Minutes of the Village of Martin Board
June 14, 2010
Martin Village Council
June 14, 2010
The Martin Village Council met for its regular meeting on June 14, 2010, 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 7:46 p.m. by
Vice-President Brinkhuis, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.
Roll Call: Members present: Brinkhuis, Flower, Rambadt, Acting Clerk Merrill. Member
Seiser arrived at 8:00 p.m. and Member Martin arrived at 8:15 p.m.
Approval of Minutes: Motion was made by Member Rambadt and seconded by Member
Flower to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of May 10, 2010, and the minutes of
the public hearing on May 19, 2010, as submitted. Motion carried.
Recognition of Visitors: Don Rambadt and Don Black were present.
Approval of Agenda: One item was added to New Business: Building Code Violations.
Motion was made by Member Rambadt and seconded by Member Flower to approve the
agenda with addition. Motion carried.
Communications: The following were presented:
1. Letter from Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth regarding
construction code services, along with names of officials and inspectors who did not apply
2.Note from Don Black expressing his thanks for the opportunity to participate in the
Memorial Day activities.
3.Information about the Michigan Rural Water Association Equipment Expo 2010 on August
26 at the Ionia County Free Fairgrounds.
4.Reminder of the deadline for village candidate petitions which is August 10 for the
November 2 election. Officers needing to run: President, Clerk, Treasurer and two
5.Correspondence concerning building code violations at 1016 West Allegan. This will be
discussed under new business.
Treasurer’s Report: After review, motion was made by Member Flower and supported
by Member Martin to approve the treasurer’s report for May 2010 as submitted. Motion
Payment of Bills: After review, motion was made by Member Rambadt and seconded by
Member Seiser to approve payment of the bills as presented. Motion carried.
Public Safety: There was an update and discussion on the concerns related to the B93
Birthday Bash to be held June 19-20 at the U.S. 131 Motor Sports Park. Martin stated that
he had talked to the mounted division and that there would be several uniformed officers
on duty both days. It was noted that Ron VanDenBerg will be in charge of emergency
services. There has been cooperation between the village and township regarding the
potential issues with the event.
It was agreed that a fee of $500 would be given to the mounted division from the public
Phone Call: At this point President Harness called and gave updates on the sewer
agreement with the township and requested that Member Flower calculate the surcharge
overpayment total and deduct that from the request for attorney fees. The 425 Agreement
with the township can be signed after June 18. Harness also gave a brief update on the
property acquisition stating that a closing date has not yet been set.
Public Works: Member Martin informed the council that he had been in contact with the
DEQ regarding demolition of the old P. W. barn. An asbestos inspection had been done and
determined that there was no asbestos. Martin would like to continue with the process and
advertise for bids to demolish the barn. There are several forms to complete. After further
discussion, motion was made by Member Flower and seconded by Member Seiser to
authorize Rick Martin to continue with the barn demolition process. Motion carried.
Streets: Martin reported that the P.W. employees worked very hard to prepare the village
for the Memorial Day activities, including street cleaning and painting traffic lines. It was
also reported that a tree near 1610 North Main had been struck by lightning and needs to
be removed at an approximate cost of $550.
County Commissioner: Commissioner Black distributed synopses of meetings on May
13, May 27 and June 10, including several pages with questions and answers regarding the
new jail and ballot language for the bond proposition proposal to be voted on at the August
election. Black noted several items from the meetings, including the purchase of 9 road
patrol vehicles and the Sheriff Department agreement to reimburse Martin Township for
law enforcement expenses related to the B93 Birthday Bash.
Sewer/Water: Flower reported that it seems there have been big improvements with the
new addition to the sewer lines. There was discussion on the details of the process and
additional testing needed to confirm the improvement.
1. Property Acquisition Closing: Still waiting for word on the closing for 1609 North
1. Property Tax Resolution: After explanation of the tax millage information from the
Allegan County Equalization Department, motion was made by Member Flower and
supported by Member Martin to adopt Resolution 2010-6-3, establishing the 2010 tax levy
at 8.9609 mills.
Roll call vote: Ayes – Seiser, Martin, Brinkhuis, Flower, Rambadt.
Nays – None.
Absent – Harness.
Resolution declared adopted.
2. Building Code Violations: Update was given and correspondence read concerning the
building code violations at 1016 West Allegan Street, owned by Ken Harthorn. After
reviewing and discussing the information, it was agreed that enforcement of the violations
is out of the hands of the village because a complaint was filed by a renter with PCI who
did an inspection and informed the owner in writing of the violations. It was felt that at this
point the state codes are in effect. Flower will contact the township regarding a Board of
Appeals process which the owner may wish to use.
Community Deaths: The following names were submitted: Nettie Burger and Shirley
Polmanteer which were included in the list on Memorial Day. New addition: Clifton Risner.
Adjournment: Motion was made by Member Flower and supported by Member Martin to
adjourn at 9:35 p.m.