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Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes

          April 11, 2019



The regular council meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Ann Paksi.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Roll call was taken with Ann Paksi, Mike Turner arrived subsequently, Dee Denniston, Dave Foote, Doug Schneider, Stefanie Studt, Jeff Peters, DPW Supervisor, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Clerk, Mary Osborn, Treasurer.  Absent. Robert Studt

Visitors:  Diane Jones from MML,  Cindy Beracy – Lions Club, Brandon Slavik – Fire-Rescue Chief, Cheri Slavik – Fire-Rescue Auxiliary, Terry Beck, Jack Butcher, Bill Butcher, Richard Steffen, Julie Beck, Scott Faber, Jim & Theresa Lytle, John & Dianne Smith.

Dian Jones – Stated she is here if there are any futher questions regarding the MML Insurance Bid.

Cindy Beracy – Presented with idea for Lions Club to use their popcorn wagon at Ashley little league games, council gave approval to do so as long as Ashley little league did not already have something in place.   

Village Residents – Presented with questions regarding new Utility Bills.  President A. Paksi went over the new rate system for utility bills and answered all other questions regarding utility bills.  The question was presented whether the village will look at adjusting utility bills that are higher due to inaccurate meters until the meters are fixed or replaced.  Council stated that this topic is further down on the agenda to discuss.

D. Foote    made a motion to approve the agenda as presented.  Supported by  D. Schneider .  Motion carried.

D. Denniston   made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of  March 14, 2019 as presented.  Supported by D.
Foote .  Motion carried.

After review and discussion D. Denniston  made a motion to approve the check register/expenditures from March 15, 2019 to April 11, 2019.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion carried.

Old Business:

After review and discussion M. Turner made motion to make adjustments to the water usage on the utility bills for those residents that were identified with meter issues and bill them for the average usage of 3,000 gallons and the Ready to Serve Fee . Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion D. Denniston made motion to accept the Michigan Municipal League Proposal for Liability and Property Insurance.  Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion it was decided to move forward on the Park Bathroom renovations using funds from the Gratiot Community Foundation Grant. 

After review and discussion it was decided to table the Park Ball Field resurfacing until further information is obtained from little    league parents.

New Business:

After review and discussion Stefani Studt made motion to allow Fire & Rescue to spend up to $1500 on new badges from the Fire/Rescue Volunteer Funds.  Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

 After review and discussion D. Denniston made motion to give Fire & Rescue the approval to purchase a new pick up to be used as a Rescue truck per quote presented by Chief Slavik for a total of $34,562 with $20,000 down payment from the Truck Replacement Fund and financing $15,000.  Supported by Stefani Studt.  Motion Carried.

M. Turner presented with request for Village Wide Garage Sales to be held the third weekend in June.  S. Studt will post on Facebook and signage will be put out through the village.

After review and discussion M. Turner made motion to accept DPW Supervisor Jeff Peters resignation.  Supported by S. Studt.  Opposed by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

M. Turner  made motion to go to closed session at 9:00pm to discuss employee skills and capability. Supported by D. Denniston. Motion Carried.

D. Denniston  made motion to go back into open session at 9:38pm.  Supported by D. Foote. Motion Carried.

After review and discussion D. Foote made motion to offer Bryn Lamey the DPW Supervisor position at $17 per hour plus village benefit packet and the expectations of obtaining water and sewer license at earliest opportunity.  Supported by D. Schneider.   Motion Carried.

D. Foote made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 9:45pm.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.



_____________________________         __________________________________
Ann Paksi, Village President                      Michelle Fitzpatrick, Village Clerk


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*NOTICE*

Upcoming Village Meetings

April 11, 2019 7:00pm   -   Council Meeting
April 22, 2019  10:00am   -   Quarterly Budget Meeting

 
 Posted 4/18/2019

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Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes

          March 14, 2019





The regular council meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Ann Paksi.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Roll call was taken with Ann Paksi, Mike Turner arrived subsequently, Dee Denniston, Dave Foote, Doug Schneider, Stefanie Studt, Robert Studt, R. Keck, Projects Manager, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Clerk, Mary Osborn, Treasurer.  Absent. Jeff Peters, DPW Supervisor

Visitors:  Diane Jones from MML and Dustin Drabeck from Decker Insurance Agency.

Both parties presented their quotes for Village Insurance Coverage and opened up for questions from council.  Council to review and discuss at next meeting. 
 
Cheri Slavik here to observe.

Brandon Slavik Fire and Rescue Chief
 
  R. Studt    made a motion to approve the agenda as presented.  Supported by  D. Denniston.  Motion carried.

S. Studt   made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of  February 14, 2019 as presented.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion carried.

After review and discussion D. Denniston  made a motion to approve the check register/expenditures from February 15, 2019 to March 14, 2019.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion carried.

Old Business:

After review and discussion R. Studt  made motion to transfer monies out of  Rescue account #0699 into combined Fire/Rescue account # 4926 and close Rescue Account #0699 after all checks have cleared. Supported by D. Denniston.  Motion Carried.

New Business:

After review and discussion M. Turner made motion to Adopt Right of Way Ordinance 2019-01, to become effective April 15, 2019 . An ordinance to prohibit the obstruction of Public Rights of Way with the Village of Ashley; to require the maintenance of a portion of the public right of way; and to require the maintenance of clear vision areas. Supported by D. Foote.  Ordinance 2019-01 Declared Adopted.

Clerk presenting for DPW Supervisor stated the overhead door at fire barn was damaged when removing snow.  DPW Supervisor and Fire Department have begun getting proposal bids to have door replaced.  Council requested that an Insurance Claim is done to offset the cost of the new door.

Chief Slavik presented with the request to begin to move toward a Fire Authority Board.

After review and discussion S. Studt made motion to give Fire Chief the authority to move forward on developing a Fire Authority Board for the Village of Ashley and surrounding townships.  Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

Public Safety Committee presented with recommendations to purchase CPR device, Cribbing and Thermal Camera using Fire/Rescue Fund Raising Monies and to give permission for Washington Township’s Fire/Rescue contract stars April 1, 2019 verses March 1, 2019

After review and discussion D. Denniston motion to accept Public Safety recommendations not to exceed $25,000 for above listed items and to allow Washington Township contract to begin April 1, 2019.  Supported by S. Studt.  Motion Carried.

D. Denniston presented with Habitat for Humanity updates and stated they have some properties they want to clean up in mind and letters will be going out to those residents.  She also requested that the village sends out to all residents that HFH will be in the village on 4/26 & 4/27 to inform them there will be opportunities to get rid of Useable household items on those days.   

Clerk presented with a letter from Republic Waste that the cost of Trash Pickup is increasing effective March 20, 2019. 

After review and discussion M. Turner  made a motion to adopt RESOLUTION 2019-04 RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE MONTHLY TRASH RATE FOR RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS CUSTOMERS FOR THE VILLAGE OF ASHLEY.  Seconded by D. Schneider.  Roll call vote was taken:
Ayes: A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, D. Denniston, D. Schneider, S. Studt, M. Turner
Nays: 0
Absent: 0
Resolution 2019-04 passed and adopted.



Amended Budget recommendations were made by the Budget Committee for Fiscal Year 18/19.

After review and discussion S. Studt made motion to approve budget committee recommendation for FY 18/19 amended budget.  Supported by R. Studt.  Motion Carried.

Project Manager R. Keck presented with his resignation effective March 14, 2019.

After review and discussion S. Studt made motion to accept Project Managers resignation as presented.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.

Committee Chair President R. Keck presented with updates on Country Christmas Contracts.  SRI and the Village have come to verbal agreement at this time we are awaiting for Contract to be drawn up and signed.  The Village will be hosting a total of 22 trips beginning 11/16/19 thru 12/21/19.

D. Denniston made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 9:10pm.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.



_____________________________         __________________________________
Ann Paksi, Village President                        Michelle Fitzpatrick, Village Clerk


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 on: March 18, 2019, 11:22:53 AM 
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Village of Ashley Council
Special Meeting to the Public
March 14, 2019

Public Meeting was called to order at 6:45 pm, March 14, 2019  by Ann Paksi, Village President.

Members Present:  D. Denniston, D. Foote, R. Studt, A. Paksi, M. Turner, arrived subsequently, S. Studt,
Members Absent:  None

Visitors Present:  No Visitors Present

The purpose of this public hearing is to provide residents of the Village an opportunity to voice their interest, concerns, comments, and/or questions to members of the Village of Ashley Council, in regard to Village Ordinance 2019-01 an ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT THE OBSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF ASHLEY; TO REQUIRE THE MAINTENANCE OF A PORTION OF THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY; AND TO REQUIRE THE MAINTENANCE OF CLEAR VISION AREAS.

Village of Ashley Council presented public with Ordinance 2019-01 and opened to public comments.

No Public Residents present.

A. Paksi asked for more public comments.

D. Foote motion to adjourn meeting at 6:53pm.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried. 




_______________________________            ______________________________
Ann Paksi, President                                      Michelle Fitzpatrick, Clerk

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 on: March 11, 2019, 02:17:19 PM 
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Village of Ashley Council
Special Meeting to the Public
February 27, 2019


Public Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm, February 27, 2019 by Ann Paksi, Village President.

Members Present:  D. Denniston, D. Foote, R. Studt, A. Paksi, M. Turner, arrived subsequently, S. Studt,
Members Absent:  None

Visitors Present:  Heather Jelinek, Josh Devault, Kristin Wilson, Matthew Mills, John Follett, Lynn Schulz, Angie Thompson, Lori Strouse

The purpose of this public hearing is to provide residents of the Village an opportunity to voice their interest, concerns, comments, and/or questions to members of the Village of Ashley Council, in regard to Village Water and Sewer Rates and to present Fiscal Years 19/20 Budget.

Village of Ashley Council presented public with new Water and Sewer rates and opened to public comments.
•   Mr. Follett from Country Car Wash and Laundromat requested the village leave the 2 inch lines verses going into the expense of spending money to replace lines. 
•   Ms. Schulz from Penny Lane stated that she does not believe that her building has a meter.
•   Resident Heather Jelinek stated she may not have a meter she will check into this.

A. Paksi asked for more public comments.

Council will review and discuss above concerns with DPW Supervisor.

Village of Ashley 2019/20 Fiscal Year Budget was presented and opened to public comments.

After review and discussion D. Foote made motion to accept and Adopt the 2019/2020 Fiscal Year Budget as presented.  Supported by R. Studt.  Motion Carried.

D. Denniston motion to adjourn meeting at 8:15pm.  Supported by M. Turner.  Motion Carried. 




_______________________________            ______________________________
Ann Paksi, President                                                 Michelle Fitzpatrick, Clerk

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2019-2020
VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING DATES


MARCH 14, 2019
APRIL 11, 2019
MAY 9, 2019
JUNE 13, 2019
JULY 11, 2019
AUGUST 08, 2019
SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
OCTOBER   10, 2019
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
DECEMBER 12, 2019
JANUARY 9, 2020
FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Council meetings are held at the
Ashley Community Center
110 N. Sterling St.
at 7:00 p.m.

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*NOTICE*

Upcoming Village Meetings

February 27, 2019 7:00pm – Special Public Meeting – Budget and New Water/Sewer     
                     Rates.
March 14, 2019  6:45pm   -   Special Public Meeting – Right of Way Ordinance
March 14, 2019  7:00pm   -   Council Meeting


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Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes

          February 14, 2019




The regular council meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Ann Paksi.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Roll call was taken with Ann Paksi, Mike Turner arrived subsequently, Dee Denniston, Dave Foote, Doug Schneider, Stefanie Studt, Robert Studt, R. Keck, Projects Manager, Michelle Fitzpatrick Clerk arrived subsequently, Jeff Peters, DPW Supervisor Absent. Mary Osborn, Treasurer

Visitors:  Dawn Parker from Habitat for Humanity – Here to discuss a neighborhood Rock the Block clean up event for blocks in the village that may need help with clean up.

Anmarie Bradley and Cheri Slavik here to observe.

Brandon Slavik Fire and Rescue Chief

R. Studt made a motion to approve the request for village participation in the Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block event to take place April 26, 2018 and April 27, 2018.  Supported by D. Denniston.  Motion Carried.

  D. Schneider   made a motion to approve the agenda as presented.  Supported by  D. Foote.  Motion carried.

R. Studt   made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of January 10, 2019 as presented.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion carried.

After review and discussion D. Denniston  made a motion to approve the check register/expenditures from January 11, 2019 to February 14, 2019.  Supported by R. Studt.  Motion carried.

Old Business:

Fire and Rescue request for compensation for Hobo Kitchen was reviewed and discussed.

Letter received from DEQ in folders was reviewed and discussed.  R. Studt to follow up with DEQ regarding this matter. 

New Business:

Chief Slavik presented 2018-2019 fire budget amendments request.

After review and discussion D. Denniston made motion to accept the Fire Chief budget recommendations and approve the Amended Fire Budget. Supported by  D. Schneider.   Motion Carried.

After review and discussion S. Studt made motion to accept budget committee recommendations and approve the amended 18-19 budget.  Supported by R. Studt.  Motion Carried.

President A. Paksi presented with the new FY 19/20 Committee Members.  Reviewed and discussed.

After review and discussion R. Studt  made motion to approve council meeting 2019/2020 dates as presented.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.

Trustee M. Turner brought up a request from a community member to think about using the Community Center once a month for a Senior Luncheon.  It was brought to our attention that the community churches are already doing this.

Casair sent an application request for rights-of-way (ROW) permit regarding installation of fiber optic cable in the public ROWs within the village limits.  Reviewed and discussed.

After review and discussion M. Turner made motion to move forward with a Sidewalk Right of Way Ordinance.  Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

Water and Sewer Committee presented Rural Water Study recommendations.

After review and discussion D. Schneider made motion to Adopt Resolution 2019-01 supported by S. Studt.   RESOLUTION TO ADD READY TO SERVE FEE FOR THE VILLAGE OF ASHLEY
 Ayes:  A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, D. Denniston, D. Schneider, S. Studt, M. Turner
Nays: 0
Abstain: 0
Absent:  0
Resolution 2019-01 Passed and Adopted.

After review and discussion S. Studt made motion to Adopt Resolution 2019-02 supported by D. Schneider.   RESOLUTION TO REVISE WATER RATES AND FEES FOR THE VILLAGE OF ASHLEY
Ayes:  A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, D. Denniston, D. Schneider, S. Studt, M. Turner
Nays: 0
Abstain: 0
Absent:  0
Resolution 2019-02 Passed and Adopted.

After review and discussion D. Schneider  made motion to Adopt Resolution 2019-03 supported by D. Foote.   RESOLUTION TO REVISE SEWER RATES AND FEES FOR THE VILLAGE OF ASHLEY
Ayes:  A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, D. Denniston, D. Schneider, S. Studt, M. Turner
Nays: 0
Abstain: 0
Absent:  0
Resolution 2019-03 Passed and Adopted.

A. Paksi made motion to go to Closed Session to go over SRI Contract at 8:45pm.  Roll Call Vote was taken.
Ayes:  A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, D. Denniston, D. Schneider, S. Studt, M. Turner
Nays: 0
Abstain: 0
Absent: 0

Closed Session Passed.

D. Denniston made motion to go to Open Session at 9:20pm. Supported by D. Foote.  Roll Call Vote was taken.
Ayes:  A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, D. Denniston, D. Schneider, S. Studt, M. Turner
Nays:  0
Abstain: 0
Absent: 0

Open Session Passed.

D. Foote made motion to go to Closed Session at 9:21pm to discuss employee wages based on wage committee recommendations.  Roll Call Vote was taken.
Ayes: A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, D. Denniston, D. Schneider, S. Studt, M. Turner
Nays: 0
Abstain: 0
Absent: 0

Closed Session Passed.

D. Schneider  made motion to go back to Open Session at 10:02pm.  Supported by D. Foote.    Roll Call Vote was taken.
Ayes:  D. Denniston, M. Turner, R. Studt, D. Schneider, A. Paksi, D. Foote, S. Studt.
Nays: 0
Abstain: 0
Absent: 0

Open Session Passed.

R. Studt  made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 10:10pm.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.



_____________________________         __________________________________
Ann Paksi, Village President                      Michelle Fitzpatrick, Village Clerk


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***NOTICE***

A Public Hearing will be held
Tuesday 02/27/19 at 7:00 p.m.
at the
Ashley Community Center
110 N. Sterling St.
to take comments on the Water and Sewer Rates
effective 03/01/19,
 New Rates are located at 114 S. Sterling St.
Monday thru Thursdays from 9am to 4pm
For your review


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 on: February 20, 2019, 02:50:33 PM 
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****NOTICE****

A Public Hearing will be held
Tuesday 02/27/19 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Ashley Community Center
110 N. Sterling St.
to take comments on the proposed 2019-2020 Budget.

A copy of the proposed budget is available for public viewing
at the Ashley Village Office, 114 S. Sterling St.
Monday thru Thursdays from 9am to 4pm 

Immediately following the Public Hearing
A Special Meeting
Will be held and the proposed budget will be Adopted.

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