Minutes of the Village of Martin Board
May 10, 2010
Martin Village Council
May 10, 2010
The Martin Village Council met for its regular meeting on May 10, 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 7:30 p.m. by
Vice-President Brinkhuis, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.
Roll Call: Members present: Seiser, Martin, Brinkhuis, Flower, Rambadt and Acting Clerk
Member Harness was absent.
Approval of Minutes: Motion was made by Member Flower and supported by Member
Martin to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 12 and the special meeting of
April 14, 2010, as submitted. Motion carried.
Recognition of Visitors: None were present at the beginning of the meeting. Don
Rambadt arrived at 7:40 p.m. and County Commissioner Don Black arrived at 7:49 p.m.
Approval of Agenda: Motion was made by Member Martin and supported by Member
Flower to approve the agenda as submitted. Motion carried.
Communications: The following were presented:
1. An advisory letter from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church stating that young people
would be in the area doing door-to-door missionary work during the months of June, July,
and August 2010.
2. Memo from Sally Brooks, Allegan County Treasurer, regarding delinquent village taxes.
A resolution will be presented later in the meeting.
3. Notice from the State Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth with information
about the Michigan Plumbing Code.
4. Audit engagement letter from Yeo & Yeo. After review a copy needs to be signed and
returned to Yeo & Yeo.
5. Flower read an e-mail from Jack Hoogendyk's office requesting a calendar of events for
May, June and July, which he responded to.
Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Rambadt stated that due to the change over from
National City Bank to PNC Bank, the statements arrived later than usual, and her report
does not include the dividend amounts. They will be added. After review a motion was
made by Member Flower and supported by Member Martin to approve the treasurer's
report for April 2010 as submitted, with dividends to be added. Motion carried.
Payment of Bills: After adding several bills, motion was made by Member Martin and
supported by Member Rambadt to approve payment of the bills as presented with
additions and any forthcoming utility bills. Motion carried.
Public Safety: There was discussion regarding the B93 Birthday weekend on June 19-20.
There continues to be concern about traffic and citizen safety. Member Martin had
contacted the mounted division and inquired about the possibility of several officers being
available to assist with traffic, etc. Martin also offered his property for them to use as a
command post. A donation would be needed, but it was stated that there are sufficient
funds budgeted for public safety. After further discussion, a motion was made by Member
Flower and supported by Member Seiser to authorize Rick Martin to continue to pursue the
use of the mounted division for the B93 weekend event on June 19-20, 2010. Motion
Public Works: Commissioner Martin reported that that the P.W. Department has been
working on the usual spring clean up. He also gave an update on vehicle maintenance.
Streets: Martin reported that the P.W. employees have been cleaning gutters and painting
Sewer/Water: Flower reported on the following:
1. No word from Kraai Well Drilling regarding the storm drain pump across from the fire
station or the pump estimate for the wellhouse.
2. The joint sewer meeting on May 5.
3. Letters being sent to delinquent customers.
Member Martin reported that diffusers had been purchased for flushing hydrants. He also
stated that the ventilation system at the wellhouse has been repaired. He also noted that
the compliance letter for the back flow preventers has been completed by Tim Eichler and
is waiting for approval by President Harness.
County Commissioner: Commissioner Don Black distributed synopses of the April 15
and April 22 meetings. Brinkhuis had attended the April 22 meeting and recommended that
others attend a County Commission meeting. Black highlighted the two millage questions
being presented at the August election. He also presented a financial scenario regarding
the Sheriff Office and Correction Center as well as an Administrator's Update.
1. Property Closing: No word yet.
2. Memorial Day Plans: A draft of the program was presented. Because the grass area
may not be ready for foot traffic, Member Martin asked about the possibility of closing
down 10thStreet from 118th Avenue to the main intersection so that seating could be
utilized in the street for veterans and others. He has made contact regarding this. No
decision was made at this time. The next park meeting will be held on May 18.
3. Deputy Clerk/Treasurer: It was reported that Lori Martin has been working with
Acting Clerk Merrill on some of the responsibilities.
4. Other: Member Flower stated that the spring newsletter will be distributed soon. The
cleanup with the township is this Saturday, May 15.
1. Resolution 2010-5-1 Collection of Delinquent Taxes: Motion was made by
Member Martin and supported by Member Rambadt to adopt Resolution 2010-5-1 which
allows the treasurer to collect delinquent taxes and penalties through February 2011.
Roll call vote: Ayes - Seiser, Martin, Brinkhuis, Flower, Rambadt.
Nays - None
Absent - Harness
Resolution declared adopted.
Community Deaths: One name was submitted: Sandra L. Germain.
Adjournment: On motion by Member Martin and support by Member Flower, the meeting
was adjourned at 8:57 p.m. Motion carried.