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Township officials face variety of issues PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wendy Otto-Shimun   
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 12:54 PM

STAMBAUGH TWP.—The Sunrise Avenue resident who has been raising at least two horses in a residential zone will soon have to find other accommodations for the livestock.
Stambaugh Township zoning administrator George Brunswick updated the Township Board at its March meeting. Brunswick reported that he had been in contact with the party involved and had notified them of the recent zoning ordinance amendments regarding livestock in residential zones, giving them until May 1 to remove the horses.
After attending a recent Iron County Road Commission Task Force meeting, Supervisor Eugene Pellizzaro informed the board that no task force-funded work is to be done within the township for the next few years. The section of Baumgartner Road between Hiawatha Road and North Hill Road is scheduled for the summer of 2015.
An inspection of the township’s water tank is due, with the last inspection, and subsequent work, done in 2001, by Dixon Engineering. More than $49,000 worth of work was done then, including the painting the outer surface of the tank. Water supervisor Gary Pangrazzi noted that exterior painting should not be required this year. He said he would check with local municipalities that may also be looking into tank inspections this year and will bring cost estimates back to the board. The 2001 inspection cost $3,500.
The Windsor Center recreational millage is set to expire this year, according to Pellizzaro. He said that the recreation au-thority will be asking for support this August in the form of one half mill for two years. He said that the half mill has shown to be sufficient to run the recreational programs and hopes the community will continue to support it. The Windsor Building Authority continues to seek out grants, though Pellizzaro said, those are tightening up and most require matching funds. He stressed the importance of the recreational millage, as it also directly affects the building, through rental of the gymnasium and auditorium. Trustee Kevin Isaacson commended the authority, noting that the building seems to be used a great deal, for a variety of activities.
With salary increases expected to come up at the March 27 annual meeting, the board discussed the compensation com-mittee’s recent recommendations. Percentage increases were suggested for the positions of supervisor, clerk and treasurer, which Pellizzaro and others on the board did not agree with, as each position’s salary is different. To be fair, he proposed a $50 per month increase for all positions, noting that no one on the board had received a raise in three years. The matter will be further discussed at the annual meeting.
The board passed a resolution vacating and relinquishing any rights to a former access site on Hagerman Lake. The resolution will allow the two parties on either side of the 44 foot parcel to continue with circuit court proceedings to take over the property, which was never legally dedicated to the township. The resolution passed unanimously.
Clerk Teresa Baumgartner explained an addition to the town-ship’s power bill. Although it has been on for many years, use of the street light pole at the corner of Baumgartner Road and Hiawatha Road has never been charged to the township, according to a letter from the Upper Peninsula Power Co. UPPCO apologized for the mixup but told the township that it would now be billed for the street light at a rate of $16.23 per month and that the current statement would reflect a 12 month retroactive bill in the amount of $192.23.
The board approved contracting the services of D.S. Rostagno for its biennial audit, as required by law. The audit is expected to begin in late May and should be completed by the end of July. No set price was given for the job, as it will be determined by the number of hours required to complete the task.
County Commissioner Patti Peretto was at the meeting and told the board that although she was not chosen to sit on the county parks and recreation committee, she hoped that current members Carl Lind and Ray Coates would soon follow up with the idea to hold a joint meeting regarding the Chicaugon Lake milfoil issue. She also reported on a recent presentation concerning BS&A software, which the county board has been considering for several months.

 

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