Inland Township

July 11, 2022 — Inland Township Board Meeting Summary 

Meeting convened at 5:00 pm.

A call to order was made, then Pledge of Allegiance followed by a Board of Commissioners roll call: Paul A. Beechraft (Chair/Supervisor), Rose Wirth (Clerk), Therese Zielinski (Treasurer), and Mary Miller (Trustee) and Sheri Poulisse (Trustee) were in attendance.

Public attendees: 8

Approval of Meeting and Consent Agendas:
The commission approved the meeting agenda and the consent agenda, approved the June 13th, 2022 board meeting minutes, and reviewed the June financial reports.

Public Comment:
Some one mentioned road blight. Another person expressed confusion about the activity at Bendon Hall Community Center and wanted updates to the Hall’s internet calendar of events.

Reports:
Country Commissioner:
Evan Warsecke, County Commissioner from Inland and Colfax Townships, discussed county animal control completed measures, the Benzie Bus program, a feasibility study by the county parks director, and waste recycling events for tires and household hazardous material.

Fire Chief:
Dayton Pfost reported 20 emergency calls in June, 18 of them for EMS services.

Parks and Recreation Committee:
Rose Wirth, Inland Township clerk and Township Parks and Recreation Chair, had nothing to report for June.

Fire Association: No Report

Inland Planning Commission:
Mary Miller – Nothing to report; no meeting in June, but perhaps July 20.

Zoning/Blight Administrator:
An attorney fee of $1,853 was incurred to address blight issues.

Event Committee:
There were 29 players at Bendon Hall for euchre night. Therese Zielinski, Township Treasurer, was appointed to the committee.

Old Business:
Flag poles:
An invoice has been submitted from Bay Supply and Marketing, Inc., for removing and replacing old flag poles (does not include flags) – total $6,860.00. Job to be completed by 8-1-2022.

New Business:
Fischer LP Gas:
The township received an offer from Fischer Gas to provide propane service to the government center for June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023 time period.

Cell Phones:
Township clerk and treasurer receive work calls on their private cell phones for which they are charged. The board approved that 1/3rd of the their monthly cell phone charges will be covered by the township, and the amounts paid will be available as public information.

New Building RFP’s (Request for Proposals):
Inland Township will be building within a decade, a new government center/fire station on property located at the northwest corner of U.S. 31 and Lake Ann Road intersection. The project will be headed up by Fire Chief Dayton Pfost. The township board and fire chief are submitting request for proposals from architectural and engineering firms. How to broadcast the RFP’s, both via general public means as well as direct contact with businesses was discussed.

Poverty Resolution #2022-05: Approved by the board

Fee waiver land use Resolution 2022-07: Approved by the board.

New Hire:
The hiring of Linda Wilson was approved, to provide, at $25/hr, extra training for the new treasurer, Therese Zielinski. Linda resigned as township treasurer as of July 1, 2022.

Signature cards:
The township needs signature cards for the new deputy treasurer, Gail Reese.

Any other business before the board:
The board approved placing an ad in the Record Patriot for the position of deputy clerk.

Meeting adjourned at 5:54 pm

Respectfully submitted by Allen McCullough

June 13, 2022 — Inland Township Board Meeting Summary

Meeting convened at 5:00 pm.

A call to order was made, then the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board of Commissioners roll call:

Present were: Paul A. Beechraft (Chair/Supervisor), Rose Wirth(Clerk), Linda Wilson (Treasurer), and Mary Miller (Trustee) and Sheri Poulisse (Trustee).

Public attendees: 9-10

Approval of Meeting and Consent Agendas:

The commission approved the meeting agenda and the consent agenda, approved the May 9, 2022 minutes, and reviewed the May financial reports.

Public Comment: One speaker asked about the process for zoning property for commercial/medical marijuana. Someone else spoke about the status of blight legal action.

Reports:

County Commissioner Evan Warsecke for Inland/Colfax Townships, briefly discussed the county sheriff contract.

Fire Chief: Chief Dayton Pfost reported that there were 16 emergency call outs, 5 of the them for fires in May. They had their first “structural” fire in three years.

Parks and Recreation Committee: Signs were discussed for the 40 acres township nature park at the northwest corner of Cinder and Lamb Roads. Peggy Case and Jeanne Peters, two committee members addressing the park’s layout, presented to the township board the proposed park signs and design. There are eight of them. The board approved the design and messaging of the signs and the cost of $1,770, which also includes shipping and installation.

Fire Association: No Report

Inland Planning Commission: No report

Zoning/Blight Administrator: No report

Event Committee: Anthony Dutt is stepping down as chair of the Event Committee. The township board accepted his resignation.

Board Member Reports: Paul Beechraft, Board Chair, reported that there will be a round- about in Bendon.

Old Business: The township has not yet received quotes for new flag poles.

Burn Ordinance: The board will delay finalizing a decision about the ordinance (commercial use) until further public comment.

 

New Business:

A newsletter will be sent out in August. The board approved $407 toward the purchase of a table cart for use at the Bendon Hall center.

The site of the future township government center, located on the northwest corner of US 31 and Lake Ann Road, needs 30 acres of “brush hog” mowing. This is to get a clearer picture of what leveling needs to be done for future construction. Two mowing’s will cost $5,250. The board approved the funds.

The current Township Treasurer, Linda Wilson, is retiring at the end of June. Teresa Zelinsky will become the new treasurer.

Fire Chief Dayton Pfost will be attending the planning board for the new township government center on June 21.

Meeting adjourned at 6:23

Respectfully submitted by Allen McCullough

 

May 9, 2022 –Inland Township Board Meeting Summary 

Meeting convened at 5:00 pm.

A call to order was made, then Pledge of Allegiance followed by a Board of Commissioners roll call: present were Paul A. Beechraft (Chair/Supervisor), Rose Wirth (Clerk), Linda Wilson (Treasurer), and Mary Miller (Trustee) and Sheri Poulisse (Trustee) absent/excused.

Public attendees:10

Public Comment:
Teresa Wirtz of Traverse City felt that the Inland Township cemetery needs improved upkeep.

Approval of Meeting and Consent Agendas:
The commission approved the meeting agenda and the consent agenda, approved the April 11, 2022 minutes, and reviewed the April financial reports.

Reports:

Commissioner Evan Warsecke of Inland and Colfax Townships, did not attend.

Fire Chief Dayton Pfost reported there were 18 emergency call in April, 13 of them involving fires; emphasized that the fire season has begun.

Rose Wirth, Clerk and Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, reported on the P & R Committees April 16th, 2022 meeting. Five new volunteers have been added to the P & R committee’s Lamb Park task force. The BOC approved adding volunteers and giving them township government insurance coverage while working in the park. Local Boy Scouts are also sought for voluntary help with Lamb Park development. Lamb Park, located at the northwest corner of Cinder and Lamb Roads, needs trails created or improved, graded entrance roads and parking accommodations, and debris removed such as fire circles and a deer blind. Hunting is forbidden in the park, as well as unauthorized camp fires. Signage explaining park rules will be added.

The Inland Township Park, located at 3531 Lake Ann Road, will have two pickle ball courts and one additional basket ball court for the summer season. AJ’s Excavating will be installing the courts, which will have concrete foundations, the total cost being around $68,000. The committee is looking into having two pavilions near the new courts. Money will be provide by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

A 9-hole disk golf course is also scheduled.

Three new porta-johns – one each at the Lamb Road Park, the Inland Township Park, and the Inland Township cemetery – are being installed.

Fire Association:
The Fire Association had a meeting on April 20th, 2022. Hard copies of the meeting minutes were available at the township BOC meeting. The fire department has a new refrigerator; soft drinks that are currently in the refrigerator are available at no charge.

Inland Planning Commission: No report

Zoning/Blight Administrator: No report

Event Committee: No report

Board Member Reports:
BOC Chair Paul Beechraft frequently fields calls of a township business nature on his personal cell phone and they are impacting his phone charges. To avoid having to get an additional cell phone for just personal use, he would like to have the township cover about 35% of the monthly bill. The board approved the measure.

Beechraft reported that the Inland Township Clean-Up Day on May 7, 2022 raised $2,290. He wants the township to hire GFL (Green For Life Environmental) to clean up left over debris in the park after future clean-up days. The board approved the measure. The event is held annually on the first Saturday of May at the Inland Township Park on Lake Ann Road.

The township government center electric sign-bulletin board needs repair. The board approved $1,000 for repair work.

Township Treasurer Linda Wilson is retiring as of July 1, 2022. Application notices will be announced for her replacement.

Fire Chief Dayton Pfost reported that the government center has new security cameras and alarm system.

Old Business:
The township will be building a new governmental center on a 30 acre parcel at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Lake Ann Road. Public input is sought, so there will be meetings held on Tuesdays at 11:00 am starting May 24. 2022. Public notifications of the meetings will be sent out.

There was a discussion of having a government center pole barn erected on the new property.

New Business:
Some of the trees at the Inland Township cemetery need removing and the stumps ground. Bid from two companies were considered. Also, the cemetery needs a new sign.

The governmental center carpets need cleaning. The board approved $430 for the work.

Public Comment:
Peggy Case, Parks and Recreation member reminded the board about the need for a sign at Lamb Park.

Any Other Business to come before the Board:
Rose Wirth, Township Clerk, will be attending training on May 24th.

Adjournment: 6:17 pm

Respectfully submitted by Allen McCullough

April 11, 2022 — Inland Township Board Meeting Summary 

19668 Honor Hwy, Interlochen, MI, 49643
231-275-6568

Meeting convened at 5:00 pm.

A call to order was made, then Pledge of Allegiance followed by roll call: present were Paul A. Beechraft (Chair/Supervisor), Rose Wirth (Clerk), Linda Wilson (Treasurer), and Mary Miller (Trustee) and Sheri Poulisse (Trustee).

Public attendees: 11

Public Comment:
Gunnar Brow, Inland Township Assessor, reported that in March a review was conducted of various appeals for township property tax evaluations and exemptions. A brief summary was provided to the BOC of the exemptions’ impact on the total of assessed properties in the township. Twenty-one appeals were reviewed, 17 exemptions were approved and 2 denied, and 2 evaluations appeals were denied.

Anthony Dutt hopes to establish a medical marijuana processing and dispensary business in Inland Township. He expressed frustration about the receiving little or no updates from the township zoning commission concerning a ruling on zoning for marijuana businesses.

Approval of Meeting and Consent Agendas:
The board approved the meeting agenda and the consent agenda, approved the March 14, 2022 minutes, and reviewed the March financial reports.

Reports:

County Commissioner Evan Warsecke (Inland and Colfax Townships), reported that a new gas station is going to be built in Honor; funding is available for County Emergency Management search and rescue training; the county’s website is getting a “revamping”.

Fire Chief Dayton Pfost:
There were 14 emergency calls in March, 5 of them for fires. $1,895 was approved for new fire department computers. Pfost will be attending an arson trial this month. Pfost presented to the board the township’s new, fully qualified fireman, Riley O’Conner – congratulations! The BOC approved the purchase of 20 new fire fighter helmets for a total of $7,240, the old ones being nearly ten years old.

Parks and Recreation:
The committee plans to meet the third Saturday of the month; the committee’s existence will extend until October. If the committee wants to have volunteers participate in park development and maintenance, the volunteers need to be committee members approved by the BOC.

Fire Association:
At the March 16, 2022 meeting, the Association approved up to $2,500 toward the purchase of a refrigerator for the fire department. There was discussion for new jackets for FD members; bottle collection will start as soon as Turtle Lake Campground opens. There will be no propane fundraiser for the year; and possibly no blood drive.

Inland Planning Commission: No report

Zoning/Blight Administrator: No report

Event Committee:
Thursday nights is euchre time at Inland Township Bendon Hall,19971 Kent Street, Interlochen, MI 49643.There’s a $11 cover fee.

Board Member Reports:
Paul Beechraft (BOC Chair) says that Inland Township is the only Benzie County Township putting money this season into dirt/gravel roads; the other township are focusing on upgrading and repairing paved roads.

Old Business
Permit Fees:
The board approved the Land Use Permit Fees; approving the Burn Ordinance is being tabled for two months in order to clarify the word “nuisance”.

New Business:
Security cameras and lights are needed for the Township Government Center in order to help monitor against pilfering the fuel tanks, and for voting security.

The manner of disposal of Bendon Hall old furniture is being left up to the discretion of BOC Chair Paul Beechraft.

Within about ten years, the Inland Township government center is planning to be moved to a 30 acre site located on the northwest corner of the Honor Highway (US-31) and Lake Ann Road intersection. Rose Wirth (Township Clerk) and Mary Miller (Trustee) are developing a building plans workshop. Public attendance and input will be sought when the workshop takes place.

The board approved a $4,000 bid from Lake Michigan CPA Services, to perform an audit that is due completed by June 30.

Public Comment:
Anthony Dutt reminded the board about his concerns mentioned in the meeting’s first public comment period.

Any Other Business to come before the Board: None.

Meeting adjourned at 6:25 pm

Respectfully submitted by Allen McCullough

Allen McCullough
20359 Douglas Road
Interlochen, MI 49643
231 955 6665

 

 

 

 

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March 14, 2022 — Inland Township Board Meeting Summary 

Meeting convened at 6:00 pm. 

A call to order was made, then Pledge of Allegiance followed by a Board of Commissioners roll call: present were Paul A. Beechraft (Chair/Supervisor), Rose Wirth (Clerk), Linda Wilson (Treasurer), and Mary Miller (Trustee) and Sheri Poulisse (Trustee).

Public attendees: 13

Public Comment: 

Rebecca Hubers, Director of Benzie County Emergency Management, asked for public input regarding the updating of the county’s hazard mitigation plan. The updating is done every five years, which when approved by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) makes the county eligible for federal funds to implement hazard mitigation measures for reducing life and property losses occurring from natural disasters. Anyone interested could meet with her after the board meeting.

The commissioners approved the meeting agenda and the consent agenda, approved the February 14, 2022 minutes with minor changes, and discussed financial reports.

The board meeting went into recess at 6:14 pm. Paul Beechraft, Commission Chair, went over the township budget and the how it was scheduled for balancing during the fiscal year of April 1, 2022-March 31, 2023.  After 12 minutes, he called for public comment. None was offered.

Monthly board meeting resumed at 6:27.

Reports:

Benzie County Commissioner Evan Warsecke, for Inland and Colfax Twp., reported that the county will be receiving several new ambulances this month. Law enforcement personnel training for search and rescue missions and active shooter (in schools) crises continues.

Fire Chief Dayton Pfost, provided February emergency call stats, and announced a new fire department employee has completed and passed training and is starting to work for a probationary period.

Rose Wirth, Parks and Recreation Committee Chair, had no official report to give to the board.

There are now plans to lay out a disc golf course at the Inland Township Park, 3531 Lake Ann Road, the financing for which will come from the township general fund. Two pickle ball courts and another basketball court will be built this spring/summer. They will be funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants.

Fire Chief Dayton Pfost discussed funding for new jackets for emergency personnel.

Inland Planning Commission: 

There are no meetings planned for March and April.

 Zoning/Blight Administrator: 

Blight letters/notices have been mailed out. The township will work with letter recipients, but they must have the situation remedied by May 8.

Old Business:

Permit Fees: The topic of land use permits was pushed from the February meeting to the March meeting. Fee increases were discussed at length by the board and approved.

New Business:

Resolution 2022-05: Resolution Adopting Poverty Exemption Policy and Guidelines.” The resolution enables the township to permit partial or total tax exemptions for property owned and lived on as a residence by the owner(s) applying for and presenting financial documentation pertinent to the exemption.

Resolution 2022-06: 

Inland Township 2022-20232 General Appropriations Act. A statement of the financial responsibilities, duties and functions of the Inland Township Board of Commissioners’ in regards to township budget oversight, handling of revenue, paying bills, and making periodic adjustments necessary to maintain a balanced budget throughout the fiscal year.

Clean up day: 

The annual township clean up day (township residents only) is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Road Brine: 

The Benzie County Road Commission is providing townships a different dust suppression brine solution for the coming spring/summer season. The Road Commission thinks that the solution, which cost more, will be more effective and lessen the need of another application later on in the season. The first application is offered to the townships at a discount based on the old brine cost. For Inland Township, the scheduled roads (11.63 miles) will cost  $4,900 for the first application, for which the board approved funding. First application will be mid-May to early June.

Publish 2022-23 meetings: 

Township monthly meetings will start at 5:00 pm beginning in April.

 Office Computers: 

The board approved the funding for purchasing two new computers for the township government workers.

 Public Comment:

Anthony Dutt (Event Committee Chair) inquired about the status of the township zoning of marijuana businesses. The board explained that the zoning commission is still working on it. Dutt expressed frustration at the delay. Commission Trustee Sheri Poulisse stated concern that Dutt would like to expand his projected medical marijuana dispensary processing business into a recreational one a well. Dutt sees such a move as okay.

 Meeting adjourned at: 7:43 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted by Allen McCullough

Allen McCullough 20359 Douglas Road Interlochen, MI 49643 231 955 6665

 

January 10, 2022 — Inland Township Board Meeting Summary 

Meeting convened at 6:00 pm.

A call to order was made, then Pledge of Allegiance followed by a Township Board roll call: Paul A. Beechraft (Chair/Supervisor), Rose Wirth (Clerk), Linda Wilson (Treasurer), Mary Miller (Trustee), and Sheri Poulisse (Trustee) were in attendance.

At one, point there were eight public attendees.

The Board approved the meeting agenda and the consent agenda, with minor changes to the latter; received and approved the December minutes; and discussed financial reports.

Reports to the Board: Benzie County Commissioner Evan Warsecke reported that a county-wide survey is being conducted about the availability of broadband internet service–private and commercial–in Michigan. He is urging Benzie residents and businesses to take the five-minute survey. People with internet access can complete the survey at web page MichiganMoonshot/BenzieCo, or with cellular browsers text @moon to 1-231-855-613-1746. To request a paper survey, call 1-231-882-0035.

Fire Chief Dayton Pfost provided December emergency call statistics. At his recommendation, the Board approved expenditures for updated fire suites/gear. A fire suite can cost $2,000-plus.

Parks and Recreation:
Rose Wirth (Committee Chair and Township Clerk) provided recommendations to the Board about pavilion designs for the Inland Township Park on Lake Ann Road, and further developments at the 40-acre park at Cinder and Lamb roads. She also shared the vision of the property’s bio-diversity enhancing recreational and educational activities like hiking, skiing, sledding, school outings.

Event Committee
Anthony Dutt (Committee Chair) reminded everyone about the Inland Township Fire/EMS Department “Soup’r Bowl Chili Cook-Off” on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Various silent auctions items will be available as well. Contact Tanya at 231-275-7216 or Linda at 231-325-6192 information about the chili contest and entry fees. Flyers are available at the Inland Township Government Center.

Mari Dew, yoga instructor, gave a brief summary of the community activities she leads at Inland Township’s Bendon Hall, located at 19971 Kent Street, Interlochen. For each of the months of January, February, March, and April, there will be three events:
1. Women’s Circle and Meditation
2. Community Building Circle
3. Inland Township Speakers Series.
For more information, visit: www.bendonhall.com or email maridewyoga@gmail.com.

New Business:
Some discussions and actions taken were the following:

a. The implementation and training for the BS&A software, a public database of township statistical and tax information.
b. The hiring of a new propane provider for township government center.
c. Updating the burn ordinance.
d. Budget of summer township roads maintenance.
e. Upgrades/adjustments of 2022 salaries and wages for township government employees.
f. Upgrading office lighting in the township government center.
g. Preparation for attending the Michigan Township Association (MTW) in February.

Public Comment:
Anthony Dutt (Event Committee Chair and prospective medical marijuana business owner) thanked the Board for its recent considerations (November 2021 board meeting) of recommendations to the township zoning administrator regarding the potential of a business district that is specifically zoned for the cannabis trade.

Because of the beginning-of-the-year business items, the township meeting was longer than usual. Meeting was adjourned at 7:45.

Notes respectfully submitted by Allen McCullough.

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