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Minutes - September 20, 2018


Regular Meeting
September 20, 2018

The Supervisor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Present:  Supervisor Terry Nienhuis, Clerk Michael Dalman, Treasurer Vince Bush, and Trustees Doug Becker, Norm Nykamp, and Russell TeSlaa. Also present was Township Manager Steve Bulthuis.

Absent:  Trustee Elliott Church

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Mr. Bush gave the invocation.

Citizen’s Comments: None

The next item on the agenda was a request for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate submitted by National Bulk Equipment Inc.

Mr. Nienhuis opened the public hearing to consider this request.

The request is for real property costs of $774,854.00. The district was established October 18, 1990. The request is for twelve years after completion. Mr. Todd Reed was present to provide an update and answer questions regarding the project.

Mr. Nienhuis closed the public hearing.

18-86  A resolution was offered by Mr. Nykamp and supported by Mr. Becker to approve the request for the Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate from National Bulk Equipment, Inc.

All supported the resolution
Resolution declared adopted

Mr. Nienhuis opened the public hearing on the proposed 2019 Township Budget and 2018 Property Tax Levy.

Mr. Nienhuis reviewed a summary of the proposed 2019 Township Budget. The Board held a Budget Work Session on September 6. The proposed December 1, 2018 total ad valorem tax rate is at 4.86 mills, which is equal to what was levied to provide funding for 2018 operations and services. The budget will provide our citizens with the same level of service. Mr. Bulthuis reviewed the work session and 2019 Budget Resolution. Board members shared their appreciation of Township staff in the budget process. No citizens were present with questions for the Board.

Mr. Nienhuis closed the public hearing.

The Board then considered the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget resolution.

18-87  A motion was offered by Mr. Dalman and supported by Mr. TeSlaa to approve the 2019 Budget Resolution.

Roll Call Vote: Yes-6, No-0, Absent-1
Resolution declared adopted

Board members reviewed the consent agenda including communications, operational reports (August Building Report), and the minutes from the budget work session and regular meeting held on September 6, 2018.

18-88  A motion was made by Mr. Bush, supported by Mr. Nykamp, to approve the consent agenda.

All supported the motion
Motion declared adopted

The next agenda item was the consideration of a Resolution of Local Government Approval for an application for a new Small Winemaker liquor license.   Jim Storey was present to describe the request submitted by New Holland Brewing Company to be located at 690 Commerce Ct. New Holland seeks to produce hard cider which is classified as winemaking.

18-89  A resolution was offered by Mr. Bush and supported by Mr. Nykamp, to approve the Resolution of Approval for new Small Winemaker Manufacturer License for New Holland Brewing Company.

All supported the resolution
Resolution declared adopted

Mr. Bulthuis reviewed some informational and project updates. Board members gave committee reports and shared comments. Ottawa County MTA Christmas Dinner will be held November 26 at Spring Lake Country Club.

The meeting adjourned at 7:49 P.M.

Michael Dalman, Clerk
Terry Nienhuis, Supervisor

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