Township approves budget

ALPENA – The Alpena Township Board of Trustees approved the township’s annual budget during a special meeting Monday afternoon. Projected revenues and expenses total just above $2,228,000, and balance in the recommended 2014-15 budget.

With the adoption of the budget came the approval of officer’s salaries including the supervisor, clerk, treasurer, trustees, planning, zoning appeals and board of review. The board also appointed the law firm of Gillard, Bauer, Mazrum, Florip, Smigelski & Gulden to represent the township for the next year.

“Both our expenditures and our revenue are down about a half a million,” Township Supervisor Marie Twite said. “Most of that is down because of taxes, and some of it comes from our miscellaneous income and medical transfers that are down.”

The board also received a petition including 57 signatures from North Point Shores Association for an ongoing special assessment.

“North Point Shores Road is a private road, and is an ongoing special assessment district,” Twite said. “It’s been in effect for 20 plus years. They are petitioning that we collect a special assessment and put it into a fund to pay for the plowing and the upkeep on that road.”

The petition is signed by landowners along the road, and would be for a two year assessment in order to monitor the road and what needs to be done.

“To review it in two years, we would still have to go through the same steps, so we decided to just make it for the two years and have a better idea of where we are at,” association member Lisa Brendle said.

In other business:

* the board approved to submit a request for planning assistance to the Army Corps of Engineers to help control weather flooding issues in the township.

* the board approved the township dust control management program with the Alpena County Road Commission reflecting an estimated cost of $23,000 based on previous years.

* a road agreement for improvements to a segment of Halley Road with cost sharing between Alpena Beverage Company, Inc., Alpena Township and the Alpena County Road Commission. Each will provide 33.33 percent of the funding for the project, which amounts to total $30,000 for the project.

* the board agreed to a three-year contract with the road commission to do repairs on Wayne Road in which the township will pay around $55,000 per year to cover its cost of $166,667. All the work to the road would be done at one time, but the township would pay within three years. Repairs to the road could begin this year, or next, depending on the number of projects the road commission has to complete.

* Shane Dawson and Kevin Osbourne were approved to go through the hiring process at the township fire department.

* the board accepted the resignation of firefighter Kevin MacArthur.

* cleanup day will be May 17 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the M-32 West Transfer Station.

* township offices will be closed April 18, in observance of Good Friday.

* the next regular board meeting will be May 5 at 7 p.m. (the April meeting has been canceled).

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.