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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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