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Sanilac Township Board Review Several Issues
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:00:32 EDT
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The Sanilac Township Board took steps to encourage first responders for the future. Besides approving adding two new firefighters to the roster, the board also approved forming a Firefighter Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is for those who are not old enough to become a volunteer or paid firefighter, and it allows a youth to explore possible a possible career as a firefighter or a law enforcement officer. Some of the general rules for becoming an explorer are: youths must be 14-20 years old, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better, and be willing to learn and be available to actively participate in various drills, fundraisers, and fire training, as well as submitting an application for consideration. And, the board is working on contracts for the fire department chief and assistant fire chief. Another issue that was reviewed was water. Water Administrator William Noelke reported a curb stop was not able to be located on property owned by Tom Caulkins, so the township may have to install one. Also on the issue of water, the board decided to review its fire hydrant usage fee policy after the Applegate Fire Department used a township's fire hydrant while helping the township fight a fire on Custer Road. While talking about that issue, it was decided to form a water committee to study the issue and report findings back to the board. The water committee would consist of two board members as well as two township personnel who are familiar with the township's water system. Those selected to serve on the water committee were Supervisor Dan Kelly, Trustee Jeff Lyall, Water Administrator William Noelke and employee Corrine Falls. Regarding other water matters, Art Schlichting attended the Costal Flood Hazard Mitigation in the Great Lakes presentation sponsored by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and there will be several other different course addressing flooding yet this year and next year. Also, FEMA provided the township with Flood Plain Maps. FEMA's letter will be posted within the township office should residents want to view the flood plain maps that were provided. In addition, electrical service is being reviewed. The board reviewed an ordinance from 1938 granted to Thumb Electric Cooperative. Thumb Electric is currently requesting townships renew or update the Ordinance granting Thumb Electric Cooperative a renewed franchise. Contact will be made with the representative from Thumb Electric to determine if Sanilac Township's existing ordinance has expired. In addition, renewing the zoning administrator's employment agreement along with updating the Townships Land Use/Zoning Fee Schedule was addressed. It was decided to set the zoning administrator's salary at $450 per month along with the existing $25 permit fees in place. Upon completion of a new permit fee schedule, the board will determine what percentage of the permit fee will be added to the Zoning Administrator's salary.