Sullivan Township

December 2023 Board Minutes

Sullivan Township Board Meeting Minutes  December 5, 2023

MEETING: was called to order by Tony Mabrito at 5:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

ROLL CALL: Present: Tony Mabrito-Supervisor, Libby Spencer-Clerk, Tracey McGhan-Treasurer, Joe Kremm-Trustee, Jeremy Rios-Trustee, approximately 10 residents were also present.

MINUTES:  It was moved by Joe Kremm, supported by Clerk Spencer, to accept the minutes of the regular meeting held on November 5, 2023.  Motion carried.

FINANCE:  The Treasurer’s report on all Township receipts of $8,775.28 for the period of October 1, 2023, to October 31, 2023, was presented by Treasurer Tracey McGhan.  It was moved by Tracey McGhan, supported by Jeremy Rios, to pay bills of $88,462.28 as presented by Clerk Libby Spencer.  Motion carried.

REPORTS: Planning Commission – Jeremy Rios- reported that the Solar Ordinance has been tabled until they have a better understanding of how the Bills passed by the MI legislature will affect our township.  They are also working on a possible increase accessory building size.  The shipping Container was presented with a few changes, but the board still has questions about the limited acreage, the square footage allowed, and the need to anchor a container.  A list of concerns will be drafted for the Planning Commission before further consideration.  The PC member length of service will be reviewed and available for their January meeting.

Michigan Township Services and the Fresh Coast Planning Activity were reviewed.

Per Tuscola Logging request, we have not received any response from a forester, but will continue to locate one to represent our township.

OLD BUSINESS: Supervisor Mabrito and Treasurer McGhan met with FCP to review and update our Master plan.  The cost for the Master Plan development will be added to next year’s budget.

-The Open House for the Hall renovation is scheduled for December 28, 2023, from 5pm-8pm.

-Fresh Coast is working with the owners of the abandoned house on 7755 Sternberg providing steps for them to combine the properties and demolition.

-After receiving several garden tractor quotes it was decided to purchase a lawn tractor next spring.

NEW BUSINESS: Budget Overages for Road Improvement to Summit Road and Fire Protection that were both increased after this fiscal year budget was approved.  Clerk Spencer made a motion to Amend the Budget to cover the $60,000 deficit, supported by Treasurer McGhan.  Motion carried.

-The need to Codify the Township Ordinances and place them on the Website was agreed upon.  After looking at the quotes that were received at last month’s meeting, it was agreed to proceed with Slot Law Group since they were one of the lower quotes and are already representing the township. In the meantime, Clerk Spencer will work to continue to add the current Ordinances to the website.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: John Carr asked if the township was still planning to add a generator to the building to provide the residents with a place to seek shelter during power outages.  It was agreed to move forward with acquiring quotes for a generator.

-Ken Coleman, of Shavalier Auto Parts, met with FCP and the township concerning excessive noise generated by his business.  He said he would do his best to keep the noise to a minimum, however, he still needed to run his business which has been at this location for decades.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business to come before the Board, it was moved by Libby Spencer supported by Joe Kremm to adjourn at 6:35pm.  Motion carried.

Libby Spencer, Sullivan Township Clerk


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Tony Mabrito


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Tracey McGhan


Joe Kremm


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