Minutes of the Village of Martin Board
January 9, 2012
Martin Village Council
January 9, 2012
The Martin Village Council met for its regular meeting on January 9,
2012, at the Martin Village Office, 1609 North Main Street, Martin,
Call to Order and Pledge to Flag: President Harness called the meeting to
order at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.
Roll Call: Members present: Brinkhuis, Flower, Harness, J. Seiser, Clerk K.
Seiser and Deputy Clerk Merrill. Member Rambadt was absent.
Approval of Minutes: Motion was made by Member Flower and supported by
Member Brinkhuis to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December
12, 2011, and the special meeting of January 2, 2012, as submitted. Motion
Recognition of Visitors: Those present were Christy Wonderly, Alice Kelsey
and Darcy Doezema. State Representative Bob Genetski arrived at 7:54 p.m.,
and Allegan County Commissioner Don Black arrived at 8:00 p.m.
Ms. Wonderly expressed her desire to reinvigorate the community. She had
prepared a survey which was distributed throughout the area. She stated
that she had received about 75 responses with several ideas. A recent article
in the Penasee Globe also resulted in positive feedback. She would like to pick
up on the previously formed Community Action Committee in 2008. She has a
concern about the loss of businesses and would like to work with the Village
and Township in seeking businesses for the community as well as develop
other events. She would also like to look into a historical district. After further
discussion, a motion was made by Member Flower and supported by Member
Brinkhuis to allow Christy Wonderly to work on reinvigorating the Martin
Community which began in 2008. Motion carried.
Darcy Doezema stated that she wants to be more involved with village
activities and possibly run for a position. She has been actively involved with
Alice Kelsey reported that Christie Fontaine has many electronic photos of
Martin from years past which could probably be available for framing and
displaying in the office. She also had questions about the area around the
water tower and the Boysen parking lot.
Darcy and Alice each expressed their desire to work with Christy on various
Approval of Agenda: One item was added to New Business: Boysen Building.
Motion was made by Member Flower and seconded by Member J. Seiser to
approve the agenda as revised. Motion carried.
Communications: The following were presented:
1. Thank you note from Lori Martin for the Christmas bonus.
2. Invitation from Michigan Stormwater Floodplain Association to their annual
conference to be held at the Doubletree Hotel Dearborn, February 29 to
March 2, 2012.
State Representative Bob Genetski: Rep. Genetski arrived and gave a
legislative update. He stated that revenue amounts would be the same as last
May. He also gave an update on the state budget and reported that there
had been a deficit reduction since $255 million was applied toward the
principal on the deficit. He also spoke on the elimination of the Michigan
Business Tax. There was other discussion on state redistricting and "Right to
1. Treasurer's Report: After review of the revised report for December,
motion was made by Member Flower and supported by Member Wykstra to
accept the revised report as submitted. Motion carried.
2. Payment of Bills: After the addition of three bills, motion was made by
Member Brinkhuis and supported by Member Wykstra to pay the bills as
presented as well as any forthcoming utility bills. Motion carried.
3. Software Update: Clerk K. Seiser presented information from Red Wing
Software, QuickBooks Online, Microsoft Dynamics, Advantage Computer
Enterprises, Inc., and Black Mountain Software. There was a wide range of
costs. President Harness suggested that the Clerk, Deputy Clerk and
Treasurer get together and review the information along with the previous
quote from B S & A and make a recommendation to the council.
At 8:15 p.m., President Harness had to leave, and Vice-President
Brinkhuis became chair of the meeting.
1. Public Safety: Brinkhuis reported on the findings for safety signs stating
that the cost for signs, stands and lighted wands would be approximately
$591.46. The village would purchase the signs and cooperate with the fire
department when needed for emergencies. After further discussion, motion
was made by Member Flower and supported by Member J. Seiser to purchase
the safety signs, stands and lights as recommended. Motion carried.
2. Public Works: Brinkhuis submitted a written report from Tim Eichler.
Information included servicing of the generator at the wellhouse and future
service on the pump. Mike Schaafsma began working for the village in the
position of part time P.W. on January 4, 2012. Question was raised concerning
property lines of the P.W. area. Investigation will be made as to whether the
property was surveyed when the new barn was constructed.
3. Streets: It was reported that 1200 pounds of cold patch had been put on
4. Sewer/Water: Flower reported that some businesses still need to comply
with the back flow preventer requirements. Reminders will be sent. Several
normal delinquent letters had been sent.
5. County Commissioner: Don Black distributed a synopsis of the December
22, 2011 meeting and highlighted several items, including approval for the jail.
1. Independent Water: It was reported that Attorney Ed Annen has sent a
letter but has not received a response yet.
2. Office Sign: Flower reported that he had contacted the school regarding
their sign and had a brochure from Valley City Sign to review.
3. Salt Bin Update: Brinkhuis reported that Tom Deneau of Wightman &
Associates is working on specs for bids. Ads will be placed in the Allegan
County News and the Penasee Globe. Bids will be opened on January 26,
1. Street Commissioner Appointment: The Street Committee has
recommended Earl Wykstra for the position. Motion was made by Member
Flower and supported by Member J. Seiser to appoint Earl Wykstra as the
Village Street Commissioner. Motion carried with Wykstra abstaining.
2. Boysen Building: It was reported that Barney McLaughlin has offered the
building to the school. There is a committee which has been formed to
research and investigate costs and requirements to renovate or demolish and
rebuild. The school requested that the village be involved and that two
members from the council serve on the committee. Don Flower and Gary
Brinkhuis have agreed to serve. Much research will be done before a decision
3. Other: Member J. Seiser stated that Auto Shine Car Wash is having more
traffic but would like property taxes reduced. That would be a matter for the
Recent Community Deaths: Names submitted were: Fay Brewster, Jr., Dale
Bishop and John Beare.
Adjournment: Motion was made by Member Flower and seconded by Member
J. Seiser to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m. Motion carried.