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January 10, 2011
Martin Village Council
Regular Meeting
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 affect).

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. Motion carried.

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.

Department Updates/Reports:

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 them.

Harness had update on the Plainwell bills and stated Ed Annen continues to make contact with Plainwell.

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.

Old Business

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 fees.

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 sympathy.

Adjournment: Motion was made by Flower and seconded by Brinkhuis to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Kelly Seiser, Clerk