Annual Drinking Water Quality Report 2016

We’re pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Quality Water Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day.  Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.  We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.  We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water.  Our water source is well water pumped from four (4) well sites in the Village of Kalkaska.

I’m pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements. We at the Village of Kalkaska strive to provide top quality water to every tap.  We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.

This report will not be mailed to you. If you would like a copy or have any questions about this report, please contact Village of Kalkaska office, 231-258-9191 or pick one up at 200 Hyde Street.

  • Contaminants and their presence in water: Drinking Water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The small amounts of some contaminants do not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
  • Vulnerability of subpopulations: Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-comprised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other

microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

  • Sources of Drinking Water: The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

 

Your water comes from four groundwater wells, each over 120 feet deep. The State performed an assessment of our source water in 2006 to determine the susceptibility or the relative potential of contamination.  The susceptibility rating is on a seven-tiered scale from “very-low” to “very-high”, based primarily on geologic sensitivity, water chemistry, and contaminant sources.  The susceptibility of our source is high to moderately high.  We are making efforts to protect our sources by participation in the Wellhead Protection Program.  If you would like to know more about the report, please contact the Village of Kalkaska, 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan, (231) 258-9191.

  • Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public waters systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which provide the same protection for public health.

The Village of Kalkaska routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The following table (on page 2 and 3) shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2016, unless otherwise noted.

In this table you find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we’ve provided the following definitions:

  • Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) – one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.
  • Parts per billion (ppb or Micrograms per liter – one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.
  • Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLG as feasible using the best available treatment technology. MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.
  • Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
  • Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow.
  • Maximum residual disinfectant level, or MRDL – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
  • Maximum residual disinfectant level goal, or MRDLG – The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.
  • RAA – Running annual average.

 

Many constituents were tested for, but not detected in our water supply. The following constituents were detected at low, but safe levels, well below the MCL or (Maximum Contaminant Level).

 

REGULATED

CONTAMINANTS

MCLG MCL OUR WATER RANGE OF

DETECTIONS

VIOLATION

Y/N

TYPICAL SOURCE OF CONTAMINANT
             
             
Fluoride (ppm) <4 4 0.11

 

0.11 N Erosion of natural deposits. Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

 

 

Copper (customer taps) (ppb) (2016) <1300 *AL=1300

at 90th

percentile

120 120 N Corrosion of household plumbing systems
Lead (customer taps) (ppb) (2016) 0 **AL=15.0 at 90th

percentile

3.0 3.0 N Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits

 

Lead & Copper – Lead & Copper testing is on a three (3) year schedule, test results reported are from the 2016 calendar year.

* 9 out of 10 homes tested must show a concentration lower than 1300 parts per billion.

** 9 out of 10 homes tested must show a concentration lower than 15 parts per billion.

 

Information about lead: If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.  The Village of Kalkaska is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791or at http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead.

Free Chlorine Residual (ppm) MRDLG

<4

MRDL

4

RAA

0.14

Range

.02-.27

Violation

No

Water additive used to control microbes

 

 

DISINFECTION BYPRODUCTS MCLG MCL OUR WATER RANGE OF

DETECTIONS

VIOLATION

Y/N

TYPICAL SOURCE OF CONTAMINANT
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) (ppb) (2016) N/A 80 33

RAA

33 N Disinfection Byproducts
Haloacetic Acid

(HAA5) (ppb) (2016)

N/A 60 11

RAA

11 N Disinfection Byproducts

 

 

Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards. The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is to assist EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted.

TEST RESULTS

UNREGULATED

CONTAMINANTS

  LEVEL

DETECTED

UNIT

MEASUREMENT

YEAR LIKELY SOURCE OF

CONTAMINATION

Sodium (ppm)   12 PPM 2016 Erosion of natural deposits

 

Village Council Minutes 6-12-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017 IN THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 200 HYDE STREET, KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, 49646.

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

President Sieting called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PRESENT: President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White.

ABSENT: None

STAFF PRESENT:     Scott Yost, Village Manager; Angie Koon, Village Clerk; Mark Baars, WWTP Supervisor; Jennifer Standerfer, Village Treasurer; Helen Artress, Department of Public Safety Administrative Assistant.

PUBLIC PRESENT: Mickey Miller, Eric Peterson, Ken Hillman, Mike Winter, Connie Winter, Veronica Wolfe, Dave Wolfe, Cheryl Hiller, Mel Hill, Anna Bell, Dave Bell, Lon Husbands, Jodi Willison, Greg McLain, Margaret Beebe, Jody Prestine, Patrick Prestine, Kip Scott, Sandy Joslin, Michael Oosterhart, Danielle Seabolt, Jeff Seabolt, David Hogerheide, Vicki Hogerheide, Virginia Yost, Francis Kelly, Kris McLain, Derek Hogerheide, Kelly Hall, Robert Hall, Dawn Kuhns, Kevin Rogols, Robert Burgin, Gail Burkhart, Andy Bratton, Ken Coughlin, Brenda Neely, Diana Shafer and Dennis Mansfield.

Andy Bratton started with a prayer and President Sieting led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

Motion by White, second by Needham, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Sanborn, second by Dupuie, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC HEARINGTo hear public comments on a proposed increase to Village property taxes.

Motion by Needham, second by White, to open the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The Public Hearing was opened at 6:05 p.m.

Village Attorney Jeff Jocks explained that a Judgment Levy was filed in order to collect damages awarded to Virginia Thomas. Jocks stated that the Village is now obligated to place this amount on the property taxes, as it is a procedural requirement as a result of the Judgment Levy.  Jocks also stated that the Truth in Taxation Hearing is required by the State of Michigan for this instance.

Lon Husbands stated he was upset at the proposed increase to property taxes as he feels the existing tax amounts are already high. Husbands asked why the judgment wasn’t paid before getting to this point, and why the Village continued to fight this case after the initial loss.  Husbands also asked why something wasn’t done sooner regarding the healthcare fund.  Husbands inquired how the Village was able to increase the Police Department if there was a shortage in funds. Husbands stated he feels it is ridiculous for the taxpayers to assume this cost.

Danielle Seabolt asked about a long-term plan with other pending lawsuits, and what the effect will be if these cases are lost. Jeff Jocks stated it is unclear where the Village funds will be over time, and a Judgment Levy for any future case losses may be a possibility.

David Hogerheide asked whether bankruptcy was an option, and if the Village was given the opportunity to make payments on the judgment it was ordered to disburse. Hogerheide asked if discussions took place regarding the Village Police Department merging with the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department as a cost-saving measure.  President Sieting stated that this was discussed at length in the past, and has been rejected as an option.

Sandy Joslin stated that Traverse City is currently selling properties to recover funds, and asked whether the Village had looked at this as an option.

Eric Peterson stated he was looking for details on the proposed property tax increase. Manager Yost stated that the Thomas Judgment Levy would propose to increase the Village taxes by 3.8549 mills.

Margaret Beebe stated it was a much different scenario when she was working years ago but, with the increased cost of living and reduced income, she is not sure how she can manage the proposed increase in property taxes.

President Sieting stated that concerns would be addressed after the Public Hearing.

Trustee Kelly stated she is unhappy about this as her taxes will be increasing as well.

Ken Hillman asked how the issue got to this point, and stated he didn’t understand how retirement contracts could be revoked. Jocks stated that the fund created to finance retiree healthcare insurance was depleted, which led to the discontinuance of these benefits as the Village’s general fund was not set up to pay for these expenses.  The lawsuits followed, and a judgement was awarded by a jury on the Thomas case.

Robert Hall stated he feels the current Village Council is doing the best job they can with this issue, and that is all he can expect of them.

Diana Shafer asked whether the proposed tax increase was a one-time occurrence. Manager Yost stated that the additional mills are for the Thomas case only.

Lon Husbands again asked why the Village continued to fight this case after the initial loss. Manager Yost stated that the outcome of any lawsuit is always unknown at the outset.

Trustee Dupuie stated that Kalkaska is not the only community in this situation. President Sieting agreed that this is a national problem.

Robert Burgin wondered whether the issue occurring in other communities also involved funds that were not tied to the general fund.

Motion by Needham, second by Dupuie, to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The Public Hearing was closed at 6:20 p.m.

Consider Adoption of Resolution 2017-018 Approval of Additional Millage – Trustee White read the resolution being considered.  White explained that, in order to offset the additional levy, the Village will be reducing the General, Major Street and Local Street operating mills.  These reductions equal a wash to Village residents, who will see no increase in their Village property taxes.  Manager Yost explained where the funds came from to reduce these operating mills.

Motion by Dupuie, second by Ellis, to adopt Resolution 2017-018. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

CONSIDERATION OF TRIAL OR SETTLEMENT STRATEGY WITH COUNSEL REGARDING PENDING LITIGATION (CLOSED SESSION PER SECTION 152.268(e) OF THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT

Motion by Kelly, second by Dupuie, to enter into Closed Session pursuant to MCL 15.268(e) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss the pending health insurance litigation strategy because discussion in an open meeting would have a detrimental financial effect on the litigating and settlement position of the Village of Kalkaska. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.  Closed Session began at 6:25 p.m.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

Motion by Needham, second by Sanborn, to return to Open Session. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.  Open Session resumed at 6:52 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT

David Hogerheide stated he appreciates the job Council does, and apologized for attending meetings in the past only to complain. Hogerheide expressed his concern over the future lawsuits, and how they will be handled if cases are lost by the Village.  Hogerheide asked whether merging the Police Department with the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department would save the Village money.

Trustee White stated that the discussion regarding consolidation of law enforcement services went on for some time, and many considerations were taken into account. White stated it was concluded that coverage within the Village by the Sheriff’s Department would be difficult.  White stated that Village acted well within the budget to proceed with Police Department expansions, and funds were wisely spent to well-equip the department.  White further stated that future industry coming into the Village will rely on and occupy law enforcement.

 

President Sieting stated he believes the County Commissioners’ priorities lie in other areas, and he lacks faith to put the protection of Village citizens in their hands. Sieting stated that, while he cannot discuss the other pending lawsuits at this time, he believes citizens’ attendance at meetings holding local government responsible is crucial.

Francis Kelly stated that the Village must become a city in order to utilize County Sheriff’s Department services. Village officials disagreed with this.

Mike Oosterhart stated he believes this is an appropriate time for the Village to address Food Sovereignty, which will be discussed under New Business. Oosterhart explained that his farm was shut down by USDA for not having a warehousing license.  He is not able to operate his farm, nor is he able to participate in the Kalkaska Farmer’s Market.  Oosterhart believes the State of Michigan considers his operation a warehouse based on a technicality.  Oosterhart stated that, if a Food Sovereignty regulation is adopted, he could serve at the Farmer’s Market freely and uninhibited.  Oosterhart stated he feels it is time to make freedom legal again, and would like to see a change for local farmers initiated.  Oosterhart stated that this would create an increase in commerce, which is important for the community.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

Consider Adoption of Resolution 2017-019 Kalkaska County Fair Banner – Motion by Needham, second by Sanborn, to adopt Resolution 2017-019.  Motion carried on a voice vote.

Consider Adoption of Resolution 2017-019 to Authorize Closure of Fourth Street for Annual Commission on Aging Picnic – Motion by White, second by Dupuie, to adopt Resolution 2017-019.  Motion carried on a voice vote.

Consider Adoption of Ordinance 2017-007 Amendment to Medical Marijuana Zoning – Motion by Ellis, second by White, to adopt Ordinance 2017-007.  A roll call vote was then taken:

Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None. Motion carried.

Consider Adoption of Ordinance 2017-008 Amendment to Zoning Code – Motion by Ellis, second by Dupuie, to adopt Ordinance 2017-008.  A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None. Motion carried.

Consider Creation of Food Sovereignty Committee as Recommended by Village DDA – The Food Sovereignty Committee will consist of Trustees Dupuie, Ellis and Kelly.

Consider Approval of Pay Draw No. 5 (Rural Development Water and Sewer Project) – Motion by Sanborn, second by Dupuie, to approve Pay Draw No. 5 contingent upon Rural Development approval.  A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

Consider Approval of Change Order No. 2 (Rural Development Water and Sewer Project – Motion by White, second by Sanborn, to approve Change Order No. 2 contingent upon Rural Development approval.  A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

BILLS

Motion by Sanborn, second by Needham, to approve the bills as presented in the amount of $569,588.29. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Finance Committee – President Sieting stated the committee reviewed payroll reconciliations, monthly payroll registers, bank reconciliations and journal entries.

Parks and Recreation Committee – Trustee White stated the committee met on May 23, 2017, and they discussed a proposed 4-H Family Fitness event to take place at Railroad Square.  White reported that, due to language constraints between the Village and MSU extension on the Hold Harmless document, the event will not be taking place here.  White stated the committee also discussed a proposed benefit bike race, and parties are currently working on an alternate bike route for the event.  White stated discussion on the Drive-In Movie was tabled, with a movie schedule to be posted later in the week.

Personnel Committee Trustee Needham reported that the committee met with Dan Emmendorfer of Securities America, who proposed the adoption of a 457 Plan with FTJ Fund Choice.  Needham explained that there is no cost to the Village to adopt this plan, and it would be optional to employees who wished to participate.  The draft Plan Document will not be available until the next Village Council meeting.

Motion by Needham, second by Sanborn, to table to the next meeting until the draft document is in hand. Motion carried on a voice vote.

Trustee Needham stated other items discussed by the Personnel Committee will be presented at the next meeting as well.

REPORTS FROM VILLAGE OFFICERS

POLICE REPORT

The May 2017 report was provided by Lieutenant Artress.

CLEAN WATER REPORT

The May 2017 report was provided by Clean Water Plant Supervisor Mark Baars.

MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Yost gave an update on the Rural Development project. Yost reported that the new water services will begin to be installed this week, with restoration and paving of roads to take place soon.

Yost advised that the contracts have been signed for the SAW Grant and the project, which includes improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, are underway.

Yost announced that June 14, 2017 is Flag Day; and June 24, 2017 is the Kalkaska Airport Fly-In (where a static display by the Coast Guard is planned). Yost also announced that Senator Gary Peters will be at the Village Office on July 5, 2017.  More information on this will follow.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT President Sieting stated he appreciates the public’s input at Village Council meetings.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Patrick Prestine stated he believes installing electric conduit at Railroad Square was a great idea and demonstrated forward thinking.

David Hogerheide asked for clarification on the amendment to the Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance. Manager Yost replied that the amendment aligns the ordinance with new state law, which goes into effect on December 1, 2017, as well as strengthens the existing ordinance.  Yost further elaborated that the amended ordinance prohibits certain activities.  Trustee White added that the ordinance is now more stringent than State regulations.

Dave Bell asked whether the water and sewer rates will increase once the service upgrades are completed. Manager Yost stated there are no anticipated increases at this time, though future rate changes are unknown.

Robert Burgin asked whether the water quality will improve. Manager Yost stated he believes they will as old infrastructure is being eliminated.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 7:25 p.m.

Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

DDA Minutes 6-6-17

Village of Kalkaska

Downtown Development Authority

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017 IN THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 200 HYDE STREET, KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, 49646

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER: The Village of Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority regular meeting was called to order by Chair Zenner at 5:05 P.M.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Paryani, Sanborn, Yost, Sieting, Johnson, Ascione and Zenner

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:  Coffey and Burgin

PUBLIC PRESENT:  Cash Cook (DDA Director) and Gayenell Gentelia (Recording Secretary)

 

  1. DISCUSSION ON FUTURE MEETING FORMAT: For future meetings, Committee Meeting Minutes, Director and AD Updates are to be sent to Gentelia (Recording Secretary) by the Thursday before the meeting. The minutes will be added to the Board Packets for all Board Members to review and be prepared with any questions for the committee. We will no longer read committee minutes at the monthly Board Meetings. If no questions and/or clarifications are needed, we will move on. This will help drive more productive meetings and keep the Board focused and on task.

 

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to approve agenda as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.

 

  1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to approve the May 2, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  2. PUBLIC COMMENTS: [Please stand and state your name for the record]

 

  1. PRESENTATION: None
  2. CORRESPONDENCE: None

 

  1. COMMITTEE REPORTS
  2.  
    1. DDA Director Update
      1. Redevelopment Projects/Opportunities Discussion
      2. Fall Color Tour – michigansteamtrain.com

 

    1. Associate Director Update
      1. Housing Development Grant discussion

 

    1. Projects & Promotions
        1. Relatively Short meeting
        2. Calendar to local business
        3. Will chair of each committee approve putting their contact information on the calendar
          1. Send email out requesting approval to have their contact information on the calendar.
          2. To the council members, too.
          3. Or should we have them contact the Village Office
    2. Farmers’ Market
      1. Food Sovereignty discussion.
      2. Motion by Johnson, second by Sanborn, to authorize Sieting to draft a request to the Village Council for creation of a committee to look into Food Sovereignty for the Village. All Ayes, motion carried.

 

    1. Design Committee
        1. RFP research recommended looking into more than one firm with the caveat to continue with current firm if a relationship already exists.
        2. Should we proceed with another RFP or continue with Siedell.
        3. Motion by Sieting, second by Yost, to use Siedell as the architecture firm and approve a budget not to exceed $1000 for a rendering for the Rotary Charities Grant. A roll call vote was taken: Ayes – Paryani, Sanborn, Johnson, Sieting, Yost, Zenner and Ascione. Nays – None. Absent – Coffey and Burgin. Motion carried.
        4. We have received a couple of renditions for Site Design at Railroad Square.

 

  1. CURRENT BUSINESS:
  1. Bills: Motion by Sanborn, second by Johnson, to approve payment of bills as presented. A roll call vote was taken: Ayes – Johnson, Sieting, Yost, Sanborn, Ascione, Paryani and Zenner. Nays – None. Absent – Burgin and Coffey. Motion carried.

 

  1. Cash Balance Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Yost, to accept as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  2. Revenue Expenditure Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Yost, to accept Revenue Expenditure Report as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.

 

  1. Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund: Relates to Food Sovereignty. Is this appropriate for the DDA Board? Roll this over to the Council Committee referenced in Farmers’ Market discussion.
  2.  
  3. Request Approval to Reimburse Village for Electricity Install at Old Chamber Site: As the Water & Sewer Project was under way, there was an opportunity to place conduit under the Railroad Tracks. This would provide power to the Old Chamber site for Farmers’ Market, the Information Center and the Museum with the cost of conduit and electrical labor only to the DDA. Motion by Sanborn, second by Johnson, to reimburse Village for Electricity Install at Old Chamber Site. A roll call vote was taken: Ayes – Sanborn, Johnson, Sieting, Yost, Zenner, Ascione and Paryani. Nays – None. Absent – Coffey and Burgin. Motion carried.

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS:
    1. Master Plan Update – Last of the focus group will be on Thursday for the Library. Elise of Networks Northwest will have an update for us after that meeting.

 

  1. FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
    1. Next month’s DDA Meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month, since the 1st Tuesday falls on the 4th of July.
    2. Mr. Cook is involved in the Medical Marijuana Project, assisting with the rewriting of the current ordinance.

 

  1. ADJOURN: Meeting adjourned at 5:35 PM by Chair Zenner.

Next Meeting – July 11, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.

Recording Secretary: Gayenell Gentelia

Planning Commission Minutes 6-1-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

JUNE 1, 2017

COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 200 HYDE STREET

MINUTES OF THE MEETING

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

Chair Larsen called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.

PRESENT: Chair Larsen, Sieting (arrived at 6:03 p.m.), Burgin, Baxter, White and Yost (arrived at 6:05 p.m.).

ABSENT: None

PUBLIC PRESENT: Mickey Miller, Brandon Goff, Cash Cook, John Popp, Tyler Troszak, Larry Knight and Denny Corrado.

Chair Larsen led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

Motion by White, second by Burgin, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

  1. May 4, 2017 Regular Meeting:       Motion by Baxter, second by White to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

  1. To hear comments on proposed amendments to the Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance: Motion by White, second by Burgin, to open the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote. The Public Hearing was opened at 6:05 p.m.

Tyler Troszak stated he recently relocated from downstate after purchasing property in Kalkaska County. Troszak reviewed his agricultural experience, and advised he will be starting up a farm to grow diverse vegetables and fruits.  Troszak stated he is also interested in medical marijuana cultivation, with a desire to grow the community.

Brandon Goff introduced himself as an associate of Tyler’s, who has also relocated from the downstate area. Goff stated he will be assisting Tyler with the farm, and also wishes to create jobs in the area.

John Popp stated he will be working with Tyler and Brandon on the organic farm, and wishes to help the community as well.

Motion by Sieting, second by Baxter, to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The Public Hearing was closed at 6:09 p.m.

  • To hear public comments on proposed amendments to the Zoning Code: Motion by Sieting, second by White, to open the Public Hearing.       Motion carried on a voice vote.       The Public Hearing was opened at 6:10 p.m.

 

Bob Murray inquired about the existing 1,000-foot restriction on medical marijuana facilities in proximity to locations where children are present. Yost stated that this would be reflected in the regulatory ordinance, which will be reviewed by Village Council at a future date.

Motion by Baxter, second by Burgin, to close the Public Hearing. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The Public Hearing was closed at 6:11 p.m.

SITE PLANS REVIEWS – None

Yost stated he anticipates the site plan review for Commission on Aging to be presented at next month’s meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Historical District Study Committee: No update.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

CURRENT BUSINESS

  • Consider Recommendation to Village Council on Proposed Amendments to Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance: Discussion took place on the proposed amendments. White explained that the amended ordinance reflects current State law, which requires licensing through the Village of Kalkaska.Motion by White, second by Sieting, to recommend approval of the proposed amendments to Village Council. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

  • Consider Recommendation to Village Council on Proposed Amendments to Zoning Code: Motion by Sieting, second by Burgin, to recommend approval of the proposed amendments to Village Council. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

  • Expenditure Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Burgin, to accept as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Yost recommended that the gentlemen attending the meeting contact Kalkaska County soon regarding medical marijuana regulations.

Burgin inquired about the storage upgrade taking place at Express Tire. Yost stated that no site plan review was required for the project.

White announced that the Kalkaska Drive-In Movie will return in two weeks.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion by Baxter, second by Sieting, to adjourn. Motion carried on a voice vote.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

Recorded by: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

Public Hearing Notice 6-12-17

Notice of Public Hearing on Increasing Property Taxes

The Village Council of the Village of Kalkaska, County of Kalkaska, State of Michigan, will hold a public hearing on a proposed increase of 3.8549 mills as a judgment tax levy pursuant to MCL 600.6093 to be levied in 2017. The hearing will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Office, 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan, 49646.

The Village Council intends to take action on the proposed additional millage at their meeting held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

If adopted, the proposed additional millage will increase revenues from ad valorem property taxes 31% over such revenues generated by levies permitted without holding a hearing. If the proposed additional millage rate is not approved the revenue will increase by 31% over the preceding year’s revenue.

The Village of Kalkaska has complete authority to establish the number of mills to be levied from within its authorized millage rate.

This notice is published by the Village of Kalkaska, 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan, 49646, telephone (231) 258-9191.

Village Council Minutes 5-22-17

VILLAGE OF KALKASKA

MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 IN THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 200 HYDE STREET, KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, 49646.

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

President Sieting called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PRESENT: President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White.

ABSENT: None

STAFF PRESENT:     Scott Yost, Village Manager; Angie Koon, Village Clerk; Glenn Artress, Lieutenant.

PUBLIC PRESENT: Mickey Miller, Deb Shively, Justine Zingg, Eric Peterson, Tom Sabourin, Tom Steiner, Carolyn Phillips, Amy Sieting, Clyde Johnson, Deb Perkins, Charlie Tinon, Mike Oosterhart, Kevin Rogols, Dennis Mansfield, Ken Barry, Ashley Krogel and Cheryl Krogel.

President Sieting started with a prayer and led with the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF REGULAR AGENDA

Motion by White, second by Needham, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Sanborn, second by Dupuie, to approve as presented. Motion carried on a voice vote.

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

PRESENTATIONS – None

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Public Works Committee – Trustee White stated the committee met on May 17, 2017 and considered a partial sewer refund for the utility customer at 511 S. Walnut Street who suffered a significant leak at the home.

Motion by Kelly, second by Sanborn, to issue a credit in the amount of $173.25 to the homeowner of 511 S. Walnut Street. A roll call vote was then taken:  President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

White stated the committee also reviewed bids on the sewer televising and cleaning related to the SAW project. White announced that the lowest bid came in from Allstate Power Vac in the amount of $92,687.80.

Motion by White, second by Needham, to accept the lowest bid from Allstate Power Vac with Clyde Johnson of Gosling Czubak as the managing engineer; and assign the Village Manager or Village President to sign applicable paperwork. A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent – None.  Motion carried.

REPORTS FROM VILLAGE OFFICERS

MANAGER’S REPORT

Manager Yost gave an update on the Rural Development water and sewer project, including a timeline for restoration, repaving and patching of roads on the south end of the Village. Yost stated that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rural Development project took place on May 17, 2017.  Yost distributed copies of the article and photos from the newspaper covering the event.  Yost also displayed a certificate received from Representative Bergman.

Yost stated that he, Sergeant Huff and Lieutenant Artress spoke at the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony which was held on May 16, 2017.

Yost explained that the SAW project, which includes the televising and cleaning of sewer mains, is being funded by a grant.

Yost reviewed upcoming committee meetings. Yost reported that the Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing at its June 1, 2017 regular meeting to review proposed amendments to the Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance.

Yost announced that Senator Gary Peters will be in town on July 5, 2017 with more details to follow. Yost also stated that Representative Daire Rendon has been holding hours at the Village Office.

Trustee Needham commented on how quickly the R.D. is progressing and stated that, as a resident, she appreciates this.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

Schedule Truth in Taxation Hearing – The Public Hearing was scheduled to take place at the June 12, 2017 regular Council meeting.

Consider Adoption of Ordinance 2017-006 Consumers Energy Franchise – Motion by White, second by Ellis, to adopt Ordinance 2017-006.  A roll call vote was then taken:  Ayes – President Sieting and Trustees Dupuie, Ellis, Kelly, Needham, Sanborn and White; Nays – None; Absent –None.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Carolyn Phillips stated that, while she is not a Village resident, she does shop locally within the Village. Phillips stated she patronized the ELK Café, which was housed in the former Cornell’s Crossing building, and looked forward to this building being converted to an eatery and marketplace.    Phillips sought clarification as to why the ELK Café would not be locating here permanently, as she heard it was due to personality conflicts or red tape with the Village.  Phillips stated she shopped at Cornell’s often, and fears that the building will remain unused or vacant.  Phillips stated she is hopeful the building can be used as a successful restaurant/marketplace, and requested an update on the progress between the business owner and the Village.

President Sieting stated he feels there is nothing to restrict this building being used as the cornerstone of the community. Sieting stated he believes it is important for the Village to endorse investments and help create a friendly environment.

Phillips stated she is hopeful that the ELK Café specifically will operate in the Cornell’s building, but stated heard the business owner is no longer pursuing this due to issues with the Village. President Sieting stated that the Village does not have the authority to prevent a business from moving into the Village limits.

Trustee White thanked the public for their attendance at tonight’s meeting. White announced that “Drive-In Movie Night” will be returning to the Village this summer at Railroad Square.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business coming before this Council, President Sieting adjourned the meeting at 6:25 p.m.

Recorded By: Angie Koon, Village Clerk

Focus Group Meeting for Master Plan 5-24-17

Please be advised of a Focus Group meeting on behalf of the Village of Kalkaska Planning Commission. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan 49646.  The purpose of this meeting is to prioritize goals to be considered in the updated Master Plan, which is currently being developed by the Planning Commission in conjunction with the Kalkaska Community Planning Process.

Focus Group Meeting for DDA Plan 5-23-17

Please be advised of a Focus Group meeting on behalf of the Village of Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Village Office located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, Michigan 49646.  The purpose of this meeting is to prioritize goals to be considered in the updated DDA Plan, which is currently being developed by the DDA in conjunction with the Kalkaska Community Planning Process.

Personnel Committee meeting 5-24-17

Please be advised of a Village Personnel Committee Meeting being held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Offices located at 200 Hyde Street, Kalkaska, MI 49646 to discuss the adoption of a 457 Plan document with FTJ Fund Choice and other personnel matters.