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[1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER]

[00:02:19]

SPEAKERS]. GOOD EVENING. WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER FOUR, 2022 REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN.

PLEASE JOIN ME FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

OKAY, MR. LEMASTER, COULD WE HAVE A ROLL CALL?

[4. PRESENTATION]

ITEM FOUR ON OUR AGENDA HAS TO DO WITH A SINGLE PRESENTATION FOR TONIGHT.

PRESENTATION IS ON THE COMMUNITY SIDE PROJECT MR. DEPUTY DIRECTOR OPSOMMER AND DIRECTOR MASSEY.

I'M GOING TO SHARE THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THIS BIG PROJECT.

I'M ALREADY IN TOWNSHIP.

GOOD EVENING, SUPERVISOR JACKSON BOARD MEMBERS.

WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE THIS EVENING TO GIVE YOU THE WHAT WILL PROBABLY BE THE FINAL UPDATE ON THE 2022 WAYFINDING SIGN PROJECT.

THIS IS A PROJECT THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR NEARLY A DECADE NOW.

JUST TO GIVE YOU AN OVERVIEW, THIS IS KIND OF THE MENU OPTION OF SIGNAGE THAT WE WORKED WITH CORBIN DESIGN, A DESIGN FIRM FOR WAYFINDING AND WELCOMING SIGNAGE.

SO THIS IS MORE OR LESS THE VARIOUS SIGNS THAT THEY PUT TOGETHER DESIGNS FOR FOR THE TOWNSHIP.

AND SINCE THAT TIME, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IMPLEMENTING THE SAME PLAN, WHICH WE WILL GIVE YOU AN OVERVIEW TONIGHT.

THIS IS ACTUALLY A 3D ELEVATION RENDERING OF WHAT THE SIGN WILL LOOK LIKE AT THE MARSH ROAD CURB CUT TO THE ENTRANCE TO THIS COMPLEX.

SO THIS WILL BE A DIGITAL BOARD SIGN AND THERE IS A ELEVATION RENDERING OF WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE DURING THE DAY AND AT NIGHT.

WE DO HAVE RECESSED LIGHTING, LED LIGHTING IN THE ARCH, THE BLUE ARCH THERE OVER THE LOGO THAT WILL ILLUMINATE THE LOGO AT NIGHT.

AND OF COURSE THE BOARD IS AN LED BOARD SO WE CAN DISPLAY ANY GRAPHIC THAT OUR DESIGN TEAM AND OUR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT CAN DESIGN FOR US. SO FIRST WE'LL GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE FOUR WELCOMING SIGNS.

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SO THIS IS THE ACTUAL DESIGN OF THE WELCOMING SIGN FOR THE NORTHEAST, SOUTH AND WEST SIGNS.

AND YOU'LL NOTICE THAT ON THE BACK OF THE SIGN, WE DO HAVE THE NOW LEAVING A PRIME COMMUNITY.

SO WE INCORPORATE THE BRAND ON THE EXIT OF THE SIGN AS WELL AS THE ENTRANCE.

SO OUR EAST WELCOMING SIGN, THE SIGN WILL BE LOCATED AT 4357 MERIDIAN ROAD OR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF GRAND RIVER AVENUE AT RED CEDAR RIVER EAST PRESERVE. SO THIS IS BOTH OF THESE LOCATIONS ARE LOCATED AT MERIDIAN ROAD AND GRAND RIVER AVENUE.

THE FIRST LOCATION IS ON THE NORTH WEST CORNER OF THE INTERSECTION.

WE ARE STILL WORKING WITH THE PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNER ON AN EASEMENT FOR THIS LOCATION.

IF THAT DOES NOT WORK OUT, WE DO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE LOCATION AND A SIGN PLAN OR WE HAVE A SITE PLAN FOR THE PRESERVED PROPERTY AS WELL. IF WE NEED TO GO TO THAT AND WE'RE HOPING TO HAVE ONE MORE MEETING WITH THIS PROPERTY OWNER HERE IN THE NEXT 2 TO 3 WEEKS.

THE NORTH WELCOMING SIGN.

SO THIS IS GOING TO BE LOCATED AT THE EXISTING SIGN LOCATION.

THIS IS A PARCEL THAT IS OWNED BY THE TOWNSHIP.

THIS IS JUST NORTH OF BAKER STREET.

SO THIS IS IF YOU'RE COMING INTO THE NORTHERN LIMITS OF THE TOWNSHIP, YOU'D BE GOING BY MONTICELLO THAT IS LOCATED IN BATH TOWNSHIP.

IT'S THE LAST PARCEL IN BATH TOWNSHIP.

WHEN YOU GO DOWN THE HILL AND IT STARTS TO LEVEL OFF THERE RIGHT BEFORE THE FIRST PROPERTY OR THE FIRST HOME IS LOCATED.

ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE IS WHERE OUR CURRENT SIGN IS.

YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THE PHOTO ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE.

AND SO THAT'S WHERE NORTH WELCOMING SIGN WILL BE LOCATED.

THE SOUTH WELCOMING SIGN IS GOING TO BE LOCATED ON ANOTHER UNDEVELOPED PARCEL.

SO THIS PARCEL IS AT OKEMOS ROAD AND ASSOCIATION DRIVE.

IT IS THE PARCEL IMMEDIATELY NORTH OF LUCKY'S STEAKHOUSE.

SO IT'S ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF ASSOCIATION DRIVE FROM LUCKY'S STEAKHOUSE, JUST OFF THE EDGE OF THE SCREEN THERE IS A LITTLE POND.

SO THIS IS ACTUALLY OPEN SPACE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL AND OFFICE COMPLEX ON ASSOCIATION DRIVE.

THIS EASEMENT HAS BEEN SECURED AND MUCH OF THAT CREDIT GOES TO DIRECTOR MASSEY IN SECURING THAT EASEMENT.

WEST WELCOMING SIGN.

SO THIS ONE IS GOING, WE HOPE TO BE LOCATED AT 2843 GRAND RIVER AVENUE.

THIS IS THE OLD PLATO'S CLOSET STRIP MALL.

THERE'S A UPS STORE IN THE STRIP MALL.

PRESENTLY, DEATON IS THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY FOR THE FOR THIS LOCATION.

THEY DO NOT OWN THE PROPERTY, BUT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH DTN KIND OF AS THE MIDDLE PERSON TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PROPERTY OWNER.

WE STAKED AND LOCATED THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SIGN.

THE PROPERTY OWNER IS FROM OUT OF STATE.

HE DID COME IN FROM NEW YORK TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND WE ARE HOPING FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THIS FRIDAY ON THIS EASEMENT.

AND THIS IS KIND OF A MAP AND AN OVERVIEW.

IT'S NOT VERY ILLUSTRATIVE FOR YOU GUYS, JUST DUE TO THE SPACE, GEOGRAPHIC SPACE OF THE MAP.

BUT THAT DOES SHOW THE FOUR POINTS FOR THE NORTHEAST, SOUTH AND WEST WELCOMING SIGNS.

NOW, WE'LL GIVE YOU AN OVERVIEW OF THE PARK, SIGNS THAT WILL BE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR'S PROJECT.

SO WE WILL DO A DIGITAL BOARD SIGN.

SO THE SAME SIGN THAT WILL GO TO THE MARSH ROAD ENTRANCE TO THIS COMPLEX.

WE'LL ALSO GO RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE MARKETPLACE ON THE GREEN.

THE GREEN BOX THERE THAT SAYS HISTORICAL VILLAGE.

IF YOU LOOK JUST ABOVE IN THOSE UPPER, UPPER RIGHT PORTION OF THE GRAPHIC, YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY DO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE FOR THE MARKETPLACE ON THE GREEN. AND SO THAT GREEN BOX WILL SHIFT UP KIND OF WHERE THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX IS FOR THE MARKETPLACE ON THE GREEN SIGN.

AND THAT'S A PICTURE OF WHERE IT'LL GO.

IT'LL ACTUALLY GO RIGHT WHERE THE POSTS ARE FOR THE CURRENT TEMPORARY SIGN, RIGHT BETWEEN THE TWO PATHWAYS THAT LEAD INTO THE MARKETPLACE.

IT'LL LOOK VERY GOOD. IT'LL BE LOCATED RIGHT BEHIND THE DELTA DENTAL STAGE OF THE MARKETPLACE ON THE GREEN CENTRAL PARK SOUTH.

FOR CONTINUITY, WE WILL ALSO UPDATE AND MODERNIZE THE CENTRAL PARK SOUTH SIGN LOCATION.

IT IS ESSENTIALLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE MARKETPLACE ON THE GREEN.

SO WE WANT CONTINUITY IN THE SIGNS ON CENTRAL PARK DRIVE TOWNER ROAD PARK WILL GET THE SAME EXACT SIGN.

THIS THIS PARK DOES HAVE THIS IS OUR NEWEST PARK AND IT DOES HAVE A TEMPORARY SIGN THAT WAS INSTALLED DURING THE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION.

BUT THIS WILL REPLACE THAT TEMPORARY SIGN.

AND THEN THE FINAL PARK SIGNS FOR THIS YEAR'S PROJECT WILL BE CENTRAL PARK IN NEWTON ROAD PARK.

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THEY WILL GET THE SMALLER SIGN, CENTRAL PARK.

THIS ONE WILL ACTUALLY GO RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF THE PAVILION.

AND OF COURSE, THE PAVILION IS SLATED FOR A UPGRADE IN THE 2023 BUDGET.

SO THE PAVILION WILL GET NEW SIGNAGE AND A MAKEOVER IN 2023.

AND THEN NEWTON ROAD PARK DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A SIGN.

IT'S OUR SECOND NEWEST PARK.

AND THAT'S WHY NEWTON ROAD WAS ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR'S PROJECT.

AND SO THE MAP HERE AGAIN, HAS NOT ONLY THE EAST, WEST, NORTH AND SOUTH WELCOMING SIGNS.

THIS MAP ALSO HAS THE PARK SIGN LOCATIONS.

AND THEN THE FINAL PORTION OF THIS YEAR'S PROJECT IS THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

THIS IS A MAP OF THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX PLAN.

AND OF COURSE, AS WE SHOWED YOU AT THE BEGINNING WITH THE 3D ILLUSTRATION OF WHAT THE SIGN WILL LOOK LIKE, WE WILL HAVE THE BOARD SIGN AT THE MARSH ROAD ENTRANCE TO THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.

CENTRAL PARK DRIVE WILL GET A VERY SIMILAR SIGN, BUT IT IS SLIGHTLY SHORTER AND DOES NOT HAVE THE BOARD.

THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS WILL GET THIS MONUMENT SIGN OUT IN FRONT.

THAT SIGN IS ACTUALLY RIGHT BEHIND THIS WALL.

SO IT'S SITTING RIGHT BEHIND TRUSTEE SUNDLAND RIGHT NOW.

SO THAT SIGN WILL BE REPLACED WITH THIS AND WE WILL REMOVE THE LETTERING ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING AND UPGRADE IT WITH A POLICE DEPARTMENT SIGN JUST LIKE THIS ONE.

SO IT WILL BE IN THE GREEN BELT IN FRONT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND THEN WE WILL HAVE FIVE WAYFINDING SIGNS THROUGHOUT THE COMPLEX HERE, HELPING TO DIRECT TRAFFIC TO THE APPROPRIATE PARKING AREAS AND BUILDINGS IN THE COMPLEX.

AND THEN LAST WILL BE THE VINYL GRAPHICS ON THE DOORS.

THESE WILL GO ON THE TWO MAIN ENTRANCES TO THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX HERE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TOWN HALL ROOM AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

MAIN ENTRANCE DOORS WILL ALSO GET THE POLICE DEPARTMENT LOGO FROM OUR NEW BRAND.

AND AGAIN, THAT IS THE MAP FOR THE MUNICIPAL SIGN COMPLEX.

AND THEN LASTLY, THIS IS OUR BUDGET FOR THE PROJECT.

WE BUDGETED WE HAD 175,000 IN THE BUDGET FOR A NEW PLAYGROUND AT TOWNER ROAD PARK THAT IS BEING REPURPOSED FOR THIS PROJECT.

AND THEN IN THE QUARTER TWO, THE BOARD APPROVED A BUDGET AMENDMENT OF 369,900 THAT WAS ORIGINALLY TO INCLUDE THE OKEMOS LIBRARY ROOF AS WELL.

WE WERE ABLE TO GET KETTLE SUPPORT TO COVER THE OVERAGE ON OUR ORIGINALLY BUDGETED 95,000.

SO THAT LEAVES US A LITTLE BIT MORE WIGGLE ROOM.

BUT AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE REMAINING FUNDS THERE, WE WILL HAVE ABOUT 47,000 LEFT AT THE END OF THE PROJECT BASED ON OUR BIDS.

AND THAT WILL BRING THE PROJECT IN AS IT WAS BUDGETED IN THE QUARTER TO BUDGET AMENDMENT AND LEAVE THE REMAINING OKEMOS ROAD FUNDS TO BE PUT BACK INTO THE GENERAL FUND AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FISCAL YEAR.

TOTAL PROJECT COST. WE'RE LOOKING AT ABOUT 431,000.

AND WITH THAT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT THE BOARD MAY HAVE.

THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO RUN FROM MID-OCTOBER TO THE END OF FEBRUARY IS THE CURRENT COMPLETION DATE IN THE CONTRACT.

WE COULD RUN INTO SOME ISSUES WITH WEATHER.

OBVIOUSLY, IT'S GOING TO BE WINTER CONSTRUCTION.

THE SIGNS ARE FABRICATED MOSTLY AT THE SHOP AND THEN THEY'LL BE DELIVERED HERE AND INSTALLED.

HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE.

THANK YOU. THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE QUESTIONS.

TRUSTEE WISINSKI MORE OF A COMMENT, BUT I THINK THIS IS THIS IS REALLY GREAT.

I THINK YOU GUYS DID A GOOD JOB PLACEMENT, THE ESTHETICS AND CERTAINLY THE PURPOSE.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. THE QUESTIONS JUST ONE.

SO THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD EXPECT BY THE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR, FEBRUARY 28TH, AS OUR CURRENT COMPLETION DATE IN THE CONTRACT.

AND OUR WINNING BIDDER HAS NOT ASKED FOR AN EXTENSION TO THAT DEADLINE.

NOW, ARE THERE OTHER ELEMENTS OF THIS SIGNAGE BRANDING PROJECT THAT ARE INCLUDED BUT NOT SCHEDULED YET? NOPE.

EVERYTHING, EVERY SIGN THAT IS IN THE BIDS AND THE CONTRACT WAS TOUCHED ON JUST NOW.

OK FIVE WAYFINDING SIGNS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE VINYL GRAPHICS ON THE DOORS HERE AND OVER AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING.

SO EVERY SIGN INCLUDED WAS TOUCHED ON IN THIS PRESENTATION.

WE'LL MAKE SURE THE CLERK'S OFFICE RECEIVES A COPY AND IT CAN BE UPLOADED TO THE BOARD PACKET ON THE WEBSITE.

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GREAT. THANK YOU.

ABSOLUTELY. ARE NO OTHER QUESTIONS? MS. MATTHEW DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD? NOT REALLY. THE ONLY OTHER THING I WOULD ADD IS, AS YOU CAN SEE ON SOME OF THE SIGNS, THERE'S THE PLANTER BOXES.

OBVIOUSLY, THAT PROBABLY WON'T TAKE PLACE UNTIL NEXT SPRING.

THAT WOULD BE A LITTLE DELAYED, BUT THAT'S NOT PART OF THE SIGN BID, SO.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ITEM FIVE ON OUR AGENDA AS CITIZENS ADDRESS AGENDA ITEMS AND NON AGENDA ITEMS.

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

AND I HAVE SEVERAL GREEN CARDS HERE.

I WILL READ OUR POLICY WHICH ESSENTIALLY SAYS WELCOME TO THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP BOARD HELD IN PUBLIC FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING THE BUSINESS OF THE TOWNSHIP BOARD.

THERE ARE TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

CITIZENS WHO WISH TO ADDRESS THE BOARD REGARDING AGENDA OR NON AGENDA ITEMS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING AS WELL AS NEAR THE END OF THE MEETING. INDIVIDUALS WILL NEED TO COMPLETE A GREEN FORM LOCATED WITH THE AGENDAS NEAR THE ROOM ENTRANCE AND PRESENT THE CARD TO THE TOWNSHIP STAFF MEMBER PRIOR TO THE START OF PUBLIC COMMENT.

AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, THE SUPERVISOR WILL CALL UPON INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PROVIDED A GREEN CARD TO SPEAK ON THE TOPIC 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, YOU WILL RECEIVE A WARNING 30 SECONDS BEFORE THE THREE MINUTE TIME LIMIT HAS EXPIRED.

THE BOARD HIGHLY VALUES PUBLIC COMMENT AND INPUT.

HOWEVER, THE BOARD'S 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, 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.

PLEASE ADDRESS ALL COMMENTS TO THE BOARD, NOT TO INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS OR TO OTHERS IN ATTENDANCE.

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

IT IS NOT A MEETING FOR THE PUBLIC.

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

FIRST GREEN CARD I HAVE IS FOR MARK SANTUCCI.

I GET LUCKY TWICE IN A ROW.

MY PRONUNCIATION.

YEAH, YOU GOT IT. PERFECT.

MARK SANTUCCI.

5909 BLAKEFIELD DRIVE IN EAST LANSING.

LAST TIME I WAS HERE, I TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF COMBINING THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSE WITH THE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LICENSE.

WHILE I WAS HERE, I LISTENED TO SOMEONE WHO WAS OPPOSED TO DOING THE RECREATIONAL LICENSE, AND HIS MAIN POINT WAS THAT HE DOESN'T WANT A CONDITION IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP LIKE HE'S SEEN IN LANSING.

AND SO I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THAT MYSELF, ALONG WITH MY BROTHER AND MY COUSIN OWN APPROXIMATELY 30 ACRES ON HAGEDORN ROAD.

ONLY ABOUT EIGHT OF THOSE ACRES ARE ACTUALLY BUILDABLE.

THE REST IS WETLANDS.

MY POINT IS, WE'RE TALKING WITH A GROUP RIGHT NOW WHO WOULD LIKE TO BUILD A RECREATIONAL, IF EVERYTHING PASSES A RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA FACILITY, BUT THAT WOULD ONLY TAKE ABOUT TWO OF THE 30 ACRES.

AND TO US, IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK AT THE WHOLE PROPERTY AND OPTIMIZING OR MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF THE WHOLE PROPERTY, NOT JUST THOSE TWO ACRES.

SO IT'S IN OUR FINANCIAL INTEREST TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER IS PUT THERE NOT ONLY IS REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT WE WANT IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT IS SOMETHING THAT IS GOOD FOR THE REST OF OUR PROPERTY.

SO WHETHER IT'S AN ANCHOR BUILDING OR JUST ONE OF OTHER BUILDINGS, IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO US THAT IT DOESN'T DETRACT FROM THE VALUE BUT ACTUALLY ADDS TO THE VALUE.

SO I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING NOT ONLY AT OUR ZONE BUT AT ALL THE ZONES AND WHAT PEOPLE ARE LIKELY TO DO THAT MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP IS SUCH THAT IT WOULD BE FOOLISH FOR ANYONE TO BUILD

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SOMETHING THAT'S A HALF ASS OPERATION BECAUSE FIRST OF ALL, THE TYPE OF CUSTOMERS THAT WILL BE HERE IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN THE ONES IN LANSING.

AND SECOND OF ALL, IF THEY WANT TO MAKE MONEY, THEY HAVE TO DO IT IN A WAY WHICH IS ATTRACTIVE TO WHOEVER THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE.

WAS THAT THE 32ND? YEAH, THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL I WANTED TO SAY ABOUT THAT.

BUT I'D BE GLAD PERSONALLY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ANY OF THE TRUSTEES HAVE AT ANY POINT IN TIME IN THE FUTURE AS YOU'RE WORKING THROUGH THIS.

BECAUSE I'VE LOOKED AT THIS WHOLE THING FROM AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE, AND I THINK I HAVE A LITTLE BIT TO ADD TO THAT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THE SECOND GREEN CARD IS FROM JAMIE GARMO.

GOOD EVENING. IT'S JAIME GARMO.

MY PENMANSHIP ISN'T GREAT.

I KNOW. JAIME GARMO, 400 SOUTH WOODWARD IN BIRMINGHAM.

OK. GOOD EVENING TO THE TRUSTEES.

I AM THE LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE CURED LEAF TC, WHICH WAS AWARDED A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROVISIONING CENTER LICENSE BACK IN 2019 HERE IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP. WE SUCCESSFULLY CLOSED ON THE PROPERTY ON 3520 OKEMOS ROAD, KNOWN AS THE JOLLY OAK PLAZA, AND WAS AWARDED A BUILDING PERMIT AS WELL AS A SPECIAL USE PERMIT EXCUSE ME FOR THE INTENDED USE.

SINCE THEN, WE'VE INVESTED OVER $5 MILLION TOWARDS THIS PROJECT AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO INVEST MORE IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP IN LINE WITH ITS INTENT TO HOPEFULLY DRAFT AN ADULT USE ORDINANCE.

WE AS FAR AS OUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, WE CURRENTLY OWN AND OPERATE CANNABIS FACILITIES THROUGHOUT MICHIGAN IN OWOSSO, YPSILANTI, TRAVERSE CITY, WARREN, DETROIT, AND HAVE TWO PENDING APPROVALS IN PONTIAC.

SO WE HAVE SHOWN SUCCESSFUL OPERATION COMPLIANCE WITH NO ISSUES FROM THE STATE AND MUNICIPAL LEVEL IN TERMS OF LICENSING, SECURITY AND ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE.

SO WE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT OURSELVES AS A RESOURCE TO THE BOARD IN THE EVENT THAT YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS UPON YOUR DISCUSSION WITH DRAFTING THIS ORDINANCE.

IT'S ONE THING TO OPEN UP A CANNABIS FACILITY.

IT'S ANOTHER THING TO OPEN UP ONE THAT'S SUCCESSFUL THAT MAINTAINS REGULATORY COMPLIANCE BECAUSE IT'S NOT EASY.

THE CRA IS PRETTY STRICT ON HOW TO OPERATE THESE OPERATIONS IN TERMS OF DATA, DATA KEEPING, SECURITY, PRODUCT HANDLING AND ALL THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

SO WE'VE NEVER HAD ANY ISSUES IN ANY OF THE MUNICIPALITIES THAT WE'VE OPERATED IN.

SO WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN COLLABORATIVE AND WE'D LIKE TO OFFER THAT COLLABORATION TO THE MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

WE'D ALSO LIKE TO CONCLUDE BY THANKING YOU FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO BRING THIS TO THE TABLE AS IT WAS LAST DISCUSSED IN 2021.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS INITIATIVE IS IN LINE WITH THE WILL OF THE VOTERS THAT THEY'VE SPOKEN SINCE 2021 AND WANT TO SEE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP AS IT RELATES TO THE INCREASED TAX REVENUE, INCREASED PROPERTY TAX VALUE, AND DEFINITELY THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME ALONG WITH IT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. NEXT IS GINO BALDINO.

GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS GINO BALDINO.

I LIVE AT 1812 NORTH COLLEGE ROAD, MASON, MICHIGAN.

ALTHOUGH IT'S MASON, MICHIGAN, I HAVE BEEN A PROPERTY OWNER IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS.

I AM A LOCAL BUSINESS BUSINESS OWNER AND I AM A STAKEHOLDER IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP REGARDING THIS ORDINANCE AND I SUPPORT THE ADULT USE MARIJUANA TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE.

AND A COUPLE OF THE REASONS THAT I FEEL ARE VERY IMPORTANT IS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT'S RESPONSIBLE PLANNING THAT IS CONTROLLED AND MONITORED BY AN ENVIRONMENT THAT I FEEL THAT THE POLICE AND ALSO THE TOWNSHIP CAN CONTROL WITH WHAT GOES ON WITH THAT TYPE OF USE.

IT IS ALSO HAS PASSED TWICE WITH VOTERS AND THEY ARE RECOMMENDING.

I KNOW IT'S A SMALL MARGIN, BUT IT HAS PASSED AND FOR THOSE REASONS I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE ADULT MARIJUANA ORDINANCE.

THANK YOU. THIS IS JOHN HOOD.

GOOD EVENING, SUPERVISOR JACKSON AND MARINE TRUSTEES JOHN HOOD, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE OKEMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS HASLETT RESIDENT 5636 TEAKWOOD LANE

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HERE THIS EVENING JUST TO BRING TO EVERYONE'S ATTENTION THE THE THE BOND VOTE THAT'S UP FOR THE OKEMOS SCHOOLS ON NOVEMBER 8TH.

IT'S REALLY NOT NOVEMBER 8TH.

IT'S NOW UNTIL NOVEMBER 8TH BECAUSE ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE OUT.

SO HERE TO JUST PROVIDE SOME RESOURCES AND FACTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY SO THEY CAN MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS TO VOTE ON THE OKEMOS SCHOOLS.

2022 BOND WE HAVE A PROPOSAL TO ASK VOTERS TO CONSIDER A $275 MILLION BOND.

THAT WOULD BE A NO EXPECTED TAX INCREASE OVER WHAT OUR VOTERS ARE CURRENTLY PAYING IN OKEMOS OF THEIR SEVEN MILLS MILLAGE RATE.

WE CAN DO THAT WITHOUT RAISING TAXES BECAUSE WE'VE REALLY MAXIMIZED THE LIFE OF OUR FACILITIES AND THIS $275 BOND.

NO TAX INCREASE WOULD REPLACE THREE BUILDINGS BEYOND THEIR USEFUL LIVES, WOULD PUT CORNELL BACK ON THE CORNELL SITE.

BUT A NEW CORNELL ON THAT SITE, A NEW CHIPPEWA AND KENWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLS, WOULD INCLUDE BUILDING AND SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS ACROSS ALL OF OUR BUILDINGS, INCLUDING SECURE ENTRY.

VESTIBULES AT EVERY SCHOOL WOULD ADDRESS PRESSING FACILITY NEEDS AND IMPROVEMENTS DISTRICT WIDE THAT WE HAD IDENTIFIED AND A THIRD PARTY FACILITIES ASSESSMENT WOULD EXPAND TENNIS COURTS AND REPLACE OUR SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL COMPLEXES WHICH ARE AGING, EXPAND OUR PERFORMING ARTS, OUR CAFETERIA AND OUR KITCHEN AT OKEMOS HIGH SCHOOL WOULD ALLOW FOR A CLASSROOM ADDITION AND A REDESIGN OF THE CAR LINE AT HIAWATHA ELEMENTARY AS WELL.

IN ADDITION, ALL OUR BUILDINGS WOULD BE LOOKING AT FURNITURE REPLACEMENTS AND WE'D BE LOOKING AT TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS, REPLACING STUDENT DEVICES DISTRICT WIDE.

IF THIS BOND PROPOSAL IS APPROVED FOR OUR CITIZENS WHO WANT MORE FACTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE OKEMOSBOND.NET.

YOU CAN SEE AN FAQ AND OVERVIEW OF ALL THE PROJECTS BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON HOW WE ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS TO BRING THIS PROPOSAL FORWARD.

I DO HAVE SOME INFORMATION FOR OUR TRUSTEES AS WELL THAT I'LL LEAVE HERE TO.

IF OUR TRUSTEES WOULD LIKE TO JUST BE INFORMED OF WHAT'S ON THE PROPOSAL.

WE DO HAVE A COMMUNITY FORUM ON ZOOM WEDNESDAY EVENING, 6:30 TO 7:30 AND ONE AT PLAYMAKERS AS WELL ON THURSDAY EVENING FROM 6:30 TO 7:30 TO ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THEY MAY HAVE.

WE ALWAYS ARE STRIVING TO CONNECT WITH OUR LARGER COMMUNITY, SO IF ANYONE IN THE COMMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR EMAIL SERVICE, WE HAVE A NEW COMMUNITY EMAIL SERVICE.

SO OUR SENIOR CITIZENS, OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, OUR BUSINESSES, OUR FORMER PARENTS, OR OUR FUTURE PARENTS CAN GET DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS AS WELL.

JUST VISIT OUR WEBSITE OKEMOS K 12 DOT NET AND YOU CAN SIGN UP AND BE ON OUR LISTSERV.

AND JUST IN CLOSING.

JUST PRAISE AGAIN TO OUR TOWNSHIP.

IT'S GREAT TO LOOK AROUND THE ROOM AND SEE SO MANY TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS THAT WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR SCHOOLS.

FROM MANAGER WALSH AND PARKS AND REC, WE MET WITH LEWIS MEISNER TO TALK ABOUT SENIOR CENTER ASSISTANT MANAGER OPSOMMER AND COUNTY COMMISSIONER [INAUDIBLE] HAVE HELPED US WITH ALL THE CONSTRUCTION AND GETTING KIDS TO AND FROM SCHOOLS.

TRUSTEE WILSON, YOU'VE HELPED CONNECT US WITH TOWNSHIP RESOURCES AND AND IN YOUR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERISM AND ALWAYS CHIEF PLAGA AND HAMEL HELPING US RUN THE SCHOOL SAFE AND EFFECTIVELY. SO GRATITUDE FOR THE TOWNSHIP.

IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THE NEXT GREEN CARD, I BELIEVE, IS MARCUS.

YES. MARCUS BALDORIE? YEAH. OKAY. YEAH.

WELL, MORE TIME. MARCUS. BALDORIE RESIDENCE IS 2267 MOUNT HOPE ROAD.

OKEMAS, MICHIGAN.

I'M A BUSINESS ATTORNEY, LICENSING ATTORNEY AND INTEREST HOLDER IN ONE OF THE APPLICATIONS FOR AN ADULT USE AND MEDICAL PROVISION CENTER.

AND ALSO, I'M A I'VE BEEN A CITIZEN OF OKEMOS FOR 30 YEARS MY ENTIRE LIFE AND DON'T HAVE TOO MUCH TO ADD OF JUST SEEING ALL THE APPLICANTS I'VE WORKED WITH TO GET TOGETHER ON THIS PROCESS FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS.

AND EVERYTHING FROM MY PERSPECTIVE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY IN GOOD FAITH AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN GOOD FAITH.

AND I ALSO, AS A BUSINESS ATTORNEY AND SOMEONE WHO'S DONE LICENSING AROUND THE STATE, I GENUINELY DO NOT SEE THESE FACILITIES AS GOING TO BE ANY SORT OF DISRUPTION IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

I'VE LIVED HERE MY WHOLE LIFE, AND IT'S HARD TO ARTICULATE THAT IN A REALLY NARROWED DOWN, CONCISE WAY.

BUT I'VE SEEN HOW THIS IS ROLLED OUT IN DIFFERENT MUNICIPALITIES AND JUST THE WAY THAT I'M SEEING THIS DEVELOP HERE, I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO DISRUPT ANYTHING.

IT'S JUST GOING TO BRING INVESTMENT JOBS IN IN HERE.

AND AS AS I'M SURE YOU'LL FIND OUT INCREASINGLY AND YOU MIGHT ALREADY KNOW, THE SECURITY AND OVERSIGHT FROM THE STATE IS

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IS PRETTY SERIOUS.

AND THAT'S WHAT THAT'S THE KIND OF SCRUTINY WE'RE EXPECTING AS A COMPANY.

AND I KNOW THE OTHER APPLICANTS ARE EXPECTING THAT AS WELL.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE WITH THE OPT IN AND WE'D LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

NEXT IS MIKE MCCURDY.

I'M MIKE MCCURDY, 5458 OKEMOS ROAD.

LIFELONG MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP RESIDENT, SECOND GENERATION RAISING MY KIDS HERE AND MY GRANDKIDS.

THEY'RE IN OKEMOS SCHOOLS.

SO SUPPORT THE BOND PROPOSAL.

NOT HEAR WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT.

BUT HEY, MORE MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOLS.

THAT'S GREAT. WE SHOULD KEEP INVESTING.

I THINK I'M HERE REPRESENTING THE CANNABIS CAUCUS OF THE MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT RECREATIONAL CANNABIS SHOPS ARE THE RIGHT MOVE FOR MUNICIPALITIES, NOT ONLY OURS, BUT ACROSS THE STATE.

THE CANNABIS JOBS THAT ARE PROVIDED AREN'T JUST JOBS THAT ARE ENTRY LEVEL.

THESE ARE THESE ARE POTENTIAL CAREERS FOR PEOPLE.

THIS IS A NEW FIELD.

PEOPLE ARE GETTING IN. THEY'RE BECOMING STORE MANAGERS.

THEY'RE THEY'RE GETTING INTO THE AGRICULTURAL END OF THINGS.

THERE'S SO MUCH EXPERTISE TO BE HAD IN THE FIELD FROM FROM MEDICAL TO RECREATIONAL THAT WE'RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT GOOD JOBS, QUALITY JOBS, JOBS THAT PEOPLE CAN MAKE INTO CAREERS, AND THAT IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR YOUTH.

MY DAUGHTER WORKS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY AND AND I'M SO GLAD THAT SHE HAS THAT THAT ABILITY TO DO SO.

AND IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF SHE COULD DO SO IN THE TOWNSHIP.

ALSO, I'M AFRAID THAT SO MUCH OF THE OPPOSITION TO TO CANNABIS IN OUR TOWNSHIP, IN OTHER PLACES, IT'S THE CULTURE WARS AND IT'S ALL BAD.

IT'S THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE BURNING BOOKS, WHO HAVE BEEN AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

AND WE CAN'T WE CAN'T BE AFRAID OF THAT.

YOU KNOW, CANNABIS IS A LEGAL INDUSTRY.

WE'VE SEEN IT RAISING GREAT REVENUE FOR OUR STATE.

WE'VE SEEN IT IMPROVING COMMUNITIES, FILLING VACANT STOREFRONTS, LIKE I SAID, PROVIDING JOBS.

AND IT'S NEVER HURT ANYBODY.

THE ONLY THING THAT'S EVER HURT ANYBODY ABOUT CANNABIS IS THE DRUG WAR.

THE DRUG WAR HAS DESTROYED COMMUNITIES AND AND DESTROYED LIVES.

AND THE LEGAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY IS THE WAY TO CHANGE THAT.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THE CANNABIS CAUCUS ADVOCATES FOR IS USING THAT TAX REVENUE WE GET TO TO REINVEST IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN MOST AFFECTED BY THE WAR ON DRUGS.

SO SO WE'RE WE'RE WE'RE TAKING MONEY FROM THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY AND USING IT TO HELP PEOPLE REENTER SOCIETY AS THEY LEAVE THE LEGAL SYSTEM, AS THEY LEAVE INCARCERATION. AND WE HAVE THE LEGAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY INVESTING IN THE MICHIGAN CANNABIS FREEDOM COALITION AND THE MICHAEL THOMPSON CLEMENCY PROJECT AND OTHER PLACES WHERE WE CAN HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN JUST VERY NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE DRUG WAR.

SO THESE THESE LEGAL CANNABIS SHOPS ARE IMPORTANT.

THEY'RE IMPORTANT IN MANY WAYS, AND I REALLY HOPE THAT WE ALLOW THEM IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU, JOSH KOBY ? GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS JOSH HARVEY.

I LIVE IN DREXEL ROAD IN LANSING, MICHIGAN.

MY WIFE IS A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE AND MY IN-LAWS STILL LIVE OVER ON TAMARACK.

SPEAKING TO YOU TODAY IN FAVOR OF ENCOURAGING TO ADOPT A CANNABIS OPT IN ORDINANCE.

A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON ME.

I WAS A SPOKESPERSON IN COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR THE STATEWIDE LEGALIZATION CAMPAIGN IN 2018.

I THEN FOLLOWED UP THAT EXPERIENCE BY HELPING TO LAUNCH THE MICHIGAN CANNABIS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION.

IT'S THE LARGEST TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, AND I NOW RUN A PR FIRM AND DO SOME CONSULTING IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY, INCLUDING WITH A FEW OF THE MEMBERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO GET LICENSES HERE.

SO I JUST WANTED TO DISPEL, IF YOU MYTHS THAT YOU HAVE HEARD OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF AN INCREASE OF CRIME IN AND AROUND ANY STORES IN MICHIGAN OR IN OTHER PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY.

THERE'S NO EVIDENCE OF ANY INCREASE IN ACCESS FROM TEENS OR INCREASE IN TEEN USE.

IN FACT, ACTUALLY, THE STATE OF MICHIGAN AND BOTH STATE OF COLORADO HAVE FOUND A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN TEEN CANNABIS USE LAST YEAR.

THERE'S ALSO NO IMPACT ON THE STATUS OF YOUR COMMUNITY.

ANN ARBOR AND GRAND RAPIDS ARE CONSISTENTLY RANKED AMONG THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE AND RAISE A FAMILY IN MICHIGAN.

THEY HAVE PLENTY OF CANNABIS STORES.

WHAT YOU WILL GET IN EXCHANGE FOR OPTING IN AND CREATING A VERY SMART, WELL-THOUGHT OUT LICENSING AND ZONING STRUCTURE WOULD BE AN INCREASE IN TAX REVENUE, WHICH OTHERS HAVE

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MENTIONED. LAST YEAR THERE WAS $56,000 THAT COMMUNITIES RECEIVED PER STORE.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO SOLVE ANY OF YOUR BUDGET PROBLEMS BY ANY MEANS.

WE NEVER ARGUED THAT WHEN WE WERE ADVOCATING FOR THE 2018 LEGALIZATION, EITHER AT THE STATE LEVEL.

BUT IT'S NOT A DROP IN THE BUCKET EITHER.

THE SIGNS AND THE BUDGET ISSUES THAT MR. OPSOMMER WAS BRINGING UP, THAT'S LESS MONEY YOU'LL HAVE TO SPEND ON THINGS LIKE THAT THAT COULD HELP GO TOWARDS THOSE THINGS.

YOU'LL BE WELCOMING NEW BUSINESSES AND JOBS INTO YOUR COMMUNITY AND YOU'LL BE DIMINISHING THE BLACK MARKET, WHICH PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT IF YOU HAVE MORE STORES AND LEGAL PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CAN BUY SAFELY, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GO TO THE BLACK MARKET WHERE PEOPLE DON'T CHECK IDS, THEY DON'T CARE WHO THEY'RE SELLING TO.

THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE POTENTIALLY SELLING OTHER PRODUCTS THAT ARE MORE DANGEROUS.

SO WE WANT TO DIMINISH THE BLACK MARKET AND GET PEOPLE ACCESS TO THE LEGAL MARKET WHERE IT'S SAFE.

SO I JUST THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR CONSIDERATION.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

THANK YOU. THE LAST GREEN CARD I HAVE IS FOR ROBERT BALDORIE. I'M SORRY.

YOU AND I ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PRACTICE.

I WILL, DORY.

I'VE SAID IT BEFORE.

THE OUTDOOR. YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.

TWICE IN ONE NIGHT.

50 YEAR RESIDENT ALMOST HERE IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

2719 [INAUDIBLE] ROAD.

I LOVE LIVING HERE. IT'S A GREAT COMMUNITY AND I WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO BUT HELP MAKE IT A BETTER COMMUNITY.

AND I PRAY. I PREPARED A FEW NOTES HERE SOMEWHAT AS A RESPONSE TO MY NEIGHBORS WHO ARE ARGUING PRECINCT VOTING NUMBERS AS A MEANS OF LIMITING THE NUMBER OF STEPS.

SO I PREPARED THESE NOTES FOR THEM AND THEY DIDN'T SHOW UP, BUT I'M GOING TO DELIVER THEM ANYWAY.

I WENT THROUGH THE PRECINCT MAP AND THE LOCATIONS OF THESE THE POTENTIAL LOCATIONS FOR THESE SHOPS.

LET'S TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, PRECINCT NUMBER ONE, WHERE NO PROHIBITION PREVAILED BY A VOTE OF 456 TO 437.

THAT WAS A TOTAL OF 19 VOTES.

PRECINCT TWO NO TO PROHIBITION, ONE BY 101 VOTES.

PRECINCT THREE NO TO PROHIBITION, ONE BY 31 VOTES.

PRECINCT 18 NO TO PROHIBITION ONE BY A WHOPPING 165 VOTES.

SO MY QUESTION IS, IF YES TO PROHIBITION HAD WON BY SIX VOTES, WOULD MY NEIGHBORS OR THIS BOARD BE ASKING WHAT COULD BE DONE FOR ALL THOSE PRECINCTS THAT VOTED NO TO PROHIBITION? AND I THINK WE KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT ONE.

BUT I WANT TO TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER AND LOOK BRIEFLY AT SOME OF THE SIX LOCATIONS THAT WERE ALLOWED BY THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE THAT SOME ARE ARGUING SHOULD BE ELIMINATED OR REDUCED, FOR EXAMPLE, THE LOCATION THAT MR. SANTUCCI OWNS ON SOUTH HAGEDORN WROTE, WHICH I REPRESENT AND IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM WHERE I LIVE.

I LIVE IN PRECINCT 13 THERE IN PRECINCT 17, WHICH VOTED YES TO PROHIBITION BY A SMALL MARGIN.

BUT THIS LOCATION IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE, MORE ACCESSIBLE FROM PRECINCT 16, WHICH VOTED NO TO PROHIBITION BY 28 VOTE MARGIN. AND WHILE YOU CAN ALSO GET TO IT FROM PRECINCTS 14, 15 AND 16, IT WOULD BE PRACTICALLY INVISIBLE TO THEM OR ANY OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS.

IT WOULDN'T DISRUPT THEM IN ANY WAY.

PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO DRIVE WEST AND THEY'D HAVE TO DRIVE DOWN MOUNT HOPE TO HAGEDORN AND THEN WEST OR SOUTH TO MASON, TO EVEN THOUGH IT EXISTED.

IN FACT, NONE OF THE EXISTING MEDICAL LOCATIONS ARE IN ANYBODY'S NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND THAT'S KIND OF A FICTION.

THEY AREN'T NEXT DOOR TO A RESIDENTS, THEY'RE IN COMMERCIAL STRIP MALLS.

IS THAT 30 SECONDS OR THE END? OH, OKAY.

SO ANYWAY, SO I'M ARGUING AGAINST REDUCING THE NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE SHOPS IN THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE AND USING THAT OVERLAY TO MOVE FORWARD.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

ARE THERE OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD AT THIS TIME SAYING THEN WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER'S

[6. TOWNSHIP MANAGER REPORT]

REPORT

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. MR. WALSH? THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

GOOD EVENING, BOARD. I COULD START BY TALKING ABOUT SOME ISSUES AND PROJECTS IN THAT, BUT I'D RATHER TALK ABOUT WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TONIGHT, AND THAT IS PAUSING FOR A MOMENT, THINKING ABOUT DEBBIE BURZYNSKI AND HER FAMILY.

DEBBIE'S BEEN WITH OUR TEAM FOR FIVE YEARS AND TRAGICALLY LOST HER HUSBAND OVER THE WEEKEND.

AND I JUST WANT DEBBIE TO KNOW THAT THE MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP TEAM IS THINKING ABOUT HER THIS EVENING AND OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AS WE ALL GRIEVE.

OUR DEER CALL IS OFF TO A REALLY GOOD START.

WE TOOK 13 DEER ON THE FIRST WEEKEND, WHICH IS A FABULOUS START.

WHEN I THINK CHIEF PLAGA, I THINK HE TOOK THE BY FAR THE LARGEST PRIZE OF THE WEEKEND, ALMOST A 200 POUND DEER.

SO CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT.

AND THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR PROGRAM.

YOUR NEXT MEETING, YOU'LL HAVE A COUPLE OF ISSUES TO THINK ABOUT.

ONE IS THE FIRST QUARTER BUDGET AMENDMENTS THAT WILL BE COMING FROM DIRECTOR GARBER.

AND ALSO YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THE LAKE LANSING ROAD DIET THAT IS OCCURRING.

AND THERE'S ACTUALLY A PUBLIC HEARING ON THAT THAT TOOK PLACE THIS EVENING AT 5:00.

WE'VE INVITED INGHAM COUNTY TO THE MEETING ON THE 18TH.

THE SUPERVISOR HAS SAID THAT THE ISSUE WILL BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA FOR A DISCUSSION AND MANAGER OPSOMMER WILL BE HERE TO TALK.

SO YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT PROJECT.

WE'RE ALSO WORKING WITH 242 COMMUNITY CHURCH ON A PROJECT THAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE.

THEY'VE DONE GREAT WORK IN THE TOWNSHIP AND THEY'RE OFFERING TO DO A COMMUNITY PROJECT GOING FORWARD.

THEY NOTIFIED CLERK GUTHRIE AND INTERNALLY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROJECTS THAT WE MAY SUBMIT TO THEM AND WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT THAT MONDAY AT OUR STAFF MEETING. AN UPDATE ON BRIGHT LINE.

YOU REMEMBER, THEY'RE THE FIRM THAT WAS CHOSEN BY THE TOWNSHIP OF 900,000 TO UPGRADE PREDOMINANTLY FIREWALL AND SWITCHES AS WE GET STARTED. DIRECTOR GEBES HAD A CONFERENCE MEETING WITH THEM TODAY.

THINGS ARE STILL ON SCHEDULE TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

WE'VE INCREASED OUR SECURITY SIGNIFICANTLY.

SOME INFORMATION THAT SUPERVISOR JACKSON AND TRUSTEE WILSON BROUGHT BACK FROM A MEETING THAT THEY HAD WITH SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THEY BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF INFORMATION.

WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN A STEP TO GREATLY ENHANCE OUR SECURITY SYSTEM.

SO I WANT TO THANK DIRECTOR GIBBS FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN.

SUPERVISOR HOOD IS CORRECT.

WE HAD ACTUALLY TWO MEETINGS REGARDING THE SENIOR CENTER.

THERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WE NEED TO WORK THROUGH THAT REALLY ARE CRITICAL, THAT DESERVE OUR FULL ATTENTION, AND WE ARE ON THAT.

WE HAD A MEETING LAST WEEK WITH THE SCHOOLS AND DIRECTOR MAISNER AND TODAY SUPERVISOR JACKSON REQUESTED A MEETING TO FIND OUT SOME ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE GOING ON THERE. MAINLY, INGRESS AND EGRESS IS AN IMPORTANT ONE.

FOLLOWING UP ON THAT, WE REQUESTED TODAY A MEETING GENERALLY NOT JUST ABOUT THE SENIOR CENTER, BUT GENERALLY ABOUT ISSUES.

WE HAVE A SIT DOWN WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN MANY, MANY YEARS.

SO IT'D BE GREAT FOR THE TOWNSHIP BOARD AND THE SCHOOL BOARD BOARD OF EDUCATION TO SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT ISSUES THAT WE CAN WORK ON TOGETHER.

THERE'S A MEETING THIS WEEK.

FOLLOWING UP ON THE CONSUMER'S ISSUE WITH THE POWER LINES ON OKEMOS ROAD FOR THE VILLAGE OF OKEMOS PROJECT.

WE WE'VE HAD SOME ISSUES WITH OUR CREDIT CARD USAGE IN THE TOWNSHIP, AND SO WE'RE UPDATING OUR CREDIT CARD POLICY, AND THAT WILL BE PROBABLY IN FRONT OF THE BOARD ON THE 18TH AS WELL.

WE'LL BE TIGHTENING THAT UP QUITE A BIT.

THERE'S ALSO A GROUP THAT'S BEING LED BY THE CITY MANAGER OF PORTAGE, PAT MCGUINNESS.

PAT'S A REAL LEADER AND HE'S PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF COMMUNITIES IN MICHIGAN WHO HAVE MALLS AND ALL THE WAY FROM MARQUETTE TO MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, INCLUDING GRAND HAVEN AND SAGINAW TOWNSHIP AND PORTAGE AND A WHOLE NUMBER OF THEM.

AND DIRECTOR CLARK IS REPRESENTING US ON THAT COMMITTEE.

AND WE'RE WORKING THROUGH COMMON ISSUES OF HOW WE MIGHT WORK TOGETHER WITH WITH MALLS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THE GARDEN CLUB WILL BE IN THIS ROOM ON OCTOBER 17TH.

THE SUPERVISOR WOULD LIKE TO FOR THE BOARD, FOR THE COMMUNITY, FOR US TO PROPERLY THANK AND SERVE THE GARDEN CLUB THAT DAY AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK. IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

AND SO WE'LL BE DOING SOMETHING ON THAT MORNING.

WE HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT WHAT YET, BUT WE'RE GOING TO HONOR THE GARDEN CLUB ON THE 17TH AND WE'LL CERTAINLY GET YOU MORE DETAILS AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

CHIEF HAMEL IS COMING BACK FROM FLORIDA TOMORROW.

HE'S BEEN DOWN THERE FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS INSPECTING OUR NEW LADDER TRUCK.

THAT COMPANY PAYS FOR HIS EXPENSES TO GO DOWN AND INSPECT.

WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO ACCEPTING OUR NEW LADDER TRUCK.

AND OF COURSE, IT'S A $900,000 PURCHASE THAT WILL BE PAYING CASH FOR PARAMEDIC CALLS.

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YOU MAY RECALL WE WENT THROUGH OUR BUDGET.

WE. WE BUDGETED ABOUT $1.35 MILLION IN REVENUE FOR PARAMEDIC CALLS IN 2022.

THAT'S THE NUMBER WE USE BASED PRETTY MUCH EVERY YEAR.

IT'S PRETTY STATIC.

WE EXPECT WE JUST GOT OUR REVENUE UPDATE THIS WEEK FROM THE COMPANY MEDICAL MANAGEMENT THAT HANDLES THOSE REVENUES FOR US.

AND WE EXPECT NOW TO BE AT ABOUT 1.64 MILLION.

SO WE EXPECT TO BE UP ABOUT 300,000 IN REVENUE ON THE PARAMEDIC SIDE.

I MENTIONED THE BOARD MEETING WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

AND FINALLY, WE WANT TO TALK REAL QUICKLY ABOUT ROADS.

SO THERE'S BEEN SOME INFORMATION OUT LATELY.

LET'S COME OUT ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING.

AND I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED THAT WANT THEIR ROADS COMPLETED AND THEY WANT IT DONE NOW.

I GET THAT WE'RE ALL OF THAT WAY.

BUT LET'S JUST TALK ABOUT FACTS FOR A MINUTE AND SEPARATE OUT ALL THE POTENTIAL EMOTION THAT'S OUT THERE ABOUT MAYBE NOT GETTING YOUR ROAD DONE OR WHERE WE'RE AT.

AND IT'S WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO MAKE ALL THE ACHIEVE ALL THE RESULTS WE WANT BECAUSE THE PRICE, THE COMMODITY CHARGE HAS INCREASED SO MUCH, IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO GET TO WHERE WE WANT IT TO.

BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FIRST THREE YEARS FOR A MINUTE.

WHEN WE STARTED THE [INAUDIBLE] RATING, WHICH IS THE RATING THAT REALLY SETS THE TONE FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF MICHIGAN, THE RATING OF YOUR ROADS AND ONE AND TWO AND THREE IS VERY POOR.

YOU GET UP INTO THE FOUR AND FIVE AND SIX AND YOU'RE ON AVERAGE.

SEVEN EIGHT IS A ABOVE AVERAGE AND NINE AND TEN IS EXCELLENT.

BASICALLY, THAT'S AN OVERVIEW.

AND OUR RATING BACK WHEN WE STARTED THIS WAS ABOUT A 4.35, SO JUST ABOVE POOR, FAIR.

AND OUR GOAL WAS TO GET OVER THE COURSE OF TEN YEARS TO GET TO AN EIGHT.

SO THAT MEANS IF YOU DO THE MATH AND DIVIDE THE EIGHT MINUS THE 4.35, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE, 3.65 OVER THE COURSE OF TEN YEARS? THAT MEANS WE NEED TO BUMP UP 0.365 PER YEAR IF WE'RE GOING TO GET TO AN EIGHT, WHICH IS A VERY GOOD ROAD SYSTEM BY THE END OF THE PROCESS.

SO IF YOU ADD THAT 4.35, THE 365, IT COMES OUT TO 1.095 OVER THREE YEARS.

WE NEED TO GAIN 1.095 IN A PACER RATING OVER THE FIRST THREE YEARS.

AND WE'RE ABOUT COMPLETED WITH THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF THE PROGRAM.

SO IF YOU ADD THAT 1.951.095 TO THE 4.35, WE NEED TO BE AT A 5.4 TO 4 SIX AT THE END OF THIS YEAR TO KEEP ON WHERE WE'RE MARCHING TO.

AND EIGHT, WHICH IS A VERY LOFTY GOAL AND WE'RE ACTUALLY AT ABOUT A 5.7.

SO WE ARE A COUPLE OF STEPS AHEAD OF WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

WE NEED TO BE AT A 5.4, FOUR, SIX AND WE'RE AT ABOUT A 5.7 FOR OUR PACER RATING.

I WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT ABOUT WHAT WE SAID WE WANTED TO DO, AND OUR GOAL WAS TO GET TO AN EIGHT AND WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY.

AFTER THREE YEARS, IT'S GOING TO BECOME MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE THE COST OF ASPHALT, THE COST OF LABOR IS OBVIOUSLY SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN WHAT IT WAS IN 2019 WHERE WE PLANNED THIS, BUT WE'RE GOING TO KEEP CHIPPING AWAY AT IT THE BEST WE CAN.

WE'LL FOLLOW YOUR DIRECTION.

IF THERE IS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT COME IN, WE'LL ADJUST, BUT WE WILL KEEP WORKING TOWARDS GETTING TO THAT EIGHT OVER THE COURSE OF TIME.

NOW, KEEP IN MIND YOUR FUND, YOUR FUND BALANCE POLICY IS IS 25%.

THAT'S ABOUT SEVEN AND A HALF, 7.2, 7.3 MILLION AT THE TOP END OF WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.

AND WE'RE OVER 12.

SO WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE IN THE FUTURE, WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR FUNDING IT, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE IF THE BOARD DOESN'T WANT IT TO BE, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE OUR WE ARE DOING VERY WELL AND THERE'S OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN BE USED OVER TIME.

FOR INSTANCE, 300,000 EXTRA IN ONE YEAR IN OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT REVENUE.

SORRY FOR THE LONG REPORT, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT'S OUT THERE AND I WANTED YOU TO HAVE ALL THESE LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL THE LITTLE THINGS, ALL THE ISSUES, PROJECTS THAT ARE OUT THERE.

THANK YOU. THAT'S MY REPORT.

UNLESS YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU. OTHER QUESTIONS, THEN WE'LL MOVE ON.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

MR. WALSH. TO BOARD MEMBER REPORTS OF ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

[7. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS OF ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS]

NO REPORTS. GRUFFLY.

OH, PLEASE. WELL, FIRST, I'M NOT SURE IF THE GENERAL PUBLIC READS THE PACKET THOROUGHLY, SO I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO CONGRATULATE A FEW OF OUR DIRECTORS ON SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT THEY'VE HAD.

DIRECTOR WINSTEAD ON REACHING LEVEL FOUR ASSESSOR.

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I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MEANS, BUT I KNOW IT WAS A LONG PROCESS AND SOME DIFFICULT TASKS, AND SHE'S AT A MASTER LEVEL NOW, AND I KNOW THAT THE ENTIRE TEAM AT MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP IS SUPER PROUD OF HER FOR HER ACCOMPLISHMENT.

AND THEN OUR DIRECTOR, AMBER CLARKE, SHE WAS RECOGNIZED TEN OVER NEXT TEN BY THE LANSING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAST WEEK, I THINK.

MANAGER WALTERS HAS DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB OF INFORMING US OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE OF THE TEAM MEMBERS.

AND THEN CONGRATULATIONS TO DIRECTOR GARBER.

SHE WAS SELECTED TO SERVE ON A STATE FINANCE BOARD.

SO I JUST THINK THAT THOSE ARE WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR DIRECTORS.

AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT IN CASE THE PUBLIC DIDN'T READ THE PACKET, THAT THAT THEY HEARD IT FROM THE BOARD.

THE HOW PROUD WE ARE OF OF EVERYONE ON THE TEAM.

AND THEN IN REGARDS TO ELECTIONS, WE RECEIVE A LOT OF PHONE CALLS ABOUT ABSENTEE BALLOTS.

OF COURSE. WHEN WHEN WERE THEY MAILED? AM I AM I GOING TO RECEIVE IT? AND I DID. I DID.

DID YOU RECEIVE MY APPLICATION FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT? HOW MANY HOW COME I'VE RECEIVED 20 APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT? SO FIRST, ABSENTEE BALLOTS HAVE BEEN MAILED.

SO WE PROCESSED OVER 10,000 ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS LAST WEEK, AND THOSE WERE MAILED OUT TO THE POST OFFICE.

SO HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL WILL RECEIVE THEM WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK AS WE RECEIVE APPLICATIONS AND OUR OFFICE.

WE RECEIVED OVER 250 TODAY.

WE PROCESS THEM ON A DAILY BASIS, SO WE PROCESS THEM WITHIN 24 HOURS.

AND SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT UP UNTIL WE CAN NO LONGER DO THAT ANYMORE.

SO WE WILL STAY ON IT.

IN REGARDS TO SEVERAL APPLICATIONS BEING SENT TO PEOPLE'S HOMES, OUR OFFICE SENDS ONE APPLICATION FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT.

UNLESS YOU'VE REQUESTED AN ADDITIONAL ONE, MAYBE YOU LOST IT, MAYBE YOU SHREDDED IT THINKING YOU WEREN'T GOING TO USE IT, NEED ANOTHER ONE? AND THERE ARE SEVERAL APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS BEING AND REGISTRATIONS TO VOTE BEING SENT BY SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS.

SO SO YOU PROBABLY WILL RECEIVE MANY OF THEM.

AND TYPICALLY WHEN WE ARE ON THE PHONE WITH SOMEBODY, THEY DISCOVER THAT IT IS FROM A PARTY OR FROM THE STATE OR FROM THE COUNTY OR SOMEONE ELSE.

SO IF YOU COULD PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

WE DO HAVE TWO NOTICES COMING OUT.

WE DID MOVE ONE OF OUR PRECINCTS, PRECINCT NINE, TO FAITH LUTHERAN.

AND SO IF THERE'S ANYONE WHO LIVES IN PRECINCT NINE, YOU WILL GET A VERY BRIGHTLY COLORED POSTCARD IN THE MAIL STATING WHERE YOUR NEW LOCATION IS, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A NEW VOTER ID SO THOSE WILL BE COMING.

WE HAVE MAILED THOSE OUT AS WELL.

TODAY I WAS AT A HIGH SCHOOL DOING A VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE.

I REALLY ENJOYED MY TIME THERE, GETTING TO KNOW SOME OF THE STUDENTS.

I WAS THERE WITH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THEM SETTING THAT UP WITH THE HASLETT PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT.

AND I MET SOME SOME STUDENTS FROM THE HAZLET HIGH FEMALE EMPOWERMENT GROUP WHO HAPPENED TO WANT TO HAVE HYGIENE PRODUCTS PROVIDED AT THEIR RESTROOMS. SO I THOUGHT THAT WAS RIGHT UP THE TOWNSHIP BOARDS.

ALISON'S WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT IT TONIGHT.

SO I DID LET THEM KNOW THAT WAS ON OUR AGENDA THIS EVENING AND THEY SEEMED VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

OTHER THAN THAT, I ATTENDED THE NOTHING BUT CAKES RIBBON CUTTING WITH THE LANSING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ATTENDED TECH SMITH'S RIBBON CUTTING AND OPEN HOUSE.

WHAT A FABULOUS FACILITY.

QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER FACILITIES OVER THERE AT SPARTAN VILLAGE SINCE I LIVED THERE TWICE IN MY LIFE.

IT IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER BUILDINGS THAT ARE THERE.

IT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE AND AND WHAT A WELCOMING COMPANY RIGHT THERE ON THE CORNER AT THE AT OR NEAR THE BORDER OF MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP. SO THAT THAT WAS THAT WAS A REALLY LOVELY EVENT.

AND THAT'S IT. I'LL SAY NOTHING ELSE.

WELL, THANK YOU.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS.

TRUSTEE WISINSKI, I JUST HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CLERK.

IF WE'RE GETTING MULTIPLE BALLOTS IN THE MAIL, HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH ONES MERIDIAN IS DISPLAYED ON TOP OR IF YOU'RE GETTING MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS? OH, IT'S APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS, YES.

IT'S A VERY SMALL PRINT, SO MOST PEOPLE DON'T RECOGNIZE THAT IT HAS MY NAME AND ADDRESS ON IT OR THE CLERK AND MY ADDRESS AT THE TOWNSHIP'S

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ADDRESS. AND SO PEOPLE THINK IT'S FROM THE TOWNSHIP.

BUT IF YOU LOOK, YOU'LL SEE THAT IT'S FROM THE COUNTY OF THE STATE, DEMOCRATIC PARTY, REPUBLICAN PARTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS.

TONS OF ORGANIZATIONS.

YES. GOT IT. THANK YOU.

SURE. JUST ONE MORE QUESTION.

JUST JUST TO CLARIFY WHAT WENT OUT.

THE 10,500 DOCUMENTS THAT WENT OUT THIS WEEK WERE ACTUAL BALLOTS IN RESPONSE TO APPLICATIONS? CORRECT. THE BALLOTS ARE STARTING TO GET UP THERE.

THUS, PRESENTATIONS BY PEOPLE LIKE MR..

MR. HOOD THAT HAS AN ITEM ON THE BALLOT TO HELP US DECIDE HOW TO VOTE.

OKAY. ANYONE ELSE? ALL RIGHT. WE COME TO ITEM EIGHT APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA TO HAVE A MOTION TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

[8. APPROVAL OF AGENDA]

I MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED.

SUPPORT SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WILSON.

THE DISCUSSION.

I'M ALL IN FAVOR OF.

I'M SORRY. WE HAVE TO HAVE A ROLL CALL VOTE.

NO, YOU CAN DO IT.

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA.

WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE AGENDA.

PLEASE SAY YES.

YES, YES. OPPOSE.

NO. THE CHAIR VOTES YES AND THE MOTION PASSES.

ITEM NINE IS THE CONSENT AGENDA.

[9. CONSENT AGENDA (SALMON]

AND THE CONSENT AGENDA.

WE HAVE OUR USUAL COMMUNICATIONS AND BILLS.

AND ITEM NINE C IS A PROPOSAL TO FOR THE BOARD TO SET A PUBLIC HEARING DATE FOR THE VILLAGE OF OKEMOS BROWNFIELD PLAN.

AND THAT PUBLIC HEARING DATE WOULD BE OCTOBER THE 18TH OF 2022, WHICH WOULD BE OUR NEXT REGULAR MEETING.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR. AND WITH THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.

SUPPORT THAT SUPPORTED ANY DISCUSSION.

MR. LEMASTER? SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE SUNDLAND YES.

TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

MOTION CARRIED. SIX ZERO.

ITEM TEN QUESTIONS FOR THE ATTORNEY.

I DON'T KNOW THAT WE HAVE ANY, AND I DON'T.

WELL, I WON'T SAY I DON'T SEE ANY ATTORNEYS, SO I WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 11.

WE HAVE NO HEARINGS TONIGHT.

ITEM 12 IS ITEM 12 A IS RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.

[12.A. Recreational Marijuana – Refer to Planning Commission]

MR. DIRECTOR SCHMITT IS GOING TO INTRODUCE THIS ITEM AND ADVISE US ON HOW TO PROCEED.

THANK YOU. SO AFTER THE CONVERSATION TWO MEETINGS AGO, IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WAS AT LEAST A GENERAL CONSENSUS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS DISCUSSION.

GIVEN THAT IT IS A TWO PART PROCESS, WE'RE RECOMMENDING FUNCTIONALLY SPLITTING IT UP.

THE ZONING ORDINANCE HAS A RELATIVELY SMALL PIECE OF THE EXISTING REGULATION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THAT THERE ARE THERE'S A DISTRICT THAT IS CREATED TO ALLOW THE VARIOUS USES IN THE VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

THAT IS PART A, PART B IS THE LICENSING PIECE, WHICH IS MUCH MORE TECHNICAL AND GETS INTO THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF HOW THESE LICENSES ARE ACTUALLY GRANTED AND THE PROCESS BY WHICH WE GO THROUGH TO GRANT THOSE LICENSES.

THAT ORDINANCE DOES NOT TOUCH THE ZONING ORDINANCE.

THEY REFER BETWEEN EACH OTHER, BUT THEY ARE SEPARATE.

WHAT STAFF IS RECOMMENDING IS THAT WE REFER THAT THE BOARD REFER THE ZONING PIECE TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THEM TO PROVIDE INPUT AND FINALIZE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UPDATES OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE WILL BEGIN WORK WITH THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY TO PROVIDE A NEW LICENSING ORDINANCE.

OUR EXISTING LICENSING ORDINANCE, REALLY THE FUNDAMENTAL BASIS OF IT CANNOT BE USED FOR RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA BECAUSE ESSENTIALLY THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA WAS A BINGO BALL SELECTION AND WE CANNOT DO THAT KIND OF SELECTION PROCESS FOR RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.

SO WE NEED TO RECREATE THE LICENSING PROCESS.

ADDITIONALLY, STAFF, NOW THAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH IT A COUPLE OF TIMES, WE HAVE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOW TO MAKE THIS A LITTLE EASIER ON EVERYONE BECAUSE IT'S TO

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NOBODY'S BENEFIT JUST TO MAKE A DIFFICULT PROCESS FOR HAVING A DIFFICULT PROCESS.

SO WE WILL THEN START WORK AT THE SAME TIME WITH THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.

PART OF THE REASON THAT WE'D ALSO RECOMMEND SPLITTING THIS UP IS THIS IS WE'RE GETTING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

SO THE PLANNING COMMISSION DOES DROP DOWN TO ONE MEETING A MONTH IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.

AND SO IT IS IT WILL LIKELY TAKE SOME TIME.

AND SO I EXPECT MY GUT TELLS ME THAT SOMETIME THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, THESE TWO PROCESSES WILL MERGE BACK TO THE TOWNSHIP BOARD FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL IMPLEMENTATION. THAT'S REALLY ALL I HAVE TO SAY THIS EVENING.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS OR DISCUSS IT FURTHER, BUT THIS IS SORT OF THE PROCESS THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND ON THIS TOPIC.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I MOVED TO REFER THE TOPIC OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR INPUT AND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT PERMITTING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA USE IN THE TOWNSHIP SUPPORT.

IT'S BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED TO REFER THE ZONING PART OF THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA OF THE ZONING PART OF THE I'M SORRY NOW THE MARIJUANA ORDINANCE TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

DO YOU HAVE OTHER INFORMATION TO ADD, IF I MAY? SO I RECALL GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION SIDE WHEN THE ZONING ORDINANCE CAME UP SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I KNOW THAT I WAS CRAVING IN THAT TIME WAS GUIDANCE AND CLARITY FROM THE TOWNSHIP BOARD AS TO WHAT GENERAL DIRECTION THE BOARD WAS HOPING TO SEE.

AND SO WHILE I DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE ENTIRE BOARD, I THINK I CAN AT LEAST AS SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THROUGH THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS BEFORE, OFFER A FEW THOUGHTS FROM WHERE I AM AND PERHAPS OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING THE SAME AS WELL.

SO AS I LOOKED AT THE CURRENT ZONING ORDINANCE FOR THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE TOWNSHIP, THERE WERE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT I THOUGHT WE COULD.

NOW, HAVING SOME EXPERIENCE WITH GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND LOOKING A LITTLE MORE CLOSELY AT THESE PROPERTIES COULD TWEAK TO IMPROVE IT.

FOR ONE, WE'VE BEEN TOLD THAT THE ONE OF THE OVERLAY DISTRICTS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TOWNSHIP IS ESSENTIALLY UNBELIEVABLE BASED ON HOW HOW THOSE PARCELS ARE LAID OUT.

AND SO I DON'T THINK IT MAKES ANY SENSE TO CREATE AN OVERLAY DISTRICT THAT WE KNOW WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO BE USED FOR THE INTENDED PURPOSE HERE.

WE ALSO, AS I RECALL, HAD A AN OVERLAY THAT SITS ON TOP OF ANOTHER OVERLAY IN THE PARK LAKE AREA.

AND IT HAS NEVER MADE ANY SENSE TO ME WHY WE DID THAT, EXCEPT THAT THE AREA ON THE ONE THAT SAT ON TOP WAS ALL INDUSTRIAL, AND SO THERE WAS ONLY ONE SECTION OF INDUSTRIAL PARCELS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED FOR SOME OF THE OTHER TYPES OF MARIJUANA INDUSTRY, NOT THE PROVISIONING CENTERS, BUT THE PROCESSING FACILITIES, I BELIEVE, AND SECURE TRANSPORTERS FOR RECREATIONAL USE.

I DON'T BELIEVE IT MAKES ANY SENSE TO INCLUDE TWO OVERLAPPING PARTS AREAS IN THAT WAY, AND I THINK WE COULD SEE OUR WAY TO ELIMINATING THE ONE THAT'S IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA, BUT LEAVING THE PARK LAKE AREA INTACT.

WE'VE HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE INTERESTED IN REDUCING THE NUMBER OF OVERLAY DISTRICTS, AND IT WAS A VERY CLOSE VOTE.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD BE USING THE ELECTION RESULTS DATA TO MAKE THOSE DETERMINATIONS.

IN TERMS OF THE LOCATIONS OF THESE OVERLAY DISTRICTS, I BELIEVE THAT THE DATA IS NOT NEARLY AS CONCLUSIVE AS THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING THAT ARGUMENT WOULD LEAD US TO BELIEVE.

THERE ARE PRECINCTS IN OKEMOS THAT VOTED TO SUPPORT RECREATIONAL USE OF MARIJUANA, AND THERE ARE PRECINCTS IN HASLETT THAT VOTED TO OPPOSE IT.

IN ADDITION, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD, FROM AN EQUITABLE PERSPECTIVE, PUNISH THOSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF

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THE TOWNSHIP WHO MAY SUPPORT OR WANT OR WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RECREATIONAL USE MARIJUANA BY FORCING THEM TO GO TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TOWNSHIP.

THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.

AND SO I DO THINK THERE SHOULD BE SOME RELATIVELY EVEN GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION IF WE CAN MANAGE IT.

AND I THINK THAT BY ELIMINATING THE TWO OVERLAYS THAT I TALKED ABOUT, YOU DON'T LOSE THAT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION, BUT YOU DO REDUCE THE OVERALL NUMBER OF FACILITIES THAT WE MAY SEE AS A RESULT.

I KNOW I COULD GET INTO THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF HOPING TO SEE THAT WE LIMIT THESE OVERLAYS BASED ON THE DISTANCE FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER OF THE OVERLAY SO THAT WE SEE A MANAGEABLE NUMBER OF THESE FACILITIES COMING IN.

I THINK THAT'S A WAY TO GET AROUND THE HARD CAP, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT BE LEGAL.

AND SO RESTRICTING IT IN THAT WAY, AS OPPOSED TO SETTING A HARD NUMBER OF THEM, I THINK WOULD BE WISE.

AND YEAH, I THINK THAT'S THAT COVERS SORT OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE PORTION OF MY THOUGHTS ON ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE AS WE'RE COMING FORWARD WITH IT.

OBVIOUSLY, I THINK WE ARE REQUIRED TO PASS THIS BACK TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION TO ADDRESS.

SO OBVIOUSLY IT'LL BE SUPPORTING THE MOTION HERE.

BUT I THINK THAT I'M HOPING THAT THESE COMMENTS AT LEAST ARE HELPFUL, ILLUMINATING WHAT I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUT OF THE ZONING PORTION OF THE ORDINANCE WHEN IT GOES BEFORE THEM FOR THEIR DISCUSSIONS.

OKAY. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR.

THANK YOU, TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

I WOULD I WOULD AGREE WITH MANY OF THE THINGS YOU SAID.

FOR EXAMPLE, REDUCING THE NUMBER OF OVERLAYS TO INCLUDE THAT NUMBER ONE OVERLAY DUE TO THE FACT IT'S NOT BUILDABLE.

THAT WOULD REDUCE NUMBERS OVERALL.

AND THEN NOT SURE.

NOT SURE ABOUT THREE AND FOUR.

I DO SEE HOW IT'S CONFUSING AND IT WAS BECAUSE WE WE DIDN'T NOT REALIZE, BUT WE DIDN'T TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT THAT INDUSTRIAL COMPONENT AND THAT WE NEEDED THAT INDUSTRIAL COMPONENT TO ACCOMMODATE FOR THOSE OTHER TYPES OF INDUSTRY MARIJUANA INDUSTRIES.

SO I AGREE ALSO TO KEEP IT EQUITABLE, I THINK WE DO NEED IT SPREAD.

I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF A LOT OF TIME THAT WENT INTO THAT, AND I KNOW I WASN'T ON THE BOARD.

I CAME IN ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH.

SO I WASN'T ON THE BOARD WHEN THEY WERE WORKING HARD TO TO ACCOMMODATE.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, I'M GLAD DIRECTOR SCHMITT IS THINKING OF USING THE EXISTING OVERLAY DISTRICTS AND APPLYING THE RECREATIONAL PERMITS TO THE TO THE MEDICAL PERMITS.

SO I'M GLAD TO HEAR YOU SAY THAT WAS.

AM I CORRECT IN SAYING THAT PLAYERS ARE NOTHING IF NOT LIKING TO BORROW THINGS THAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE? WELL, SO I AGREE WITH THE NUMBER AND THE LOCATIONS BEING MAYBE REVISITED OR WHEN THE PLANNING COMMISSION'S LOOKING AT THAT. THAT'S MY THOUGHTS ON THAT AS WELL.

I ALSO AM HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT NO LOTTERY NEW LOTTERY SYSTEM AND AND REALLY THINK THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER THE EXISTING PERMIT HOLDERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY INVESTED IN THE COMMUNITY.

I THINK ONE OF THE ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES SAID $5 MILLION ALREADY.

SO FOLKS THAT HAVE INVESTED AND HAVE SHOWN COMMITMENT, I THINK WE NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN WE ARE DOING THE LICENSING.

AND I KNOW THAT'S NOT TONIGHT, I THINK.

THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO.

I THINK THAT WAS THAT THERE WASN'T.

YEAH, I THINK THAT WAS IT FOR NOW.

JUST DIRECTION TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

OTHERS. TRUSTEE WILSON I CONCUR WITH THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE REGARDING THE ZONING AREAS, THE BUILDABLE AREA, AND THE ONE THAT IS OVERLAID.

THEY NEED ADJUSTMENTS.

SO I THINK THAT IS THE WAY TO GO IS TO TELL THE PLANNING COMMISSION THIS IS DIRECTION THAT WE SEE NEEDS TO BE CURED BECAUSE IT REALLY CREATES A SITUATION WHERE IT WILL NOT WORK.

AND I ALSO AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT THAT WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE STAKEHOLDERS THAT HAVE ALREADY COMMITTED TO PROPERTY.

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AND WHEN WE'RE INVESTIGATING THIS ENTIRE PROCESS FROM BEYOND THE ZONING ISSUE.

BUT THE ACTUAL ISSUE OF HOW WE'RE GOING TO APPLY THE ORDINANCE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

ANYONE ELSE? I HAVE ONE QUESTION.

THIS IS THE POINT AT WHICH WE REVIEW.

WE ALSO SHOULD REVIEW THE NUMBER OF TYPES OF THE NUMBER OF THE OTHER TYPES OF FACILITIES BESIDES JUST THE PROVISIONING CENTERS.

IS THAT CORRECT? YES.

IN BOTH, THAT WILL POP UP IN BOTH PARTS OF THE PROCESS.

THE ZONING ORDINANCE REGULATES IT IN TERMS OF LOCATION.

THE LICENSING ORDINANCE REGULATES IT IN TERMS OF NUMBER.

AND SO THE CAP ISSUE THAT TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON MEMBER MENTIONED WOULD COME UP IN THE PERMITTING SIDE AS OPPOSED TO THE LOCATION SIDE.

THE ACTUAL IF WE DO DISCUSS A CAP, IT'S MORE LIKELY TO BE A PART OF THE PERMITTING SIDE.

YES. OKAY.

YES, PLEASE. I SHOULD KNOW THIS, BUT DIRECTOR SCHMITT, CAN YOU HELP ME? CURRENTLY WITHIN THE WHAT DO WE HAVE? SIX, SEVEN, SEVEN OVERLAY DISTRICTS.

ONLY ONE PERMIT HOLDER FOR PROVISIONING CAN BE LOCATED IN EACH OF THOSE.

OVERLAYS. IS THAT ACCURATE? WITH ONE VERY COMPLICATED EXCEPTION, YES.

THERE IS A PROVISION THAT IF ONE WAS NOT DRAWN IN ONE AREA, THERE COULD BE A BONUS GIVEN IN ANOTHER AREA, BUT THAT DID NOT COME INTO PLAY IN THE ORIGINAL APPROVAL.

SO, YES, THAT IS LARGELY CORRECT.

SO AT A MAXIMUM THERE'D BE TWO.

YES. YES.

IF IN FACT, THAT UNDER OUR CURRENT SYSTEM.

YES. THANK YOU.

THERE ARE NO FURTHER COMMENTS THEN.

I AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE, THE SUGGESTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE, AND I HOPE THAT THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL TAKE THOSE INTO ACCOUNT AS THEY REVIEW THE FRAMEWORK FOR THE ZONING ORDINANCE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND HOPEFULLY APPLY THAT AS WELL TO THE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA QUESTION.

WE COULDN'T SETTLE THIS BY JUST ADDING AND MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL COULD DO YOU LAUGH, BUT I DIDN'T ASK THAT QUESTION. WE CANNOT, CAN WE? AS IT WAS EXPLAINING TO ME, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TERMS OF ART WE SHOULD PROBABLY AT LEAST INCLUDE IN ANY UPDATE NOW.

DOES THAT NOT SAY THAT I DON'T HAVE A DRAFT GOING WHERE I AM STRIKING OUTWARDS TO MAKE? YES, WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND NOT RECREATE THE WHEEL HERE.

TO BE PERFECTLY BLUNT, WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER ZONING DISTRICT.

WE CAN USE WHAT WE HAVE, RESTRUCTURE IT, PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL CLARITY AND DEFINITION AND MOVE FROM THAT.

I APPRECIATE THAT TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON HAS MADE A MOTION.

THE MOTION HAS BEEN SECONDED.

SECONDED YOU.

SECONDED TRUSTEE WISINSKI SECONDED THE MOTION.

WE HAVE NOT VOTED.

ARE WE READY FOR THE QUESTION? THE MOTION WAS TO, IF YOU WOULD REPEAT IT.

THE MOTION WAS TO REFER THE ZONING BOARD IN THIS MATTER TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THEIR REVIEW.

ALL RIGHT, MR. LEMASTER, WE WOULD LIKE A ROLL CALL.

VOTE, PLEASE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE SUNDLAND.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

YES. SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. MOTION CARRIED.

SIX ZERO. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. AND WHAT? BEFORE YOU GO.

SO FROM HERE, YOU.

YOU. YOU WOULD TAKE THAT TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE WORKING ON THE OTHER HALF OF THE QUESTION, CORRECT? JUST MY INTERNAL CLOCK TELLS ME THAT WE WILL HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH THE PLANNING COMMISSION AT THE NEXT MEETING ON MONDAY IS SORT OF AN INTRODUCTION. WE'LL PROVIDE THEM WITH A DRAFT TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH PUBLIC HEARING IN NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER, AND THEN SOME ACTION EITHER DECEMBER, JANUARY, WE'LL START MEETING WITH THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEYS SOMETIME IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS HERE.

I NEED TO GET THE SIGNED ORDINANCE OUT OF THEM FIRST.

IT'S A FINE. FINISH THAT UP.

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BUT I'VE ALREADY GOT ASSISTANT PLANNER CHAPMAN WORKING ON SOME OPTIONS FOR LICENSING THAT WE CAN RUN BY THEM.

OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU. ITEM 12 BE IS COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION

[12.B. Community Resources Commission Appointments]

APPOINTMENTS. AND SO THIS IS WHERE I GET TO OFFER A MOTION TO APPOINT YVETTE ROBINSON TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION FOR A TWO YEAR TERM, ENDING.

1231 2024 AND I'M LOOKING FOR SUPPORT.

IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THAT APPOINTMENT.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION? NO. IN FACT, OTHER COMMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE, TRUSTEE WILSON, ABOUT THIS APPOINTMENT? YES, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

THANK YOU. CLERK GUTHRIE AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING YVETTE ROBINSON AT OUR LAST CRC MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 2014, AND THEN I STAYED TO SPEAK WITH HER.

SHE HAS SHOWN EXTRAORDINARY PATIENCE IN APPLYING SOME TIME AGO AND REALLY WANTING TO BE ON THE COMMISSION AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT HER APPOINTMENT.

CRAIG GRIFFIN YES, THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF ATTENDING TWO MEETINGS AT WHICH YVETTE ATTENDED AS WELL, AND AT BOTH OF THOSE MEETINGS SHE EXPRESSED HER STRONG DESIRE AND STRONG COMMITMENT TO WANTING TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND THE CRC. AND IF IF YOU IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET HER, YOU WILL SEE HER PASSION AND HER DESIRES IS JUST GLOWING THROUGH HER.

SORT OF LIKE TRUSTEE MANA WILSON'S DEDICATION TO OUR COMMUNITY IN THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES THAT THAT SHE DOES, YOU CAN JUST SEE IT GLOWING FROM HER.

THAT KIND OF REMINDED ME OF THAT.

AND SO I AM HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS APPOINTMENT TO OUR COMMISSION, AND I THINK SHE WILL BE A WONDERFUL ADDITION AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY WELL.

THANK YOU. I HAVE, IN FACT, HAVEN'T HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH MRS. ROBINSON. I AGREE WITH YOUR ASSESSMENT OF HER ENTHUSIASM, HER INTEREST IN HER ABILITIES IN OUR PACKETS. EACH OF YOU HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW HER APPLICATION AND HER CV.

AND SO AT THIS TIME, WITH NO FURTHER COMMENTS, WE'LL TAKE A ROLL CALL VOTE AGAIN TO EFFECT AFFECT THIS APPOINTMENT.

WE NEED TO MAKE A MOTION.

THE MOTION WAS MADE. I SUPPORTED IT.

I MISSED IT. ALL OF IT.

OH, WELL, LET ME READ IT.

MOVED TO A POINT THAT ROBINSON TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION FOR A TWO YEAR TERM ENDING 1231 2024.

AND I WAS SECONDED BY TRUSTEE WILSON.

MR. LEMASTER TRUSTEE.

HENDRICKSON. YES.

TRUSTEE SUNDLAND YES.

TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON YES.

CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

MOTION CARRIED. SIX ZERO.

WHAT I DIDN'T RE NOTE AND BEFORE DOING THAT WAS THAT THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION CURRENTLY HAS TWO VACANCIES, AND IN THAT CASE WE'RE FILLING ONE.

THE OTHER ITEM ON THIS.

MEMO HAS TO DO WITH MOVING TO REPLACE MANA JACKS.

I'M SORRY. OH, GOD.

TO WIN. TO REPLACE CLERK GUTHRIE AS THE BOARD LIAISON TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION WITH MANA. JACKSON.

WELL, MANA WILSON.

YEAH. YEAH.

MANA WILSON, WHO HAS REQUESTED BOTH BOTH OF THESE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE REQUESTED THIS EXCHANGE, AND I AM CERTAINLY ANXIOUS TO TO SATISFY THAT REQUEST AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN ME IN APPROVING THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF MANA WILSON TO REPLACE DEBORAH

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GUTHRIE AS BOARD LIAISON TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION FOR TERM ENDING 11 2211 TO 2024.

SUPPORT SUPPORT BY TRUSTEE WILSON TONGA.

O. K OK SECONDED BY TRUSTEE BRZEZINSKI.

MR. LEMASTER.

I'M SURE I NEED A ROLL CALL VOTE AFTER THAT.

TRUSTEE SUNDLAND.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON YES.

CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. MOTION CARRIED.

SIX ZERO. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. WE MOVED TWO ITEMS 13 A AND B THE FIRST HAS 13.

[13.A. General Health Policy (Menstrual Equity)]

EIGHT IS A GENERAL HEALTH POLICY ON MENSTRUAL EQUITY, WHICH I THINK WILL BE PRESENTED BY MS..

MASSEY. DIRECTOR MASSEY.

SORRY. NO WORRIES.

GOOD EVENING.

SO WE'RE HERE TO DISCUSS MENSTRUAL EQUITY AS DEEMED APPROPRIATE FROM THE COMMITTEE.

MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS ARE ESSENTIAL, CAN BE COSTLY, AND POVERTY POSES A BARRIER FOR THOSE TO ACCESS THOSE.

IN OUR MEMO, WE PUT THAT PEOPLE WHO MENSTRUATE CAN EXPECT TO SPEND MORE THAN $1,000 OVER THEIR LIFETIME.

WHEN I DO A QUICK GOOGLE SEARCH, I CAN FIND ANYTHING FROM 1000 TO 18000 POTENTIALLY DEPENDS.

SO THE COMMITTEE BELIEVES THAT PROVIDING FREE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS TO OUR EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS INCLUDING THEM IN TOWNSHIP OWNED PUBLIC RESTROOMS, PROMOTES ENDING PERIOD POVERTY AND THE STIGMA ATTACHED TO PERIODS WHICH WILL HELP US WORK TOWARD ACHIEVING MENSTRUAL EQUITY.

WE CAN ACHIEVE THIS BY ADOPTING A GENERAL HEALTH POLICY WHICH REQUIRES THAT THE TOWNSHIP PROVIDE FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS IN PUBLIC RESTROOMS OWNED AND OPERATED BY MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP IN THE DRAFT POLICY.

SANITARY PRODUCTS INCLUDE SOAP AND OR HAND SANITIZER, TOILET PAPER, TOILET SEAT, DISPOSABLE COVERS, PAPER TOWELS, TISSUES, MENSTRUAL PADS AND TAMPONS.

THIS POLICY SUPPORTS THE 2022 D-I GOAL OF PROMOTING EQUITY, ECONOMIC SECURITY, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING FOR ALL PEOPLE.

FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS, SANITARY PRODUCTS ARE NECESSARY HYGIENIC PRODUCTS.

PEOPLE MAY NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE SANITARY OR OTHER ESSENTIAL HYGIENE HYGIENE PRODUCTS ON HAND WHEN THEY NEED THEM.

ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS IS IS CRITICAL TO THE GENERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AND NOT ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE MEANS TO PURCHASE THE GOODS THEY NEED FOR GENERAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.

THE DEI COMMITTEE IS ALSO LOOKING AT WAYS WE CAN PARTNER WITH OUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES AND THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION HELPING WOMEN, PERIOD, TO PROVIDE FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS TO RESIDENTS AT LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES.

THE ESTIMATED COST RIGHT NOW TO STOCK THE SANITARY PRODUCTS AT AN INDIVIDUAL PANTRY IS AROUND $150 ANNUALLY THROUGH THE HELPING WOMEN PERIOD NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.

AND CURRENTLY THERE ARE SIX PANTRIES THAT WE ARE AWARE OF IN THE TOWNSHIP.

THE COMMITTEE IS PROPOSING THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE GENERAL HEALTH POLICY TO BEGIN PROVIDING FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS IN PUBLICLY OWNED RESTROOMS NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1ST, 2023. AND THE COMMITTEE WILL COME BACK WITH A FORMAL RECOMMENDATION FOR FUNDING OF FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS AT FOOD PANTRIES LOCATED IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD? TRUSTEE BRZEZINSKI THANK YOU, JACK MASSEY.

I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDINANCE AND THIS GENERAL HEALTH POLICY AND HOW THAT AFFECTS THE DOES THAT MANDATE THAT THIS HAS TO HAPPEN OR DOES THAT JUST IS IT WITHIN OUR POLICY THAT IT CAN HAPPEN? I BELIEVE IT'S THE LATTER.

DO YOU KNOW HOW THIS WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL AND THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CONFUSING? NO, NO WORRIES. YEAH. SO TYPICALLY FOR POLICY GOVERNANCE, THE BOARD WOULD AMEND ITS OWN POLICIES RATHER THAN ADOPTING AN ORDINANCE.

WE COULD DO AN ORDINANCE.

IT WOULD TAKE LONGER AND WE WOULD HAVE TO CONSULT WITH DIRECTOR SCHMITT ON WHERE IT WOULD BE MOST APPROPRIATE.

WE THOUGHT THIS WAS THE MORE STREAMLINED MANNER THIS WOULD MIRROR OUR PREVAILING WAGE POLICY, THE BAN, THE BOX POLICY.

AND THANKS TO CLERK GUTHRIE, WE REALIZED THAT WE ACTUALLY DO HAVE A BOARD POLICY THAT DOES NEED TO BE UPDATED AND BROUGHT UP TO SPEED, BUT THIS WOULD BE THE MORE APPROPRIATE PLACE WE FEEL.

EXCELLENT. THANK YOU. BUT REGARDLESS, IT IS A REQUIREMENT FOR THE TOWNSHIP TO IMPLEMENT THE POLICY.

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ANOTHER QUESTION, MAYBE, DIRECTOR MASSEY.

SO IF WE'RE PUTTING THESE IN TOWNSHIP BUILDINGS, MOST OF THOSE BUILDINGS ARE AT THE PARKS, CORRECT? THAT IS ACCURATE. AND SO IS THERE IS THERE A NEED OR IS IT APPROPRIATE TO INVOLVE THE PARK COMMISSION IN THIS OR.

THANK YOU. I'M NOT SURE HOW.

COMMISSION AND BOARD.

YEAH, IT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

IT'S A IT'S AN APPROPRIATE QUESTION.

NO, THERE'S NO NEED TO CONFER.

WE WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED THIS INFORMATION ALONG THROUGH OUR PARKS DEPARTMENT.

AND IF IT WAS IF IT WAS SOMETHING STRUCTURAL, SOMETHING, WE WERE GOING TO CHANGE IT UP OR SOMETHING.

BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THIS POLICY SHOULD START AND END WITH THE TOWNSHIP BOARD.

GOT IT. THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.

THAT'S ALL. SUPERVISOR.

THANK YOU. AND WHAT ELSE? CLERK GUTHRIE. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, DIRECTOR MASSEY.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

WHAT I REALLY LIKE ABOUT THIS POLICY IS THAT IT CLARIFIES THE TYPE OF PRODUCTS.

IT'S NOT JUST WHAT ARE WE GOING TO PROVIDE OR NOT IN OUR IN OUR RESTROOMS, BUT IT ACTUALLY OUTLINES THESE ARE THE TYPES OF PRODUCTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE PROVIDING IN OUR PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITIES.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU LOOK AT THE DATA, YOU KNOW, THERE'S 800 MILLION PEOPLE WHO GET THE STRAIGHT A DAY.

IF YOU'VE BEEN IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU'VE NEEDED A PRODUCT AND IT'S NOT THERE, MAYBE YOU'VE WONDERED WHY IS THAT NOT? WHY IS THAT PRODUCT NOT AVAILABLE TO ME IN PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITY WHEN I NEED IT? I HAVE TO LEAVE WORK.

I HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO MY BOSS THAT I'VE GOT TO LEAVE, I'VE GOT TO GO GET SOMETHING.

I GOT TO COME BACK.

IT'S EMBARRASSING.

AND SO HAVING THESE PRODUCTS ON HAND FOR OUR TOWNSHIP EMPLOYEES I THINK IS LAUDABLE.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT.

I THINK IT'S A VALUE THAT WE SHOULD BE PROVIDING.

AND SO I APPRECIATE ALL OF THE THE POINTS IN THE MEMO, AND I APPRECIATE THIS BEING BROUGHT TO THE BOARD AS A POLICY.

THANK YOU. TRUSTEE WILSON I JUST MAKE THE POINT THAT IT'S NOT ONLY EMPLOYEES, BUT IS THE PUBLIC RESTROOMS THAT ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

CORRECT. CAN I ASK ONE QUESTION? IS THERE A REASON WHY TISSUES ARE INCLUDED? IS THAT LIKE KLEENEX? THAT'S SPECIFICALLY INCLUDED WAS THE IDEA, I GUESS.

PARDON ME. I BELIEVE THAT WAS THE IDEA.

YEAH. AND YOU'RE WONDERING WHY THERE.

I DIDN'T. I CAN CHECK AND SEE.

I'M ALMOST CERTAIN CLERK GUTHRIE PROPOSED THE DEFINITION, AND I BELIEVE IT COMES FROM THE CITY OF EAST LANSING'S ORDINANCE DIRECTLY.

I JUST THINKING ABOUT THE LOGISTICS OF A BIG BOX X THAT THEY'RE GOING TO WORK.

THERE ARE SOME LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES TO IMPLEMENTING THIS.

WE DO HAVE CUSTODIAL SERVICES THAT STOCK SOME OF OUR RESTROOMS. SO WE HAVE A FULL INVENTORY NOW OF ALL OF OUR BATHROOMS BROKEN OUT BETWEEN WHICH ONES ARE STAFFED BY CUSTODIAL SERVICES, WHICH ONES ARE NOT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME MORE LOGISTICS TO WORK THROUGH FOR THOSE FACILITIES THAT ARE NOT.

IT'LL BE EASIER TO WORK WITH OUR CUSTODIAL SERVICES BECAUSE THEY'LL JUST ADD ONE MORE COMMODITY TO THEIR LIST AND ONE MARCH CHECK MARK ON THEIR LIST.

RIGHT. BUT NORTH AND SOUTH FIRE, FOR INSTANCE, THE FIREFIGHTERS ON STAFF AND CLEAN THOSE BATHROOMS. AND SO OUR STAFF MEMBERS IN SOME CASES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STEP UP AND IMPLEMENTING THIS POLICY.

THANK YOU, CLERK GUTHRIE.

IT ACTUALLY WAS A BUDGETED ITEM YEARS AGO AND WAS CUT OUT OF THE BUDGET TO SAVE MONEY.

AND FROM WHAT I RECALL, IT WAS 250 TO 500 A YEAR TO PROVIDE TISSUES IN THE RESTROOMS. BOY, THIS IS GETTING REALLY DEEP.

YEAH. I JUST.

CLEANUP SUPERVISOR.

YES. THANK YOU.

I MOVE TO ADAPT THE RESOLUTION AMENDING THE BOARD POLICY MANUAL OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN TO ADOPT A GENERAL HEALTH POLICY.

SO I HAVE A QUESTION.

THIS IS A DISCUSSION ITEM.

WE DO HAVE A MOTION, THOUGH, AVAILABLE.

AND SO YOU WANT TO WELL, LET'S SEE IF WE HAVE A SECOND SUPPORT.

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WE DO HAVE A SECOND MOTION IS TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION AMENDING THE BOARD POLICY MANUAL OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN TO ADOPT THE GENERAL HEALTH POLICY.

MR. OPSOMMER.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

THE BOARD SHOULD MAKE A MOTION TO AMEND ITS RULES TO TAKE THIS UP THIS EVENING.

ALL RIGHT, FIRST, SO FIRST, A MOTION TO AMEND THE RULES, THEN THE MOTION FROM THE PACKET.

THANK YOU. ARE WE PREPARED TO DO THAT? OR WOULD YOU PREFER TO WAIT? I SEE NO REASON TO WAIT.

WE COULD DO THAT.

IT'S A VERY SIMPLE PROCESS.

I WILL WITHDRAW MY MOTION AND WE'LL START AGAIN.

AND WE'LL START AGAIN. OK TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON OF THE BOARD RULES FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF AGENDA ITEM 13, A SUPPORT THAT'S BEEN MOVED AND SUPPORTED.

MR. LEMASTER, WE HAVE A ROLL CALL VOTE ON THAT ISSUE.

WE'VE DISCUSSED IT.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. CLERK GUTHRIE.

YES. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

TRUSTEE SUNDLAND YES.

MOTION CARRIED. SIX ZERO RIGHT NOW.

TRUSTEE WILSON. I MOVED TO ADAPT THE RESOLUTION AMENDING THE BOARD POLICY MANUAL OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN TO ADOPT A GENERAL HEALTH POLICY SUPPORT SUPPORTED FOR THE DISCUSSION.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I WANTED TO GIVE EVERYONE ELSE A CHANCE TO WEIGH IN FIRST, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM THAT I PERSONALLY HAVE EVER HAD TO CONFRONT MYSELF.

HOWEVER, I AM A FORGETFUL PERSON, AND I CAN CERTAINLY EMPATHIZE WITH NOT BEING ABLE WITH PUTTING MYSELF IN A SITUATION WHERE I MIGHT NEED SOMETHING THAT I DON'T HAVE.

AND KNOWING THAT THE TOWNSHIP WOULD SUPPORT THOSE FOLKS WHO DO NEED THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE FORGETFUL FIRST AND FOREMOST IS SOMETHING THAT'S NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART. IN ADDITION, OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE BROADER BENEFITS THAT I THINK CLERK GUTHRIE AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO SPOKE ON THIS HAVE ADDRESSED VERY WELL.

SO I'LL LET THEM THEIR COMMENTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

I'M VERY HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE AND I THINK THIS IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD FOR THE TOWNSHIP IN PROMOTING EQUITY BASED ON A GENERAL HEALTH POLICY THAT I THINK WILL GET US STARTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

THANK YOU. OTHER COMMENTS.

QUESTION IS MR. LEMASTER? CLERK GUTHRIE YES.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON YES.

TRUSTEE SUNDLAND YES.

TRUSTEE WILSON.

YES. TRUSTEE WISINSKI YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON YES.

MOTION CARRIED. SIX ZERO.

IT IS DONE, AS THEY SAY.

THANK YOU. ITEM 13 B AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING.

[13.B. American Rescue Plan Funding]

MR. WALSH. THANK YOU.

AND I FOUND YOUR DISCUSSION HERE IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES.

VERY INTERESTING. IT TAKES ME BACK ABOUT 13 OR 14 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS COACHING.

I WAS AT LENOX HIGH SCHOOL IN KALAMAZOO.

I'LL NEVER FORGET THE MOMENT.

AND I WAS COACHING A VARSITY VOLLEYBALL, IF YOU DON'T MIND, A LITTLE VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM, GIRLS TEAM.

AND I'LL MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT.

ONE OF THE YOUNG LADIES CAME UP TO ME AND SAID SHE WASN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY RIGHT AWAY.

SHE HAD AN ISSUE AND WANTED IT DIDN'T HAVE AND WANTED TO KNOW IF I HAD ANY HELP.

AND I'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT. AND OF COURSE I DIDN'T.

AND MY WIFE WASN'T ALONG WITH ME.

AND I FELT AT THAT MOMENT LIKE SUCH SYMPATHY FOR THIS YOUNG LADY AND WISHING THERE WAS SOMETHING I COULD DO. AND I REMEMBER THAT MOMENT AND I THOUGHT, BOY, THERE'D BE WOULDN'T IT BE SOMETHING IF THERE WAS A WAY, THERE WAS A PROCESS.

AND SO I'M VERY ENCOURAGED AND FOUND THIS LAST DISCUSSION VERY REWARDING.

AND IT TAKES ME BACK A FEW YEARS.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE THAT ART FUNDING.

YEAH, I'LL BE BRIEF.

THE BOARD KNOWS THAT WE RECEIVED ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS AND THE BOARD HAS EXPENDED HALF OF THAT ON IT IN ROADS.

BOTH OF THOSE PROJECTS ARE MOVING RIGHT ALONG.

AND NOW THE PROCESS, THE DISCUSSION IS HOW DO YOU WANT TO HANDLE THE PROCESS FOR THE REMAINING? I THINK THE COTS CAME OUT.

I THINK THAT WAS MOVED AT THE LAST MEETING AND THAT WAS AROUND 240 OR 260,000.

SO I WOULD THINK THAT THE NOW THE BASELINE IS ABOUT $2 MILLION OR JUST OVER $2 MILLION.

[01:35:07]

I DON'T HAVE THAT FIGURE IN FRONT OF ME.

BUT 2,000,006 STANDS OUT TO ME.

BUT ANYWAY, HOW DOES THE BOARD WANT TO MOVE FORWARD? BEFORE WE GO THERE, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF ACCOLADES THIS EVENING FOR AMBER AND AMANDA AND ASHLEY, AND I THROW ONE MORE IN THERE AND OF COURSE IT'S ANOTHER A FOR SOME OF YOU.

AND I KNOW THAT SUPERVISOR JACKSON, YOU RECEIVED A LETTER SEVERAL MONTHS AGO AND MAYBE OTHERS FROM A RETIRED FIREFIGHTER, AND I THINK HE RETIRED. I THINK YOU RECEIVED MORE THAN ONE COMMUNICATION, IF I RECALL.

THERE'S A VERY DELICATE ISSUE ABOUT A FIREFIGHTER THAT WAS OVERPAID MANY YEARS AGO THAT HAD HIS PENSION REDUCED.

THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE.

IT WAS A VERY, VERY TOUGH ISSUE, VERY TRICKY.

I WILL NOT GET THROUGH ALL THE DETAILS WITH YOU THIS EVENING, BUT OUR HR DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR TIM HOFF, WENT TO BAT, WENT TO THE BANK WHO MADE THE MISTAKE 15 YEARS AGO AND ACTUALLY GOT RESTITUTION 15 YEARS LATER FROM THE BANK.

I WON'T GO INTO ANY MORE DETAILS WITH THAT, BUT IT REALLY TOOK A STRONG EFFORT FROM HER PART.

AND NOW THE FIREFIGHTERS PENSION HAS BEEN RESTORED, THE BANK PAID UP AND ALL THE RIGHT THINGS HAPPENED.

AND THAT'S A STORY THAT HASN'T BEEN SHARED.

BUT, ABBY, YOU DID GREAT WORK.

SO GETTING BACK TO THE AAFP, WHICH IS THE FIFTH A OF THE EVENING, HOW JUST HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE FORWARD AS A BOARD? WHAT KIND OF PROCESS? I ENVISION THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS WOULD COME UP WITH A LIST AND WITHIN 60 TO 90 DAYS THE BOARD MIGHT MEET AND HAVE PRESENTATIONS ON THAT.

I'M JUST GIVING YOU AN IDEA AS TO STARTING POINT FOR A DISCUSSION, AND THEY WOULD COME AND MAKE BRIEF PRESENTATIONS TO YOU.

THE BOARD COULD FORM A COMMITTEE AND IT COULD BE HOW ARE THE BOARD WANTS TO MOVE FORWARD? THERE WAS ABOUT $2 MILLION REMAINING.

AND THE QUESTION TODAY IS ABOUT PROCESS, IDEAS, THOUGHTS.

I HAVE A QUESTION. IT NEEDS TO BE SPENT BY THE END OF 2025.

I THINK IT'S IN 2026, SIX AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

I DON'T BELIEVE SO. I THINK IT MIGHT BE THE MIDDLE OF THE 26 OR THE END, BUT I BELIEVE IT'S 2026.

ALL RIGHT. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, DO YOU YOU KNOW, WE HAVE WE HAD IN OUR PACKET ON APRIL 22ND A NUMBER OF ITEMS THAT I PRESUME WAS SOLICITED FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEADS IN REGARDS TO A VERY SIMILAR DISCUSSION WHEN WE HAD THE FIRST TRANCHE COME IN.

DO WE EXPECT THAT THAT THOSE PRIORITIES HAVE CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE THEN? THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. MY ANSWER TO THAT IS YES AND NO.

I BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE ITEMS THAT THE STAFF WOULD BRING FORWARD ARE INCLUDED IN THAT LIST BACK IN APRIL.

BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS COMPREHENSIVE ENOUGH.

I DON'T THINK EVERYONE I DON'T THINK ALL THE DIRECTORS HAD A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO TO SUBMIT PROJECTS TO YOU.

AND ADDITIONALLY, WE'VE HAD A CHANGE IN DIRECTOR SINCE THEN AND AT LEAST ONE POSITION.

AND ALSO THINGS CHANGE OVER THE COURSE OF SIX MONTHS, FIVE MONTHS THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL IDEAS OR CONCEPTS FOR YOU AT THIS POINT, UNLESS YOU WANTED TO GO RIGHT FROM THAT LIST, I THINK YOU WOULD HEAR OTHER PROJECTS THAT MIGHT COME UP.

IN ADDITION, THE TOTAL AMOUNT AVAILABLE HAS CHANGED, WHICH MAY IN FACT AFFECT WHAT WHAT IS SUGGESTED AND REQUESTED.

SURE. WELL, IN THAT CASE, I CERTAINLY WOULD WOULD WELCOME HEARING FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEADS, WHETHER IN WRITING OR IN PERSON AT A MEETING.

I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF ONE THING I NOTICED THAT THAT WAS PREPARING FOR THIS MEETING AND GOING BACK OVER THAT PACKET IN APRIL, WAS THAT A NUMBER OF THE PROJECTS THAT WERE BEING REQUESTED DIDN'T COME WITH AN ESTIMATED OR ANTICIPATED COST, WHICH OF COURSE WE WOULD NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO BETTER ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO AFFORD A GIVEN PROJECT IN LINE WITH ALL THE OTHERS THAT WE WOULD LOOK AT.

ONE GENERAL COMMENT IS, AND THIS IS WHAT I SAID BACK IN APRIL AS WELL, I THINK THAT AS BEST AS WE CAN, WE OWE IT TO THE COMMUNITY TO SPEND THIS MONEY IN A WAY THAT IMPACTS THE MOST NUMBER OF RESIDENTS POSSIBLE.

AND I KNOW THAT WE'VE HEARD FROM, YOU KNOW, IN PREPARATION FOR THIS MEETING, WE'VE HEARD FROM A COUPLE OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE LOCAL ROAD PROGRAM.

AND I THINK IT WAS SUMMARIZED EARLIER TONIGHT PRETTY WELL.

THERE MAY YET BE A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL ROAD MONEY.

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CERTAINLY, WE WE DIDN'T ACCOUNT FOR MASSIVE INFLATION AND MASSIVE INCREASES IN CONSTRUCTION COSTS WHEN THIS BOND WAS PASSED YEARS AGO.

RIGHT. THAT WASN'T ANYWHERE IN OUR IN OUR CRYSTAL BALL.

YOU KNOW, I EXCHANGED MESSAGES OVER THE WEEKEND WITH ASSISTANT MANAGER OPSOMMER OVER, YOU KNOW, WHAT COULD WE GET FOR A CERTAIN PORTION IF WE DEVOTED IT TOWARD ROADS? AND THE ANSWER MIGHT BE AS LITTLE AS A MILE OR AS AND I ASK MYSELF KNOW, WITH THE RIGHT MILE OF ROAD THAT MIGHT AFFECT EVERYONE.

BUT GIVEN WHERE OUR LOCAL ROADS ARE, IT OFTEN WON'T.

AND SO I THINK IT'S IT IS CERTAINLY WE OWE IT TO OUR RESIDENTS TO FULFILL OUR TO MEET OUR GOALS, TO FULFILL OUR PROMISES ON THAT LOCAL ROAD PROGRAM.

I DON'T KNOW THAT THE ONE TIME INFUSION OF ADDITIONAL MONEY IN THIS CASE IS GOING TO NECESSARILY PUT US THAT MUCH CLOSER TO THAT GOAL.

AND WE HAVE ALREADY.

EVEN IF WE DIDN'T SPEND ANOTHER DOLLAR ON THE LOCAL ROAD PROGRAM OUT OF THE MONEY, WE HAVE ALREADY ALLOCATED 25 PLUS PERCENT OF WHAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE LOCAL ROAD PROGRAM.

WHETHER THAT'S ENOUGH OR NOT, THAT'S SOMETHING FOR PEOPLE TO DEBATE AND DISCUSS.

I'M CERTAINLY HAPPY WITH WITH WHAT WE'RE GETTING FROM THAT INVESTMENT THAT WE MADE EARLIER THIS SUMMER.

I THINK THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS THAT WE COULD TAKE ON WITH THIS MONEY THAT WOULD IMPACT A LARGE NUMBER OF OUR RESIDENTS.

AND SO I THINK WE SHOULD GIVE THE STAFF THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THOSE TO US.

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT DONE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR IF WE CAN MANAGE IT, BUT I'M ALSO REALISTIC ABOUT THAT.

AND IF THERE'S A SUBCOMMITTEE TO BE HAD, I WOULD BE MORE THAN MORE THAN HAPPY TO SIT ON THAT.

THANK YOU, TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

I WOULD CONCUR WITH TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON THAT I REALLY THINK MAKING A BIGGER COMMUNITY IMPACT IS REALLY IMPORTANT WITH THE REMAINDER OF THESE FUNDS.

I WOULD ALSO BE MORE THAN WILLING TO HEAR FROM THE DIRECTORS WHAT WHAT PROJECTS DO WE NEED? WHAT PROJECTS ARE OUT THERE AND NOT? AND THEN WE CAN LOOK AT THAT WITH AN ASSOCIATED ESTIMATED COST.

SO I THINK I WOULD CERTAINLY WELCOME THAT.

I DO.

I WOULD SUPPORT A COMMITTEE.

I'M NOT SURE I COULD BE ON THAT COMMITTEE, BUT I WOULD HAVE SUPERVISOR WANTED ME TO.

BUT YEAH, I WOULD I WOULD SUPPORT A SUBCOMMITTEE ONCE WE GET THE INFORMATION FROM THE DIRECTORS AS WELL.

JEFFREY ROSEN. I ALSO AGREE WITH BOTH OF YOU ON LOOKING AT IMPACTFUL PROJECTS BECAUSE THIS IS A ONE TIME $2 MILLION GIFT AND WE'D LIKE TO GIFT IT TO THE RESIDENTS BY DOING SOMETHING IMPACTFUL.

NOT SURE I CONCUR WITH A SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THIS ISSUE BECAUSE I THINK THAT IF WE ARE GIVEN A PRESENTATION BY ALL OF OUR DIRECTORS, I THINK WE WORK VERY WELL AS A GROUP IN DISCERNING WHAT MIGHT BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PROJECTS THAT WE COULD FUND WITH THESE DOLLARS.

THANK YOU, CLERK GUTHRIE.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I CONCUR WITH TRUSTEE WILSON ON BOTH THOSE THOUGHTS REGARDING THE LIST FROM THE DIRECTORS AND THE BOARD, LOOKING AT IT TOGETHER AS A WHOLE RATHER THAN THE SUBCOMMITTEE.

NO, NO COMMENT.

I CONCUR. YOU AGREE THAT THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A SUB OR NOT A SUBCOMMITTEE? HAVE THE DIRECTORS TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND AND PRESENT IT TO US AS A WHOLE? I'D LIKE TO SEE IT IN WRITING AND A PERSONAL PRESENTATION, ACTUALLY, IN CASE THERE ARE QUESTIONS THAT COME UP IN THE PROCESS.

I AGREE THAT AS SOON AS WE CAN.

WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO START DOING THAT AND.

AND AS SOON AS THE DIRECTORS CAN GET IT READY.

THE QUESTION I LIKE THE IDEA OF A COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO TO WHITTLE DOWN THAT LIST.

AND SO I WOULD I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IS THE WAY WE PROCEED.

ONE OF THE THINGS. THANK YOU.

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IF I MAY, WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO DO IS HAVE YOUR PRESENTATIONS IN NOVEMBER AND WE CAN DO THAT.

AND THEN YOU'LL BE SETTING YOUR GOALS IN DECEMBER LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO.

AND YOU CAN TIE IN THE ARP TO YOUR ANNUAL GOALS AND HOW THEY MIGHT ALIGN AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.

SO YOU COULD TIE THOSE TOGETHER AND BE FINISHED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

GREAT. THAT'S A GOOD REMINDER THAT WE NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR 2023 AND KEEPING WITH THE ALL THE ALL THE MANY THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON AROUND AROUND US AND THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU. WE COME NOW TO ITEM 14 COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

I SEE NO PUBLIC, SO WE GO TO ITEM 15 OTHER MATTERS AND BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS.

[15. OTHER MATTERS AND BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS]

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

JUST AS A REMINDER, SINCE TREASURER DESCHAINE ISN'T HERE TO REMIND US, WE DO HAVE THE BOARD RETREAT COMING UP IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, A COUPLE OF SATURDAYS FROM NOW.

SO WE'VE GOT THAT FROM 9 TO 315, I THINK ON THE 22ND.

THAT WAS 830.

WELL, I WILL MAKE SURE I'VE CHECKED MY CALENDAR FOR THAT AND WE'LL REVIEW IT.

YES, WE'VE GOT ONE MORE MEETING BEFORE THAT, SO HE'LL BE BACK TO TELL US.

BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT SCHEDULING WEEKENDS IS NEVER EASY, SO I'D LIKE TO TRY TO PUT IT ON THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

AND THE OTHER THING I HAD WAS A QUESTION.

I KNOW THAT THERE WAS A DISCUSSION, AND I HAVE STRUGGLED TO FIND THE EMAIL ABOUT GETTING A MEETING ON THE BOOKS FOR THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

CAN YOU REMIND ME WHAT THE DATE WE DISCUSSED WAS FOR THAT? MR. WALSH.

IT'S THE KEEPER OF ALL THAT VITAL INFORMATION.

WELL, WE MET THIS WEEK TO TALK ABOUT THIS, AND ONE OF US HAD THE RIGHT DATE AND ONE OF US HAD THE WRONG DATE.

AND THE GOOD SUPERVISOR WAS RIGHT.

SO I'M ON PUBLIC RECORD.

IT'S NOVEMBER 15TH.

15TH IS THE BOARDING COMMISSION.

SO THERE WILL BE NO BUSINESS UNLESS SOMETHING COMES UP THAT'S URGENT.

AND THE SECOND MEETING IN NOVEMBER, WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE 15TH, AND THAT IS A COMMITMENT TO BOARD AND COMMISSION EVENING.

AND WE'LL BE INVITING THE BOARD COMMISSIONERS IN THAT EVENING.

6:00 THANK YOU.

AND SO. ALL RIGHT, VERY GOOD.

THE 15TH OF NOVEMBER, WHICH I GUESS BOUNCING OFF OF OUR LAST DISCUSSION, MEANS WE'LL BE HEARING ABOUT OUR PROPOSAL ON THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER SINCE THERE'S NO BUSINESS ON THE 15TH.

SO THAT'S A GOOD THAT'S GOING TO COME UP QUICK.

YEAH. EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

THANK YOU. WE'LL WE'LL WE'LL LEARN THAT.

ANYTHING ELSE? AND ITEM 16, WE HAVE A CLOSED SESSION,

[16. CLOSED SESSION-Motion to go into a closed session to discuss ongoing litigation under MCL 15.268(1)(c). Successful entry into closed session will require a simple majority approval, though we still recommend a roll call vote. MCL 15.267(1).]

SO WE NEED A MOTION TO GO INTO CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS ONGOING LITIGATION.

JUST THE HENDRICKSON.

THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I MOVE TO GO INTO CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS ONGOING LITIGATION UNDER MCL 15.2 681C6.

THAT'S ALL I'M GOING TO READ OF THAT.

IT'S BEEN MOVED AND SUPPORTED TO TO GO INTO CLOSED SESSION.

MR. LEMASTER, WE NEED A ROLL CALL VOTE.

TRUSTEE WILSON. YES.

TRUSTEE WISINSKI. YES.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

YES. CLERK GUTHRIE.

YES. TRUSTEE.

HENDRICKSON. YES.

TRUSTEE SUNDLAND. YES.

MOTION CARRIED. SIX ZERO.

IF I MAY, MADAM SUPERVISOR, THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE ANY BUSINESS ON.

SO IF ANYONE IS HERE OR WATCHING, KNOW THAT WE'LL JUST BE COMING BACK TO ADJOURN.

THAT'S. THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY. NO NEED.

NO. NO ACTION TO BE TAKEN AFTER THIS.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.