Minutes of the Village of Martin Board
January 10, 2011
Martin Village Council
january 10, 2011
The Martin Village Council met for its regular meeting on January 10, 2011 at
the Martin Village Office, 1586 South Main Street, Martin, Michigan.
Call to Order and Pledge to Flag: The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by
President Harness, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.
Roll Call: Members were present: Harness, Brinkhuis, Flower, J. Seiser, clerk K. Seiser
and deputy clerk Merrill. Martin and Rambadt were absent.
Approval of Minutes: Motion was made by member J. Seiser, seconded by member
Flower, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 13, 2010, as
submitted. Motion carried.
Recognition of Visitors: Tom McLaughlin and Bill Miller were present. County
Commissioner Don Black arrived at 7:50 p.m.
Tom McLaughlin Vice President of the school board and Bill Miller Superintendant were
present to request erecting two new school signs. One location would be the SE corner of
E. Allegan and University. The other would be off South Main north of Fire Station. These
locations have been initially approved by the village but Harness will respond to the school
within a week. (Subsequently, the school was requested to get the two property owner's
approval and "sample" signs made so that the village could better visualize the final
Approval of Agenda: Motion was made by Member Flower and seconded by Member
Seiser to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.
Communications: The following were presented:
1. Report on Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.
2. Notice of Public meeting for federal transportation funding on March 22, 2011 at 10:00
a.m. at the Allegan County Human Service Building.
3. The Allegan County planning commission presents: 2011 Planning Workshop - New
Economy 101. Monday January 31, 2011 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
Treasurer's Report: After review by Merrill, motion was made by Member Brinkhuis and
seconded by Member Flower to approve the treasurer's report for December as presented.
Several concerns were expressed about PNC Bank regarding some of their policies,
especially in the area of community support. The Finance Committee will meet to further
discuss the concerns. The committee hasn't met yet to check on other banks.
Payment of Bills: After additions to the general and sewer fund, motion was made by
Member Flower and supported by Member Seiser to pay the bills as revised with additions
and any forthcoming utility bills. Motion carried.
Budget workshop is scheduled for Monday January 31, at 6:30 p.m.
Public Safety: B-93 is coming to the Martin Motor Sports Park again this year. We need
to call and set up mounting division.
Public Works: President Harness gave oral report from and email from member Martin
which indicated that everything is going smoothly. There was a power outage at the well
house which was repaired by Consumers Energy. Harness also reported on maintenance
programs for the sewer and water.
Streets: No issues. Not much to report.
New Office, 1609 North Main: Harness reported that work is progressing and on track.
Brad Flower has been running computer wires. Electrical work is being done. Two file
cabinets have been donated from Independent Water. Member Flower suggested we
consider an outdoor display case for postings.
Sewer/Water: Don stated things are running smooth. Report on maintenance on pumps
reviewed by Don. Don revised bills for Plainwell. Flower has stated he is collecting some
delinquents he also gave explanation of Main-Tech bill and reported on work done by
Harness had update on the Plainwell bills and stated Ed Annen continues to make contact
County commission: Don Black distributed synopses of the January 6th meeting. Don
thanked everybody for the Christmas dinner. Stated they have new chair person. Don also
talked briefly about the moving forward on the jail.
1. Update on 1016 West Allegan: Harness states Harthorns don't seem to have a problem
with 6 months to make repairs.
2. Attorney fees are not negotiable- negligence and compliance is because of attorney
New Business: None
Recent Community Deaths: Names submitted were: Timothy Bolen and Dolores
Bowditch (Joyce's mom). Joyce expressed her appreciation to the village council for
Adjournment: Motion was made by Flower and seconded by Brinkhuis to adjourn the
meeting at 8:30 p.m.
Kelly Seiser, Clerk