FAIRGROVE VILLAGE COUNCIL
FEBRUARY 3, 2014
PRESENT: T. Wassa, J. Gehrls, D. Maguire, B. Phelps , C. Phelps
ABSENT: T. Humpert, J. VanHove
EMPLOYEES: M. Couture, D. Young
Council meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Wassa.
B. Phelps/Gehrls motioned to approve the minutes from the January 14, 2014 council meeting; all in favor, motion carried.
AUDIENCE RECOGNITION – None.
Fire – D. Young discussed four fire calls in January, two were manpower and/or tanker assists to Caro FD, and two responses to auto-related accidents. The FD voted Nick Maguire onto the department. Nick is still in school, and Doug discussed the rules, schoolwork comes first, and he is only allowed to attend Fairgrove FD calls.
B. Phelps/Gerhls motioned to approve the Fire Department’s recommendation to add Nick Maguire to the Fairgrove Fire Department; D. Maguire abstained – remaining in favor, motion carried.
Turnout gear has been ordered for Jeff Baur. FD would like to order 3 sets of leather boots for $310 each (amount included in 2013-14 budget). Leather boots are much better and more comfortable.
Maguire/C. Phelps motioned to approve buying 3 pairs of leather boots at $310 each as budgeted for the Fire Department; all in favor, motion carried.
FDIC is coming up in April. D. Young has already paid $510 for the class out of his personal funds, but requested help paying for the room. Total for 3-4 nights hotel, including parking, etc. should be less than $1000. Funds are available in the FD training budget for 2013-14.
Gehrls/B. Phelps motioned to approve reimbursing Doug Young $1000 for hotel, parking, etc. as included in training on the 2013-14 budget; all in favor, motion carried.
Coming up in March there is a pipeline gas and chemical emergency response training seminar at the Horizon’s Conference Center in Saginaw. Seminar is free; Doug has made reservations for himself and four firefighters to attend.
DPW – T. Wassa stated that D. Englehart has temporarily fixed the urinal in the men’s restroom from running constantly, but it will eventually require a permanent fix. B. Phelps and D. Maguire attended the Lagoon Board meeting and stated that the meter that measures how many total gallons are pumped remains a problem. A battery backup has been installed, but the meter still resets to zero whenever there is a power outage. Wassa to discuss with Englehart to see what can be done. The snow blower was down today, Feb. 3, but has been fixed. Englehart will snow blow first thing in the morning. D. Maguire commented and all agreed that Englehart has done a good job plowing, etc. with all the winter storms we’ve had this season.
Clerk’s Items – M. Couture stated there was no record of November 4th regular council and November 14th special council minutes approval and requested approval again as a matter of record. Copies of those minutes are included in this meeting’s packet for review.
Maguire/Gehrls motioned to approve the minutes from the November 4, 2013 council meeting; all in favor, motion carried.
B. Phelps/Gehrls motioned to approve the minutes from the November 14, 2013 special council meeting; all in favor, motion carried.
Couture worked with the engineers from David Arthur Consulting to submit additional cost information as requested by the DEQ for the SAW Grant. The Village should now be in the lottery for this cycle’s grant funds. Couture has also written the 2014-15 Consolidation of Services Plan and submitted it to the Michigan Department of Treasury to comply with Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) revenue requirements.
CORRESPONDENCE – None.
Rental Ordinance – T. Wassa explained the rental ordinance. Goals of the ordinance are for landlords to self-certify on an annual basis that rental properties are up to current building codes and to provide contact information for tenants, as well as to assist tenants if they are having difficulties getting their landlord to make proper repairs — Postponed.
Boiler room – D. Young will remove extra folding chairs that do not fit on the storage rack, and also stated that the door to the boiler room is not fire rated because it does not close tightly unless you pull hard to force it shut. Need to see if hinges can be adjusted or if door can be reset so it closes properly.
Gehrls/Maguire motioned to approve January disbursements totaling approximately $20,994.88; all in favor, motion carried.
As there was no other business, meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Fairgrove Village Clerk