Secord Township   1507 Secord Dam Road    Gladwin,  Michigan 48624
Archive - Planning Commission - 2017 - August 09
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August 09, 2017

Call Meeting to Order: 9:00 A.M.
Pledge of Allegiance:
Roll Call: Planning Commission     Present Absent
Rex Rowe Chairman                      ___X____ ______
Carl Kerr Secretary                       ___X____ ______
Jenny Carroll Vice Secretary          _ ____ __Ex____
Jim Carroll Vice Chairman            ______ __Ex___
Marty Holmes Ex -offico               ___X____ ______
Gary Van Wambeke Member        ___X_____ _____
Laura Combs Member                   ___X____ ______
Becky Sabourin Zoning Adm.         __ X____ ______
Public Present: 2 Pat and Dale Were here to talk about Township property on lake shore drive they would like to purchase.

Approval of Minutes: July 26th. 2017 Marty made motion to approve Gary 2nd. All A’s (Public Hearing Minutes Tabled) We must be careful not put personal comments in minutes!

Rex received new information on Solar from the Solar Co. and give copies to all so the planning committee can adopt a new ordinance to allow Solar farms in some districts. A Public Hearing was being held on August 5th, at 10:00 A.M. for input on Solar Farms, Rentals and Marijuana outlets. Carl is working on sign, permits and installation with Ben Boroughs of MDOT, still waiting on approval! The sign is complete, Carl gave the board a copy of sign installation quote, it was more than then we thought and was asked to go back and see what we can do to lower the cost…. The cost was more due to the location, the base will be 9’ tall 4’ X 8’ with face stone. The violated-on property at 2514 Blueberry Lane. This property was closed on, the cost was more due to the location being notified not to by the township without the health departments approval. A violation notice will be sent to the new owner, both the selling and listing real states and the Tittle Co. that did the closing. (A Fine of $1,000.00 is due) For will full disregard of the Ordinance!

OPEN ISSUES: 1- Fee Schedule for fines. 2 - DEQ person out of the Bay City office: Tina Waffa That will act on a complaint from the Township on leaking Septic Systems. (989) 894-6260.) 3-Enforcment of ordinance, how does the board want to handle this? 4 - Marty has drafted a Solar Farm Ordinance for our review. 5 - Rex will get information for certificate of occupancy. 6 – Property with two garages at 10 White Tail Tr. (Becky). 8 – Variance for shed that was denied. 7 – Blueberry Lane violation letter has 30 days, well has passed inspection now. Fine hearing pending. 8 – Rex will get with Witten to issue stop work order on West River / Dan road property. 9 – Sign Ordinance violation with lawyer.

Report from ZA: Becky Sabourin – 30 + permits issued this year, she has two requests for permits. The township board adopted at the MAY MEETING a $150.00 Fine not obtaining a permit prior to starting work / or not getting a permit that is required and a $1,000.00 Fine for not stopping work, until a permit is obtained or ignoring getting a permit or an Ordinance. Church building a garage, no permit issued. West River boat launch property next to it built a fence too high and too close to the water. Becky will consider it. Becky also issued permit notice to property on Lake Shore, by Eagle’s for porch addition

Report from ZBA: Rex - No hearings scheduled.

New Business: Pat S. and Dale H. addressed the planning board to present a proposal to purchase township property on Lake Shore Drive, they gave us all a package with information on the purchase, they have been in contact with Boise Hydro to purchase their right a-way that joins up with their property and the townships land. The board discussed the matter with them for one hour. They were told the first step was to see if the board wants to sell the property as there are concern the property gives back lots access to the lake. Rex will bring to the boards attention next week. Secord Sign is completed by Huggers Sign, Carl has the Invoice and is working on insulation cost quote from Grindel Concrete the contractor for base construction. Marty and Carl will attend a MTA seminar on Hot Topics today from 4:00 – 8:30 on of the topics will be Marijuana and Rental property. The Public Hearing got several opinions on the subject, from wanting and allowing in the township. The board has mixed feelings and we will continue to gather information. The public hearing a lighting issue was brought up, we all need to review Article 3: Section 3.29 – Outdoor lighting, for discussion at next meeting. Fences were brought Up again on the 6’ / 4’ issue. Carl will look- into a Face Book Page for the planning committee as a lot of miss information is being sent out and causing problems in the township. A need to publish the ordinances that we have finalized came up, as they are not in affect tell 30 days after publication.

Agenda for next meeting: All to review the Solar, Rental property and Marijuana ordinances and outdoor lighting to discuss next week.

Next Meeting Date: August 23th. At 9:00 A.M.

Motion to Adjourn: Marty H., 2nd. By Gary V. at 11:30 All A’s @ 11:50 A.M.