

BUT YES, IF NOT FOR THE FIVE YEAR REQUIREMENT, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE PUNTED THIS A COUPLE OF YEARS.

GREAT. AND LASTLY, REGARDING THAT, BECAUSE I AGREE WITH WHAT TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON SAID IS AND CHRIS BUCK BROUGHT THIS IDEA FORWARD THAT THERE ARE ACTUALLY THESE OTHER MICRO AREAS THAT WE OUGHT TO LOOK AT WITH PIKAS AS WELL.

AND I'M GLAD HE ALSO BROUGHT UP THE FARM BILL BASE CODE.

TO ME, THAT SEEMS TO BE A DISCUSSION THAT WE SHOULD HAVE IN DISCUSSING THE NEW MASTER PLAN.

IF NOTHING ELSE TO SAY, WE ARE INTENDING TO TRY IT ON THIS WESTERN EDGE OF GRAND RIVER AND MAKE THAT PART OF THE PLAN THAT WE WE'RE DOING THIS IN A VERY PURPOSEFUL WAY.

ABSOLUTELY. THANKS.

TRUSTEE WILSON, I APPLAUD YOUR PLAN AND THE STRATEGIES THAT YOU ARE GOING TO INVOLVE GOING TO EXERCISE WITH THIS PLAN.

THE FACT THAT YOU'RE GETTING COMMUNITY INPUT, THE FACT THAT YOU'RE GETTING BOARD INPUT I THINK ARE REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS AND IT'S A VERY STRONG PLAN IN TERMS OF THE DIRECTION THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GO.

SO I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THAT.

BUT I AM ALSO CURIOUS ABOUT WHERE THE POTENTIAL THIRD AND FOURTH PEAK AREAS MAY BE.

SO WE HAVE THREE RIGHT NOW.

SO YOU HAVE HASLETT AND OKEMOS.

BUT WE ALSO IN THE PLAN HAVE KERRY SET UP AS A BEACON, ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT NEARLY AS FLESHED OUT.

THE FOURTH IN THE EDC HAS ALREADY MADE THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT A POTENTIAL PEAK LOOKS LIKE AROUND THE MALL, WHETHER IT'S THE MALL SPECIFIC OR THE GREATER MALL AREA, AND WHETHER THAT ADDS ON TO THE VILLAGE PECO OR WHETHER IT'S ITS OWN.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK INTO AND THAT, TO BE FRANK, IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE THE FIRST ONE WE START WITH IN TERMS OF DOING THE SMALL AREA PLANS BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE THE TIME IS RIPE.

PLUS, YOU GIVE HASLETT AND OKEMOS A CHANCE TO BLOOM A LITTLE FURTHER.

LIKE I SAID, THAT'S GREAT.

THANK YOU. WHO KNOWS? TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

I ALSO APPLAUD YOU.

DIRECTOR SCHMITT.

I REALLY AM IMPRESSED WITH HOW YOU REVIEW BOTH ORDINANCES AND MASTER PLANS IN YOUR YOUR INPUT AND YOUR YOUR EXPERTISE.

SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD.

I WAS NOT A PART OF THE LAST MASTER PLAN, SO I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS, THIS WHOLE PROCESS AND AND APPRECIATE YOUR STAFF'S INPUT.

ALSO, TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON BEING PART OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR SO LONG.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR INPUT AS WELL.

SO IT'S NICE FOR YOU TO BRING UP SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT I KNOW I HAVEN'T CONSIDERED FORM BASE CODE.

AND I'M INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE ABOUT THE URBAN SERVICE BOUNDARIES AND WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ON THAT ONCE WE FLESH THAT OUT.

AND OTHER THAN THAT, I, I'M EXCITED.

OH, COME ON. WELL, HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN BOTH OF THE LAST TWO

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MASTERPLAN PROCESSES, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COMMEND YOUR PLANNING PROCESS.

I THINK THE FIRST TIME I GOT INVOLVED, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING, AND NO ONE GAVE ME THE KIND OF PREPARATION THAT I SEE HERE IN YOUR PLAN.

AND SO I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR FORWARD THINKING ABOUT HOW WE GET TO THE END OF ALL OF THIS.

I SUPPORT THE IDEA OF A REVIEW AND, YOU KNOW, MINOR RELATIVELY MINOR CHANGES AS OPPOSED TO A FULL BLOWN RECREATING THE MASTER PLAN, LIKE YOU SAY. NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED RELATIVE TO THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT THAT WE'RE OPERATING IN AND THAT LAND USE IS DETERMINED THEN.

SO I THINK THAT'S VERY APPROPRIATE.

THE YOU TALKED ABOUT NOT REBUILDING, NOT RECREATING THE PARTS OF MASTERPLAN AND THE PATHWAY PLANNED AND THAT WE SHOULD IN THIS UPDATE REFER TO THEM.

I AGREE COMPLETELY, BUT I HOPE WE WILL CONSIDER WHAT WE DID WITH THE SUSTAINABILITY PLAN, WHICH WAS ESSENTIALLY AMEND THEM OR INTO THE MASTERPLAN.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOOD APPROACH FOR THAT SUBJECT.

I'M EXCITED TO HEAR THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE LAST FIVE YEARS OF THE SPEAKERS, AND I APPRECIATE THAT IN REDUCING THE NUMBER OF GOALS, OVERARCHING GOALS THAT YOU RETAIN, THE IMPORTANCE OF SMART GROWTH AND GREEN GROWTH IN AS A CHARACTERISTIC OF THE TOWNSHIP IN YOUR ORGANIZATION.

SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING STARTED.

SO JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS TO WRAP UP.

AS SYS ENERGY OPSOMMER NOTED, THE COBALT SURVEY RESULTS, WHICH WE WILL ALSO EMAIL OUT, ARE AT THE TOP OF THE 20 SEP 21, 2021 PACKET.

IF YOU WANTED TO LOOK THEM UP, BUT WE WILL ALSO EMAIL THOSE OUT.

AND THEN JUST TO I LIKE TO LEAVE WITH THE CALL TO ACTION ON THINGS LIKE THIS.

TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO GOING FORWARD.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS, TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS, TELL THEM TO GET INVOLVED.

AND TO MY DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN AS I TELL MY STAFF, EXCEPT WHEN IT'S NOT AND THEN IT'S PROBABLY OPEN.

JUST KNOCK. BUT ANY IDEA THE THOUGHT YOU HAVE THE EARLIER THEY GET FILTERED TO US, THE BETTER WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO INCORPORATE THEM.

SO PLEASE, ANY THOUGHTS YOU HAVE? PASS THEM ON. OK.

THANK YOU. CLERK GUTHRIE YOU JUST HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL COMMENT.

ALL OF THE SURVEYS ARE UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION SECTION OF THE TOWNSHIP WEBSITE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SINCE 2003.

JUST FOR THE PUBLIC.

ALL RIGHT. NOTHING ELSE ON THAT SUBJECT.

WE MOVE TO ITEM 13 B TALL GRASS ORDINANCE AMENDMENT.

[13.B. Tall Grass Ordinance Amendment]

AND MR. SCHMIDT, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF THAT TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU CAN BE IN CHARGE OF GRASS.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY AND I, WE ACTUALLY GOT THIS READY EARLIER THIS YEAR BASED ON A CASE WE HAD LAST YEAR WHERE THE MAGISTRATE DETERMINED THAT A TICKET WE HAD ISSUED FOR NON MOWING WAS NOT VALID UNDER THE LANGUAGE IN OUR ORDINANCE.

AND SO WE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I TRY TO DO IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS IS REACH OUT TO OUR ATTORNEYS AND ASK THEM, OKAY, LET'S SIT DOWN AND REVIEW THIS AND SEE, IS THIS JUST A ONE OFF? DID WE DO SOMETHING WRONG OR IS DO WE NEED TO MAKE AN UPDATE? AND IN THIS CASE, THEY DID RECOMMEND SOME LANGUAGE CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCE.

WE DID NOT WANT TO BRING THIS THROUGH TO THE BOARD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER AND CHANGE THE RULES HALFWAY THROUGH.

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SO WE'VE WAITED UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR TO TO FUNCTIONALLY WORK, CLOSE TO THE END OF THE MOWING SEASON TO BRING THIS FORWARD.

THIS WILL CLARIFY WHAT CAN QUALIFY FOR LIKE A FLOWER GARDEN OR A NATURAL LANDSCAPING AREA.

THERE IS NO PERFECT ANSWER HERE WITH THE THE PROPERTIES THAT THIS APPLIES TO WILL FIGHT US NO MATTER WHAT.

BUT IT DOES CLARIFY THINGS GOING FORWARD.

SO IF WE DO GET INTO A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE A TICKET IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE AGAIN, WHICH IS VERY RARE, WE HAVE A BETTER STANDING FOR BEING ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THIS.

SO IT'S A RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT.

BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

OTHERWISE WE WILL BRING THIS BACK FOR FOR ADOPTION IN THE FUTURE.

MR. HENDRICKSON.

THANK YOU. SO THIS ORDINANCE AMENDMENT PUTS ME IN THE RELATIVELY UNUSUAL POSITION OF DISAGREEING WITH DIRECTOR SCHMIDTT AND THE ATTORNEYS.

I THINK THAT THE MEMO PROVIDED HERE, ALONG WITH THIS ITEM, ILLUSTRATES THE THE NEED FOR SOME ADDITIONAL TWEAKING ON THE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT THAT'S OR THE AMENDMENT THAT'S BEING PROPOSED HERE, BECAUSE ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES 15 PICTURES TO EXPLAIN IS NOT CLEAR ENOUGH FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

BUT THEY REALLY NICE PICTURE.

THEY'RE GREAT PICTURES AND THEY LOOK LIKE SOME LOVELY FLOWER BEDS AND VEGETABLE GARDENS AND WHAT HAVE YOU.

BUT MY CONCERN IS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF PERHAPS UNDEFINED TERMS OR ILL DEFINED TERMS THAT.

WE CAN'T TAKE THE ORDINANCE PROVIDED AND SAY, OH, AND HERE'S THIS PICTURE OF WHAT YOU CAN DO, RIGHT? WE DON'T HAVE COMPLEMENTARY MATERIALS ALONG THE WAY.

AND SO I WAS LOOKING AT THIS IN PREPARATION FOR THIS MEETING AND CLOSING MY EYES TO THE TEXT, LOOKING AT THE PICTURE AND TRYING TO DETERMINE, BASED ON THE TEXT OF THE ORDINANCE, IS THIS ALLOWED OR IS THIS NOT? AND I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU, I GOT SEVERAL OF THEM WRONG.

AND SO MY CONCERN IS FOR THE CONFUSION OF THE RESIDENTS.

AND MAYBE THERE'S A WAY TO MAKE THIS MORE CLEAR.

I APPRECIATE THE TIMING IN WHICH WE'RE DOING THIS SO THAT WE'RE NOT CATCHING HOMEOWNERS OFF GUARD.

BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE FIND A WAY TO MAKE THE ORDINANCE AS AS LEGIBLE, AS UNDERSTANDABLE TO THE RESIDENTS AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT WE'RE NOT SEEING DOWN THE ROAD PEOPLE GETTING IN TROUBLE FOR AN ORDINANCE THAT THEY CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY'VE COME INTO CONFLICT WITH.

SO I THINK SINCE IT'S UP FOR DISCUSSION, I JUST SIMPLY ASK YOU TO TAKE ONE MORE PASS AT THIS TO TRY TO MAKE IT A LITTLE CLEARER FOR THE RESIDENTS WHO WILL BE WHO WILL HAVE TO HAVE THIS ENFORCED UPON THEM IN THE COMING YEARS. AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN FIND SOMETHING THAT'S A LITTLE MORE PROVIDES A LITTLE MORE CLARITY IN THAT AREA.

WELL, I TEND TO AGREE WITH TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON ON MOST ISSUES.

I KIND OF LIKE THIS BECAUSE OF THE BREVITY OF IT.

WE DON'T JUST ISSUE A TICKET, CORRECT? THAT A HOMEOWNER WOULD ALWAYS GET A WARNING FROM US BEFORE WE CAME OUT AND SLAP A TICK ON THEM FOR NOT MOWING THEIR GRASSES.

YEAH. CORRECT. SO THE PROCESS IS GENERALLY WE STAKE SOMETHING, GIVE THEM ABOUT THREE DAYS TO CORRECT AND WE MOW IT ACTUALLY THROUGH OUR CONTRACT IF IT HASN'T BEEN MOWED AT THAT POINT.

TYPICALLY WE ONLY TICKET IF IT BECOMES AN ONGOING ISSUE AND I CAN COUNT, THERE'S VERY FEW PROPERTIES THAT IT BECOMES A TRULY ONGOING ISSUE ON.

WE HAVE OUR FREQUENT FLIERS, BUT IT RARELY GETS TO A TICKET.

MOST OF THESE PICTURES SEEM TO BE AT THE TRAILS OF LAKE LANSING.

IS THAT JUST BY ACCIDENT OR DO WE HAPPEN TO HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF GRASSES GROWING UP THERE? I WOULD HAVE TO ASK MR. KUCHEL WHERE HE SENT HIS INTERN TO TAKE THE PICTURES.

I USED TO LIVE IN THAT AREA.

THAT'S WHY I RECOGNIZED THE HOMES.

BUT AGAIN, I THINK PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH ALL OF OUR ORDINANCES IS THAT WE GET LAWYERS INVOLVED IN DRAFTING THEM AND THEY BECOME INDECIPHERABLE FOR CITIZENS.

AND I THINK THAT'S A SHAME.

WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THEM INDECIPHERABLE.

WE NEED TO MAKE THEM LEGALLY DEFENSIBLE, BUT WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE THEM LEGIBLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE AS WELL.

SO I CAN APPRECIATE WHAT TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON IS SAYING, BUT I ALSO WANT TO KEEP THIS AS CLEAN AS WE CAN, KEEP IT SO THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT.

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AND I'M ASSUMING IF WE SENT THEM A TICKET OR A WARNING, WE WOULD SAY, UNLESS THIS IS A PURPOSEFUL GARDEN YOU'RE PUTTING OUT THERE, THEN PLEASE GIVE US EVIDENCE OF THAT.

WE GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO MAKE THAT CASE AS WELL, CORRECT? ABSOLUTELY. IF THERE WAS EVER ANY QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT IT'S PURPOSEFUL, WE WOULD REACH OUT TO THEM.

I THINK THE SPECIFIC CASE THAT WE'RE REFERRING TO HERE HAS A CLEAR HISTORY OF NOT COMPLYING, AND THAT'S WHAT LED US DOWN THIS PATH.

CLERK GUTHRIE. THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

SO ON PAGE 123, YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF A HOME WITH FLOWERS AND SUCH IN THE EASEMENT.

THAT'S ALONG THE ROAD.

I DON'T THINK THERE'S A SIDEWALK THERE.

I CAN'T REALLY TELL.

I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND.

HOW THIS IS DIFFERENT IN THIS AT THIS RESIDENTIAL HOME, THEN SAY BECAUSE OF WHAT I'M READING THE LANGUAGE AND I'M LOOKING AT THIS PICTURE AND THEN I THINK ABOUT OTHER AREAS IN THE TOWNSHIP, LIKE BY OUR SOLAR PANELS OR LIKE LANCING AT THE CORNER OF LIKE LANSING ROAD AND MARSH.

I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S ENFORCEABLE, WHAT'S NOT ENFORCEABLE, WHAT'S PERMISSIBLE, WHAT'S NOT PERMISSIBLE.

AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOME OF WHAT I SEE IN BUSINESS AREAS THAN WHAT I'M SEEING IN THIS RESIDENTIAL AREA? YEAH.

SO I MEAN, THAT PICTURE IS CLEARLY A MAINTAINED FLOWER GARDEN.

THEY'RE MULCHED.

IT APPEARS TO AT LEAST IN PARTS TO BE PLANTED IN ROWS.

IT'S VERY INTENTIONALLY BEING MAINTAINED, WHEREAS SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE A VIOLATION IS SOMETHING THAT WHERE TURF, GRASS OR WEEDS HAVE OVERTAKEN IT.

THEY'RE NOT NATIVE PLANTINGS, THEY'RE NOT INTENTIONALLY PLANTED.

IT'S JUST NOT BEING MAINTAINED.

OH, SO YOU'RE SAYING THIS IS OK? ABSOLUTELY. OK THAT WAS THE MISUNDERSTANDING ON MY PART WITH THE PICTURES DONE SO IN THE DIFFERENCES.

SOME OF THEM ARE OK AND SOME OF THEM ARE.

BUT THE ONE YOU'RE REFERRING TO IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT IS ACCEPTABLE.

THEN I WAS CONFUSED AS WELL.

SO I THANK YOU, TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, FOR BRINGING THAT UP BECAUSE I WAS BAFFLED AT SOME OF IT AND MAYBE NOT CLEARLY DEFINED.

AND SOME OF US I WILL SEND MY ANSWER NOW AND WE GET BETTER PICTURES THIS TIME.

YEAH, WELL, I IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL IF THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE ORDINANCE THAT WAS INCLUDED WITH THE PHOTOS THAT SAID THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THIS OR THIS IS NOT A VIOLATION BECAUSE OF THIS. DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? I UNDERSTOOD. THANK YOU.

TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

I'M A LITTLE BIT IN BETWEEN.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

I WOULD SAY THAT I THINK IT IS A LITTLE VAGUE AND MAYBE IT JUST DOESN'T NECESSARILY NEED A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF EXPLANATION, BUT JUST CERTAIN WORDS LIKE NATURAL LANDSCAPE GARDENING, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? AND DOES THAT MEAN NATIVE SPECIES LIKE? HOW DO YOU DEFEND THAT? AND THEN IN RESPECT TO THAT, YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT FLOWER GARDENS OR VEGETABLE GARDENS.

WELL, SEASONALLY, IF THEY DON'T LIKE ONE PICTURE, SAYS THERE'S NO FLOWERS.

WELL, SEASONALLY THERE MIGHT NOT BE ANY FLOWERS.

RIGHT. OR SOME VEGETABLE GARDENS LIKE MINE DON'T MAKE IT.

AND SO WHAT WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, SO I THINK MAYBE LOOKING AT IT FROM THAT LENS IS BEING A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC ON THE WORDS AND OR IF WE COULD ADD DEFINITIONS, MAYBE THAT COULD BE HELPFUL.

ABSOLUTELY. SO THAT'S JUST MY OVERALL, I THINK IT'S AN IMPROVEMENT, THOUGH, GIVEN WHAT YOU'VE YOU'VE SHOWN HERE.

SO TREASURER DESCHAINE COULD WE NOT IN ADDITION TO AN ORDINANCE CHANGE, HAVE A PAMPHLET THAT WE PRODUCED AT SAYING OVERGROWN OR GARDEN AND JUST GIVE PEOPLE ON THAT AND EXAMPLES OF BOTH AND WHAT'S ALLOWED AND PUT THAT ON OUR WEBSITE, PUT IT HAVE IT UP IN YOUR COUNTER SO PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS.

WE CAN BE MORE ILLUSTRATIVE WITH THE BROCHURE THAN WE CAN WITH AN ORDINANCE.

ABSOLUTELY. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE, BUT THIS FEELS A LOT LIKE THE WHOLE SIGN ISSUE, YOU KNOW? AND TO SOME EXTENT WE'RE BEING ASKED.

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YOU'RE ASKING.

US TO DISMISS ANY SUBJECTIVITY WE MAY HAVE TO PROVIDE THE STANDARDS THAT INCLUDE OBVIOUSLY INTENTIONALLY CARED FOR AND WITH EASILY IDENTIFIABLE BOUNDARIES FOR DELINEATION AS YOUR FIRST STANDARD FOR THE DIFFERENCE.

AGAIN, I'M NEARLY AS BAFFLED AS I AM ABOUT THE WHOLE SIGN.

THE POINT IS THAT YOU CAN'T USE IF YOU HAVE TO READ IT TO KNOW THE PURPOSE FOR THE SIGN, THEN IT'S AN ILLEGAL SIGN.

YEAH. SO ANYWAY.

SOMEHOW I FIND THAT SIMILARITY BETWEEN THESE TWO INSTANCES.

BUT I THINK FOR ME GENERALLY THE EXPLANATION INCLUDING INTENTIONALLY CARED FOR AND YOU IN YOUR EXAMPLES, YOU, IDENTIFY THE MULCHING AND THE WEEDING AND THE ELIMINATION OF QUOTE UNQUOTE WEEDS AND THE YOU ASKED FOR BOUNDARIES AND CLEARLY ELIMINATED BOUNDARIES.

AND I PERSONALLY THINK THAT'S ENOUGH.

YOU KNOW, I GET THAT.

BUT I'M SURE THAT WE WILL SEE THIS AGAIN.

YEAH, NO, WE APPRECIATE THE FEEDBACK.

I MEAN, THIS IS NOT AN ORDINANCE THAT I'M NOT GOING TO LIE.

THIS WAS NOT ON MY RADAR WHEN I STARTED HERE.

SO THIS WAS ADDED TO THE LIST UNKNOWINGLY.

BUT WE'LL GET THIS TAKEN CARE OF ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

WELL, YEAH, IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE EXAMPLES OF OF LEARNING FROM OUR EXPERIENCES AND TRYING TO CORRECT THE CONFUSION.

YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU. WE NOW COME TO COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

MR.. OH, I'M SORRY.

OH, YES.

ITEM 13, HIM AND I PUT IT ON HERE.

[13.C. Fire Department ARPA Spending-Power Cots]

THIS IS A BOARD DISCUSSION ABOUT FIRE DEPARTMENT USE OF ARPA FUNDS FOR POWER CUTS.

MR. WALSH. THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I'LL BE BRIEF. YEAH, JUST BRIEF.

I'LL TALK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF IT.

THE CHIEF WILL TALK ABOUT THE COST SIDE OF IT.

JUST RECALL, WE GET ABOUT FOUR OR $4.5 MILLION IN ARPA.

HALF OF THAT HAS GONE TO ROADS AND IT SO THE TOWNSHIP BOARD, THERE'S ABOUT 2.2, 2.3 IN THERE, ROUGHLY $1,000,000,000 IN THE SECOND ROUND OF ARP FUNDING.

WE HAVEN'T OBVIOUSLY HAVEN'T BROACHED THAT SUBJECT YET, BUT THIS ISSUE TONIGHT IS TIMELY AND THAT'S WHY IT'S FOR YOU.

I DON'T HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT HOW YOU PROCEED.

THAT'S UP TO YOU. BUT I WANTED YOU TO KNOW THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF ARP AND WHERE WE'RE AT.

SO, CHIEF. THANK YOU, SIR.

GOOD. FRANK MADE MY SPEECH A LITTLE SHORTER, WHICH IS PERFECT.

SO WE WE TALKED ABOUT THIS EARLIER IN THE YEAR, GREAT PROJECTS THAT MANAGER WALSH ALLOWED US TO BRING TO THE TABLE AND AND WORK THROUGH WITH YOU GUYS TO COME UP WITH SOME PROCESSES. SO, AS YOU KNOW, FIREFIGHTERS GET HURT, RIGHT? WELL, ONE OF THE OPTIONS TO PROTECT THE FIREFIGHTERS IS LOOK AT EQUIPMENT, WHAT EQUIPMENT OUT THERE MAKES THE JOB A LITTLE BIT EASIER AND A LITTLE LESS STRAIN.

SO I WANT TO SHOW YOU A QUICK ONE MINUTE 22ND VIDEO.

IT'S NOT THE 20 MINUTES LIKE IT SAYS, BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO SEE THE PRODUCT BEFORE I EXPLAIN IT AND KIND OF GO THROUGH WHERE WE'RE AT BECAUSE WE'RE HERE FOR TWO COST SAVINGS TONIGHT AND I'LL EXPLAIN WHAT THOSE ARE.

WE'LL GET TO THEM. THERE'S NO AUDIO EITHER.

[INAUDIBLE].

YEAH, IT WOULD BE JUST MUSIC ANYWAY.

SO YOU CAN SEE HOW THAT WENT BY ITSELF, BY JUST PUSHING A BUTTON.

AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE.

AND IT'S WHAT WE DID HERE.

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SORRY. THAT'S OKAY.

I'M TRYING. HERE WE GO.

YEAH. SO THAT'S THE TRACKING, AND IT REALLY IT'LL LOAD ITSELF, WHICH IS REALLY NICE.

ALL RIGHT, THESE TWO TOUGH LADIES.

LET ME STOP THIS.

OKAY. SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT PUTTING A PATIENT ON A COT, WHAT'S THE PROCESS? AND THERE IS MULTIPLE STEPS AND IT'S THE WEAR AND TEAR ON THE BODY, MULTIPLE PATIENTS A DAY.

SO YOU HAVE THE CUMULATIVE LIFTING.

SO HOW MANY TIMES DO WE LIFT EACH PATIENT? WE LIFT THE COT OUT OF THE AMBULANCE.

IT TAKES TWO PEOPLE.

WE ROLLED IT INTO THE HOUSE.

WE LOAD THE PATIENT THAT'S LEFT NOW.

WE CARRY THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE ON THE COT.

IF THERE'S A STEP, WE HAVE TO CARRY IT DOWN.

WE LOAD IT INTO THE AMBULANCE.

IT TAKES TWO PEOPLE UNLOADED AT THE HOSPITAL AND PUT THE PERSON ON THE BED, GO BACK TO THE AMBULANCE AND LOAD ON THE COT.

SO WE DO THAT MULTIPLE TIMES DURING A DAY.

A LOT OF WHAT WE SEE ARE BACK INJURIES.

I PERSONALLY HAVE SEEN FIVE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR CAREERS BECAUSE OF BACK INJURIES FROM A COT.

NOT HERE. HERNIAS.

WE'VE HAD THREE IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF HERE AT MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

ELBOW INJURIES.

I JUST HAD TWO PEOPLE RETURNED TO WORK FROM BACK STRAINS FROM THE AMBULANCE, BOTH OFF OVER A MONTH.

ONE WAS OFF FOR TWO MONTHS.

I HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL OUT RIGHT NOW WITH A SHOULDER INJURY.

TWO OF THESE PEOPLE ARE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY.

SO THAT'S A COST TO THE TOWNSHIP, RIGHT? WORKER'S COMP TIME AWAY FROM THE DEPARTMENT POTENTIALLY OVER TIME.

THE CURRENT CUTS WE USE ARE 9000.

THESE NEW COTS, THERE'S NO LIFTING.

YOU PUSH A BUTTON, IT UNLOADS THE LEGS DROP, WE PULL IT, WE PUSH IT, THAT'S IT.

SO IT'S REALLY COOL. AND THAT'S WHY I WANTED TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE VIDEO.

SO THEY HAVE A GUARANTEE OF A 50% REDUCTION IN INJURIES, KNEES BACKS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND IF IT DOESN'T REDUCE YOUR END, THIS IS STRYKER, THE COMPANY WE'RE LOOKING AT BUYING FROM.

IF IT DOESN'T REDUCE IT BY 50%, THE CUTS ARE FREE.

THEY'LL GIVE YOU YOUR MONEY BACK.

THAT'S HOW MUCH THEY BELIEVE IN THESE.

SO THE FIRST CUT, THE FIRST SAVINGS OF GETTING THESE GUYS ARE OUR PEOPLE, LONGER CAREERS, LESS WORK LOSS, WORK TIME.

THE SECOND SAVING IS THEY JUST ANNOUNCED A 19% INCREASE.

SO A $261,000 PROJECT NOW WOULD BE A $26,000 INCREASE.

AND I'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THIS FOR TWO YEARS WITH ALL OF OUR STUFF.

LIKE WE BOUGHT SOME VEHICLES EARLY BECAUSE OF HUGE PRICE INCREASES.

SO WE'VE SAVED QUITE A LOT.

SO REALLY WHAT I'M HERE FOR TONIGHT IS TO REVIEW THE PROJECT AGAIN WITH YOU AND YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT WAS IN THE PACKET.

I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING LATE.

THANK YOU, FRANK, FOR HELPING ME GET IT ON THE AGENDA FOR TONIGHT.

BUT WE'RE ON A TIME CRUNCH HERE FOR OCTOBER 1ST, BEING A 9% INCREASE IN THE REALLY SAVED MONEY FOR OTHER THINGS.

THAT'S REALLY WHAT I'M HERE TO GET YOUR APPROVAL TO POTENTIALLY BUY THESE OR AT LEAST ORDER THEM.

IT'S A FIVE MONTH DELIVERY.

WE WON'T EVEN GET THESE TILL NEXT YEAR.

YOU KNOW HOW DELIVERIES ARE RIGHT NOW IN PRICE INCREASES AND DEMAND.

PRODUCTS ARE TAKING FOREVER TO BUILD PIECES AND PARTS.

SO THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR TODAY.

COST SAVINGS FOR OUR PEOPLE AND COST SAVINGS FOR THE ARPA FUNDS.

SO ANY QUESTIONS I CAN ANSWER JUST BEFORE WE START, YOU SAID THE INCREASE WAS 19%, 9%, IT'S 9%. I ROUNDED UP 10% FOR 26,000.

THAT'S THAT'S FINE.

TRUSTEE CLERK GUTHRIE.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I JUST HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FIRST.

I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THIS BEFORE THE BOARD FOR THE SAFETY OF THE EMPLOYEES, AND OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A GOOD BENEFIT FOR THEM.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE BENEFIT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WERE SERVING IN THE COMMUNITY WITH THESE POWER CUTS? BECAUSE CLEARLY THE MEMO IS FOCUSED ON OUR STAFF, BUT I KNOW THERE HAS TO BE BENEFITS FOR THE PUBLIC.

IF YOU COULD ADDRESS THAT.

WELL, THEY'RE MORE COMFORTABLE.

WE'VE ACTUALLY HAD ISSUES WHERE CUTS HAVE FAILED AND THEY'VE DROPPED WITH A PATIENT ON IT.

SO THAT'S HUGE.

THESE OBVIOUSLY, IF THEY FAIL, THEY'RE GOING TO DROP SLOWLY BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL GAS, ELECTRIC DRIVEN, WHATEVER, HOWEVER THAT WORKS.

AND ACTUALLY, WE CAN ACTUALLY CARRY HEAVIER PATIENTS.

NOW, RIGHT NOW, OUR CUTS HAVE ABOUT A £600 RATING.

THESE HAVE A 700 PLUS 750.

SO IT MAKES IT A LITTLE EASIER TO MOVE AND TRANSPORT A HEAVIER PATIENT, WHICH WE HAVE NOT THAT HEAVY, NEVER, NEVER HAD ANYWAY THAT HEAVY BUT

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IN THE LOAD THEM WITHOUT A LOT OF BOUNCING, ESPECIALLY WITH MAYBE FRACTURES, IT'S A LITTLE SMOOTHER.

AND SO SO THOSE ARE REALLY THE BENEFITS.

DID THEY STAY ON THIS AND TRANSPORT THEN THEY DON'T GET MOVED TO SOMETHING ELSE? NOT UNTIL WE GET TO THE HOSPITAL.

WE UNLOAD THEM ON A HOSPITAL BED.

OKAY. THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME. I REMEMBER THAT WE WERE ABOUT THIS BEFORE.

YOU NOTED THAT ALL OF THE OTHER AGENCIES FIRE EMT AGENCIES IN THE AREA, USE THIS KIND OF DEVICE AND THAT IN YOUR COOPERATIVE WORK WHERE YOU YOU CAN INTERCHANGE THESE DEVICES FROM OUR AMBULANCES TO THEIRS AND SIMILAR KINDS OF THINGS AS WELL.

YEAH. SO WHEN I PUT IN FOR THIS PROJECT A FEW MONTHS AGO, THERE WAS THREE AGENCIES THAT HAD IT.

NOW ALL FIVE OF OUR PARTNERS HAVE THEM.

THE BENEFIT THERE IS IF, LET'S SAY SOME OF THESE ANIMALS BREAKS DOWN AND THEY BORROW ONE OF OURS, IT HAPPENS OCCASIONALLY.

THEY CAN USE THEIR MASS CASUALTIES.

NOW WE CAN INTERCHANGE COTS IF WE'RE BORROWING AMBULANCES, BECAUSE GENERALLY IN A MASS CASUALTY, THE FIRST AMBULANCE THERE DOES ALL THE TRIAGING AND KIND OF PREPPING WHAT THE NEEDS ARE. AND THEN PATIENTS ARE MOVED FROM THERE.

THEY COULD USE THEIR CAT BECAUSE THEY WON'T BE TRANSPORTING PATIENTS.

SO A HUGE BENEFIT THERE BECAUSE NOW WE'RE WORKING EVEN CLOSER TOGETHER.

I SAW OTHER HANDS.

TRUSTEE WILSON WHEN YOU BROUGHT THIS FORWARD, WHEN WE HAD OUR INITIAL DISCUSSION, I GOT REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE CUTS FOR SEVERAL REASONS BECAUSE IT WILL AID THE PATIENT AND IT WILL AID YOUR STAFF BECAUSE YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT BACK INJURIES AND HOW FREQUENT THEY ARE, AND I THINK WE OWE THAT TO OUR EMPLOYEES TO GIVE THEM A SAFER ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO WORK.

SO I 100% SUPPORT GETTING THESE TWO UNITS HERE AT BEFORE OCTOBER 1ST, GETTING THE ORDER IN.

OH. JUST SORRY.

SURE. THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

I'M JUST A COUPLE QUESTIONS.

I MAY HAVE MISSED THAT MEETING.

SO THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'M SEEING IT.

OH, THAT MAKES SENSE.

BUT, CHIEF, HOW MANY HOW MANY AMBULANCES DO WE HAVE AND HOW MANY CUTS DO WE NEED? AND WHAT'S THAT GOING TO COST US? SO WE HAVE FOUR RIGHT NOW.

I'VE TALKED A LOT TO MANAGER WALSH BECAUSE WE HAVE A NEW DELIVERY ON THE 27TH.

THAT WILL BE OUR NEXT ONE TO KEEP FIVE FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS.

AND IT'S ACTUALLY GROWN INTO MORE REASONS.

BUT ORIGINALLY, IF WE HIT A DEER TOMORROW AND TOTAL IT, I CAN'T WORK WITH THREE AMBULANCES BECAUSE THEY BREAK DOWN AND I'LL BE DOWN TO TWO AMBULANCES AND TRYING TO FIND ONE FROM A PARTNER THAT I CAN BORROW, WHICH THEY HAVE THE SAME ISSUES.

SO RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THREE FRONT LINE IN ONE RESERVE.

THE GOAL WITH THE NEW AMBULANCE ON THE 27TH IS TO HAVE THREE FRONT LINE AND TWO RESERVE, BUT ONLY FOUR OF THE AMBULANCES WILL HAVE THESE CUTS.

THE FIFTH ONE WILL WILL BE STILL THE OLDER CUTS WILL MAINTAIN A COUPLE OF THEM BECAUSE THAT'S DOWN THE ROAD.

IT'LL BE USED MAYBE IN SPECIAL EVENTS, FOOTBALL GAMES.

WE DO DO OKEMOS FOOTBALL GAMES.

NEIGHBORS, IF THEY WANT TO BORROW THEM, WE'LL LET THEM USE ONE OF OUR COTS SO THAT THE MAX WE NEED IS FOUR.

SO WE MIGHT WE'LL MAKE DO WITH THAT FIFTH.

AND GIVEN THAT THEY ARE CLEARLY HYDRAULIC AND ELECTRONIC, I MEAN, DO THEY HAVE LIKE STATISTICS ON HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST? WHAT'S A MAINTENANCE COST? THEY DO. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW LONG THEY LAST.

I'M ASSUMING THAT WE'RE GOING TO LAST.

WELL, SO WITH THIS, WE HAVE A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT THAT WILL LAST INTO 2029.

THE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS ARE NOT CHEAP.

WHAT THAT GIVES US IS AN ANNUAL CHECK ON HEAD TO TOE, TOP TO BOTTOM, WHICH IS REQUIRED ANYWAY.

WE DO THAT WITH OUR CURRENT CUTS.

IN FACT, THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WE'VE HAD FOUR OF OUR CUTS THAT WERE FIXED.

SO THEY HAVE THE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE, THE BATTERY MAINTENANCE, AND THEN IF THEY BREAK, THERE'S A PROGRAM WHERE THEY'LL COME OUT AND ACTUALLY WORK ON THEM.

AND THEN IF ONE BREAKS, WE CAN BORROW ONE UNTIL IT'S FIXED STRIKERS JUST OUT OF, I THINK BATTLE CREEK.

SO THEY'VE GOT A GREAT PROGRAM.

YEAH, I'VE HEARD OF THEM, BUT I'LL TRY TO FIND SOME STATISTICS ON IF THEY HAVE AN ISSUE.

THAT WAS FUNNY. YEAH. JUST THAT THERE'S MAINTENANCE UNTIL 2029.

YEAH. AND I WILL TELL YOU, STRIKER HAS A PROGRAM FOR REFURBISHED COSTS THAT THEY'RE SELLING AT ABOUT A 30% CHEAPER IN THE LONG RUN.

SO THEY MUST BE DOING OKAY IF THEY CAN DO THAT AND ACTUALLY RESELL THEM.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE LOOK AT IN THE FUTURE.

IF WE HAVE COTS THAT ACTUALLY ONCE WE GET THROUGH OUR MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS AND WHATEVER LIFE SPANS THERE, WE'LL LOOK AT THAT.

AND THAT BRINGS ME TO MY LAST QUESTION.

WILL YOU DEAL WITH THE EXISTING CUSTOMERS? WELL, WE'LL KEEP A COUPLE OF THEM FOR OUR FIFTH AMBULANCE.

AND THEN MOST LIKELY, WE'LL EITHER TRADE THESE IN FOR THE STRIKERS OR OUTRIGHT SELL THEM.

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OKAY. NO, NO STORAGE ROOM.

NO, THERE'S NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO BUY THEM.

THEY'RE THEY'RE REALLY MOST FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE GETTING WELL BEYOND WHAT WE'RE USING RIGHT NOW JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE HEAVIER.

AND A LOT OF THAT IS THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE OUT THERE WHERE THEY FORCE US TO HAVE THESE HEAVIER, BOLDER CUTS THAT IT JUST WEARS AND TEAR.

SO THAT'S WHERE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STRYKER AND THESE OTHER COMPANIES.

AND IF STRYKER CAN GUARANTEE A 50% REDUCTION IN THESE INJURIES JUST FROM THE COTS OR YOUR COTS ARE FREE AT 26,000 APIECE, IT'S A HECK OF A DEAL.

YEAH, I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

THEY'RE STANDING BY THEIR PRODUCT.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, THANK YOU.

SO I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THIS BEFORE US.

THESE COTS WERE ON MY LIST OF OUR PRIORITIES WHEN IT CAME UP IN FRONT OF US FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF FUNDING, AND THEY REMAIN THERE NOW.

SO IF PERHAPS FRANK COULD CHIME IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT YOU SAID THAT'S REMAINING ON THE SECOND TRANCHE IS HOW MUCH? 2.3 MILLION.

SO THIS REPRESENTS ESSENTIALLY JUST OVER 10% OF THE REMAINING ARP FUNDS.

AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AS A BOARD THROUGH OUR BUDGETS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS SET THE NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS THAT WE HOPE TO HAVE. AND THE CHIEF HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF RECRUITING THAT.

BUT I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT HERE IS HOW MANY OF THESE INJURIES ARE KEEPING PEOPLE OUT FOR MASSIVE LENGTHS OF TIME.

AND SO YOU CAN DO ALL THE RECRUITING THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO, BUT YOU CAN'T SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BY RECRUITING.

RIGHT. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT WE CAN SOLVE BY USING THIS MONEY TO INVEST IN.

WHAT'S THE THEME TONIGHT? INVEST IN OUR PEOPLE, RIGHT? INVEST IN OUR FIREFIGHTERS TO HELP TO PREVENT THESE INJURIES.

AND SO I'LL COME AROUND TO MY QUESTION, WHICH IS WHAT IS IT THAT WE AS A BOARD NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO HELP YOU MAKE THE OCTOBER 1ST DEADLINE HERE? DO WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION TO AUTHORIZE THE EXPENDITURE OF THIS ARP MONEY, OR IS IT ENOUGH FOR US TO HAVE A STRAW POLL SAYING THAT WE SUPPORT IT? IF WE INDEED DO, I SAY YES, OF COURSE.

MR. WALSH.

YOU KNOW, I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO STAY IN MY OWN LANE.

AND THIS IS A STRICTLY A BOARD DECISION AND HOW THEY WANT TO MOVE FORWARD.

YOU RAISE A GOOD POINT.

TRUSTEE HENDRICK SAID IT IS ONLY ABOUT 10% OF WHAT OUR FUNDING IS ALLOWED AND IT'S REALLY UP TO THE BOARD AND HOW YOU WANT TO MOVE FORWARD.

THE THING IS TONIGHT, IF YOU DO WANT TO MOVE FORWARD ON TIMING AGAIN UP TO YOU WOULD NEED TO SUSPEND YOUR RULES FIRST AND THEN HAVE A VOTE TONIGHT IF YOU DECIDE TO MOVE FORWARD.

OR YOU COULD JUST NOD YOUR HEAD IF YOU'RE IMPROVEMENT AND WE WOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH IT AND WE CAN BRING THOSE UP LATER UNDER THE ARP.

WE CAN DO IT WITHOUT OFFICIAL ACTION, TOO.

IT'S JUST REALLY IT'S UP TO THE BOARD ON HOW THEY WANT TO MOVE FORWARD.

TREASURER DESCHAINE I THINK WE GOT TO BE MORE DELIBERATIVE THAN JUST NODDING OUR HEADS.

AND I MEAN, WE SUSPEND OUR RULES AND MOVE THIS ITEM TO OUR ACTION AGENDA FOR THE NIGHT.

SUPPORT. IT'S BEEN MOVED AND SUPPORTED THAT WE SUSPEND OUR RULES AND ACT ON THIS REQUEST.

I BELIEVE I NEED A ROLL CALL VOTE.

MR. LEMASTER. SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

TREASURER DESCHAINE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NOW A MOTION TO SUGGEST HOW WE PERCEIVE MR. DE SHAME. I MOVE THAT WE AUTHORIZE SPENDING FROM OUR ARPA FUNDING BALANCE OF $2.3 MILLION FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE POWER COTS SPECIFIED TONIGHT BY THE FIRE CHIEF IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $262,903.

SO MR. HENDRICKSON WILL BE OUR SUPPORT FOR THE RECORD.

MR. DESCHAINE YEAH, THIS IS A SMART MOVE.

AND AS HENDRICKSON POINTED OUT, IT REALLY FITS WITH OUR THEME OF TAKING CARE OF OUR EMPLOYEES, EVEN IF WE'RE AT THE TIME THE COST SAVINGS, THE FACT WE'LL HAVE THESE SOONER

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RATHER THAN LATER TO PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES, AND THAT GUARANTEED THEY'RE PROVIDING US THAT WE'RE GOING TO REDUCE INJURIES HERE AT THE CUTS ARE FREE.

THAT'S A PRETTY STRONG GUARANTEE.

AND FOR CLARIFICATION, STRYKER'S, BASED OUT OF KALAMAZOO, I'M SURE BATTLE CREEK WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THEM THERE.

A MAJOR EMPLOYER IN BATTLE CREEK.

THANK YOU. THAT'S LOCAL ENOUGH FOR US.

MR. HENDRICKSON. WELL, I'LL JUST POINT OUT I'LL SUPPORT THE MOTION, AS I DID A SECOND AGO, BUT I'LL POINT OUT ONE OF MANAGER, WALSH'S FAVORITE THINGS, WHICH IS THAT WE WILL BE PAYING IN CASH.

OKAY, FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS.

YOU GOT US TO SMILE ANYWAY.

YEAH. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? CLERK GUTHRIE THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

I JUST WANT TO QUICKLY ADD, I MEAN, NOT ONLY THAT, IT'S GOOD FOR STAFF, BUT IT'S GOOD FOR THE PUBLIC AS WELL.

AND SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND WHILE $26,000 DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A LOT, IT IS.

AND SO I'M GLAD THAT TRUSTEE HAS BROUGHT THAT UP AND THAT MOTION WAS BROUGHT HERE TONIGHT.

SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO US.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. I DO APPRECIATE IT.

WE STILL HAVE TO VOTE ON THE MOTION.

ROLL CALL VOTE, I PRESUME? YES. CLERK GUTHRIE.

YES. TREASURER DESCHAINE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. MOTION CARRIED SIX ZERO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GREAT. NOW WE HAVE REACHED ITEM 14 COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

[14. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC]

SEEING NO PUBLIC.

MR. WALSH, DID YOU HAVE COMMENTS YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE AT THIS TIME? I DO, AND I APPRECIATE THE COURTESY EXTENDED TO MAKE THAT COMMENT.

A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I FORGOT TONIGHT THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT.

ONE IS ASHLEY WINSTEAD.

ASHLEY WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WAS THE ASSESSOR AND HOW DIRECTOR SCHMIDTT WHEN WE NEEDED AN ASSESSOR SAID YOU NEED TO BRING HER IN.

AND WE LISTENED TO DIRECTOR SCHMIDTT SINCE HE WAS SUCH A GOOD HIRE.

AND WE BROUGHT HER IN. AND OF COURSE SHE NEEDED TO GO THROUGH THE STATE'S CERTIFICATION TO REACH THE MASTER LEVEL.

AND WE FOUND OUT YESTERDAY THAT SHE PASSED HER TEST FIRST TRY.

AND SO ASHLEY WINSTEAD, OUR ASSESSOR, IS NOW A LEVEL FOUR, WHICH IS REQUIRED HERE IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

SO IT WAS JUST GREAT WORK BY THE TECHS WORKING THROUGH THE TAX COMMISSION AND LAYING ALL THIS OUT.

BUT IT WAS REALLY ALL ABOUT HER.

SHE DID THE WORK, WE LAID THE ROADMAP, BUT SHE GOT IT DONE.

SO PROUD. VERY PROUD OF ASHLEY TO HAVE HER ON OUR TEAM.

THE OTHER THING I FORGOT TO MENTION, TOO, IS THE CATTLE ON THE ROOF.

THAT'S JUST A $50,000 THING THAT GETS LOST IN THE SHUFFLE, BUT REALLY NOT IT SHOULDN'T.

YOU KNOW, OUR OKEMOS PROJECT WITH THE ROOF CAME IN ABOUT 49,000 OVER BID.

AND WE TRUSTEE OUR NOT TRUSTEE ANYMORE.

THANK GOD. ASSISTANT MANAGER.

AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT.

WELL, ASSISTANT MANAGER.

OPSOMMER AND I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA.

LET'S ASK CATTLE.

LET'S ASK CATTLE TO COME IN AND SUPPORT THAT ROUGH.

WE MET WITH CATTLE.

CATTLE TOOK IT TO THEIR BOARD, AND THEY'RE GOING TO PAY THE ADDITIONAL 50,000.

WE CONTRIBUTE $3 MILLION A YEAR TO CATTLE.

SO THEY'RE GOING TO HELP US AND SUPPORT THAT ROOF.

AND FINALLY, WHAT HAPPENS ON A LOT OF THESE PROJECTS THAT WE HAD OUT THERE, THE SIGNS GOING BACK PROBABLY A DECADE WHERE THE CLARK, FORMER DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MSU TO LAKE LANSING, HUGE PROJECTS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT WERE JUST LAGGING AND LAGGING.

AND WE TEAMED UP THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF THIS TONIGHT HAS BEEN ABOUT.

BUT ASSISTANT MANAGER OPSOMMER AND DIRECTOR MASSEY ARE JUST REALLY GELLING AND GETTING THESE THINGS DONE.

AND I COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF WHAT OUR TEAM IS DOING.

BUT I DID WANT TO MENTION ABOUT THE ROOF OF OTHER PROJECTS THAT WERE MOVING FORWARD AND ASSESSOR.

WINSTEAD SHE'S DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB.

THANK YOU FOR THE COURTESY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT INFORMATION.

WE APPRECIATE IT ALWAYS.

AND ON 15 OTHER MATTERS AND BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS.

[15. OTHER MATTERS AND BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS]

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR. I WILL BE BRIEF.

I WAS CURIOUS AND THIS IS, I THINK PROBABLY WELL, IT'S A QUESTION FOR THE ROOM, LET'S SAY I WAS CURIOUS BECAUSE WE HAD THIS THIS LENGTHY CONVERSATION AT OUR LAST MEETING ABOUT RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.

AND WE'VE GONE THROUGH, OBVIOUSLY, AS A COMMUNITY QUITE A BIT TO GET TO THIS POINT.

AND I'M CURIOUS AS TO WHAT IS TO MOVING FORWARD WITH THAT DISCUSSION.

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WE'VE OBVIOUSLY HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF FOLKS AT OUR LAST MEETING WHO CAME OUT TO SPEAK ON THAT TOPIC.

WE, AGAIN, HAD SOME FOLKS COME OUT TO SPEAK ON THAT TOPIC.

THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SPEAKING ON THIS TOPIC FOR QUITE SOME TIME, INCLUDING AT THE BALLOT BOX LAST MONTH.

AND SO I SEE DIRECTOR SCHMIDTT SLOWLY MAKING HIS WAY TO THE PODIUM.

SO PERHAPS THIS COULD BE A QUESTION FOR HIM, WHICH IS WHAT IS OUR TIMELINE? WHAT IS OUR APPROACH HERE? HOW DO WE MOVE THIS BALL FORWARD? YEAH, SO WE ARE STAFF IS WORKING ON THAT RIGHT NOW TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT A PLAN FORWARD AND A TIMELINE.

WE'RE RUNNING FULL RIGHT NOW, SO WE'RE GOING TO FIND SOME SPACE FOR THIS IN THE SCHEDULE I HOPE TO BRING FORWARD AT ONE OF THE NEXT TWO MEETINGS AN ACTUAL SCHEDULE AND PLAN OF ATTACK FOR HOW TO ADOPT THIS, BECAUSE IT WILL INVOLVE THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND THE BOARD.

IT WILL INVOLVE SIGNIFICANT WORK WITH THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEYS BECAUSE OF THE LICENSING PIECE OF THIS IS SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT.

SO WE ARE WE WILL PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH A ROADMAP FORWARD AT ONE OF THE NEXT TWO MEETINGS.

THANK YOU. IT DOES.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANYONE ELSE? I WOULD JUST LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE, AND ESPECIALLY THE PUBLIC, THAT MR. SCHMIDTT IS ALSO HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING ON SEPTEMBER THE 27TH AT 3 P.M..

THE DEVELOPERS OF THE VILLAGE OF OKEMOS ARE PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE MIXED USE SPUD.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK MORE TO THAT, MR. SCHMIDTT? BRIEFLY, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR BELABORING THIS EVENING THEY HAVE PROPOSED ANOTHER MINOR AMENDMENT TO ADD THE PARKING STRUCTURES BACK IN THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY REMOVED BY MINOR AMENDMENT AND MAKE SOME MINOR CHANGES TO THE FIRST FLOOR REAR ALONG HAMILTON.

THEIR DEFINITION OF MINOR CHANGES.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

ANYONE ELSE HAVE? THEN I WILL ENTERTAIN THEM.

MOTION TO ADJOURN.

JUST YOU WITH IT.

MOVE TO ADJOURN THE PART ON IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.

PLEASE SAY YES.

YES. OPPOSE NO CHAIR.

VOTE YES. THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.