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[00:00:27]

>> [NOISE] THIS IS WHAT?

>> IF YOU READ THE CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHAT'S THE [INAUDIBLE] OFFICE [LAUGHTER] AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTION DURING AUCTION YEAR. [LAUGHTER]

>> IT WAS SO DELICIOUS AND I SURE [NOISE] [BACKGROUND]

>> THANK YOU. I'M CALLING MEETING INTO ORDER.

[1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER]

IT'S TWO MINUTES PAST SIX O'CLOCK.

THE TOWNSHIP BOARD WOULD ASK ALL OF THOSE PRESENT TO JOIN US IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO COMMEMORATE THE SUDDEN PASSING OF DR. VALERIE JOHNSON.

DR. VALERIE JOHNSON IS A LONGTIME RESIDENT IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, AND THE WIFE OF ONE OF OUR LEAD ATTORNEYS AND IF YOU JOIN ME IN A FEW MINUTES OF SILENCE TO COMMEMORATE HER SON PASSING.

THANK YOU. NOW, IF YOU WILL JOIN ME, WE WILL HAVE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

OF ALLEGIANCE] THANK YOU.

MR. LEMASTER WOULD YOU CALL A ROLLOUT.

>> SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

>> HERE.

>> LEAD GUTHERIE .

>> HERE.

>> TREASURER DESCHAINE.

>> PRESENT.

>> TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

>> HERE.

>> TRUSTEE SUNLAND.

>> HERE.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> HERE.

>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

>> HERE.

>> ALL PRESENT

>> I HAVE FOUR ON OUR AGENDAS, PRESENTATIONS WE DO NOT HAVE ONE TONIGHT, AND SO WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM 5,

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

WHICH IS CITIZENS ADDRESS, AGENDA ITEMS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS. I HAD A GREEN CARD FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FROM KARLA HUDSON.

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS KARLA HUDSON, I LIVE ON SKYLINE DRIVE FOR THE RECORD.

I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND HOPE TO BECOME YOUR NEXT MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBER.

FOR 30 YEARS, MERIDIAN HAS BEEN THE PLACE FOR MY FAMILY TO LIVE, GROW, AND PARTICIPATE EVEN THOUGH I AM UNABLE TO DRIVE.

I KNOW THE VALUE OF STRONG, RESPONSIVE AND EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS ON THE LIVES OF SENIORS, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND OTHERS WHO CANNOT DRIVE.

I HAVE BIRD EXPERIENCE AND SERVED ON A GOVERNOR APPOINTED STATEWIDE BARRIER-FREE ACCESS BOARD, WHERE I SERVED FOR SEVEN YEARS UNDER TWO GOVERNORS.

I HAVE INFLUENCED COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION THROUGH MY WORK ON THE MERIDIAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING ME FOR MEMBERSHIP ON THE BOARD, THANKS.

>> THANK YOU. ARE THERE OTHERS THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD AT THIS TIME?

[00:05:07]

SEEING NONE, WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM 6 ON OUR AGENDA TOWNSHIP MANAGERS REPORT.

[6. TOWNSHIP MANAGER REPORT]

>> THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR, AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOU THIS EVENING.

NEXT MONTH IS FEBRUARY SO WERE PREPARING FOR A BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION OF THE TOWNSHIP.

THERE'S BEEN SOME NEWS OUT THERE ABOUT OUR RENTAL INSPECTION PROGRAM.

I CAN ASSURE YOU IT HAS MY FULL ATTENTION.

WE ARE NOT REALLY WANT TO BE FOLLOWING COVID, DIRECTOR SCHMIDT AND I'VE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THAT HE'S ON TOP OF IT.

I CAN TELL YOU BY THIS SUMMER, WE WILL BE BACK TO FULL SPEED AND BE UP TO PAR AND WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

I WANT TO SPEAK BRIEFLY ABOUT THE KNOB HILL FIRE.

I'M NOT GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT THE EXCELLENT RESPONSE FROM OUR DEPARTMENTS AND EVERYTHING THAT'S OCCURRED.

I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT AND IT'S PROBABLY MORE FOR THE BOARD TO DISCUSS UNDER YOUR COMMENTS.

BUT I WANT TO ADDRESS ONE RUMOR THAT'S OUT THERE, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ADDRESSED THAT.

THAT IS THAT THERE WERE NO SMOKING WORK ALARMS. THERE WAS NOTHING ALERTING ANYONE ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON OR THE FIRE, THAT'S COMPLETELY FALSE.

IF YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE BODY CAMS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, IF YOU TRY TO SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INSIDE, THE SMOKE ALARMS WERE GOING OFF ALL OVER THE PLACE.

I WANT TO DISPEL THAT RUMOR BECAUSE IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT IT WAS TIED INTO THE STORY ABOUT US BEING BEHIND UNINSPECTIONS.

I ALSO WANT TO ADDRESS SOME COMMENTS ABOUT THE KNOB HILL INSPECTION THAT WAS NOT COVERED BY THE PRESS AS YOU KNOW, THEY PUT A SNIPPET IN AND THEY DON'T RISK.

KNOB HILL WAS INSPECTED BACK STARTING IN 20 OR 25 YEARS AGO EVERY THREE YEARS, KNOB HILL, 96992058111417.

EVERY THREE YEARS NOW AND SPEND [LAUGHTER] [NOISE] MAY I CONTINUE.

>> YES. [LAUGHTER].

>> KNOB HILL WAS REPORTED AS THE SMOKING ALARM WERE NOT WORKING THAT'S NOT TRUE AND THAT WE HAD NOT EXPECTED KNOB HILL AND WE HAVE INSPECTED KNOB HILL.

WE HAVE A PERFECT RECORD GOING BACK ALMOST 25 YEARS.

WE DID GET HANG UP DURING COVID AND WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TO WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

THERE'S ALSO ANOTHER ISSUE WITH ALANINE TOWNSHIP THAT'S COMING UP WITH OUR FIRE COVERAGE AND MEDICAL COVERAGE.

AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE FIRE COVERAGE WITH THE RECENT LOSS OF THE AMBULANCE SERVICE NOW, WE ARE NOW INVOLVED IN COVERING THAT AREA WITH A MEDICAL RESPONSE.

IT'S AN ADDITIONAL TASK BURDEN ON OUR DEPARTMENT AND OUR RESIDENTS AND OUR FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDICS, REST ASSURED THAT ISSUE HAS OUR INTENTION.

CHIEF HANNA AND I PLAN TO MEET WITH DELHI TOWNSHIP NEXT WEEK AND CHIEF PAGO WILL PARTICIPATE AS WELL BECAUSE HIS DEPARTMENT PERSPECTIVE RESPONSE WITH FIRST MEDICAL FIRST RESPONSE.

THE REASON WE'RE MEETING WITH DELHI IS DELHI TOWNSHIP HAS THE CONTRACT TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES TO ELEMENT TOWNSHIP, SO IT'S ALLUDED, BUT JUST KNOW WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT FOR FIRE THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

IT'S BEEN HERE WELL BEFORE MY DECADE HERE, BUT WE'VE NOT DONE THE FIRST RESPONDER FOR MEDICAL.

THAT IS THE CASE RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE IN WE'RE RUNNING SEVERAL CALLS A MONTH OUT TO ELEVATE TOWNSHIP FOR MEDICAL COVERAGE.

BASE OF BERLIN PERMITS, WE'VE BEEN PROVIDING BILLING SERVICES AND PLANNING AND A SITE PLAN REVIEW SERVICES TO MASON FOR A LONG TIME, PREDATES MY DECADE HERE.

WE DID AN ANALYSIS, NOT WE, DIRECTOR SCHMIDT DID AN ANALYSIS WITH THE HELP OF DIRECTOR GARDNER, THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT, WHERE ARE WE AND WHAT'S THE COST, AND OUR COST AT LAST YEAR WAS AROUND $88 AN HOUR FOR WHAT IT COST MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP TOTALITY, EVERYTHING TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE.

WE HAVE NOT RAISED THAT FEE SINCE 2015, WHICH IS $100 AN HOUR, SO WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO JUST A BREAK EVEN AND WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER THAT'S REALLY WORTH OUR SERVICES.

WE'LL BE COMING TO YOU PROBABLY IN THE NEXT 60 DAYS WITH AN UPDATE ON A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS AND FEES, AND HAVE YOU REVIEW THAT AND TELL US WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE, WHAT DIRECTION YOU'D LIKE TO SEE.

THE DEI COMMITTEE MEETS ON JANUARY 20TH, THE NEXT TASK FOR US IS TO BRING TOGETHER OBJECTIVES AND GOALS AND PUT TOGETHER AN ACTION PLAN GOING FORWARD TO BRING TO THE BOARD.

WE'RE MEETING ON THE 19TH AT HERE.

OUR ENTIRE TEAM IN THIS BUILDING IS MEETING ON THE 19TH TO TALK ABOUT THE RENOVATION PROJECT, WHICH IS NOT READY TO KICK OFF, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THE SCHEDULE MIGHT BE.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED ON MARCH 16TH IS THE FIRST HEARING ON THE PONDS LAWSUIT, SO IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND THAT CASE AND THE HONORABLE JUDGE GEORGE STOKES OFFICE DOWN AT MASON THAT IS MARCH 16TH,

[00:10:03]

AND I CAN GET YOU A TIME IF YOU'RE INTERESTED.

THURSDAY, SUPERVISOR JACKSON, TRUSTEE WISINSKI, AND MYSELF WILL BE MEETING WITH THE CURRENT INTERIM PRESIDENT WOODRUFF AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.

THAT'S LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT MEETING, IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE WE'VE MET WITH MSU.

FROM EVERYTHING I'M HEARING, PRESIDENT TERESA WOODRUFF IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO THIS COMMUNITY AND THIS UNIVERSITY, SO I KNOW THAT I'M PERSONALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING WITH HER AND GETTING TO KNOW HER.

FIVE NEW POLICE OFFICERS ARE UNDERWAY AND OUT ON THE ROAD, NOT BY THEMSELVES, BUT THEY'RE ON THEIR TRAINING, THE MUNICIPAL SIGNS, A PROJECT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

YOU SHOULD START TO SEE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS BOTH SIGNS GOING UP THE OKEMOS ROAD BRIDGE, IT'S A COUNTY PROJECT. THANK YOU COUNTY.

THEY'RE PAYING THE ENTIRE EIGHT OR NINE MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE PROJECT.

IT IS STILL ONGOING, THEY'RE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN WORKING IN THE CONDITIONS THAT THEY ARE.

HOPEFULLY NEXT MONTH WE'LL HAVE THE BRIDGE OPENING.

FINALLY, THE MARIJUANA ISSUE WAS IN FRONT OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION LAST NIGHT AND I'M SURE YOU'LL BE HEARING A REPORT ON THAT COMING UP, AND PROBABLY IT LOOKS LIKE THE MARIJUANA MAY BE COMING TO THE BOARD NEXT MONTH.

>> [BACKGROUND]?

>> NEXT MONTH. SO SORRY, WE HAVE A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO, YOU'RE GOING TO BE BEDDING HERE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

THAT'S MY REPORT UNLESS YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

[NOISE]

>> DO BOARD MEMBERS HAVE QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME? THANK YOU, MR. WALSH.

[NOISE] WE NOW COME TO

[7. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS OF ACTIVITIES ANDANNOUNCEMENTS]

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS OF ACTIVITIES [NOISE] AND ANNOUNCEMENTS. TREASURE DESHAWN.

>> THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR. INSTEAD OF MY STANDARD BOARD REPORT, I WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO THANK THE MERIDIAN COMMUNITY FOR THEIR REALLY GREAT GENEROSITY FOR HELPING THE THIRD GRAPH, FAMILIES WHO WERE LEFT HOMELESS BY THE KNOB HILL APARTMENT FIRE LAST MONTH.

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, WE RECEIVED OVER $121,000 IN CASH DONATIONS FOR THOSE FAMILIES.

UPON THE GENEROSITY, EACH FAMILY HAS RECEIVED WITH A $3,000 IN CASH TO HELP THEM FIND NEW HOUSING AND REPLACE THEM, THEIR LOSS POSSESSIONS.

THERE'S ALSO BEEN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MEALS, CLOTHING, BEDS, LUGGAGE, FURNITURE, OTHER ITEMS DONATED BY OUR COMMUNITY TO HELP THESE FAMILIES.

THIS GENEROSITY IS JUST PHENOMENAL, I'VE SAID IT BEFORE WE ARE VERY GENEROUS COMMUNITY, BUT EVEN THIS HAS AMAZED EVEN ME, WE SHOULD ALL BE REALLY PROUD TO LIVE HERE IN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

OUR MANAGER FRANK WALSH, STEP IN MANAGER DAN OPSOMMER AND FIRE CHIEF MIKE CAMPBELL AND POLICE CHIEF CAN PLUG THAT.

EACH PUT IN EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT TO HELP THESE FAMILIES, THESE DISPLACED FAMILIES WERE SAFE AND EVEN PUT ON A CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THEM AND THESE FAMILIES RECEIVED A ENOURMOUS NUMBER OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS AS WELL.

LASTLY, THE DTM MANAGEMENT COMPANY, WHICH OWNED THE PROPERTY, HAS BEEN, IN MY VIEW, EXTRAORDINARILY COOPERATIVE IN INVESTIGATION AND WORKING WITH EACH OF THESE FAMILIES TO FIND NEW HOUSING.

THE COMMUNITY HAS REALLY COME TOGETHER FOR THIS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF YOUR PRODUCT AS WE'RE TRYING TO HELP THESE FAMILIES FIND NEW HOUSING. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. OTHER BOARD MEMBERS? TRUSTEE SUNDAY.

>> THANK YOU. SUPERVISOR. I JUST WANTED TO REPORT THAT I ATTENDED THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION MEETING ON JANUARY 5TH.

I NEED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION ON JANUARY 29TH AT THE MERIDIAN MALL, IT'S FROM ONE UNTIL 05:00 IN THE AFTERNOON.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE'VE HAD THAT FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SO THIS IS COMING BACK TO THE MERIDIAN MALL AND IT'S JUST A CUTE LITTLE EVENT TO SUPPORT THE LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION, SO COME OUT AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER.

WE TALKED ABOUT MOBILE MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND DIFFERENT WARDS, I DO KNOW THAT AT LEAST TONIGHT'S AGENDA, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP BOARD AT $25,000 MATCH ON MAIN AWARD, WHICH IS PART OF THE MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WHAT WE DO, SO ANYWAY, THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR, I ATTENDED THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE COMMISSION MEETING ON DECEMBER 14TH,

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AND AS YOU KNOW, THE CRC IS THE OVERSIGHT BODY TO POLICY BODY FOR MERIDIAN CARES.

THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK THAT WAS UNDERTAKEN THROUGH THE TOWNSHIP THROUGH MERIDIAN CARES TO RAISE FUNDS TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, HAS JUST BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

I WANTED TO LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW THAT THERE ARE ESA COAT CLOSET, WHICH ALSO HAS HOUSEHOLD GOODS, CLOTHING, PERSONAL PRODUCTS THAT IS ONGOING AT FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH ON DOLBY ROAD, AND IT OPENED TODAY TO ANYONE IN THE TOWNSHIP WHO NEEDS THOSE RESOURCES.

IT'S FREE AND AVAILABLE IN THE MORNINGS FROM 10:00 UNTIL 12:00, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

I'D LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO THERE IF YOU NEED THAT RESOURCE, AND IT'S JUST AN OUTGROWTH OF OUR RESPONSE TO THE UPHILL SIDE.

>> THANK YOU.

>>> THANK YOU.

>> ALL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

I WOULD JUST ADD THAT I CONCUR COMPLETELY WITH THE SENTIMENTS, COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY THE TREASURER ABOUT THE GENEROSITY AND THE CARE WITH WHICH MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP RESPONDED TO RESIDENTS IN AN UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE AND EVENT.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO NOTE THE ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR REGION AND OUR NEIGHBORS.

FIRST RESPONDERS INCLUDING FIREFIGHTERS FROM SEVERAL SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, AND SO IN ADDITION, WE LIVE IN A VERY COMPETENT AND CARING REGION AND THEY RESPONDED TO MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP'S EMERGENCY IN A EXEMPLARY WAY.

I WOULD ALSO ADD THAT, AS IT HAS BEEN NOTED, THE PARTICIPATION IN THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, MANY INDIVIDUALS AND THESE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE RED CROSS, AND I BELIEVE THAT MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP IS VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE ASSISTANCE WE RECEIVED FROM THE OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR AREA.

ONE ADDITIONAL COMMENT ABOUT TRUSTEE SUNDLAND'S NOTATION ABOUT THE LUNAR NEW YEAR I LEARNED TODAY IN THE ROTARY MEETING, THAT THERE ARE ALSO LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS AT BOTH THE HASLETT AND THE OKEMOS LIBRARIES COMING UP.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE CELEBRATIONS AS WELL.

THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS OR ANNOUNCEMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS, WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM 8,

[8. APPROVAL OF AGENDA]

WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA. TREASURER DESCHAINE?

>> I MOVE APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED.

>> SUPPORT.

>> THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> THOSE OF NO? THE MOTION PASSES.

WE NOW MOVE TO THE CONSENT AGENDA,

[9. CONSENT AGENDA]

WHICH AS USUAL CONTAINS COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BOARD, MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 13 REGULAR TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING AND THE MANAGING BILLS, TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON?

>> THANK YOU MADAM SUPERVISOR, I MOVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED.

>> SUPPORT.

>> MOVED AND SUPPORTED TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA.

MR. LEMASTER, I BELIEVE WE NEED A ROLL CALL VOTE.

>> SUPERVISOR JACKSON?

>> YES.

>> CLERK GUTHERIE ?

>> YES.

>> TREASURER DESCHAINE?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE SUNDLAND?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI?

>> YES.

>> MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

>> THANK YOU. WITH NO QUESTIONS FOR THE ATTORNEYS AND NO HEARINGS FOR THE NIGHT ITEM 12.

[12.A. 1673 Haslett Road Brownfield Plan Amendment]

[00:20:08]

START WITH ITEM 12A 1673 HASLETT ROAD, BROWNFIELD PLAN AMENDMENT, MR. SCHMIDT?

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

THE REQUESTS IN FRONT OF YOU THIS EVENING AS THE SUPERVISOR MENTIONED, THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE BROWNFIELD PLAN AT 1673 HASLETT ROAD, MORE COMMONLY NOW REFERRED TO AS THE AMERICAN HOUSE OF MERIDIAN, PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS PINE VILLAGE.

A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON THIS ON DECEMBER 13TH OF LAST YEAR BY THE BOARD, THERE WERE NO MAJOR CONCERNS RAISED.

THE MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED THIS PLAN AND HAS RECOMMENDED APPROVAL IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT IS NOW THAT WE KNOW THE ACTUAL COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE VALUE WENT UP, THE TAX INCREMENT REVENUE THEN WENT UP ACCORDINGLY, AND THE ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES ARE REDUCED SUBSTANTIALLY BECAUSE THIS PLAN WILL NO LONGER BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEMOLITION OF THE OLD L&L GROCERY STORE ON THE ADJACENT PARCEL THAT IS NOW COVERED BY THE HASLETT VILLAGE SQUARE BROWNFIELD PLAN.

THE UPSHOT OF ALL THIS, THERE WILL BE SLIGHTLY OVER $1.24 MILLION OF TAX INCREMENT REVENUE CAPTURED OVER FOUR YEARS OF THIS PLAN.

THIS PLAN WORKED FOR 15-4 YEARS, $1.12 ROUGHLY OF THAT IS ELIGIBLE TO BE REIMBURSED THE DEVELOPER, IF THEY ADD THE ELIGIBLE EXPENSES IN THE PLAN, 62,000 WILL GO TOWARDS THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATION, $62,000 WILL GO TOWARDS THE BROWNFIELD REVOLVING LOAN FUND.

THE LAST PIECE, AS WE'VE MENTIONED ON THESE PLANS PREVIOUSLY, IS THE DETERMINATION OF THE PUBLIC PURPOSE.

WE HAVE LISTED SEVERAL OPTIONS THAT WE BELIEVE THIS PROJECT MEETS IN OUR STAFF REVIEW, AND WE WILL HAVE NO MAJOR CONCERNS WITH THIS REQUEST.

I HAVE TO BE HONEST, THIS IS THE SUREST BROWNFIELD PLAN I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY CAREER, AND IT CERTAINLY HAS DRAMATICALLY CHANGED TO THE BETTER.

ALTHOUGH I'M CERTAIN THE APPLICANT WISHES THE COSTS WEREN'T SO HIGH AT THIS POINT.

BUT IT WAS A VERY GOOD PLAN AND AS YOU CAN SEE THEY'RE MOVING ALONG QUITE QUICKLY.

THE APPLICANT AND THE REPRESENTATIVE ARE HERE THIS EVENING IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS, BUT AT THIS TIME STAFF DOES RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE BROWNFIELD PLAN FOR THE PROJECT AT 1673 HASLETT ROAD.

>> THANK YOU. IS THERE A BOARD MEMBER WHO WOULD LIKE TO MOVE, MR. HENDRICKSON?

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I MOVE TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION, APPROVING THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE BROWNFIELD PLAN FOR THE AMERICAN HOUSE OF MERIDIAN PROJECT AT 1673 HASLETT ROAD WITH THE TOTAL INCREMENTAL REVENUE TO BE CAPTURED NOT TO EXCEED $1,244,299, $1,119,869 MAXIMUM TO THE DEVELOPER OVER A FOUR-YEAR CAPTURING PERIOD.

>> SUPPORT.

>> SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WISINSKI, MR. HENDRICKSON?

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I APPRECIATE THE UPDATES AND THE RECAP FROM DIRECTOR SCHMIDT AS IT'S BEEN A COUPLE OF WEEKS SINCE WERE CONVENED ON THIS MATTER.

IT'S ALL GOOD THINGS: LOWER COSTS, LOWER TIME PERIOD.

I WAS TRYING TO QUICKLY GO BACK AND SEE IF WE HAD ALREADY APPROVED A BROWNFIELD FOR THE HAZARD VILLAGE.

I COULDN'T RECALL IF WE HAD DONE THAT ALREADY.

>> WE DID THAT WAS APPROVED.

IF YOU GIVE ME JUST A SECOND HERE.

>> THAT WAS FAR BACKWARD ON NOVEMBER1ST [LAUGHTER].

>> I DON'T HAVE THE EXACT DATE, BUT IT WAS APPROVED IN THE FALL.

>> SOMETIME IN THE FALL.

>> YES. IT WAS APPROVED IN THE FALL.

>> THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO NOT DOUBLE DIP BASICALLY ON THE L&L SITE AND THE OTHER SITES AROUND IT.

WHICH OF COURSE WE HAVE TO DO OUR DUE DILIGENCE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T ALLOW SO.

I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS MOTION, TO CIRCUMSCRIBE IT TO JUST THE AREA THAT THEY'RE WORKING ON, AND I'M PLEASED THAT WE'VE REDUCED THE TIMELINE SIGNIFICANTLY.

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI, DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL COMMENT?

>> SURE. TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON SAID IT WELL, BUT IT'S NECESSARY AND I APPRECIATE THE STAFF TAKING THE TIME TO DO THIS.

I AGREE THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE THAT WE PULLED OUT THAT PARCEL OUT, SO WE CAN MOVE ON AND CONTINUE WITH DEVELOPMENT.

>> THANK YOU. CLERK GUTHERIE .

>> THANK YOU. I HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR DIRECTOR SCHMIDT, IN THE RESOLUTION AND THE FIRST WAREHOUSE, I'M CONFUSED BY THE LANGUAGE.

IT SAYS HUDSON HASLETT LULU HAS PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED APPROVAL OF FOR A BROWNFIELD PLAN, IS THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE SOMETHING?

>> I APOLOGIZE, THE OF SHOULDN'T BE THERE.

IT'S FOR A BROWNFIELD PLAN.

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>> I WOULD AGREE AS LONG AS WE CAN STRIKE OUT THE OF THERE, I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> I WOULD ACCEPT THAT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT.

>> TREASURER DESCHAINE.

>> A QUESTION NOT A COMMENT.

DIRECTOR SCHMIDT, WHY WOULD THEY HAVE TO INCLUDE THE L&L PROPERTY IN THEIR ORIGINAL BROWNFIELD AGREEMENT? SINCE THEY DON'T OWN THAT PROPERTY AND IT WILL BE COVERED BY THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS DEVELOPMENT BY A DIFFERENT DEVELOPER.

>> IT WAS UNDER THE UNIFIED OWNERSHIP ORIGINALLY, AND I THINK THE INTENT WAS THAT THIS PROJECT WOULD BE ABLE TO FISCALLY CARRY IT AND WOULD JUMPSTART DEVELOPMENT ON THE NEIGHBORING PROPERTY TO TRY TO PUT SOME PRESSURE ON THE PROPERTY OWNER TO GET THAT SECONDARY PROJECT MOVING.

>> THANK YOU. MY COMMENT IS I DO SUPPORT THIS, I LIKE TO SHORTER DURATION.

BROWNFIELDS ARE BETTER THAN TAX INCREMENT FINANCING TIFS BECAUSE THE STATE IS REALLY CARRYING THE BURDEN HERE.

THIS MONEY COMES ESSENTIALLY OUT OF THE STATE EDUCATION TAX COMPARED TO A TIF WHICH COMES OUT OF [INAUDIBLE].

INGHAM COUNTY, ALL THOSE DIFFERENT MUNICIPALITIES, EVEN THE TOWNSHIP HAVE TO AGREE TO GIVE UP THE INCREASE IN VALUE WITH A BROWNFIELD.

WE DON'T HAVE TO GO AND MAKE THAT CASE TO ALL THE DIFFERENT ENTITIES, IT IS COVERED BY THE STATE.

IT'S MUCH MORE APPEALING LOCALLY TO HAVE A BROWNFIELD AS COMPARED TO A TIF, SO THEY SUPPORT THIS THINKING.

[BACKGROUND]

>> THERE IS? OKAY. THEN THE QUESTION IS TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE BROWNFIELD PLAN FOR THE AMERICAN HOUSE OF MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP PROJECT.

FOR THIS VOTE, WE NEED A ROLL CALL JUST TO THE MASTER.

>> CLERK GUTHERIE .

>> YES.

>> TREASURER DESCHAINE.

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE SUNDLAND.

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI?

>> YES.

>> SUPERVISOR JACKSON?

>> YES.

>> MOTION CARRIED SEVEN ZERO.

>> THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM,

[12.B. Ordinance 2022-15 Daycare Regulation Update-Introduction]

12B IS ORDINANCE 2022-15 DAYCARE REGULATION UPDATE INTRODUCTION.

MR. SCHMIDT WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT AS WELL.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

AGAIN, THIS WAS DISCUSSED AT THE DECEMBER 13TH BOARD MEETING.

WHAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU IS A CHANGE TO OUR DEFINITIONS TO ALIGN WITH PUBLIC ACT 106 OF 2002.

FUNCTIONALLY WHAT IT DOES IS IT CHANGES IN FAMILY CHILDCARE HOMES.

IT ALLOWS UP TO SEVEN NOW.

PREVIOUSLY SIX WAS PERMITTED.

IN GROUP CHILDCARE HOMES, IT ALLOWS FOR 14 CHILDREN INSTEAD OF 12 WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY PERMITTED.

THIS IS TO ALIGN US WITH THE STATE LAW AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION HAS PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED THIS AND RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF IT.

STAFF WAS RAISED, NO MAJOR CONCERNS AND WE WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THE BOARD APPROVE FOR INTRODUCTION THIS EVENING THE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT AND WE WILL THEN PUBLISH IT AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW AND BRING IT BACK FOR A FINAL ADOPTION.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> MOVE TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION APPROVING FOR INTRODUCTION ZONING AMENDMENT 2022-15 TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF MERIDIAN AS SECTION 86-2 TO UPDATE THE DEFINITIONS OF FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME AND GROUP CHILDCARE HOME, INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN PERMITTED IN EACH CATEGORY TO BE CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW.

>> SUPPORT. MOVED BY TRUSTEE WILSON, SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WISINSKI. TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> WELL, THE REASON WE'RE DOING THIS IS TO BE IN ALIGNMENT WITH STATE LAW.

TO ME IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR US TO CHANGE IN OUR ZONING ORDINANCE.

THAT'S THE REASON THAT I'M FORMING TO APPROVE IT.

>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

>> THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR. I WOULD AGREE.

WE HAVE NO CHOICE [LAUGHTER] BUT I KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITHIN THOSE TWO CATEGORIES, AND I CAN JUST SAY FROM EXPERIENCE, MY VERY CLOSE FRIEND IS A DAYCARE PROVIDER AND WAS MY DAYCARE PROVIDER.

THERE'S STILL REGULATIONS ON AGE GROUPS.

THERE'S ONLY A CERTAIN AMOUNT ALLOWED WITHIN AN INFANT, TODDLER, AND THEN WHAT THEY CALL PRESCHOOL.

IT STILL KEEPS THAT RATIO STILL SOMEWHAT SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATION AS WELL. I WILL BE SUPPORTING.

>> OTHER COMMENTS? MR. SCHMIDT, COULD I ASK YOU TO CLARIFY THE DIFFERENCE IN THE DEFINITION OF A FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME AND A GROUP CHILD CARE HOME.

[00:30:06]

>> YEAH. THESE ARE TERMS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LAID OUT IN STATE LAW BECAUSE LOCAL MUNICIPAL ARE PREEMPTED FROM REGULATING FAMILY CHILDCARE HOMES.

THAT WAS ADDED TO THE ZONING ENABLING ACT SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT WE HAVE NO SAY OVER THIS.

YOU CAN HAVE A FAMILY CHILD CARE OF UP TO SIX PERSONS, SEVEN, IF THIS IS ADOPTED WITHOUT ANY SAY FROM US.

GROUP CHILDCARE HOME IS THEN THE LARGER VERSION OF THAT WHERE THEY RECOGNIZE THERE POTENTIALLY COULD BE IMPACT ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD, SO THE STATE DOES ALLOW US TO REGULATE THOSE THROUGH A SPECIAL USE PERMIT PROCESS.

THAT IS THE SLIGHTLY LARGER OF THE TWO.

ONCE YOU GET BEYOND THAT, YOU GET INTO A COMMERCIAL USE.

IT BECOMES A GROUP CHILDCARE CENTER. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. TRUSTEE DESCHAINE.

>> JUST TO BE CLEAR WHY THIS ORDINANCE CHANGE ALLOWS THESE FACILITIES TO OPERATE IN THE TOWNSHIP, WE ARE NO WAY IN THE BUSINESS OF LICENSING OR REGULATING THESE FACILITIES, CORRECT?

>> WE DO HAVE SPECIAL USE PERMIT PROVISIONS FOR GROUP CHILDCARE HOMES.

ONCE YOU GET BEYOND SEVEN, YOU DO HAVE TO GET A SPECIAL USE PERMIT AND FOLLOW LOCAL REGULATIONS, BUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE REGULATION LICENSING IS FROM THE STATE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> WE'RE READY FOR THE QUESTION.

THEN THIS WILL BE A VOICE VOTE.

THE QUESTION IS TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION, AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCES AND TOWNSHIP TO UPDATE DEFINITIONS AND TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN THESE TWO TYPES OF FACILITIES.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY YES?

>> YES.

>> OPPOSE NO? MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU. ITEM 12C IS BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS.

[12.C. Board & Commission Appointments]

I HAVE PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED THE BOARD WITH MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPOINTMENTS TO THE TOWNSHIP BOARDS AND COMMISSION VACANCIES.

THE FIRST INVOLVES THE BOARD OF REVIEW AND I LOOK FOR A MOTION RELATIVE TO MY RECOMMENDATIONS OF CATHY BRECHIN AND BRANDON BROOKS TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR A TERM ENDING, ETC.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I MOVE TO APPOINT CATHY BRECHIN TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/24.

>> SUPPORT.

>> SUPPORTED BY TREASURER DESCHAINE.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> OPPOSE NO? THE CHAIR VOTES YES.

MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

WE THEN MOVE TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES.

>> I'M SORRY. THERE WAS ONE OTHER ONE.

>> YEAH. YOU LEFT OUT BRANDON.

>> I'M SORRY. I DIDN'T MEAN TO [OVERLAPPING] THE MOTION.

[OVERLAPPING]?

>> I'M SORRY. I MIGHT BE LOOKING AT THE OLD VERSION OF THE PACKET, I'M REALIZING HERE TOGETHER ON THE NEW PACKET.

I GUESS WE WOULD NEED A SECOND MOTION.

IT'S CLEANER FOR ME TO THINK OF IT AS TWO MOTIONS ANYWAY, I GUESS, BUT I'LL MOVE TO APPOINT BRANDON BROOKS TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/24.

>> OKAY.

>> SUPPORT.

>> SUPPORTED BY TREASURER DESCHAINE.

ALL IN FAVOR THE MOTION TO APPOINT BRANDON BROOKS TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> OPPOSE NO? CHAIR VOTES YES.

THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

NOW THERE IS IN FACT A REVISED MEMO THAT PUTS THE TWO RECOMMENDATIONS TOGETHER IN ONE MOTION.

WE WILL PROCEED INTO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION FOR WHICH THERE ARE FOUR VACANCIES.

THE CHAIR IS RECOMMENDING THE APPOINTMENT OF KAREN WEBSTER AND NARENDRA TREMALA TO THE, AM I IN THE RIGHT PLACE? TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION.

>> YEAH.

>> YES. SOMEONE WHO WOULD MAKE THE MOTION?

[00:35:04]

TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

>> THANK YOU SUPERVISOR. I MOVE TO APPOINT KAREN WEBSTER AND NARENDRA TREMALA TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/2024.

>> IS THERE SUPPORT FOR MOTION?

>> SUPPORT.

>> SUPPORT BY MR. HENDRICKSON.

YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE, MS. WISINSKI? NO. OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO APPOINT KAREN WEBSTER AND NARENDRA CHERAMELO TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMISSION.

ALL IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> OPPOSED? NO. THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

WHEN WE MOVE TO THE LOCAL OFFICIALS COMPENSATION COMMISSION, WHICH HAS TWO VACANCIES MY RECOMMENDATIONS ARE TO APPOINT JOYCE VAN COEVERING IN AND STEVE VAGNUZIA.

APPARENTLY, THIS MOTION THEY'RE SEPARATE, THEY'RE TWO MOTIONS. MR. DESCHAINE.

>> I MOVED TO A POINT, JOYCE VAN COEVERING INTO A LOCAL OFFICIALS COMPETITION COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/2023.

>> SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> JOYCE HAS SERVED ON OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS BEFORE, INCLUDING THE PENSION COMMISSION AND SHE SERVED THIS COMMISSION VERY ABLY AS WELL.

>> AGREED. TRUSTEE WILSON.

WE'LL DEAL WITH THESE AS TWO SEPARATE ONES SINCE THEY'RE PRINTED THAT WAY.

BUT MOTION TO APPOINT JOYCE VAN COEVERING INTO THE LOCAL OFFICIALS COMPENSATION COMMISSIONS FOR ONE YEAR TERM, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> OPPOSED, SAY NO.

[NOISE]

>> I'M NOT OPPOSING. I JUST HAVE SOMETHING FOR THE NEXT [LAUGHTER]

>> I RECOGNIZED WE'RE MOVING A LITTLE SLOWER HERE TONIGHT.

WE ARE VOTING ON THE APPOINTMENT OF JOYCE VAN COEVERING

>> RIGHT.

>> WE HAVE VOTED FOR JOYCE VAN COEVERING.

I BELIEVE WE'VE COMPLETED THAT, A UNANIMOUS VOTE.

WE WILL NOW MOVE TO A POINT, STEVE VAGNUZIA TO THE LOCAL OFFICIALS.

>> I HOPE TO APPOINT STEVE VAGNUZIA TO THE LOCAL OFFICIALS COMPENSATION COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/2026, WHICH IS THREE YEARS LATER THAN JOYCE'S TERM.

>> SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WILSON.

ALL IN FAVOR. DO YOU HAVE FURTHER COMMENTS?

>> AGAIN, STEVEN HAS SERVED ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

IN FACT, I THINK HE CURRENTLY CHAIRS IT, DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB, AND HE'LL MAKE A GREAT MEMBER OF THIS COMMISSION AS WELL.

>> I AGREE. I KNOW STEVE AND I THINK HE'LL DO A GOOD JOB.

>> ALL RIGHT. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION.

>> YES.

>> YES. [LAUGHTER]

>> YES.

>> OPPOSE TO THE MOTION PLEASE SAY NO. CHAIR VOTES YES.

STEVE VAGNUZIA IS APPOINTED TO BE LOCAL OFFICIALS COMPENSATION COMMISSION FOR THE TERMS NOTED.

THE NEXT.

>> YES. I JUST WANTED THE RECORD TO REFLECT IN THE MOTIONS THAT IT'S LOCAL OFFICIALS COMPENSATION COMMISSION NOT COMPASSION [OVERLAPPING] SO ONE THAT'S WRITTEN UP FOR THE MINUTES, THAT THAT'S REFLECTED IN THE MINUTES FOR CORRECT VERBAGE. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. THE NEXT GROUP IS DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, WHERE THEY'RE FIVE VACANCIES AT THIS TIME.

I'M RECOMMENDING THE APPOINTMENT OF ANGELA WRIGHT TO THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

>> I WANT TO APPOINT ANGELA WRIGHT FOR DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/25.

>> SUPPORT.

>> YOU HAVE FURTHER COMMENTS TO MAKE? MOTION IS TO APPOINT ANGELA WRIGHT.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> OPPOSE, SAY NO.

[00:40:02]

THE CHAIR VOTES YES, AND THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

THE PLANNING COMMISSION HAS THREE VACANCIES.

I MOVE TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT [NOISE] OF MILTON SCALES TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/24.

SUPPORT FOR THE MOTION.

>> SUPPORT.

>> MR. SHANE SUPPORTS THE MOTION.

I WOULD SAY SINCE I'M MAKING THE MOTION THAT MR. SCALES HAS SERVED THE TOWNSHIP IN SEVERAL CAPACITIES BEFORE.

HE IS VERY DESIRES OF SERVING ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION AT THIS TIME AND THAT IS WHY I AM ESSENTIALLY MAKING THIS APPOINTMENT. MR. DESCHAINE.

>> I RAN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE TOGETHER IN 2012 BECAUSE NO ONE THEN, AND ON TO THIS DAY HE HAS AN EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE ON THE BOARD AND ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND OTHER COMMISSIONS AS WELL.

>> MR. HENDRICKSON.

>> THANK YOU, MA'AM SUPERVISOR. JUST TO CLARIFY, I BELIEVE YOU STATED VERBALLY THAT YOU'RE MAKING THE MOTION FOR A THREE YEAR TERM ENDING 12/31/24.

I THINK YOU MAY HAVE MEANT 12/31/22.

THAT WOULD BE TWO YEARS FROM NOW.

>> NO. IN FACT, WE HAD [OVERLAPPING]

>> I'M ON THE WRONG LEVEL, I GUESS.

>> YEAH. THAT'S WHAT I'M READING [OVERLAPPING] FOR YOU. TWENTY FOUR.

>> ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, APOLOGIES.

>> GET RID OF THAT OLD MATERIAL.

[LAUGHTER] [OVERLAPPING] THAT'S TRUE, APOLOGIES.

>> THAT'S OKAY.

>> COULD WE HAVE CLARIFICATION ON THEM?

>> CLARIFICATIONS THAT THERE ARE THREE VACANCIES.

TWO OF THEM HAVE TO DO WITH COMPLETING TERM, ONE, IS A NEW TERM.

THE MOTION TO APPOINT MR. SCALES AS FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/24.

[NOISE]

>> ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO APPOINT MILTON SCALES TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/24, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> ANYONE OPPOSE, SAY NO.

MR. SCALES IS APPOINTED TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THE TERM CITED.

I MOVE TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. JAMES MCCURTIS TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/25. MR. HENDRICKSON.

>> SUPPORT.

>> ALL RIGHT. I WILL NOTE THAT MR. MCCURTIS IS TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS, I BELIEVE IN HIS OPENNESS AND HE WAS ALSO A CANDIDATE OR ONE OF THE APPLICANTS FOR THE POSITION OF CHILDSHIP TRUSTEE, REPLACING MEMBERS IN THE TOWNSHIP BOARD.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO APPROVE MR. JAMES MCCURTIS TO A PLANNING COMMISSION, TERM ENDING 12/31/25, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> OPPOSE NO.

THE CHAIR VOTES YES AND MR. MCCURTIS IS APPOINTED TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/25.

FINALLY, I MOVE TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. BRANDON BROOKS TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/23.

>> SUPPORT.

>> WOULD YOU LIKE TO- [OVERLAPPING]

>> MR. BROOKS, AND I'M EXCITED TO SERVE ON THE BOARD, BUT YOUNGER THAN SOMEONE WHO ARE APPLYING TO USE IT.

I THINK HIS ENERGY AND KNOWLEDGE WILL BE OF GREAT ASSISTANCE TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

>> THANK YOU. MR. BROOKS HAS ONLY LIVED IN THE TOWNSHIP FOR FEW YEAR BUT HE IS VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT TAKING ON THIS TASK.

[00:45:08]

I BELIEVE YOU WILL NOTE AND REMEMBER THAT HE IS ALSO BEING APPOINTED TO THE BOARD OF REVIEW, ALL IN FAVOR OF THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. BRANDON AND BROOKS TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/23. PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> CHAIR VOTES, YES.

OPPOSE PLEASE SAY NO.

[LAUGHTER] THANK YOU.

BOARD HAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED MR. BRANDON AND BROOKS TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A TERM ENDING 12/31/23.

IN THE MEMO, WE ALSO NOTE THAT AT LEAST ONE VACANCY ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, THE NAME OF BYRON MYRON FRIERSON IS OFFERED FOR MEMBERSHIP ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR TWO-YEAR TERM ENDING 12/31/24. MR. DESCHAINE.

>> I'M READY TO APPOINTMENT MYRON FRIERSON TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR A TWO-YEAR APPOINTMENT ENDING ON 12/31/2024.

>> SUPPORT.

>> SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE ROSINSKI.

MR. DESCHAINE, DO YOU HAVE THE COMMENTS?

>> TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONS AND NEWER COMMISSION ONE OF OUR MOST RECENT NAMES, CREDITORS, OUTGROWTHS OF THE CATA REDI RIDE COMMITTEE AND DOES GREAT WORK AND THEY'VE BEEN PARTICULARLY FOCUSED ON NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, AS WELL AS MAKING THE MOST OF OUR INVESTMENT AT CATA.

I'M SURE HE'LL MAKE AN EXCELLENT ADDITION TO THIS COMMISSION.

>> FOR THE COMMENTS. ON THE MOTION TO APPOINT, MYRON FRIERSON TO THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR A TWO-YEAR TERM. HE SAY YES.

>>YES.

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> CHAIR VOTES, YES.

OPPOSE. PLEASE SAY NO.

MR. MYRON FRIERSON IS APPOINTED TO THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR A TWO-YEAR TERM AND THEN 12/31/24.

TRUSTEE GUTHERIE .

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY FOR APPLYING TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND FOR SERVING ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

I THINK THERE'S OVER 20 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND THERE'S OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.

AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, JUST THE WAY IN WHICH OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGES AND STEPS UP TO HELP ONE ANOTHER.

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE WAYS IN WHICH OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS STEPS UP TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY.

WE CERTAINLY ARE NOT A SOLE BOARD.

WE DON'T WORK INDIVIDUALLY.

WE WORK TOGETHER AS A UNIFIED GROUP AND WE WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

I'M THANKFUL FOR OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS STEPPING UP TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.

I ALSO WANT TO, IN ADDITION, THANK THOSE WHO CAME HERE TONIGHT, KARLA HUDSON, MILTON SCALES, AND CATHY BRECHIN FOR COMING HERE TO THE MEETING TONIGHT.

I'VE KNOWN MILTON AND KATHY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

KATHY'S NEIGHBOR OF MINE, SHE HAS INCREDIBLE EXPERTISE IN REAL ESTATE AND SHE'S A WONDERFUL PERSON AND A WONDERFUL NEIGHBOR AND HAS GIVEN A LOT TO OUR COMMUNITIES.

MILTON SCALES I'VE KNOWN HIM FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AS WELL.

HE PREVIOUSLY SERVED ON THE TOWNSHIP BOARD AND HE ALWAYS HAD VALUE-ADDED COMMENTS AND STATEMENTS AS A TOWNSHIP BOARD MEMBER AND HAS HELPED THE SCHOOLS OUT WITH DIVERSITY TO HIGH-SCHOOLS ON FORMING SOME REALLY VALUABLE GROUPS THAT ARE SERVING THERE TODAY.

HE'S DONE A NUMBER OF OTHER TYPES OF COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

KARLA HUDSON, WHILE I DON'T KNOW HER PERSONALLY, I'VE HAD A NUMBER OF EXTREMELY WELL THOUGHT OUT EXCHANGES, AND EMAIL CONVERSATIONS JUST AN EXCELLENT[NOISE] ASSET TO GIVING A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO THINGS.

I LOOK FORWARD TO ALL OF THESE NUMBERS SERVING ON OUR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

>> THANK YOU. I WILL ALSO ADD AND THANK YOU TO PAST MEMBERS,

[00:50:02]

MEMBERS WHO RECENTLY LEFT THESE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS FOR WHATEVER REASON.

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR CONTINUING TO WORK WITH US AND COMMUNICATE WITH US IN WHATEVER CAPACITY YOU USED TO FIT.

AT THIS TIME, WE WILL MOVE TO THE ITEM D,

[12.D. Supervisor Pro-Tem Appointment]

WHICH IS SUPERVISOR PRO-TEM APPOINTMENTS.

AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE WHAT THE BOARD APPOINTS THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2023, TO ACT AS CORTNEY ROSINSKI TO TRUSTEE CORTNEY ROSINSKI TO ACT AS SUPERVISOR PRO-TEM AT ANY MEETING OF THE TOWNSHIP BOARD WHEREIN THE SUPERVISOR IS ABSENT.

>> SUPPORT.

>> THERE'S A SUPPORT FROM MR. HENDRICKSON.

ANYONE LIKE TO COMMENT ON THAT?

>> YEAH, OBVIOUSLY.

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION FOR CORTNEY ROSINSKI.

THAT WE HAVE SOMEBODY WHO IS ABLE TO STEP UP IN ABSENCE OF THE SUPERVISOR, WHO AT LEAST SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, HAS NOT YET BEEN ABSENT.

HAS THE MERIT TO THIS POSITION.

[LAUGHTER] I DO HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THIS, WHICH IS WHAT MY BITS OF LIGHT READING THAT I'VE BEEN DOING OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS TO GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT OUR BOARD RULES.

IT'S JUST SOMETHING I'VE BEEN CURIOUS ABOUT, AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT.

IN THOSE RULES INTERSECTED WITH THIS PACKET IN THIS MOTION, BECAUSE THE RULES DO INDICATE THAT THE PROCEDURE FOR A SUPERVISOR PRO-TEM IS TO APPOINT THEM AT THE BEGINNING OF A MEETING WHERE THE SUPERVISOR IS ABSENT.

THIS RULE 6.1, I BELIEVE.

I'M WONDERING, ARE WE GOING TO RUN INTO ANY ISSUES IN TERMS OF VIOLATING OUR BOARD RULES BY MAKING THIS MOTION HERE TONIGHT? I WOULD MENTION THAT FOR CONSIDERATION OF THIS ITEM, WHICH IS NOT TO SAY THAT CORTNEY WOULDN'T BE A TERRIFIC SUPERVISOR PRO-TEM.

I JUST DON'T WANT TO GET US IN TROUBLE WITH OURSELVES.

>> SURE. [LAUGHTER]

>> FOR VIOLATING OUR OWN RULES.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

MY UNDERSTANDING WAS THAT THE APPOINTMENT OF SUPERVISOR PRO-TEM BEFORE THE MEETING STARTED IS WHEN THE SUPERVISOR IS ABSENT, BUT THAT THE BOARD OF THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR APPROVES WHO THAT PERSON IS GOING TO BE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

IS THAT CORRECT EITHER THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER OR DEPUTY TOWNSHIP MANAGER? THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE READING OF THE POLICY WHEN I FIRST CAME ON BOARD A FEW YEARS AGO.

I'M GLAD THAT YOU BROUGHT THAT UP BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE CLARIFICATION ON THAT REGARD AS WELL.

>> I'VE GOT THEM PULLED UP HERE IF I COULD BE HAPPY TO READ IT.

6.1. CHAIRPERSON, THE SUPERVISOR, SO CHEER UP MEETINGS WITH THE BOARD.

THE TOWNSHIP BOARD SHALL SELECT A CHAIR PRO-TEM IN THE ABSENCE OF THE SUPERVISOR.

PROCEDURE. IN THE ABSENCE OF THE SUPERVISOR, THE CLERK SHALL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS WILL BE THE NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF A CHAIR PRO-TEM.

>> I WOULD ASK THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER TO TALK ABOUT HISTORICALLY HOW WE HAVE USED THIS APPOINTMENT.

>> I WISH I HAD A CLEAR ANSWER FOR YOU.

I CAN GO BACK 10 YEARS AND I'LL DO IT BRIEFLY ABOUT HOW IT'S BEEN DONE.

IT'S INTERESTING THAT MR. SCALES IS IN HERE FOR THIS DISCUSSION, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG IN ANY PLACE.

SO GOING BACK 10 YEARS AGO WITH SUPERVISORS OF GOLF THE FIRST TWO YEARS, THEN TREASURER BRICKSEE, WAS MADE THE SUPERVISOR PRO-TEM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR AND SHE ADMINISTERED ANY MEETINGS THAT SUPERVISOR DEGROFF CANNOT ATTEND.

AS TIME WENT ON, THAT CHANGED TO- THEN TRUSTEE OPSOMMER WAS MADE SUPERVISOR PRO TEM FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, AND THAT WAS DONE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

[00:55:03]

HE SAT IN AND CHAIRED ANY MEETINGS WHERE THE SUPERVISOR CANNOT ATTEND, THEN TRANSFERRED.

I CAN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT ORDER.

I BELIEVE IT WAS TRUSTEE THEN JACKSON SERVED IN THAT CAPACITY FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AND THEN IT TRANSFERRED, I BELIEVE, TO TRUSTEE OPSOMMER.

PEOPLE CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, I WASN'T PREPARED FOR THIS, BUT I'M GOING FROM MEMORY NOW.

YOU HAD IT DONE THAT WAY ALL ALONG.

THEN IN SUMMER OF 2016, WHEN SUPERVISOR DEGROFF WASN'T RUNNING FOR OFFICE AGAIN, SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND A NUMBER OF MEETINGS.

AT THAT POINT, THERE WERE TWO TRUSTEES, THEN TRUSTEE SCALES AND TRUSTEE STYKA, AND THEY CHANGE THE WAY THEY DID IT DURING THAT SUMMER.

THEY WENT BACK AND FORTH WHERE TRUSTEE SCALES OR TRUSTEE STYKA AND I EVEN BELIEVE TRUSTEE WILSON AT ONE TIME.

>> NOT NOT ME. [LAUGHTER].

>> TRUSTEE WILSON ABOUT THE TRUST WITH THE FORMER TRUSTEE, ANGELA WILSON ACTUALLY PRESIDED OVER A MEETING, SO THEY MOVED IT AROUND AND IT WAS DONE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING.

CLERK CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER AND IT FOLLOWED THE BOARD RULE THAT IS IN PLACE.

IT'S BEEN DONE A NUMBER OF WAYS.

AS I HAVE JUST THOUGHT ABOUT THE STUDY HERE AND LISTENING.

ONE WAY THAT I WOULD OFFER THAT YOU COULD MOVE JUST AN IDEA, DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.

BUT A HYBRID COULD BE THAT IF THE BOARD WAS INCLINED, THEY MIGHT FOLLOW HAVING TRUSTEE WISINSKI BECAUSE ONE OF THE MAIN ISSUES THAT CAME UP, ESPECIALLY WITH BOTH FORMER SUPERVISORS, WAS A LOT OF MEETINGS THAT BEAR VARIETY OF REASONS WHICH I WON'T GET INTO TONIGHT, COULD NOT ATTEND OR A LOT OF MEETINGS, MOST SUPERVISORS, AND SO THE SUPERVISOR PRO TEM WAS REALLY THE PERSON WHO ATTENDED MEETINGS IN THE STEAD OF THE SUPERVISOR.

THE POSITION WAS MUCH MORE DIRECTED TO SOMEONE WHO WOULD ATTEND THE MEETINGS.

I CAN'T GO TO THAT MEETING, THE SUPERVISOR PRO TEM WOULD GO.

THAT WAS MUCH MORE PREVALENT OVER ADMINISTERING MEETINGS OR PRESIDING OVER MEETINGS.

ONE THING YOU COULD DO TONIGHT IS IF YOU WANTED TO AS CONSIDER TRUSTEE WISINSKI AS SUPERVISOR PRO TEM FOR THAT PURPOSE AND THAT PURPOSE THAT BOTH SUPERVISORS HAVE HAD IN PLACE AND THAT IS FOR ATTENDING MEETINGS THAT SHE CANNOT ATTEND, AND THEN LEAVE IT TO YOU'RE NOT MAKING ANY DECISIONS FOLLOWING THE BOARD RULES ABOUT PRESIDING OVER MEETINGS.

WE DO HAVE A SITUATION IN 2023 WHERE SUPERVISOR JACKSON CANNOT ATTEND THE MEETING.

THE CLERK WOULD CALL THE ORDER TO THAT MEETING IN 2023 AND YOU DECIDED AT THAT MEANING WHO'S GOING TO PRESIDE OVER AND YOU CAN MAKE THAT DECISION.

BUT YOU'D STILL HAVE A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM, BUT IT WOULD BE FOR THE FUNCTION.

SORRY FOR THE LONG STORY, BUT THIS HAS BEEN DONE A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS, AND IT'S HOW THE BOARD WANTS TO GO ABOUT IT.

BUT I DO KNOW 95 PERCENT OF THE TIME IN THE LAST THREE YEARS IT WAS MORE ABOUT MEETING ATTENDANCE AND NOT PRESIDING OVER MEETINGS.

I HOPE THAT HELPS.

>> A LITTLE MORE CLARITY IS REQUIRED IN THE ATTENDING MEETINGS REFERS TO MEETINGS OUTSIDE OF THE BOARD MEETINGS.

THEN USING THE PROCESS IN THE RULES SPECIFICALLY FOR BOARD MEETINGS WHEN THIS SUPERVISOR IS NOT.

>> I'M SORRY. I SHOULD HAVE CLARIFIED.

ATTENDING MEETINGS, ALL EXTERNAL NOT THE BOARD MEETINGS.

I SHOULD HAVE CLARIFIED THAT.

>> OKAY. JESSE WILSON.

>> BESIDE THE ENTIRE SCOPE OF THE AUTHORITY, IS THERE ANY OTHER ACTION THAT A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM CAN TAKE OTHER THAN [OVERLAPPING].

>> ATTENDING A MEETING?

>> I DON'T THINK BUT I DIDN'T EVEN READ THAT IN THE RULES, BUT I'M SHARING A BOARD.

>> AS FAR AS I KNOW THAT'S THE ONLY.

>> WE'VE BEEN HERE 10 YEARS, BUT FOR MY DECADE OF SERVICE HERE, THE SUPERVISOR PRO TEM HAS ONLY HAD TWO FUNCTIONS DEPENDING ON WHO THE SUPERVISOR WAS IN THE BOARD MEMBERS PRESIDING OVER MEETINGS AND ATTENDED MEETINGS INSTEAD OF A SUPERVISOR EXTERNAL MEETINGS WHEN THE SUPERVISOR CANNOT ATTEND.

THAT'S ALL. THERE HAS BEEN NO OTHER FUNCTION OF A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM TO MY KNOWLEDGE.

>> DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION?

>> YES.

>> I JUST DID.

>> THIS MOTION BEFORE US IS TO APPOINT TRUSTEE WISINSKI TO ACT AS SUPERVISOR PRO TEM AT ANY MEETING OF THE TOWNSHIP BOARD OR THE SUPERVISOR IS ABSENT.

[01:00:04]

THAT'S THE MOTION BEFORE US.

THAT'S WHAT IT READS.

>> THAT'S WHAT IT READS.

>> CORRECT? THAT'S WHAT THIS MOTION READS, IT DOES NOT SAY ANY OTHER MEETINGS.

IT JUST SAYS THIS TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING.

>> RIGHT.

>> THAT'S THE ONLY MOTION BEFORE US.

>> WE CAN CHANGE THAT MOTION BASED ON THE CLARIFICATION WE'D BEEN GIVEN BY THE MANAGER RELATIVE TO OUTSIDE MEETINGS THAT THE SUPERVISOR WOULD BE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.

WE CAN ADD THAT CLAUSE TO REFLECT THE CLARIFICATION WE'VE GOTTEN FROM MR. WALSH

>> WE WILL AMEND THE MOTION THEN.

I'M ASKING BEFORE I ASK TO AMEND IT.

AMEND IT SO THAT IT READS THAT "THIS MOTION TO APPLY A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM IS TO COVER EXTERNAL MEETINGS.

SUPERVISOR WOULD NORMALLY ATTEND." WHICH WOULD KEEP US IN COMPLIANCE WITH OUR BOARD RULES WHERE WE WOULD APPOINT A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM TO CHAIR THE MEETING AND THE CHAIRS ABSENCE AT THE MEETING.

>> IF THAT'S YOUR PREFERENCE.

>> A BOARD MEETING [OVERLAPPING].

>> THAT WOULD KEEP US IN COMPLIANCE WITH OUR ROLES.

I THINK THESE RULES NEED TO BE UPDATED [LAUGHTER] [OVERLAPPING].

>> TO BECOME VERY OBVIOUS.

>> YOU'RE 20 YEARS OLD.

IT'S DEFINITELY, I THINK A PROJECT WE'RE TAKING I'M TAKING ON IT.

[LAUGHTER] [OVERLAPPING] I'M HAVING A ROUGH DAY TODAY.

[LAUGHTER] THIS IS THE HAZING I WAS PROMISED.

>> I THINK FOR THE SAKE OF REMAINING IN COMPLIANCE, I WOULD MOVE TO AMEND THIS MOTION TO READ THAT THE BOARD APPOINT THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2023, TRUSTEE CORTNEY ROSINSKI TO ACT AS A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM AT ANY EXTERNAL MEETING WHERE THE SUPERVISOR IS ABSENT AND THAT WILL BE MY OFFICIAL MOTION TO AMEND.

>> WHICH THEN PUTS US BACK IN COMPLIANCE WITH AT EACH MEETING, THE CLERK WILL LEAD THIS SELECTION SUPERVISOR FROM.

>>YES.

>> YES. THAT'S THE WAY, AND THEN WE FOLLOW OUR BOARD RULES.

>> THAT MOTION TO AMEND, BUT YOUR BEST SUPPORT THAT I BELIEVE IN ORDER TO BE A VALID MOTION YET, BUT.

>> YOU ARE MAKING THAT MOTION [OVERLAPPING].

>> TO AMEND.

>> TO AMEND.

>> YOUR MOTION THAT [OVERLAPPING].

>> DID I MAKE THE MOTION?

>> YOU DID. THE FRONT OF OUR PARLIAMENTARIAN [LAUGHTER].

>> TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> WOULD YOU RE-READ. [OVERLAPPING].

>> ABSOLUTELY [LAUGHTER].

>> MOTION THAT YOU WANT TO PUT ON THE TABLE.

>> I MOVE TO AMEND SUPERVISOR JACKSON'S MOTION WHICH WOULD NEWLY READ THAT THE BOARD APPOINT THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2023.

TRUSTEE COURTNEY WISINSKI TO ACT AS SUPERVISOR PRO TEM AT ANY EXTERNAL MEETING WHERE THE SUPERVISOR IS ABSENT.

>> HE IS SUPPORTING AND THEN WE CAN DISCUSS.

>> NOISE] I SUPPORT THE MOTION.

>> MR. DESCHAINE.

>> [NOISE] I THINK I'VE SAID EVERYTHING THAT I MEAN TO SAY IN THE DISCUSSION OF THIS TOPIC.

THIS KEEPS US IN COMPLIANCE.

IT GIVES THE SUPERVISOR THE BACKUP THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR, I THINK, AND ALLOWS US TO ACT WITHIN OUR RULES.

>> OKAY. GO AHEAD, GUTHERIE .

>> THANK YOU. ANY EXTERNAL MEETING? WHO'S DOING THE TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING? IF ONLY THE SUPERVISOR PRO TEM IS DOING THE EXTERNAL MEETINGS, WHO'S DOING THE TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETINGS? I DON'T LIKE THE WORD EXTERNAL. IT'S CONFUSING.

>> MR. DESCHAINE.

>> WELL, ACCORDING TO OUR BOARD RULES, THE BOARD WILL APPOINT SUPERVISOR PRO TEM IN [NOISE] THE ABSENCE OF THE SUPERVISOR AT THE START OF EACH BOARD MEETING.

THAT'S WHAT OUR RULES REQUIRE US TO DO.

IN FACT, WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST, THIS BOARD AT LEAST HAVE BEEN OUTSIDE OF OUR RULES.

>> I'M MISSING THAT COMPONENT IN THIS MOTION.

BASICALLY, THIS MOTION IS SHEES AND IT'S ONLY IN THE ABSENCE. I GET IT NOW.

>> MARNA WOULD AMEND THE MOTION TO READ WHAT I SAID.

>> TO REITERATE WHAT YOU STATED, TREASURE GET STRAINED AT EACH MEETING.

IF SOMEONE AT THE BEGINNING AS MANAGER WALSH EXPLAINED, HOW WE'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR A DECADE OR SO, THERE'S NOT SOMEONE APPOINTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

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WE KNOW THAT EACH MEETING SOMEBODY IS GOING TO BE APPOINTED.

>> WHICH IS WHAT OUR BOARD RULES REQUIRE.

OTHERWISE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO STOP THIS WHOLE PROCESS, AMEND THE BOARD RULES, THEN COME BACK AND DO WHAT'S DONE IN THE PAST.

THIS IS A WAY TO PROCEED; HAVE TRUSTEE WISINSKI AS A SUPERVISOR PREDOMINATE ALL EXTERNAL MEETINGS AND THEN AT A MEETING-BY-MEETING BASIS AND APPOINT ONE.

ALTHOUGH WITH THE SUPERVISOR'S PERFECT ATTENDANCE, WE'RE NOT LIKELY TO HAVE TO DO THAT [LAUGHTER] IF THE PAST YEAR HAS ANY HISTORY ALREADY PRECEDENT FOR THE FUTURE.

>> I ASSUME WE'RE GOING TO BE THAT LUCKY [LAUGHTER].

>> YES, I HOPE WE ARE.

>> I HOPE WE'RE GOING TO BE THAT LUCKY.

>> MR. WALSH.

>> JUST ONE THING THERE, YOU SEE YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION IN FRONT OF YOU.

[NOISE] BACK WHEN THEN TRUSTEE JACKSON WAS APPOINTED A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM AND TRUSTEE OPSOMMER WAS APPOINTED SUPERVISOR PRO TEM, WHICH WAS UNDER THE SUPERVISOR STYKA ERA, [NOISE] THE BOARD DARED.

EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE APPOINTED FOR THE YEAR, THEY DIDN'T FOLLOW.

JUST SO YOU KNOW, I'M NOT TRYING TO CHANGE TRAJECTORY AT ALL HERE.

BUT THE BOARD DID BEFORE THOSE MEETINGS, IF I RECALL CORRECTLY, WHICH I THINK I DO, THEY DID HAVE THE CLERK OPEN THE MEETING AND THEY DID GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF MAKING THAT APPOINTMENT EVEN BEFORE THOSE MEETINGS.

ALTHOUGH THEY HAD SOMEONE LINED UP FOR THE YEAR, THAT'S THE WAY THE SUPERVISOR WANTED IT BECAUSE IT WAS MORE MEETING BASED FOR SUPERVISOR STYKA.

THEY DID FOLLOW THE RULE WHEN IT CAME TIME TO MAKING THE APPOINTMENT.

I DON'T WANT YOU TO THINK THEY JUST CARTE BLANCHE PICK SOMETHING. THEY DIDN'T DO IT THAT WAY.

IT WAS A REAL [OVERLAPPING] HYBRID APPROACH THE LAST THREE YEARS.

THAT'S HOW IT WAS DONE UNDER SUPERVISOR STYKA.

THAT'S ALL THE INFORMATION I HAVE FOR YOU ABOUT IT.

>> WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US IS AN AMENDMENT TO THE [NOISE] MOTION THAT I READ, WHICH INSERTS THE PROVISO THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, PRIMARILY ABOUT EXTERNAL MEETINGS WITH THE ASSUMPTION THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD STATE THE ASSUMPTION THAT AT INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEETINGS WE WILL FOLLOW BOARD RULE, AND THAT MIGHT BE AN ADDITION TO YOUR AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HELP CLARIFY THE PROCESS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE.

>> [NOISE] FROM AN ATTEMPT PERSPECTIVE, YES, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I INTEND.

IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO WRITE THAT IN A MINUTE SO THAT IT'S A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT THAT I ACCEPT TO MY MOTION, THAT'S FINE, BUT I'LL LET THE PLAYBACK OF THE TAPE [LAUGHTER] [OVERLAPPING] WORK THAT OUT.

BUT I ACCEPT THAT AS THE INTENT OF MY EMOTION THAT WE FOLLOW OUR BOARD PROCEDURES FOR CHAIRING OF THE MEETINGS.

THIS AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION IS REGARDING EXPERIENCE.

>> TRUSTEE GUTHERIE .

>> IF THE SUPERVISOR COULD ENTERTAIN LETTING US KNOW BECAUSE WHEN I READ THIS MOTION IN THE PACKET, IT WAS ONLY FOR THIS TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THOSE EXTERNAL MEETINGS ARE THAT YOU DO AT TIMES SO THAT I KNOW WHAT.

I LOVE COURTNEY, FANTASTIC TRUSTEE, YOU KNOW THAT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT I AM VOTING FOR INSTEAD OF SOME CARTE BLANCHE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT ALL OF THE MEETINGS.

I MEAN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO STAY ALL OF THEM.

I KNOW THERE ARE ACTIVE [OVERLAPPING].

>> THE MEETINGS THAT I ATTEND AS SUPERVISORS.

>> IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW WHAT THAT IS, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT THOSE MEETINGS ARE BEFORE I VOTE ON THIS.

>> LET'S SEE IF I CAN REMEMBER.

THERE IS [NOISE] THE MERIDIAN EAST LANCING CHAMBER MEETING THAT I ATTENDED AS SUPERVISOR.

I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING I HAVEN'T ATTENDED IN CAPITAL.

>> CAPCON

>> YEAH, CAPCON.

>> [NOISE] WELL, 98 PERCENT OF THESE MEETINGS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ARE NOT REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS.

THERE'S SOMETHING THAT COMES UP OR WE GET CALLED AND THE SUPERVISOR HAPPENS TO BE OUT OF TOWN AND WE GET CALLED AND WE'RE ASKED TO ATTEND A MEETING.

I'M SUPPOSED TO BRING THE SUPERVISOR AND SHE SAID AROUND IT WOULD BE A MEETING WITH DELTA TOWNSHIP ABOUT SOME ISSUE.

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THAT'S WHEN THIS WOULD COME INTO PLAY.

WHO REPRESENTS THE SUPERVISOR AT THESE MEETINGS THAT COME UP? THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

>> IT'S NOT NECESSARILY SUPERVISING A MEETING.

IT'S BEING REPRESENTED AT THE MEETING.

>> THAT'S RIGHT [NOISE].

>> I'M JUST KIDDING. I GUESS I HAVE ONE FINAL QUESTION.

DO WE HAVE THE DEFINITION OF THE DUTIES OF SUPERVISOR PRO TEM ON OUR POLICIES? IS THAT PART OF WHAT YOU WERE READING OR WHAT'S ON YOUR SCREEN THERE?

>> IF I MAY.

>> PLEASE.

>> THE ONLY THING THAT IT APPEARS AS THERE ARE RULES REQUIRED IS THAT THE SUPERVISOR PRO TEM CHAIR THE TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING IN THE ABSENCE OF A SUPERVISOR ONCE THEY ARE APPOINTED AT THE MEETING.

BEYOND THAT, IT'S A DEFINITION THAT WE'RE MAKING UP.

>> THERE'S NO RULE THAT THE SUPERVISOR PRO TEM ATTENDS EXTERNAL MEETINGS?

>> NO.

>> BEYOND WHAT WE'RE ABOUT TO DO.

>> YES.

>> ARE WE ALL CLEAR ON WHAT THE QUESTION IS BEFORE US AT THIS POINT.

WHAT THE MOTION IS AT THIS POINT? THEN I WILL NOT TRY TO BE.

[LAUGHTER] BUT I DO NEED TO KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS CLEAR ON WHAT OUR INTENT IS.

>> PASSED. MR. HENDRIX CENTRAL REPEAT IT ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> MR. HENDRIX.

>> I'M MOVING TO AMEND SUPERVISOR JACKSON'S MOTION TO A POINT THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2023.

TRUSTEE COURTNEY WISINSKI TO ACT AS SUPERVISOR PRO TEM AT ANY EXTERNAL MEETING OF THE TOWNSHIP BOARD WHERE THE SUPERVISOR IS ABSENT, AND THAT WE WILL FOLLOW BOARD RULES FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A SUPERVISOR PRO TEM FOR THE CONDUCT OF ALL SUPPORT MEETINGS.

>> I THINK THAT'S ABOUT AS CLEAR AS WE CAN MAKE IT. [LAUGHTER]

>> THAT IS CLEAR.

>> AS CLEAR? READY TO VOTE ON THE AMENDED MOTION.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> YES. SUPPOSE NO? THEN THE MOTION PASSES. THANK YOU.

>> THAT WAS THE AMENDMENT. WE DO HAVE TO PASS NOW THE MOTION.

THAT AMENDED YOUR MOTION TO READ WHAT I SAID, NOW WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY PASS IT.

[LAUGHTER]

>> ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> I'LL SHARE VOTE.

YES. MOTION CONSOLE.

THE MOTION PASSES.

WE ARE CLEAR.

>> YES.

>> THANK YOU. [LAUGHTER] WE'LL MOVE ON NOW TO ITEM E, TOWNSHIP AUDITING SERVICES.

[12.E. Township Auditing Services]

MR. WALSH MANAGER WILL JUST.

>> THANK YOU. WE'VE A FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH YO AND YO ACCOUNTING TO PROVIDE OUR TIME TO YOUR PRODUCT AND THEY'VE DONE THAT IN 2017, '18, '19, '20, AND '21.

IT'S TIME FOR THE '22 AUDIT.

OUR CONTRACT EXPIRED LAST WEEK WITH THEM DECEMBER 31 OF '22.

BEFORE WE WERE WITH THE YO AND YO IN 2017 WHEN I ARRIVED IN 2013, WE WERE WITH AHP, A LOCAL AUDITING FIRM DOWN ON OKEMOS ROAD BY THE LIBRARY.

THE QUESTION BEFORE YOU TONIGHT IS, WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR AUDITING SERVICES, THERE'S REALLY THREE OPTIONS.

ONE IS FOR THE BOARD TO DIRECT US, DIRECTOR GARDNER AND ME TO DO A RFP AND COME BACK WITH BIDS FOR AUDITOR IN EARLY FEBRUARY.

THE SECOND OPTION FOR YOU IS TO CONSIDER, BUT I CAN'T THINK OF ANY OTHER OPTIONS WOULD BE THE ONE YEAR AUDIT NUMBER.

WE'RE CURRENTLY PAYING APPROXIMATELY $35,000 FOR AUDIT, AND YO AND YO HAS SUBMITTED A BID OF 47,000 TO 50 IF YOU GO WITH A ONE-YEAR PRICE.

YOU CAN DISREGARD THIS SINGLE AUDIT NUMBER BECAUSE WE'RE NOT SURE WE WOULD EVEN NEED A SINGLE AUDIT.

GOING TO IF YOU WANT TO DO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH YO AND YO, THEY'VE PROVIDED THE NUMBERS ANYWHERE FROM 46,350-49,175.

RFP PROCESS WITH BIDS DUE IN ABOUT 3-4 WEEKS IF WE CAN GET BACK BEFORE FEBRUARY, EXCEPT THE ONE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH YO AND YO.

THEY WOULD DO THE 2022 ON IT OR A THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT TO DO THE 2022,

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2023, AND 2024 AUDIT.

THOSE ARE THE OPTIONS BEFORE YOU THIS EVENING AND WE SEEK YOUR DIRECTION.

>> MR. O'SHEA.

>> I NEED YOUR RESPONSE ON THE WAYS WE'VE FINISHED YOU DURING YOUR EVALUATION WAS YOUR FINANCIAL ACUMEN.

YOU'VE READ A LOT OF AUDITS, YOU WORK A LOT WITH AUDITORS.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THE SERVICES WE RECEIVE FROM YO AND YO COMPARED TO OTHER AUDITING FIRMS YOU WORKED WITH?

>> THAT PREFERENCE IS ALWAYS TO STAY LOCAL AND SPEND THE MONEY IN TOWN.

THAT'S NUMBER 1 FOR ME AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN ALWAYS WILL BE.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT YO AND YO SERVICES HAD BEEN OUTSTANDING.

WE DEAL WITH ALLIE BARNES.

HE'S OUT OF ALBA.

THE OFFICE ACTUALLY, YOU REMEMBER DANTE AYANI? DANTE WAS OUR FORMER PLANNING COMMISSION CHAIR.

DANTE WAS HIRED IN THE LAST TWO OR THREE WEEKS BY YO AND YO.

THEIR SERVICES HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING AND AS YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU, YOU ARE WELL AWARE TRUSTEE WILSON IS WELL AWARE BECAUSE YOU SIT IN ON MEETINGS AND I BELIEVE THE SUPERVISOR DID AS WELL.

WE WENT THROUGH SOME VERY DIFFICULT TIMES BACK IN APRIL AND MAY WITH OUR AUDITING WHEN OUR FINANCE DIRECTOR LEFT AND WE HAD A LOT OF WORK IN FRONT OF US.

DIRECTOR GARDNER DESERVES CREDIT FOR THAT TOO.

BUT YO AND YO WAS OUTSTANDING IN HELPING US MOVE FORWARD.

THEIR SERVICE COMPONENT MR. TREASURER HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING, THEIR PRICE POINTS.

I'VE MADE SOME CALLS TO OTHER COMMUNITIES TO SEE THE COST.

THEIR COSTS ARE NOT ALIGNED AT ALL.

IN FACT, IT'S A PRETTY FAVORABLE PRICE.

AGAIN, I'M REALLY TORN ON TO RESPOND TO YOU BECAUSE I PREFER TO DO WORK LOCAL.

IN THIS CASE, THEIR SERVICES HAS BEEN GOOD AND THEIR PRICE IS REALLY GOOD.

THAT'S MY EXPERIENCE.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT IN MY FORMER COMMUNITY, WHICH HAS TO GO BACK A LONG WAYS NOW.

WE WERE PAYING AND IT'S A COMMUNITY OF 10,000.

WE WERE PAYING IN THE 40S 20 YEARS AGO.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> THANK YOU MA'AM. PROFESSOR, DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE AS TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT VERSUS A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT TO LOCK THE PRICE?

>> IT'S A GOOD QUESTION. PROBABLY, ALTHOUGH TO CREATE MORE WORK FOR US IN THE RFP PROCESS, I PROBABLY WOULD RECOMMEND A ONE-YEAR, AND THAT'LL GIVE THE BOARD IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO THAT ROUTE, THEY GIVE THE BOARD SOME TIME TO DELIBERATE THIS YEAR ABOUT THIS AND ABOUT WHETHER YOU WANT TO DO AN RFP IN 2023 GOING FORWARD.

>> THANK YOU.

>> TRUSTEE HENRY, SIR.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR. MY PREFERENCE I THINK WOULD BE TO APPROVE A ONE-YEAR AGREEMENT, RATHER THAN DELIBERATE FURTHER, I THINK WE COULD JUST AUTHORIZE THE MANAGER TO GO FORWARD WITH AN RFP FOR FUTURE YEARS FOR A PERIOD THAT THEY CAN SET WHATEVER THE TIME PERIOD SHOULD BE THAT WILL PRECLUDE THEM FROM HAVING TO COME BACK AND ASK US AGAIN ABOUT THE SAME ISSUE AT A FUTURE MEETING.

I THINK FOR THE SAKE OF TIMELINESS AND EFFICIENCY, TRYING TO SQUEEZE AN RFP AND BEFORE AUDIT SEASON GETS INTO FULL GEAR WILL MAKE THINGS VERY TIGHT.

YO AND YO ARE OBVIOUSLY FAMILIAR WITH OUR FINANCES AND HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB AS THE MANAGER POINTED OUT.

FOR THREE YEARS, TWO OF THE THREE YEARS ARE AT ABOVE THE PRICE THAT THEY'RE AN INCREMENT HIGHER, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S MARKET RATES OR NOT.

I THINK AN RFP WILL TELL US THAT.

I THINK IF WE CAN LOCK IN THE PRICE FOR ONE YEAR NOW AND THEN GO COMPETITIVE, BID FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY THE MOST PRUDENT THING TO DO IN MY OPINION.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR.

I WOULD CONCUR AND I WOULD ALSO APPROVE THE MOTION TO A POINT YO AND YO FOR ONE YEAR BECAUSE THEY DID A STERLING JOB OF HELPING US WITH THE TRANSITION BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT FINANCIAL MANAGERS, ONE OF WHOM DID NOT PERFORM AS WELL AS WE WOULD HAVE EXPECTED DURING THE TIME OF THE AUDIT BEGINNING.

IN THAT SPIRIT, I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A MOTION AND I WANT TO SELECT MOTION NUMBER 2 OF THE THREE THAT ARE BEFORE US MOVE TO APPROVE A ONE-YEAR AUDITING SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH YO AND YO IN THE AMOUNT OF $47,250,

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AND AUTHORIZE THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER TO SIGN THE ATTACH CONTRACT.

>> SUPPORT.

>> SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE DESCHAINE.

THE COMMENTS, MISS WILSON.

>> JUST WHAT WE'VE SPOKEN ABOUT ALREADY. THANK YOU.

>> OTHER COMMENTS?

>> TIMBER COMPANY WITH YO AND YO AND I WOULD BE OPPOSED TO EVEN A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT BASED ON THE SERVICES YOU RECEIVED FROM THEM AND THE MINOR BUMPS FROM YEAR-TO-YEAR.

NONETHELESS, I WILL CONCUR WITH TRUSTEES WILSON AND HENDRICKSON.

THE PRUDENT THING WOULD BE AT THIS POINT TO PUT OUT AN RFP.

I SUPPORT THE ONE-YEAR AND WILL ALLOW STAFF IN THE OFF SEASON AFTER THE AUDIT IS COMPLETED TO PUT AN RFP OUT FOR 2024.

>> THAT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU'RE ACTUALLY IN.

>> I'M CONCURRING THAT WE SHOULD OPTION 2 FOR ONE YEAR AGREEMENT.

>> NO ADDITIONAL.

>> NO ADDITIONAL CHANGES.

>> OTHER COMMENTS. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

>> I'LL JUST SUPPORT FOR THE SAME REASON AS WELL.

>> ANYONE ELSE? THIS IS A MOTION THAT REQUIRES A ROLL CALL VOTE.

MR. LEMASTER.

>> TREASURER DESCHAINE?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE SUNDLAND?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI?

>> YES.

>> SUPERVISOR JACKSON?

>> YES.

>> CLERK GUTHERIE ?

>> YES.

>> MOTION CARRIED 7,0.

>> THANK YOU. ITEM 12F ON OUR AGENDA HAS TO DO WITH

[12.F. Senior Center/Community Center Task Force]

THE SENIOR CENTER COMMUNITY CENTER TASK FORCE AND THAT DISCUSSION WILL BE LED BY MR. WALSH.

>> THANK YOU, OUR MADAM SUPERVISOR, I'LL BE VERY BRIEF.

I KNOW THE BOARD HAS DISCUSSED NOW FOR FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS, THE POTENTIAL OF LOOKING AT WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR EXISTING SENIOR CENTER THAT'S LOCATED IN THE VERY SOUTH END OF THE COMMUNITY AND AN OLD CLASSROOM AND CHIPPEWA SCHOOL, AND LOOKING FORWARD, HOW CAN WE DO A LOT BETTER? HOW CAN WE BECOME PRIME MERIDIAN AS SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER? WE'VE ACTUALLY TAKEN A LOOK AT THE ONE IN PARTY CHILDREN BY KALAMAZOO.

THERE'S A LOT WE CAN DO.

I'M ASKING YOU THE FIRST STEP TONIGHT AND CREATE A TASK FORCE AND WHERE THE CHARGE OF COMING BACK INTO APPROXIMATELY A YEAR WITH A RECOMMENDATION ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD, AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE POSSIBLE LOCATION, POSSIBLE FUNDING, AND ALL THOSE THINGS.

THE MEMO BEFORE YOU THIS EVENING INCLUDES RECOMMENDED COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF SUPERVISOR JACKSON TREASURER DESCHAINE AND TRUSTEE WILSON MYSELF AND DIRECTORS SCHMIDT, DIRECTOR MEISSNER AND OF COURSE DIRECTOR SHERRY WISDOM, WHO MANAGERS, THE SENIOR CENTER.

THAT'S OUR RECOMMENDERS.

THE TASK FORCE RIGHT NOW THE IDEA IS TO KEEP IT RATHER SMALL, DEAL WITH JUST THE TECHNICAL ISSUES.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE DESIGN.

THIS IS SIMPLY TO PUT TOGETHER THE NUTS AND BOLTS, PRIMARILY, LOCATION AND FUNDING.

IF THE BOARD DECIDES TO MOVE FORWARD IN DECEMBER, THEN THERE'D BE A CREATION OF A MUCH LARGER TASK FORCE WHICH WOULD INVOLVE SENIORS AND MUCH MORE COMMUNITY MEMBERS AS WE LOOKED AT THE DESIGN AND ALL OF THAT.

I DIDN'T WANT THEM TO THINK THAT.

THIS IS GOING TO GO FROM START TO FINISH WITH JUST A VERY SMALL TASK FORCE. THANK YOU.

>> I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE MOTION.

I'D LIKE TO MOVE TO CREATE A MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP SENIOR CENTER COMMUNITY CENTER TASK FORCE TO CONSIST OF TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR JACKSON, TREASURER DESCHAINE, TRUSTEE WILSON, MANAGER WALSH, DIRECTOR SCHMIDT, DIRECTOR MEISSNER, AND DIRECTOR WISDOM.

THE TASK FORCE IS HEREBY REQUESTED TO RETURN WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY DECEMBER 1, 2022.

>> SUPPORT.

>> SUPPORTED BY TRUSTEE WISINSKI, GO AHEAD KATHY.

>> I'LL KEEP MY COMMENTS BRIEF.

WE'VE DISCUSSED THIS SEVERAL MEETINGS.

THE BOARD IS UNIFIED IN THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH LOOKING INTO THIS.

I THINK WE ALL AGREE.

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, THAT OUR SENIORS DESERVE BETTER AND THAT WE NEED A COMMUNITY CENTER.

I THINK THIS IS LONG OVERDUE AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WORK OF OUR TASK FORCE AND SEEING WHAT THE RESULTS ARE, AND I THANK EVERYONE FOR BEING ON THIS TASK FORCE.

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>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

>> I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO US AND BEING, FORETHOUGHT IN THIS PLANNING, I DO THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

WE HAVE A SENIOR CENTER AND IT'S BEEN WELL-RECEIVED, BUT TO ADD A COMMUNITY CENTER IN IMPROVED SENIOR CENTER WILL BE WELL USED HERE IN MERIDIAN, AND ANOTHER DESTINATION LIKE OUR MARKETPLACE FOR PEOPLE TO CONGREGATE IN AND AMONGST EACH OTHER.

>> OTHER COMMENTS, MR. DESCHAINE.

>> WITH THE UPPER FUNDING THAT THIS BOARD HAS GIVEN TOWARDS THE IDEA OF ASSESSING THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS TASK FORCE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO HIRE CONSULTANTS OR OTHER TO HELP WITH THIS PROCESS.

IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING AS WELL?

>> IT IS, AND I'VE ALREADY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH A LOCAL RESIDENT WHO IS AN ENGINEER, WHO KNOWS QUITE A BIT OF PEOPLE.

IN THAT REALM.

THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS DEFINITELY YES, WE WILL NEED EXPERTISE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> I WOULD NOTE ALSO THAT THIS IS MAYBE THE THIRD STEP IN OUR COMMITMENT TO THIS PROJECT.

WE MADE A COMMITMENT IN OUR 2023 GOALS.

WE ALSO, I BELIEVE IN OUR BUDGET, MADE A COMMITMENT TO START THIS PROCESS AND SO THIS IS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT PLAN, IS THE PLAN FOR THE PROJECT.

ANY FURTHER COMMENTS? THEN, WE NEED A VOICE VOTE.

IN THIS INSTANCE, THE MOTION IS TO CREATE A TASK FORCE CONSISTING OF THE NAMES, PERSONALITIES, AND REQUESTS TO RETURN WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS BY DECEMBER 1 2023 ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY YES.

>> YES.

>> THE CHAIR VOTES YES, OPPOSED TO THE MOTION.

VOTE IS UNANIMOUS, AND WE HAVE OUR TASK FORCE AND IT IS CHARGED. MR. WALSH.

>> THANK YOU. NOT ON THE AGENDA, BUT BEFORE I SIT DOWN, MR. SCALES, AS A FORMER TRUSTEE AND TIDY COMMISSIONER, AND I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND GET A TREMENDOUS LOSS TODAY WITH THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER JEFFREY AND I JUST WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT TO MR. SCALES AND TO THE PUBLIC. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. WE MOVE TO ITEM 13.

WE HAVE THREE ITEMS FOR BOARD DISCUSSION 13A IS TOWNSHIP EMERGENCY PLAN UPDATE.

[13.A. Township Emergency Plan Update]

DISCUSSION WILL BE LED BY CHIEF HAMEL.

>> YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU MADAM SUPERVISOR BOARD.

IN 2020, WE REWROTE THE PLAN, DESIGNATING INGHAM COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HOMELAND SECURITY AS OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.

AS WELL AS WE BASE THE DOCUMENT ON PUBLIC ACT TOOL FOR WHICH HELPS US IN REGARDS TO ANY TYPE OF MONEY OR SUPPORT FROM THE STATE THAT COULD COME DURING EMERGENCY.

AS PART OF THE PLAN, WE HAVE TO UPDATE IT ANNUALLY, AND WHAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU REALLY BE UPDATES OR SUPERVISOR CHANGE, PROMULGATION DOCUMENT WITH HER SIGNATURE AND THEN A LOT OF OTHER NAME CHANGES IN REGARDS TO NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS OVER THE PAST YEAR, AS WELL AS SOME RATE CHANGES, RETIREMENTS SO PEOPLE MOVED INTO SUCCESSION AREAS FOR DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

THAT'S REALLY THE UPDATE FOR TODAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOU VOTING ON THIS ON THE NEXT BOARD MEETING IF YOU APPROVE AND I'M OPEN FOR QUESTIONS.

>> BOARD, THE FLOOR IS OPEN FOR QUESTIONS CHIEF HAMEL ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP EMERGENCY PLAN UPDATE.

>> I WOULD KNOW THAT THE CHANGES ARE RELATIVELY MINOR KINDS OF CHANGES THAT HAVE TO BE MADE IN A TIMELY WAY. NOTHING MAJOR.

>> YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> CHIEF HAMEL, HAVE YOU TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY IN THIS PLAN?

>> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

NO. WELL, WE PROBABLY SHOULD AND I THINK IT'S THE NEXT PRESENTATION.

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I'M GOING TO BRING YOU THE CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN.

I THINK THAT MAY LEAD TO IT IN THE LONG RUN AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO LOOKING AT PUTTING MORE DOCUMENTATION ELECTRONICALLY THAT WOULD SUPPORT EMERGENCIES OR IF WE WERE TO LOSE A BUILDING FOR SOME REASON, THINGS LIKE THAT.

GREAT QUESTION. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> OTHER QUESTIONS? THANK YOU [INAUDIBLE]

[13.B. Amendment to the Resolution Establishing the Corridor Improvement Authority]

ITEM 13B IS AN AMENDMENT TO THE RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD AND ECONOMIC DIRECTOR, AMBER CARGO LEAD THAT DISCUSSION.

>> GOOD EVENING.

I THOUGHT IT WAS ALL HIP BRINGING MY TABLET HERE AND AN IRON ON THE NIGHT AT SECTION ON THE AGENDA.

TONIGHT, DISCUSSION FROM THE BOARD IN NOVEMBER, TOWNSHIP STAFF CAME IN FRONT OF THE BOARD TO TALK ABOUT THE GOALS, BUT ALSO TO GIVE A REVIEW OF THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH AND PREPARING TO PRESENT TO THE TOWNSHIP BOARD.

OUR CIA IS A BODY TECHNICALLY OF NINE.

I HAVE FIVE STRONG ATTENDEES, ONE OF WHICH IS SUPERVISOR JACKSON.

IT MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT TO HAVE AN OLD QUORUM TO HAVE MEETINGS, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE HOLDING OUT THE MISSION OF THE CIA.

THE TOWNSHIP BOARD IN 2016 ESTABLISHED THE CIA I THINK AS A MECHANISM TO HAVE A VOICE DURING THE CONVERSATION OF THE BRT.

THE BRT CONVERSATION HAS DWINDLED BUT WHEN YOU TALK TO CITY OF LANSING IN EAST LANSING AND YOU CAN STILL SEE THAT THEY HAVE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND PRIORITIES FOR INFILL CONCENTRATED DEVELOPMENT ALONG GRAND RIVER.

EVEN THOUGH THE CONVERSATION REGIONALLY HAS DWINDLED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW WE ADVANCE THE GRAND RIVER AND MICHIGAN AVENUE CORRIDOR, IT STILL SEEMS TO BE A PRIORITY DECISION AMONGST THE MUNICIPALITIES AND ACROSS THE REGION.

OUR STICK, WE RUN INTO AN ISSUE WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO GET BUSINESS OWNERS AND PROPERTY OWNERS ON GRAND RIVER TO SHOW UP TO THE MEETINGS WHEN THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE ANYWHERE WITH ALL TO GET ANYTHING DONE.

INCLUDING OUR PACKET TONIGHT IS THE LETTERS OR REPLY LETTER FROM M DOT, WHICH WAS THE JOINT LETTER SENT BETWEEN THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION AND CIA.

THEIR REQUESTS WERE WELL RECEIVED FROM M DOT, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE RESPONSE.

MANY OF THE THINGS THAT BOTH AUTHORITIES WITH LIKE M DOT IS ASKING THAT THE TOWNSHIP HELP TO FUND THOSE THINGS.

BUT STREET LIGHTING IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THEY DO.

IT'S NOT THEIR TYPE OF STREET LIGHTING, SO IF THAT WAS SOMETHING WE'D WANT TO DO AND THEN WE'VE DONE A STREET LIGHTING CAMPAIGN BEFORE.

I WOULD SAY THAT WE SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WELL THAT WENT FIRST BEFORE PURSUING THAT.

BUT IN EITHER CASE, THERE'S NO REAL IMPROVEMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS THE TOWNSHIP CIA CAN IMPLEMENT WITHOUT ANY FUNDING.

IT'S A PRETTY GOOD QUESTION.

I KNOW IT SOUNDS DRAMATIC TO SAY, WILL THE BOARD BE WILLING TO AMEND OR EVEN ALLOW FOR THE AMENDMENT OF THE RESOLUTION SO THAT THE CIA CAN PURSUE THAT DISCUSSION OF A TIFF AND DETERMINE HOW RELATIVELY FEASIBLE IT IS.

THE PLANS FROM CIA DISCUSSION AND FROM RECOMMENDED STAFF DISCUSSION IS THAT WE FOCUS ON CONCENTRATED DEVELOPMENT ALONG GRAND RIVER AND WE KNOW THAT THE MALL NEEDS REDEVELOPMENT, AND WE KNOW THAT MUCH OF THAT IS GOING TO BE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT, DRAIN IMPROVEMENT SPECIFICALLY.

WE KNOW THAT A COMMERCIAL MALL DOES NOT HAVE A FUNDING FOR A 60-YEAR DRAIN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

WE KNOW THE DRAIN COMMISSION IS SPECIFICALLY LOOKING TO DO ADEQUATE UPDATES ALONG BOTH THE OKEMOS AND GUTTENBERGER DRAINS WHICH FALL RIGHT INTO THAT AREA.

THERE'S A LOT THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO IF THERE IS A FUNDING BUCKET TO SUPPORT OR MATCH.

THERE'S REALLY NOTHING WE CAN DO WITHOUT IT.

WE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THE THREE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS PUT IN.

BUT REALLY, THE COMMISSION'S THEY'VE SAID IT, I DON'T WANT TO JUST SIT HERE AND WRITE LETTERS TO DIFFERENT GROUPS TO ASK THEM TO GRANT US PERMISSION TO DO THINGS, THE CIA NUMBERS WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CHARGE OF THAT THEMSELVES.

I THINK IT ALSO SETS A BRAND FOR THE CIA SO THAT THE MEMBERS CAN FEEL LIKE THEY'RE TAKING CHARGE.

WE'RE ASKING THE OWNER OF MATTRESS STORES AND THE OWNER OF PLAYMAKERS AND THE OWNERS OF KELLEY, WE'RE ASKING THESE DIRECTIVE TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO GIVE UP THEIR TIME,

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TO GIVE US THE SUGGESTIONS ABOUT WHAT DEVELOPMENT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO ELEVATE THE WHOLE REGION.

IT'S HARD FOR THEM WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE NOT GETTING ANYTHING DONE.

THAT IS THE REQUEST IN FRONT OF YOU TONIGHT AND OPEN TO QUESTIONS.

>>THANK YOU, MA'AM. SUPERVISOR. THANK YOU, DIRECTOR CLARK FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD TO US AS QUICKLY AS YOU DID.

THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT I FELT STRONGLY ABOUT WHEN WE DID OUR GOAL SETTING BACK IN NOVEMBER.

AS A FORMER LIAISON TO THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT TO AUTHORITY, I CAN ABSOLUTELY CONCUR WITH DIRECTOR CLARK'S COMMENTS.

THESE ARE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY BUSINESS OWNERS AND I THINK ALL CASES WERE AT LEAST REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN THE CORRIDOR WHO ARE EXCITED ABOUT SEEING IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR PART OF THE TOWNSHIP, AND WHILE THIS QUARTER IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY MAY HAVE BEEN CREATED FOR A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT PURPOSE WITH THE BRT AT ITS INCEPTION.

NOW IT IS FUNCTIONALLY WITHOUT REAL ABILITY TO PURSUE IT'S PURPOSE, WHICH IS TO IMPROVE OUR LARGEST CORRIDOR IN THE TOWNSHIP.

I THINK IT IS WELL PAST TIME THAT WE TAKE THIS UP AND THAT WE ALLOW THEM TO FIND A SOURCE OF FUNDING SO THAT THEY CAN START TO MOVE ON SOME OF THESE GOALS THAT I THINK ARE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF EVERYONE IN THE TOWNSHIP IN MAKING THESE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE FUNCTIONAL HEART OF MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

I'M FULLY IN SUPPORT OF MAKING THIS CHANGE TO ALLOW THEM TO PURSUE A FUNDING SOURCE SO THAT THEY CAN START TO WORK ON SOME OF THESE PRIORITIES THAT THEY'VE HAD BUILDING UP FOR A LONG TIME.

>> MR. SHANE.

>> THANK YOU. I TOO SUPPORT THIS IDEA OF ALLOWING THEM THE FREEDOM TO ATLEAST RECOMMEND A FUNDING MECHANISM, LIKELY THROUGH A TIFF TO THE BOARD.

WITHOUT MONEY, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING.

HE SENDS TO THE CORRIDOR IS OUR DOWNTOWN AND THE MALL IS OUR ECONOMIC DRIVER, HAS BEEN FOR 50 YEARS AND SO IT WAS BUILT AND IT REMAINS THAT TODAY AND THE MALL CERTAINLY NEEDS REDEVELOPMENT.

I DO HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU ABOUT THE MAP.

THE MAP SEEMS TO INCLUDE MEYER IN THE QUARTER IMPROVEMENT AREA.

>> YOU ARE CORRECT.

>> THE MEYER IS ALSO INCLUDING THE DDA, IS THAT THE ONLY OVERLAP AMONGST THE TWO AREAS?

>> IT'S THE ONLY OVERLAP AMONGST THE TWO.

THE MAP IS BOUNDARY ONLY, SINCE WE'RE NOT COLLECTING ANY TAX.

IF A TIFF WERE TO BE PUT INTO PLACE FOR THE CIA WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CAPTURE OFF WITH MEYER.

IT WOULD NOT BE MY SUGGESTION EITHER.

I DID NOT WANT TO GET TOO FAR INTO THIS WHAT WOULD BE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE TIFF.

I'M SPEAKING OUT OF A LOT OF CONJECTURE, BUT I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD STAY AWAY FROM COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES THAT HAVE A PROPENSITY FOR A TAX APPEAL BECAUSE THEN THAT WOULD DROP DOWN OUR CAPTURE.

I WOULD TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM OUR MEYER'S AND OUR TARGET KROGER'S JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CAPTURE IS STICKING WITHIN THE BOUNDARY.

BUT WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO CAPTURE OFF OF MEYER ANYWAY.

>> WELL, THAT WOULD MEAN REMOVING THE WHOLE NEWMAN [INAUDIBLE] HOME DEPO IS LIKELY TO APPEAL.

WE'VE GOT COALS WHO IS LIKELY TO APPEAL, WE GOT KROGER WHO WAS LIKELY TO APPEAL THAT WHOLE BIG BOX CORRIDOR THERE.

THEY'RE ALL EXPERTS AT GOING TO THE STATE TAX COMMISSION AND ARGUING THAT THEIR PROPERTY IS WORTHLESS IF THEY'RE NOT THERE.

>> EXACTLY. YEAH, WE'RE TRYING TO AVOID ANY SITUATIONS THAT HAPPEN THE DDA, LEARNING OUR LESSONS.

THE MAP BOUNDARY PROVIDES THAT AN ENTITY WITHIN THE MAP BOUNDARY COULD COME TO THE CIA FOR REQUESTS FOR TIFF.

THE TIFF BOUNDARY WOULD SPECIFY THESE ARE THE PARCELS OF WHICH WE'RE CAPTURING.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE EQUAL.

[NOISE]

>> TRUSTEE WILSON.

>> SO ABSENT THE BIG BOXES THAT ARE IN THIS COMMUNITY WITHIN THIS CORRIDOR, IS IT EXECUTABLE THAT WE COULD DO?

>> THERE'S A ROUGH DRAFT ON MY DESK, $12 MILLION CAPTURE EXCLUDING

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KROGER MEYER TARGET FOR THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY IS $13 MILLION.

THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE NEW DEVELOPMENT THAT WE KNOW IS COMING THE TRADER JOE'S, THE CONSUMER'S CREDIT UNION AND ANY FURTHER DEVELOPMENT ALONG GREAT RIVER.

>> SO DO YOU BELIEVE IT COULD BE DONE THAT WAY?

>> I BELIEVE IT CAN BE DONE THAT WAY.

>> OKAY.

>> TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM SUPERVISOR. I'M CURIOUS, IS IT STANDARD PRACTICE TO HAVE THE BOUNDARY MAP, THOSE THAT COULD REQUEST IF DALLAS INCLUDE THOSE THAT ARE UNWILLING TO BE INCLUDED IN THE TIFF?

>> IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN AMONG COMMUNITIES.

THE NEW RED CEDAR DEVELOPMENTS ALONG MICHIGAN AVENUE THAT ARE VERY CLOSE TO MSU'S CAMPUS ARE PART OF LANSING'S DOWNTOWN.

THE DISTRICT MAPS AND THE BOUNDARY IS THE REASON WHY YOU PAY AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS TO BE ABLE TO READ THROUGH THE ACTS AND KNOW HOW YOU CAN LAYER INCENTIVES TO MAKE IT WORK.

>> NO, I UNDERSTAND.

I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE ALLOW THEM TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF SOMETHING THAT THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO PAY?

>> MORE THAN LIKELY, NO. MORE THAN LIKELY NOT.

[LAUGHTER] I WOULD NOT MAKE THAT RECOMMENDATION, BUT BY LAW, THEY ARE WITHIN THE BOUNDARY THEY COULD.

MEYER COULD APPROACH THE CA AND SAY, WE WOULD LIKE TO PUT WHATEVER AND THE CIA WOULD REVIEW THAT, BUT THEN OF COURSE THEY COULD SAY NO.

>> OKAY.

>> SO DIRECTOR CLARK, MY UNDERSTANDING IS WHAT WE NEED AT THIS POINT IS AN ADJUSTMENT IN THE CHARTER FOR THE CIA, BECAUSE IN THE CIA I LEARNED RECENTLY THAT THERE IS ESSENTIALLY A PROHIBITION TO THE USE OF A TIFF AND THE OPERATION OF THIS ORGANIZATION.

>> CORRECT. THE TOWNSHIP BOARD ADDED A LINE ITEM AFTER THE LAST RESOLVE ON THE RESOLUTION.

>> AND ESSENTIALLY, WHAT YOU'RE TELLING US IS WE CAN REVERSE THAT WITH THE FORMAL AMENDMENT TO THAT DESCRIPTION.

>> CORRECT.

>> AT THIS POINT, THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT US TO DO?

>> CORRECT. I CAN'T REALLY HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE CIA ABOUT TIFF OR COME UP WITH A PROPOSAL BECAUSE IT SAYS WE SHOULD NOT PURSUE IT AT ALL, SO I CAN'T DO ANYTHING.

>> OKAY. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BRING THAT REQUEST TO US FORMERLY?

>> AT THE NEXT MEETING?

>> AT THE NEXT MEETING?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT AT THE NEXT MEETING.

AND BY THE NODDING OF HEADS, I WILL ASSUME THAT THE REST OF MY BOARD WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT.

>> I WILL BRING IT BACK AND POSSIBLY PUT UNDER ACTION WITH THE AMENDMENT INCLUDED.

>> OKAY. TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

>> THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR. QUICK QUESTION, DIRECTOR CLARK, DO YOU HAVE ANY INCLINATION OF WHY THIS WAS ADDED TO THIS PARTICULAR RESOLUTION? WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUDING TIFFS ALTOGETHER?

>> I WAS ONLY A RESIDENT AT THIS TIME, BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS THAT THE BOARD, THEN MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP BOARD, WOULD NOT HAVE AGREED TO A TIFF THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OR TWO MEMBERS THAT MAY NOT HAVE AGREED TO A TIFF.

I THINK ALSO AT THE TIME, WE WERE CONSIDERING GOING AFTER A DDA TIFF RE REVAMPED TO 2018.

SO THAT'S TWO TIFFS IN THE SAME AREA THAT WE'RE GOING TO THE SAME JURISDICTIONS.

I THINK STRATEGICALLY THIS BEST WAS THE CHOICE FOR THE BOARD.

>> THANK YOU. THAT'S HELPFUL.

>> MR. MOSS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK TO THAT QUESTION?

>> JUST REAL QUICKLY. WE HAD STRUGGLED TO GET THE CI APPROVED.

I'LL JUST BE VERY CANDID WITH YOU.

THE FORMER CLERK AT THAT TIME WAS VERY OPPOSED TO TIFFS, AND SO THE BOARD AS A WHOLE STRONG MAJORITY OF THE BOARD WANTED TO DO A TIFF BUT JUST DECIDED TO OPT OUT FROM TRYING TO DO THAT JUST TO GET THE CI APPROVED.

>> ANYONE ELSE HAVE QUESTIONS?

>> SO I BELIEVE WE WOULD ASK YOU TO PRESENT US WITH A PROPOSAL FOR AMENDING THE CHARTER FOR THE CIA IN OUR NEXT MEETING.

>> ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. ITEM 13C IS CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN.

[13.C. Continuity of Operations Plan]

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I BELIEVE THAT'S CHIEF HAMEL AS WELL.

>> YES, MA'AM. I'M GOING TO START JUST SPENT A TWO-YEAR PROCESS FOR ME.

AND THE REASON I TOOK SO LONG IS I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS PLANT ACTUALLY REFLECTED MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

NOW, THIS IS MY THIRD PLAN I'VE DONE IN MY CAREER.

I STARTED WITH LANSING.

IT WASN'T BASED ON THIS TYPE OF CONCEPT AND THEN WHEN I WENT TO THE BORDER WATER AND LIGHT, WE ADOPTED THE BETTER PLAN AND WE CHANGED IT BECAUSE THE FEDERAL PLANS ARE LIKE THIS AND WE ONLY NEED TO BE LIKE THIS.

AND SO THE PLAN AT THE BOARD REALLY IS SIMILAR TO THIS AND I ADOPTED THAT AND TOOK IT AND REVAMPED IT TO WORK FOR MERIDIAN.

BUT TO START THE PROCESS I WANT TO ACTUALLY READ THE PROMULGATION STATEMENT.

SUPERVISOR JACKSON ACTUALLY PUT TOGETHER AND IT TALKS ABOUT WHAT IS THE CONTINUITY OPERATIONS.

SO MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP'S MISSION IS PROVIDING A SAFE AND WELCOME, SUSTAINABLE, PRIME COMMUNITY.

TO ESTABLISH THIS MISSION, MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP MUST ENSURE ITS OPERATIONS ARE PERFORMED EFFICIENTLY, WITH MINIMAL DISRUPTION, ESPECIALLY DURING AN EMERGENCY.

THIS DOCUMENT PROVIDES PLANNING AND PROGRAM GUIDANCE FOR IMPLEMENTATION, IMPLEMENTING THE TOWNSHIP CONTINUITY PLAN TO ENSURE THE ORGANIZATION CONDUCTS ITS ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS UNDER ALL THREATS AND CONDITIONS.

SO WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THREATS ARE COMING.

WHEN I GET INTO THE PRESENTATION HERE, WE'LL GO OVER SOME TYPES OF EMERGENCIES THAT WE COULD HAVE, BUT THE MOST COMMON EMERGENCY YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IN ANY COMMUNITY IN MICHIGAN TODAY IS WHETHER.

NOW WE KNOW IN HISTORY, WE'VE SEEN OTHERS.

WE'VE HAD THE ICE STORM, THAT WAS A BIG ONE.

WE'VE HAD FLOODING HERE IN THE TOWNSHIP.

BOARD 108 HAD A CYBER ATTACK THAT WAS MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS.

I CAN TELL YOU IT WAS AT LEAST 30 MILLION.

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THEM WITH THAT PART OF WORKING THERE.

THE THREATS ARE REAL, THEY'RE OUT THERE, AND SO WE HAVE THREATS THAT WE KNOW ARE COMING.

WE KNEW THE ICE STORM WAS COMING IN 2013.

WE PREPARED FOR IT THE BEST WE COULD.

WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW IT WAS GOING TO HIT.

IMAGINE WHAT YOU WOULD DO TODAY IF WE HAD SIX FEET OF SNOW OVERNIGHT, LIKE BUFFALO DID A FEW WEEKS AGO.

HOW DO WE OPERATE? WE AREN'T EVEN GETTING TO WORK.

SO WHO'S IN CHARGE? THE CELL PHONES ARE DOWN.

FRANK CAN'T TELL US WHAT TO DO. WHAT DO WE DO? SO THESE ARE ALL THINGS THAT WE CAN TRY TO PLAN FOR, BUT EVERY SITUATION IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT.

SO I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH THIS AND KIND OF TALK THROUGH IT AND WE'LL HAVE QUESTIONS.

SO A CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLAN IS DESIGNED FOR WHEN WE'RE NOT IN A NORMAL OPERATING MODE.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS THAT WE LOSE THE ABILITY TO MAINTAIN OUR CRITICAL FUNCTION OF THE TOWNSHIP.

WE DID THIS DURING COVID.

WE CLOSED OUR DOORS FOR HOW MANY WEEKS 3, 4, 5, EMPLOYEES STAYED HOME, CITIZENS COULDN'T COME IN.

SO WHEN WE REOPENED ON A LOW SCALE, SOME PEOPLE WERE STILL WORKING.

SOME PEOPLE WERE WORKING FROM HOME AND SO WE'VE ALREADY LIVED THROUGH A CONTINUITY MISSION PLAN.

WE JUST HAVE TO PUT IT IN PAPER.

WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN THROUGH IT TO LOOK AT WHAT WORKED, WHAT DIDN'T WORK, AND IT WAS TRIAL AND ERROR. BUT WE DID A GOOD JOB.

A LOT OF GOOD LEADERSHIP THAT LED US THROUGH PUTTING BUILDINGS OUTSIDE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, PUTTING BARRIERS UP.

SO AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS, THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT.

THE MISSION IS ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS ARE BASED ON OUR DEPARTMENTS, AND SO WHAT DOES EACH DEPARTMENT DO AND HOW DO WE MAINTAIN THAT INITIAL MISSION ESSENTIAL FUNCTION AND WHEN ONE DEPARTMENT'S DOWN IT DOESN'T MEAN THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS OR DOWN.

WE ALL WORK TOGETHER. SIDEWALLS BY IMPLEMENTATION TEAM, AND THOSE ARE GENERALLY ASSIGNED TO A MANAGEMENT TEAM, SO PROBABLY M TEAM.

BUT POTENTIALLY SOME OF YOU INVOLVED THERE WILL BE LED BY THE MANAGER AND THEN WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL CONTINUITY PERSONNEL, WHICH ARE THE DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE AFFECTED AND THEY HAVE TO ACTUALLY WORK THROUGH THEIR ISSUES AND HOW WE MAINTAIN, AND SO THAT WILL HELP LEAD US INTO HOW WE OPERATE.

SO AGAIN, THE PURPOSE IS TO GUIDE TO MAINTAIN MISSION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS.

HOW DO WE MAINTAIN OUR CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT? BECAUSE WITHOUT CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT, OUR TOWNSHIP IS ON ITS OWN.

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WE WILL IDENTIFY THE DIFFERENT AREAS AND CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH THAT WITH PLANNING AND AGAIN, THIS DOCUMENT IS JUST TO START.

I'LL BE MEETING WITH EVERY DEPARTMENT GOING THROUGH ANNEX AND SUPPORT PLANS TO BUILD OUT WHAT THEIR NEEDS WOULD BE DURING MINOR EMERGENCIES OR MAJOR EMERGENCIES.

I'M GOING TO READ THIS PART BECAUSE THIS IS IMPORTANT.

WE CANNOT PREDICT THE SEVERITY AND CONSEQUENCES OF AN EMERGENCY.

THE AFFECTED COOP PLANNING CAN MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP AND ALLOW FOR CONTINUED ESSENTIAL SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY. VERY IMPORTANT.

WE LOOK AT IT AS ALL HAZARD APPROACH.

AGAIN, WE KNOW AND YOU CAN LOOK AT THE LIST AT THE BOTTOM THERE, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN.

WE'VE LIVED THROUGH SOME OF THEM ALREADY AS I STATED BEFORE, I WAS HERE SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE IN THE COMMUNITY IN DIFFERENT AREAS.

THIS PLAN IS GOING TO HELP US BUILD TO BE SOMEWHAT PREPARED OF THE UNPREDICTABLE.

THE PLANNING ASSUMPTIONS THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHEN WE'RE DOING THIS IS, MOST LIKELY SOME TYPE OF EMERGENCY IS GOING TO DISRUPT US IN SOME WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM.

THE FIRE DISRUPTED US IN A SMALL WAY THREE WEEKS AGO, BECAUSE WE WERE ALL-HANDS-ON-DECK DOING OTHER THINGS, ICE STORMS, SNOW STORMS, FLOODING.

IT'S SOMEWHAT UNPREDICTABLE, BUT IT AFFECTS THE OPERATION.

IT MAY REQUIRE SOME TYPE OF EVACUATION OF A BUILDING, WE MAY REQUIRE US TO HAVE PEOPLE STAY HOME.

AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR MISSION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT RESPONSIBLE AREAS, HR, BUILDING MAINTENANCE, THINGS LIKE THAT, AND BUILD A PLAN TO SUPPORT THEM DURING AN EMERGENCY.

AS WE BUILD THIS PLAN, THE INTENT WILL BE TO BE OPERATIONAL FOR WHATEVER EMERGENCY WITHIN 12 HOURS.

NOW, DEPENDS ON HOW BAD WE HAD FIRE IN THE BUILDING HERE MAY NOT WORK, BUT WE HAVE TO BE UP AND RUNNING SOMEWHERE, SO WHERE ARE WE RELOCATING PEOPLE? DO WE HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO MOVE PEOPLE TO DIFFERENT AREAS? THESE ARE ALL PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS.

AGAIN, NOT ALL EMPLOYEES MAY BE AFFECTED WITH US, AND THEY MAY HAVE SUPPORT ROLES THAT HELP WITH WHATEVER ELSE WE'RE DEALING WITH WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP.

THE OBJECTIVES. NUMBER 1 IS ALWAYS LIFE SAFETY, OUR OWN PEOPLE, THE TOWNSHIP.

WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT IN CONSIDERATION.

NO MATTER WHAT THE EMERGENCY IS, OR WHATEVER HAPPEN WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP OF OUR BUILDINGS, OR OUR PEOPLE, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT.

SECONDLY, IS PROPERTY LOSS.

THE THIRD PART IS MISSION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS.

WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE.

AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS, THOSE ARE CONSIDERATIONS THAT WE HAVE TO BUILD ON.

THE ANTENNAS TIMELY RECOVERY, SO THAT 12-HOUR RULE.

BUT WE KNOW RECOVERY CAN LAST FOR MONTHS.

WE'RE STILL RECOVERING FROM COVID TO A SMALL DEGREE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE WORLD, AND THAT'S AFFECTED A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS OF HOW WE OPERATE.

WE PLAN THROUGH WHAT WE CALL THE FOUR PHASES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

THE READINESS PHASE IS BUILDING THIS PLAN.

LIKE I MENTIONED EARLIER, EVERY DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP WILL HAVE A FUNCTIONAL ANNEX.

WITHIN THAT, WE ALSO HAVE A SUPPORT PLAN WHICH COULD BE IT, COULD BE BUILDING MAINTENANCE, COULD BE HR, AND THOSE THINGS WILL ALL BE BUILT-IN.

THAT'S IN YOUR READINESS AND PREPAREDNESS.

AS WELL IN THAT, WE WILL ACTUALLY EXERCISE THIS AND WE'LL EVALUATE IT TO MAKE SURE IT'S DOING WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO, OR WE'LL TWEAK IT.

THE SECOND PHASE IS WHEN WE ACTUALLY HAVE AN INCIDENT.

WE HAVE TO DETERMINE WHAT OCCURRED, WERE WE ABLE TO PRE-PLAN THAT.

LIKE THE ICE STORM, WE PRE-PLANNED, BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW THE EFFECT UNTIL IT HIT.

WE DO HAVE ABILITY TO PLAN.

A LITTLE BIT LAST WEEK OR TWO WEEKS AGO OVER CHRISTMAS, WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO GET SNOW.

DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO LAST FOUR DAYS, BUT WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO GET SNOW.

HOW CAN WE PRE-PLAN FOR THAT AND BE READY? THEN WE ACTIVATE THE CONTINUITY OPERATION PLAN, WHICH GIVES YOU SUSTAINED ACTIONS.

IT GIVES US A PLAN TO BUILD, AND THEN WE HAVE ALL THE WORKERS GO OUT AND START DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

YOU COULD ACTUALLY LOOK AT THAT LIKE WE DID THE FIRE A FEW WEEKS AGO, WHERE THE INITIAL INCIDENT FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE RESPONDED, EVERYTHING DID WHAT IT DID.

THEN BEHIND THE SCENES, LOOK WHAT HAPPENED? WE HAD DONATIONS.

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DTN TOOK CARE OF THE PEOPLE, FOUND THEM A PLACE TO LIVE TEMPORARILY, WE COLLECTED MONEY FORM, LUGGAGE, THINGS LIKE THAT.

THOSE ARE REALLY THOSE SUSTAINED ACTIONS AND NOW THEY'RE IN THE RECOVERY PHASE.

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IN THE TOWNSHIP, SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THAT.

THERE'S A COUPLE OF THINGS I WANT TO SAY.

THEN BASICALLY AS WE BUILT THIS, WE BUILT WHAT WE CALL A FLOWCHART HERE.

REALLY, THE GREEN IS THE INCIDENT, AND THEN DEPENDING ON THE INCIDENT, WHERE WE GO IN THE PHASES.

IT MAY BE SOMETHING MINOR, WE GET TO PHASE 2, AND THEN WE MOVE RIGHT INTO RECOVERY.

SOMETHING MAJOR, THEN WE GO THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS TO GET TO THE RECOVERY.

THESE ARE THE AREAS RIGHT NOW THAT ARE DESIGNATED THAT WILL END UP NEEDING A FUNCTIONAL ANNEX.

SOME OF THEM WILL BE COMBINED, BUT SOME OF THEM WILL BE SEPARATE, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO LOOK AT REALLY THE WHOLE INFRASTRUCTURE.

WHAT SOFTWARE DO THEY USE? WHAT HARDWARE DO THEY USE? HOW DO THEY OPERATE? WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS, IF WE HAVE TO RELOCATE? IF WE HAVE TO GET CRITICAL DOCUMENTATION, WHERE DO WE GET IT? WHERE CAN WE FIND IT, IF IT'S NOT ACCESSIBLE? THE PLAN IS BASED ON THREE DOCUMENTS.

THE MAIN PLAN, WHICH AGAIN, THIS PLAN IS BUILT BASED ON FEDERAL GUIDELINES FROM FEMA.

THEN FROM THERE WE HAVE THE SPECIFIC FUNCTIONAL ANNEX FOR EACH DEPARTMENT, AND THEN ANY SUPPORT PLANS THAT WOULD GO WITH IT, LIKE I MENTIONED, WITH HR, IT, AND SO ON AND SO FORTH.

THEN THE FUNCTIONAL ANNEX, IT LISTS WHO'S A PART OF THAT DEPARTMENT.

IT HAS A SUCCESSION PLAN.

THEN FROM THERE WE BUILD ON THE FOUR PHASES AGAIN, AND HOW WE WOULD MITIGATE IF WE DID HAVE A SITUATION.

AGAIN, IT'S NOT FOOLPROOF, BECAUSE WE DON'T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

WE CAN GUARANTEE WEATHER TO A LOT OF DEGREES, BUT NOT OTHER THINGS.

FROM THERE WE LOOK AT ALL THE APPENDIX THAT GO WITH THE FUNCTIONAL ANNEX, AND THERE'S 14 OF THEM, AND WE BUILD THE PLAN OUT FROM THERE.

WE HAVE A CHECKLIST IN THE BEGINNING, AND I'LL SHOW YOU THAT MOMENTARILY.

WHAT IS THEIR MISSION ESSENTIAL FUNCTION, AND HOW DO THEY MAINTAIN THAT? HOW DO WE BUILD IT BACK IF WE DO HAVE AN INCIDENT THAT THEY CAN'T COME TO WORK, THEY LOSE THEIR OFFICERS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

THEN WE HAVE THE ORDERS OF SUCCESSION.

POTENTIALLY LOOK AT ALTERNATE FACILITIES THAT THEY COULD WORK OUT OF, WHAT THEIR NEEDS WOULD BE.

IF IT'S, WELL, LET'S SAY OKEMOS ROAD FLOODS, WE HAD THE CONSTRUCTION DOWN HERE, THE BRIDGE IS OUT, HOW ARE WE GETTING TO WORK? THOSE THINGS GET BUILT INTO THE PLAN AS WE MOVE ON ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AND THINGS LIKE THAT, IF WE HAVE TO. HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE? ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY DO IN THE LONG RUN IS TAKE EVERY BRIDGE, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT IN THE PAST, AND WE USE IT INTERNAL FOR CERTAIN THINGS.

WE CAN BUILD THAT OUT IN OUR DEPARTMENTS TO NOTIFY SPECIFIC DEPARTMENTS, OR EVERY EMPLOYEE AT THE TOWNSHIP WHERE MANAGER WALSH SAYS, EVERYBODY STAYS HOME TODAY, IT'S NOT SAFE TO COME TO WORK.

WE HAVE THAT MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM THAT CAN HELP WITH COMMUNICATION.

THEN YOU USE THE FLOWCHART, AND THEN WHAT WE DO IS CREATE GO-KITS.

GO-KITS WOULD BE IF I HAD TO MOVE OUT OF MY OFFICE, WHAT AM I TAKING WITH ME? ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S RECOMMENDED ALSO WITH THIS IS, HAVE A PLAN WITH YOUR FAMILY.

IF YOU COME TO WORK AND YOU CAN'T GO HOME, WHAT'S YOUR FAMILY GOING TO DO WITHOUT YOU? IS THE PLANNING AT HOME ABLE FOR YOUR WIFE, YOUR CHILDREN TO SUSTAIN, OR VICE VERSA? THINK ABOUT A SUSTAINMENT PLAN AT HOME ALSO.

THIS IS IN THE FUNCTION ANNEX.

AGAIN, THIS IS THE CHECKLISTS, AND I ALREADY TALKED ABOUT IT. I'M NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH IT A LOT.

BUT THIS WILL HELP GUIDE A DEPARTMENT THROUGH AN INCIDENT, IF THEY HAVE ONE.

AGAIN, ANOTHER FLOWCHART FOR IF WE DO ACTIVATE THE FUNCTIONAL ANNEX AND AGAIN, IT STARTS WITH THE PRE-PLANNING INCIDENT AND WORK THROUGH IT AS NEEDED.

THEN THE SUPPORT PLAN, AS I STATED, COULD BE BUILDINGS, BUILDING MAINTENANCE, RECORDS MANAGEMENT, PERSONNEL ISSUES WITH HR, OR THINGS WE NEED TO DOCUMENT, IT.

OF COURSE, SAFETY AND LOGISTICS IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE SOMEONE'S GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE SAFE.

THE NEXT STEP AS WE MOVE FORWARD IS ACTUALLY ONCE YOU APPROVE THIS, WAS WE'D BE MEETING WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AND BUILDING THEIR PLAN.

THEN AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE DOWN THE ROAD, WE WOULD EXERCISE IT OR EXERCISE INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS AND WORK THROUGH SOME MINOR THINGS TO SEE HOW IT WORKS.

THAT IS THE NUTS AND BOLTS.

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QUESTIONS, IF YOU HAVE THEM.

IT'S A LOT TO ABSORB I KNOW, BUT I'M OPEN FOR QUESTIONS.

>> GO ON, MS. CHRISTINE WILSON.

>> FOR ONE THING, I ACTUALLY DID A PLAN LIKE THIS A FEW YEARS AGO FOR MY COMPANY, AND THE ONE THING I'M NOT SEEING IN HERE ARE PROCEDURES.

DISTURBED AND CHILLING IN THE CLOUD IS THERE IN A CENTRAL COMPONENT ABOUT HOW TO OPERATE WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE MATERIALS?

>> THOSE WILL HAVE TO BE DEVELOPED WITHIN DEPARTMENTS, SO PROCEDURES ON ACCESSING DOCUMENTATION.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT IS CONSIDERED A PROCEDURE.

IT'S AN ANNEX THAT WE USE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO GO OUT DURING A WEATHER EMERGENCY OR DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS, FLOODING, TORNADOES, AND DOCUMENT THAT.

SAME THING WITH DEPARTMENTS.

THERE'S DIFFERENT NAMES SERVICES EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS, OR DEPARTMENT PLANS ON HOW THEY WOULD ACTIVATE AND DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO GET THROUGH THE SITUATION.

I KNOW THAT'S KIND OF [OVERLAPPING]

>> NO, IT'S THE RAMP UP.

>> YEAH.

>> IT'S THE RAMP UP TO GET BACK TO NORMAL FUNCTIONING, BUT THERE ARE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS PROBABLY FOR EVERY DEPARTMENT WHICH SHOULD BE DOCUMENTED, HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT RESTARTING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE ON-SITE. [OVERLAPPING]

>> IT MEANS THE TEAM WILL HAVE A BIG SAY IN THAT.

AGAIN, WE GO BACK TO COVID, WE WERE SHUT DOWN, WE OPENED SLOWLY.

FOR A YEAR, WE WEREN'T NORMAL.

WE DIDN'T FUNCTION AS A GOVERNMENT NORMALLY AND WE LEARN FROM IT.

WE ADAPTED AND THINGS WENT WELL, BUT WE SUPPORTED OUR COMMUNITY THE BEST WE COULD.

>> AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WHAT YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT AND PRESENTED TO US AT THIS POINT [NOISE] IS THE FRAMEWORK FOR A SPECIFIC PLAN FOR MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP.

YOU'RE ASKING THE BOARD TO APPROVE THAT FRAMEWORK AND AFTERWARDS YOU FLESH OUT THE SPECIFICS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE OR DIFFERENT OFFICES, ETC.

>> YES, MA'AM. EXACTLY.

>> OKAY. ANOTHER QUESTION IS ABOUT A BOY, MR. PHIL DESCHAINE. [LAUGHTER]

>> THANK YOU.

>> TERMINATE APPROXIMATE TIMELINE FOR WHAT HOW MUCH TIME YOU THINK IS GOING TO TAKE HIM BEFORE WE'LL HAVE OUR CO-OP PLAN BUT THE ANNEX IS COMPLETED.

>> IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE IT DONE BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

>> THAT IS YOUR GOAL?

>> IT'S A BIG PROCESS.

>> I BELIEVE IT'S A BIG PROCESS.

>> IT'LL TAKE MULTIPLE MEETINGS WITH EACH DEPARTMENT TO BUILD IT.

IT'S GOING TO BE SOME TIME-CONSUMING BUT I'D LIKE TO BELIEVE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD CHUNK OF IT DONE BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

ONCE IT'S APPROVED WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.

>> AS YOU MENTIONED, COVID GAVE US A REHEARSAL FOR THIS.

I WOULD ARGUE THAT WE GOT TO RESUME 90 PERCENT OF TOWNSHIP OPERATIONS MUCH QUICKER THAN A YEAR.

>> FOR SURE. THE CRITICAL TIME WAS EARLY ON.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? THEN IT WAS, WE'RE CLOSING.

WE WEREN'T PREPARED FOR THAT, NOBODY WAS BUT WE ADAPTED AND ONCE WE CAME BACK WE DID HAVE A REHEARSAL WHERE WE HAD BUILDINGS OUTSIDE WHERE PEOPLE WOULD COME IN EITHER BILLS NOT HAVE TO COME IN HERE SO WE HAD THE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

WE SOMEWHAT REARRANGED, I BELIEVE, YOUR OFFICE AREA.

WE HAD MORE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THEN AT SOME POINT, SLOWLY MONTHS LATER, WE STARTED ALLOWING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE INTO THE BUILDINGS AND EMPLOYEES TO COME BACK.

THEN WE CLOSED THAT A LITTLE BIT AGAIN LATER ON IN THE YEAR WHEN IT CAME UP AGAIN.

IT WAS REALLY A GOOD TRIAL BASIS ON WHAT WE CAN DO AND WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH HERE.

I THINK WE WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH WHAT WE HAD TO DEAL WITH.

>> WHEN YOU BRING THIS BACK TO US FOR APPROVAL, WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE SOME APPROXIMATE TIMETABLE MILESTONES THAT YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE?

>> SURE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> GUTHERIE

>> THANK YOU, MA'AM, SUPERVISOR.

I WOULD ONLY ASK THAT A COPY OF THIS PRESENTATION BE GIVEN TO MR. LEMASTER, IN THE MORNING IF YOU COULD BECAUSE IT WAS HARD, THE CHARTS WERE BLURRY AND I CANNOT READ THE CHARTS IN THE PACKETS BECAUSE THAT PART WAS BLURRY.

IF THAT CAN BE ADDED AS AN ADDENDUM TO THE BOARD PACKET I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> ANYONE ELSE?

>> LET ME ASK A COUPLE OF CONTEXTS QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST IS A PART OF THE PURPOSE HERE IS THAT FIRST OF ALL WE DO

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NOT HAVE A PLAN LIKE THIS IN PLACE BEFORE.

THE SECOND IS THAT THIS PLAN HAS RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HOW THE TOWNSHIP RELATES TO THE COUNTY AND THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THEIR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROTOCOLS.

>> YES AND NO. THIS IS A SEPARATE DOCUMENT THAT THIS WON'T GO TO INGHAM COUNTY OR IT WON'T GO TO THE STATE, IT'S OUR OWN PERSONAL DOCUMENT.

THE EMERGENCY SUPPORT PLAN DOES BUT IN A LARGE-SCALE EMERGENCY, LET'S SAY A TORNADO, WE WOULD RELY ON INGHAM COUNTY TO HELP US WITH THIS AND EVEN THE STATE.

THAT'S WHEN THAT WOULD FOLD INTO SOME TYPE OF EMERGENCY WHERE WE WOULD NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT.

WE'VE EXHAUSTED ALL OUR RESOURCES FOR POLICE AND FIRE AND WE WOULD ASK FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES IF THERE'S POTENTIALLY MONEY THERE FROM THE DISASTER THAT WOULD GO THROUGH THE COUNTY.

THEY BOND TOGETHER BUT THEY ARE SEPARATE.

>> I SEE. THANK YOU.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>> FURTHER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? YOU EXPECT TO BRING THIS BACK FOR OUR APPROVAL SOON?

>> THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.

>> IT REALLY INCLUDE AS QUICK REFEREE AS.

>> THAT'S POWERFUL. THE PRESENTATION HAS [OVERLAPPING].

>> AND THE TIME. SOMEWHERE IN THIS DOCUMENT I READ THAT ONCE IT'S COMPLETED IT SHOULD NOT BE DISTRIBUTED PUBLICLY.

>> CORRECT BECAUSE THERE'S GOING TO BE POTENTIALLY, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE THAT IS NOT FOR PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE BECAUSE THAT'S INTERNAL STUFF.

>> ALSO PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES AND THE LIKE.

>> CORRECT.

>> TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON.

>> THANK YOU. ON THAT FRONT, WHILE THIS SHELL PLAN THAT HAS YET TO BE FLESHED OUT IS FINE I PRESUME THAT WHEN THE FINAL PLAN COMES BACK IN FRONT OF US IT WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM THE PACKET OR PUT INTO SOME CLOSED SESSION OR SOMETHING WHERE WE COULD REVIEW IT IN THAT WAY.

[NOISE]

>> I ASSUME THAT WE'LL SEE.

WE ARE PROVING THE FRAMEWORK, I ASSUME WE'LL APPROVE THE FINAL VERSION AT SOME POINT.

>> ONCE YOU APPROVE THE PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD AND START BUILDING THE ANNEXES FOR EACH DEPARTMENT, THOSE WON'T BE PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE.

THIS CAN BE PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE ALSO.

THERE'S NOTHING IN IT THAT IS IT THAT SECRETIVE.

ONCE WE DO THE ANNEXES, I DON'T BELIEVE I'LL BRING THOSE BACK.

I'LL BRING YOU A MILESTONE OF WHERE WE'RE AT, PROGRESSION, WHERE WE WERE AT, WHICH SOLD SIX MONTHS FROM NOW COME BACK AND LET'S SAY WE HAVE HALF THE DEPARTMENT'S DONE.

FOR THE NEXT MEETING, I WILL BRING YOU A PLAN ON TRAINING, EXERCISING, AND THE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS YOU ASKED FOR SO YOU HAVE A ROUGH IDEA HOW LONG TO TAKE.

>> FURTHER QUESTIONS?

>> THANK YOU, CHIEF.

>> THANK YOU.

>> A14 IN MY AGENDA IS COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

[14. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC]

THIS IS SECOND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS.

I DON'T HAVE ANY GREEN CARDS BUT MR., I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M BLANKING ON YOUR NAME, MR. SKILLS. [LAUGHTER]

>> I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR NOMINATING ME AND FOR APPROVING ME TO REJOIN THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

I REALLY ENJOYED LISTENING TO YOUR DISCUSSIONS TODAY BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY I LOVE THIS TOWNSHIP AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME BACK.

>> THANK YOU. ARE THERE OTHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME? THEN ITEM 15 ON OUR AGENDA IS OTHER MATTERS AND BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS.

[15. OTHER MATTERS AND BOARD MEMBERCOMMENTS]

TRUSTEE WISINSKI.

>> TO FOLLOW MR. SKILLS' PLEAD, I JUST WANT TO THANK SUPERVISOR FOR NOMINATING ME TO PRO SUPERVISOR TIM,

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FOR OUTSIDE MEETINGS AND ALSO FOR THE BOARD FOR THEIR DISCUSSION AND SUPPORT.

>> THANK YOU. ANYTHING ELSE? THEN ITEM 16 ON OUR AGENDA IS A CLOSE SESSION.

[16. CLOSED SESSION - Move to enter closed session (1) pursuant to MCL 15.268(1)(h) and MCL 15.243(1)(g) to discuss a confidential written legal opinion from the Township Attorney regarding the Associated Building Contractors prevailing wages litigation, and (2) pursuant to MCL 15.268(1)(e) to consult with the Township Attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in that litigation (two-thirds roll call vote required pursuant to MCL 15.267(1)).]

WE NEED A MOTION TO ENTER CLOSE SESSION.

TREASURER DESCHAINE?

>> I MOVE TO ENTER CLOSE SESSION PURSUANT TO MCL15-26081H AND MCL15.2431G TO DISCUSS CONVENTIONAL WRITTEN LEGAL OPINION FROM THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY REGARDING THE ASSOCIATED BUILDING CONTRACTORS PREVAILING WAGE DEDICATION AND TO PURSUANT TO MCL152681E TO CONSULT WITH THE TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY REGARDING TRIAL OR SETTLEMENTS STRATEGY IN THAT LITIGATION TWO-THIRDS WE GOT IN THAT LITIGATION.

>> WE NEED THAT SUPPORT.

WE NEED A ROLL CALL VOTE.

TRUSTEE MASTER TO GO INTO CLOSE SESSION.

>> TRUSTEE HENDRICKSON?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE SUNDLAND?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WILSON?

>> YES.

>> TRUSTEE WISINSKI?

>> YES.

>> SUPERVISOR JACKSON?

>> YES.

>> CLERK GUTHERIE ?

>> YES.

>> TREASURER DESCHAINE?

>> YES.

>> MOTION CARRIED 70.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.