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Township Board Meeting Minutes

Inwood Township Meeting Minutes

For June 19, 2019 submitted on July 17, 2019

Amended August 21, 2019  **

Pledge of allegiance was said

Meeting was called to order at 7 P.M. by Supervisor Kelly Silkworth.

Board members present:  Cindy Watchorn, Bonnie Elliott, Bryan Landis, Kelly Silkworth, and Sara Roberts.

Acceptance of previous meeting minutes presented by Clerk Sara Roberts. Motion B. Elliott Support B. Landis AIF M/C

Accepted the financial report as presented by Treasurer. Motion S. Roberts Support B. Elliott AIF M/C

Old Business - Opened the floor for public comment on agenda items.

- Jim Hardy asked for help on northern roads (Mintonye Rd)

- Pat Carley spoke about his concerns on medical marijuana. He advises against a dispensary because even though the federal government says they will give you money back for the township it doesn’t happen that way

- Lisa Slavinski played a sound clip of barking dogs from the Farmer residence from 2/19/19 missing information

- Bill Anderson spoke about the possible barking dog ordinance and his concerns on the issues it may cause putting one into place.

- Jordan Farmer (owner of hunting dogs) spoke on how he has been trying since last year to improve the barking of his dogs. Purchased bark collars, has given his phone number to neighbors so they may contact him if there was an issue when he wasn’t home etc.

- Jami Benard spoke on how she was at the Farmer residence and only heard one dog bark, one time.

- Ed Rondeau spoke on his concerns with a barking dog ordinance and if putting one in place would cause more problems

- Jim Hardy asked what the finances looked like for road expenses in Inwood Township. He said the road washes out every spring and upgrades can’t wait

- Walt Thompson (UPS delivery) had delivered to the Farmer’s residence and never had any issues with the dogs barking.

- Alexis Farmer spoke about her dogs and how when she is home, she doesn’t want to listen to dogs barking all the time either. She mentioned that when she is home if they were barking she would do something about it.

- Becky Knoph spoke about her concerns with a possible ordinance, and all the residents in Inwood Township who own dogs will now have to be careful with having any dogs out in the country.

New Business

-Fire truck purchase of $179,850. Swivel pump option for $2,600 – Fire Department to purchase out of their own account. Fire Department will have to add more options to the truck to meet the $185,000 requirement to receive $50,000 grant money. Fire chief indicated they need more detailing on the new fire truck so it will cost more. The new 2000 gallon tanker cost is 185,000. Funds will be shared as followed…50,000 grant from USDA, 10,000 from Sault Tribe donation and 70,000 from Fire Department, 30,000 Twp funds and the 75,000 balance from the Twp. fund balance amendment

Bids were as follows:

-Osco - $179,850 + $2,600 swivel options=182,450.00

-Danko - $171,655

-Pomasel - $196,000

15% down ($27,750) to start the build and will take approximately six months to build. Fire Department will longer need to give half of Corn Roast money.

B. Landis Motion to accept Osco bid Support S. Roberts AIF

-Roll call Cindy Watchorn – yes Sara Roberts - yes Kelly Silkworth – yes Bryan Landis – yes Bonnie Elliott -yes M/C

Mintonye Road – will have to amend the budget to spend the $45,432.63 to fix it. Motion B. Landis Support C. Watchorn AIF M/C

Dog ordinance – Sara Roberts stated that Jordan Farmer has the option to have upwards of twenty dogs at his home at one time but Jordan said he will no longer have more than just his dogs at his residence. Kelly Silkworth stated that if an ordinance is put in place there will need to be an extra police officer on duty to just accommodate a barking dog ordinance and will need to be paid for by Inwood Township. There are many loopholes and expenses that come with putting in an ordinance and all costs will be paid for by the township. If there is a hearing pertaining to an ordinance, any court and lawyer fees would also come back on the township. Cindy Watchorn made a motion to vote on Dog barking ordinance. Roll Call on Dog ordinance-No Cindy Watchorn – No Sara Roberts – No Kelly Silkworth – No Bryan Landis – Yes Bonnie Elliott –… motion denied

New Clerk position – Robin Double and Julie Malloy spoke on their behalf on becoming the new clerk.  Cindy Watchorn made a motion to vote on new clerk. Roll call on new clerk. Cindy Watchorn – Robin. Sara Roberts – Julie, Kelly Silkworth – Robin, Bryan Landis – Julie, Bonnie Elliott – Robin. Robin Double to be new Inwood Township Clerk with Kelli Stapleton as new Deputy Clerk. Motion carried

-Medical marijuana resolution supposed to be tabled until July’s meeting, but all parties involved were contacted and decision to be made tonight.

            -Green Door – cities and townships starting to opt in. More dispensaries to be opening downstate. Discussed financial ups and travelers passing through.

            -Recreational to be passed by December 1, 2019. There is an option to opt in or out for both medical and recreational. Motion to opt out of recreational marijuana C. Watchorn Support B. Elliott. AIF M/C


F.D. – had a residential fire on Thunder Lake Road.



Public Comment

Payment of Outstanding Bills

Payment of outstanding bills in the amount of $59,647.87 and deposits of $42,153.90. Motion to accept C. Watchorn Support S. Roberts AIF M/C

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:28pm was made by C. Watchorn support B. Landis AIF M/C

Others present for the regular meeting at the Inwood Township hall were: Ed Rondeau, Keith/Mary Rochefort, Don/Dorothy Rochefort, Barbara Foor, Jim Hardy, Sandy Roder, John Pistulka, Jordan/Alexis Farmer, Kim Rochefort, Julie Malloy, Loren Swayer, Jan Unger, Kelli Stapleton, Robin Double, Walt Thompson, Becky Knoph, Bill, Anderson, Terry/Sandy Brooks, Amber Ansell, Bert Chandler, and Jami Benard.

Submitted by Sara Roberts, Inwood Township Clerk 
Approved on August 21, 2019