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Ashley Village Council Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2021


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

Newly Elected & Re-Elected  Members Given Oath of Office:  D. Schneider.

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

Visitors:   Lynn Schulz, Brandon Slavik, Cheri Slavik, Connie Andersen.

Fire & Rescue Report discussed and reviewed.
 
After review and discussion B. Studt   made a motion to approve the 01/14/2021 agenda.  Supported by  K. Wilson .  Motion carried.  

After review and discussion M. Turner  made a motion to accept the Council Meeting Minutes of December 10, 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   December 11, 2020 January 14, 2021.  Supported by D. Schneider  Motion carried.

Old Business:

Clerk Fitzpatrick presented with the update on the purchase of Remenar Building.

New Business:

Trustee K. Wilson presented with the request from fire & rescue to utilize the old village office building.  Chief Slavik explained the uses and needs for the fire and rescue to use the building.  It was brought up that the village has a contract with Country Christmas to utilize that building until December 2021.  Representatives from Country Christmas stated that they would need to meet with the rest of the Country Christmas committee to discuss the release of the contract.

After review and discussion, it was determined to table discussions of the use of old village office until next council meeting.

Trustee D. Foote brought us up to date on the transition of the village Fire & Rescue departments transition to become a Fire Authority.  The Goal is to have the authority board in place by April 1, 2022.    Attorney fees and how to keep those costs down  were also discussed at this meeting.

Chief Slavik requested that he Fire and Rescue department purchase a 1997 ambulance squad to replace the current squad.  He discussed that it would be more cost effective to purchase the new squad verses fixing the old squad.

After review and discussion M. Turner made motion to transfer Fire/Rescue Truck Replacement Funds remaining balance account #3109 into the Fire/Rescue fund # 4926 budget to purchase the 1997 ambulance squad. Supported by D. Schneider.   Motion Carried.

DPW Supervisor J. Zuker brought up the need for Lagoon updates and the possibility for available grant monies from the State of Michigan EGLE and requested that we submit and Intent-to-Apply for the grant to see what happens.  Council conceded that this would be a good idea and gave Joel the go ahead.

DPW Supervisor gave update on the survey of the new property and explained the plan to move forward on a Master Plan if council decided it was okay.  Council conceded that there is a need to continue to move forward with the master plan and have the necessary discussions to do so.

Trustee D. Foote requested that council starts to consider trying to get a promotional committee put together to possibly plan events for the village and would like to discuss this more at next council meeting.

M. Turner made motion to adjourn regular council meeting at 8:23 pm.  Supported by D. Schneider.  Motion Carried.


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Ann Paksi, Village President                           Michelle Fitzpatrick, Village Clerk
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