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 on: July 09, 2020, 08:46:45 PM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes
July 9, 2020


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

Roll call was taken with Ann Paksi, Mike Turner, Dave Foote, Robert Studt, Doug Schneider, Kristin Wilson, Stefanie Studt, Michelle Fitzpatrick-Clerk, Mary Osborn-Treasurer, Absent: Joel Zuker-DPW Supervisor

Visitors:   Dustin Schueller, Sara Siecinski, Jose Whitford and Terry O’Brien

Visitor Dustin Schueller request storm drain or tile be placed by his property due to water drainage issue he is having.  After review and discussion council stated that the DPW Supervisor would investigate and speak with homeowner regarding this matter.

Visitor’s Sara Siecinski and Jose Whitford  discussed an extension on fixing sewer issue.  After review and discussion council stated that the issue must be resolved by July 14, 2020 (7/14/2020).

Visitor Peggy Roth represented the Country Christmas committee regarding the plans for the Pavilion by the Community Center.  After review and discussion, it was decided that representatives from council will meet with committee to further discuss the plans for the pavilion.

Visitor Terry O’Brien concerned about blight issue at the East end of Wallace Street Parcel #29-41-150-061-00 requesting we send letter for owners to clean up the area.  It was stated that a letter has already been sent to the owner and also stated owners called blight officer explaining that they are working to clean up but has been delayed due to covid19.  After review and discussion council stated that they will continue to observe this property and be sure to stay on top of it.

After review and discussion B. Studt   made a motion to approve the 7/09/2020 amended agenda adding 320 W. Wallace Street tree trimming to the agenda.  Supported by  S. Studt .  Motion carried. 

After review and discussion S. Studt made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of June 18, 2020 as presented.  Supported by K. Wilson.  Motion carried.

After review and discussion R. Studt   made a motion to approve the check register/expenditures from June 19, 2020 thru July 9, 2020.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion carried. 

Old Business:

Blight Officer Mike Turner updated council on the status of the blight letters sent out last month. Stating  that there are 18 properties that are still in violation after receiving the blight letters.

After review and discussion council decided to move forward with civil infraction fines for the violations.

President Ann Paksi updated council on the status of the Remenar Building stating that owner Paul Remenar has not yet responded to the letter sent to him in June.

After review and discussion council decided that due to no response from owner Paul Remenar that the council will have attorney send letter to Mr. Remenar to request balance owed per current contractual obligation.

After review and discussion D. Schneider motioned to rescind 6/18/2020 motion to pay for half of the tree removal and for grinding of one of the stumps on 318 S. Ann St. for a total of $525. Supported by S. Studt. Motion Carried.

After review and discussion S. Studt motioned to pay for half of the tree removal on 318 S. Ann Street in the amount of $400.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.

Property owner at 320 W. Wallace requested to trim tree on village right of way at his expense.

After review and discussion council approved the trimming tree on village right of way at 320 W. Wallace Street at property owners’ expense.

D. Foote made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 8:31 pm.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.


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

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 on: June 25, 2020, 03:14:55 PM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes
June 18, 2020



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

Roll call was taken with Ann Paksi, Mike Turner, Dave Foote, Robert Studt, Doug Schneider, Kristin Wilson, Stefanie Studt, Michelle Fitzpatrick-Clerk, Joel Zuker-DPW Supervisor, Mary Osborn-Treasurer

Visitors:   Heather & Josh Devault, George Bailey, Roger Keck

Visitor Heather & Josh Devault requested tree trimming of a tree on village right of way, after review and discussion council advised DPW to trim tree per resident’s request.  The Devaults also brought concern of the location of their meter, making it difficult to read.

County Commissioner George Bailey introduced himself stating that he is running for County Commissioner office again.  Mr. Bailey also informed council that Gratiot County townships Elba, North Star, Wheeler and Fulton have collaborated together to establish a Blight Ordinance for those townships. Council inquired whether or not that ordinance would include the Village, Bailey stated that the Village’s Blight Ordinance would supersede the townships ordinance.  Council inquired how the village could be included in the County Ordinance since the village resided in the Elba Township.

B. Studt
 made a motion to approve the 6/18/2020 amended agenda adding Street Projects and Mosquito control.  Supported by  S. Studt .  Motion carried.  

M. Turner  made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2020 as presented.  Supported by
K. Wilson .  Motion carried.

After review and discussion R. Studt   made a motion to approve the check register/expenditures from May 15, 2020 thru June 18, 2020.  Supported by S. Studt.  Motion carried.  

Old Business:

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to pay for half of the tree removal and for grinding of one of the stumps on 318 S. Ann St. for a total of $525. Supported by S. Studt. Motion Carried.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to pay for the ESRI Subscription for the ArcGis system. Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion, the decision on what to do with the Remenar Building was tabled until owner Paul Remenar responds to the correspondence sent to him.

Country Christmas Committee Chair Roger Keck submitted update on 2020 Country Christmas Event.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to forego the 2020 Country Christmas Event due to Covid 19 virus and the inability of SRI Railroad Institute to fulfill their obligations under contract.  Supported by D. Foote.   Motion Carried.

Country Christmas Committee Chair Roger Keck updated council on the finishing of the Community Center Pavilion.

New Business:

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to hire attorney Tony Costanzo to assist with the Quarterline Property Annexation.  Supported by S. Studt.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion council decided to forego the Workshare Program offered by the state.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to accept the Letter of Engagement Proposal from Maner Costerian PC for accounting services.  Supported by K. Wilson.  Motion Carried.

Clerk Fitzpatrick updated council on the Fire Clean Up at 201 N. Sterling St.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to accept the GCRC proposal for sealcoating Oak St from McClelland to Sterling and Pine St. from Sterling St. to Quarterline St.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to allow up to $3,000 to repair Sectionline Drain Storm.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion  Carried.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to accept proposal from Zuker Lawncare to maintain Blight-Lawncare at $75 per mow with direction from DPW Supervisor.  Supported by K. Wilson.   Motion Carried.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to not allow Consumers Contractor to utilize village streets due to the weight of the transformer.  Supported by S. Studt. Motion Carried.

After review and discussion D. Foote motioned to give President Paksi  consent to accept bid up to $8,000 to install electrical panels for both  the Lagoon and Oak Street Lift Stations.  Supported by M. Turner.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion council requested a letter to be sent to resident at 315 N. Park St.

After review and discussion D. Foote motioned to open an account at Mercantile Bank for Fire/Rescue Special Assessment funds.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion D. Schneider motioned to open an account at Mercantile Bank for Mosquito Millage Funds.  Supported by S. Studt.  Motion Carried.

Trustee M. Turner presented council with status of the Mosquito Chemical use and stating there is about ˝ of a barrel left.  The price for another barrel from Clarke is $4500.

D. Schneider made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 9:47pm pm.  Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.


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

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 on: May 28, 2020, 12:38:24 PM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
Village of Ashley Council
Special Meeting
May 20, 2020


Public Meeting was called to order at 7:00pm,  May 20, 2020 by Ann Paksi, Village President.

Members Present:  A. Paksi, D. Foote, R. Studt, K. Wilson, D. Schneider, M. Turner
Members Absent:  S. Studt

Visitors Present:  None.

R. Studt made motion to approve the 5/20/20 agenda. Supported by M. Turner.  Motion Carried.

The purpose for this meeting is to have discussion on 2019 Fiscal Year Audit and Reconciliations.

R. Studt motion to adjourn meeting at 8:00pm.  Supported by D. Schneider.   Motion Carried.




____________________________________      _________________________________
Ann Paksi, President                                             Michelle Fitzpatrick, Clerk


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 on: May 21, 2020, 11:11:01 AM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2020



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

Roll call was taken with Ann Paksi, Mike Turner, Dave Foote, Robert Studt, Doug Schneider, Kristin Wilson, Stefanie Studt-arrived subsequently, Michelle Fitzpatrick-Clerk, Joel Zuker-DPW Supervisor, Mary Osborn-Treasurer

Virtual Visitors:   Eric & Cathy Wegner, Tony & Sarah Siecinski

B. Studt   made a motion to approve the 5/14/2020 agenda.  Supported by  S. Studt .  Motion carried. 

S. Studt   made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of April 9, 2020 as presented.  Supported by
K. Wilson .  Motion carried.

After review and discussion D. Foote   made a motion to approve the check register/expenditures from April 10, 2020 thru May 14, 2020.  Supported by R. Studt.  Motion carried. 

Old Business: None

 
New Business:


After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to accept the request of variance from the required zoning regulations for property located at 302 N. Sterling St. with village reserving the right to restrict parking.  Supported by D. Schneider. 
Motion Carried.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to approve the Quarterline property to continue to be farmed by  Joe Fabus for the 2020 season .  Supported by K. Wilson.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion S. Studt  made a motion to accept Zuker Lawncare/Maintenance’s bid for 2020 season village lawncare and maintenance.    Seconded by D. Schneider.  Motion Failed.

After review and discussion R. Studt motioned to check with Zuker Lawncare/Maintenance to get accurate pricing and contractual number of mows for the season to be presented to President to give final approval of contract.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion M. Turner made motion to accept the resubmittal of contract from Zuker Lawncare/Maintenance’s proposal for the Village’s 2020 lawncare season.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.

After review and discussion regarding the Paul Remenar building council directed village clerk to contact attorney to discuss further.

315 N. Park St. Sewer issue discussed.

After review and discussion, the resident request at 318 S. Ann St. was tabled for 30 days.

After review and discussion, the ESRI – Arc GIS system renewal was tabled for 30 days.



D. Foote made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 8:35 pm.  Supported by R. Studt.  Motion Carried.


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

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 on: May 11, 2020, 12:41:55 PM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
The Village of Ashley Council Meeting - Thursday April 9 will be conducted via Conference Call.  Here is the information to connect in:

Village of Ashley Council
Thu, May 14, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/279601197



You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311
- One-touch: tel:+18722403311,,279601197#

Access Code: 279-601-197


New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/279601197

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 on: April 15, 2020, 12:51:59 PM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes
April 9, 2020



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

 Roll call was taken with Ann Paksi, Mike Turner, Dave Foote, Robert Studt, Doug Schneider, Kristin Wilson, Stefanie Studt, Michelle Fitzpatrick-Clerk, Joel Zuker-DPW Supervisor. Absent: Mary Osborn-Treasurer

Visitors:   None

S. Studt   made a motion to approve the amended 04/09/2020 agenda, adding Annexation of new property.  Supported by  M. Turner .  Motion carried. 

S. Studt    made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of March 12, 2020 as presented.  Supported by
D. Schneider .  Motion carried.

After review and discussion R. Studt   made a motion to approve the check register/expenditures from March 13, 2020 to April 9, 2020.  Supported by S. Studt. Motion carried. 

Old Business: None

 
New Business:


After review and discussion council decided to list a job opportunity ad in Michigan Works, Meridian Weekly and posted throughout town for a Seasonal DPW Worker to utilize for lawn mowing/trimming and a variety of duties assigned by the DPW supervisor.  The hiring process will take place after the Covid-19 Executive Order has been lifted.

After review and discussion M. Turner motioned to move forward on the Quarterline property annexation by contacting attorney to discuss the steps that need to be taken.  Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.

M. Turner made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 7:20 pm.  Supported by D. Foote.  Motion Carried.


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

 7 
 on: April 13, 2020, 12:13:17 PM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHMENT BELOW TO PRINT OFF THE APPLICATION

YOU MAY ALSO APPLY THROUGH MICHIGAN WORKS AT https://www.mitalent.org/

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 on: April 13, 2020, 12:09:34 PM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
The Village of Ashley is seeking applicants for temporary summer help at the Department of Public Works. These positions perform a variety of duties related to the care and maintenance of an assigned division, following standard safety procedures and regulations; perform manual labor tasks related to assigned work; and operate appropriate equipment. All positions are primarily outdoors and run approximately mid May through August. Some positions start first of May and run through September.

Job Duties:  Perform a variety of seasonal building and grounds maintenance, lawn care, park maintenance, landscaping, cleaning, field maintenance if needed.

Resumes may be Mailed to address below or faxed to 989-847-4031
Applications are available online through Michigan Works or on the Village Web Site
or may be picked up at the
Ashley Village Office in the Entry way
114 S. Sterling St.
PO Box 158
Ashley, MI  48806


YOU MAY ALSO APPLY ON THE MICHIGAN WORKS WEBSITE https://www.mitalent.org/  
APPLICATIONS MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED IN THE ENTRYWAY AT THE VILLAGE OFFICE AND ALSO AT  FOOTE'S PARTY STORE.
YOU CAN  DROP YOUR APPLICATION OFF IN THE DROP BOX AT THE FRONT OF THE VILLAGE OFFICE.


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 on: April 07, 2020, 10:11:52 AM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
The Village of Ashley Council Meeting - Thursday April 9 will be conducted via Conference Call.  Here is the information to connect in:

Council Meeting 4/9/2020
Thu, Apr 9, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/870445045



You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
- One-touch: tel:+18722403212,,870445045#

Access Code: 870-445-045


New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/870445045

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 on: March 19, 2020, 10:34:53 AM 
Started by ashleyvillage - Last post by ashleyvillage
VILLAGE OF ASHLEY                     
Phone (989)847-3050                                    
Fax (989)847-4031
________________________________________
114 W. Oak St, P.O. Box 158 Ashley, MI  48806-0158
www.ashleyvillage.org




2020-2021
VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING DATES

MARCH 12, 2020
APRIL 9, 2020
MAY 14, 2020
JUNE 11, 2020
JULY 9, 2020
AUGUST 13, 2020
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
OCTOBER   8, 2020
NOVEMBER 12, 2020
DECEMBER 10, 2020
JANUARY 14, 2021
FEBRUARY 11, 2021

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


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