March 4, 2019 Meeting
LYONS TWP REG. MEETING
MARCH 4, 2019
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Supervisor Babcock with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Board members present were: J. Heckman, R. Scheurer, T. Thelen. Absent: J. Thelen. Two citizens were present.
Minutes of the meeting of February 7, 2019 were presented for review. A motion was made by Scheurer to accept the minutes with the addition of $979.50 expenses paid from General Fund for a total of $16,705.88, and addition of $500.00 paid from Building Fund for a total of $1,303.51. Motion supported by T. Thelen. Motion carried.
Cemetery: Sexton B. Russell reported no burials last month, no lot sales, and no appointments. Cemetery remains closed. Russell noted only foot traffic which did not create any further damage to the roads.
PUBLIC COMMENT: None
TREASURER’S REPORT: It was moved by T. Thelen, supported by R. Scheurer to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented. Motion carried.
Bills in the amount of $14,699.06 to the General Fund and $953.50 to the Building Fund were presented for payment. A motion to pay the bills was made by T. Thelen and supported by R. Scheurer. Motion carried.
TOWNSHIP BUSINESS: It was moved by Scheurer, supported by T.Thelen to approve the amendments to the budget as presented by Clerk Heckman. Additional budget expenses of $26,164.19 to General Fund with additional $979.68 in Building Fund expenses were approved with a roll call vote: Supervisor Babcock: yes, Clerk Heckman: yes, Trustee Scheurer: yes, Trustee T. Thelen: yes. Motion carried.
The Board discussed the balance remaining in the Township Tax Collection account. Clerk Heckman will contact Auditor to clarify if there are any restrictions on use of remaining fund balance.
OTHER TOWNSHIP BUSINESS: Supervisor Babcock informed the Board of contact from Lake Funeral Home on winter burials. Sexton Russell stated it was not feasible for burials in the cemetery during winter months.
Supervisor Babcock reported his discussion with the Ionia County Road Commission on ridge buildup on roads and the lack of effective grading causing limited water runoff. T. Thelen stated ditching is still necessary on many of our roadways and perhaps money should be set aside to provide for ditch cleaning. Funds should also be set aside for continued blacktop maintenance.
A motion was made by R. Scheurer, supported by T. Thelen to approve the Gradall Agreement at a cost of $ 1,500.00 for 32 hours. Motion carried. The cost of gravel was discussed and no action taken at this time.
A motion was made by T. Thelen, supported by R. Scheurer to approve the Brine Agreement at a cost of $0.1325 per gallon for 26% Mineral Well Brine from S & M Liquid Tire Fill, Inc. Double brine may be necessary for Staley Rd and should be budgeted accordingly. Motion carried.
BUILDING FUND: Nothing to report.
There being no further business, it was moved by R. Scheurer, supported by T. Thelen to adjourn at 8:05 pm.
Please Note: Annual Meeting at 1:00 pm, March 30, 2019.
Connie Scheurer, Deputy Clerk
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Julie Heckman records these minutes. To contact her, visit the Board Members section of the website.