Superior Township, Michigan

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Minute Synopsis for the October 17, 2016 Regular Board Meeting


                                                                                REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OCTOBER 17, 2016


Complete Board minutes are available at the Township Hall

 and on the Township Website,


The regular meeting of the Superior Township Board of Trustees was called to order by Supervisor Schwartz at 7:00 p.m. on October 17, 2016, at the Superior Township Hall, 3040 N. Prospect, Ypsilanti, MI 48198. Members present were Schwartz, Phillips, McKinney, Caviston, Green, Lewis and Williams.  The Agenda was adopted as presented with the additions of a presentation by Dr. Debbie Mitchell regarding her program, “All Things Artistic”, a report by Trustee Alex Williams concerning the County Clean-Up Day, a letter from Clerk David Phillips and special assessments from the Treasurer’s office. Minutes of the September 19, 2016 regular meeting were approved.

Jean Winborn discussed applying for grants for a new district library. Martha Kern commented on the success of the Parks Department’s Pumpkin Carving Event. Four candidates introduced themselves to the Board. The following presentations were made to the Board: Dr. Debbie Mitchell explained her “All Things Artistic” program, which interacts with children from the MacArthur Boulevard area. Tiffany Gunter, Deputy CEO of the Region Transit Authority (RTA) explained the RTA tax proposal on the November 8, 2016 ballot of 1.2 mills for 20 years. The public hearing for the Truth-in-Taxation was completed. Supervisor Schwartz reported on the following: Fairfax Manor is closed. They have a significant debt with HUD and may be headed for foreclosure. He attended a SEMCOG meeting last week. The Washtenaw County Water Resources Commission is looking at installing a rain garden along MacArthur Boulevard. The Road Commission has presented a proposal to replace the bridge for the Parks Drain on Cherry Hill with an aluminum culvert that will result in a cost savings to Superior Township. He met with Dr. Edmundson, Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools about the Township purchasing Cheney School and using it for recreation programs. The Utility Department SAW grant is almost complete and the next step is to determine if adjustments are needed to rates and/or connection fees to fund the needed improvements; Sutton Ridge-Redwood has filed for site plan review by the Planning Commission. There has been a ZBA petition filed regarding the re-zoning but Schwartz has discussed it with the Township Attorney and they may not have standing to have their appeal heard. Schwartz met with the County Treasurer who has filed to have a conservator appointed for Mr. Alden David Burley, 6645 Warren Road, because he is delinquent with his taxes and faces the possibility of losing his home if the Township assesses additional costs for the blight clean-up to his property. Township officials have been meeting with a group that is in the process of purchasing Danbury Manor Apartments. Revisions to the PILOT ordinance and Security Agreement have been drafted and will be coming to the Board for review and approval. Deborah Kuehn retired and her replacement, Laura Bennett, has excellent credentials and is working out well in the Building Dept. There is an appreciation day for David Phillips on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, noon at the Township Hall. The Board received the following departmental reports: Building Department; Fire Dept.; Ordinance Officer, Parks Commission Minutes and Sheriff’s Department Reports. The Board received the following communications: Annual Update from the Committee to Promote Superior Township and Letter from David Phillips, Clerk. The Board approved the following: Resolution 2016-21, 2017 Millage Rates; Resolution 2016-22, Budgets All Funds; Resolution 2016-23, HCSP Contribution Adjustment;  Resolution 2016-24, Demolition Bids for Geddes Road Pump Station; Humane Society Local Contribution; a process to update the Township logo; Township meeting schedule for 2017; and the Cherry Hill Road culvert agreement. Action on the Township Holiday schedule was postponed until the November 21, 2016 meeting. Bills for Payment and the Record of Disbursements were approved. The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.


Submitted by David Phillips, Clerk                                 Approved by Ken Schwartz, Supervisor