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Minutes of the Village of Martin Board
June 8, 2009
Martin Village Council
Regular Meeting
June 8, 2009

The Martin Village Council met for its regular meeting on June 8, 2009, 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 Vice-President Gary Brinkhuis, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.

Roll Call: Members present: Seiser, Martin, Brinkhuis, Flower, Rambadt and Acting Clerk Merrill. President Harness arrived at 7:40 p.m.

Approval of Minutes: Motion was made by Member Flower and supported by Member Rambadt to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of May 11, 2009, as submitted. Motion carried.

Recognition of Visitors: Don Rambadt and Doris Hawkey were present at the beginning of the meeting. County Commissioner Don Black arrived at 7:50 p.m., Sharon Sturdevant at 8:03 p.m., and Rebecca Vosters at 8:35 p.m.

Doris Hawkey serves on the Board of Directors for the Allegan County Commission on Aging and presented a need for volunteer drivers to provide transportation for eligible persons in the program. There was discussion about the various aspects of the Commission on Aging.

Rebecca Vosters had a question about the letter she received regarding garage sales. President Harness explained the recently adopted ordinance which addresses the number of sales allowed per year.

Approval of Agenda: Motion was made by Member Martin and seconded by Member Seiser to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.

Communications: The following were presented:
1. Several thank you letters were sent to those who participated in the Memorial Day activities.
2.E-mail contacts with Melodie Niemczyk of United Bank regarding bank accounts.
3.Phone message from Mike of Pavement Restoration stating that work would begin on the crack filling and water problem on Main and Allegan Streets on June 10.
Treasurer’s Report: After review, motion was made by Member Martin and seconded by Member Flower to approve the Treasurer’s Report for May 2009 as presented. Motion carried.

Payment of Bills: After several additions, motion was made by Member Flower and supported by Member Brinkhuis, to pay the bills as presented and any forthcoming utility bills. Motion carried.

Department Updates/Reports:

Public Safety: None.

Public Works/Streets: Street Commissioner Martin stated that P.W. employee Tim Eichler needed some extra temporary help to prepare for Memorial Day. William Rewalt assisted for a couple days. It was suggested that posting for part time help might be helpful to have a list available when needed. Edging and curbing have been completed.

Martin gave an update on the drain problems on West Allegan and stated that the DVD shows that the portion in question is under water. Further investigation is needed.

Concern was expressed about “jake braking”. Martin will order “No Jake Braking” signs for each village limit.

Sewer/Water: Flower reported on the following:
1.Problem with meter and computer. Sensus was contacted for assistance.
2.Delinquencies to be added to tax bills.
3.Gun River Estates is keeping current on the sewer billing.
4.Did not attend the May 19 Sensus metering seminar due to wife’s hospitalization.
5.Update on the car wash with communications from Bobby Jones and Wightman & Associates.

County Commissioner: Don Black distributed synopses of the April 23, May 14 and May 28 meetings and highlighted several items. He also handed out brochures with information from the Allegan County Department of Senior Services. Black and Harness also gave reports on the May 29 Local Officials meeting, expressing depressing news regarding the budget problems in the state. They felt the meeting was well organized and attended.

Old Business:

1. Memorial Park Update: Seiser reported that information was distributed at the Memorial Day activities regarding ordering Memorial Bricks. Donations are coming in. The next meeting will be in July with ground breaking planned for August.
2.Memorial Day Evaluation: It was felt that there was good support and participation. Many thanks to Don Rambadt and Bob Porter for assisting with and organizing the marching veterans. It was agreed that a larger PA system is needed with more capability.

Don Rambadt made several suggestions, including a resource person for a sound system, possible names for grand marshall, portable johns, and chairs for older people. These will be considered for future Memorial Day plans.

New Business:

1. First Public Hearing, Proposed Ordinance No. 58.1 and Proposed Ordinance 60: There were no comments or questions regarding said proposed ordinances.
2.First Reading for Proposed Ordinances: Said ordinances were offered for a first reading. A second public hearing will be held at the July 13 meeting.
3.Resolution 2009-6-7, Property Tax for 2009: Motion was made by Member Brinkhuis and supported by Member Martin to adopt Resolution 2009-6-7, which establishes the 2009 property tax millage at 8.9609.
Roll call vote: Ayes – Seiser, Martin, Brinkhuis, Flower, Rambadt.
Nays – None
Absent – None
Resolution declared adopted.

Community Deaths: One name was submitted, Gerald J. VanderPloeg.

Adjournment: Motion by Member Brinkhuis, second by Member Flower, to adjourn at 9:00 p.m. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Joyce Merrill
Acting Clerk