Monthly Archives: March 2018

SPRING CLEAN UP – APRIL 9-15
The Dept. of Public Works will be picking up small limbs (no larger than five feet long) and brush during the week of April 9.
THESE WILL BE THE ONLY DATES FOR PICKUP.
Please place brush at the curb.  Any questions regarding placement or content may be directed to Jim Weinberg at 432-2009.
The Village brush pile is available year round to village residents and for a small fee for township residents.  Keys to the gate must be signed out at the Village Office, 110 N. Blackstone, Mon-Fri, 9 AM-noon & 1-5 PM.  Keys may be signed out for the weekend if picked up by Friday.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
Gula Carter—Billing Clerk for the Village of Colon has retired after many years of dedicated service to the Village.
Nancy Percival—Trustee on the Village Council has resigned effective March 13, 2018 after many years of dedicated service to the Village.
Diane Downs—Village President resigned her position effective March 13, 2018.

WELCOME TO  THE VILLAGE
Edie Doenges was named Village President
Ruth Ann Kuhlmann was named President Pro-Tempore
Marilyn McManus was appointed to Village Trustee
Carl Thornton was appointed to Village Trustee

Tom Tenney is Interim Village Manager

VILLAGE OFFICE HOURS
Monday thru Friday 9AM to 5 PM

COUNTY-WIDE RECYCLING
St. Joseph County Fair Grounds, April 28 from 8 AM – 12 PM
See the St. Joseph County Fair Grounds’ website for details www.centrevillefair.com
or for more information call Pat Kulikowski at the county 269-467-5617

New Water/Sewer Rates Increase
In accordance with Resolutions 16-3-8A and 16-3-88 of the Village of Colon, water and sewer rates will be adjusted to the National Cost of Living Index each year, not to exceed 2%.  The following 2% rate increases will take effect with next month’s bills:

Sewer Rates based on Water Meter Size             Amount
5/8” to 3/4”                                                  $16.02
1”                                                               $35.39
1 1/2”                                                         $70.80
2”                                                            $113.26
4”                                                            $382.85
Plus $2.50 per 1000 gallons of water metered

Water Rates based on Water Meter Size                Amount
5/8” to 3/4”                                               $26.27
1”                                                         $58.08
1 1/2”                                                   $116.15
2”                                                      $185.83
4”                                                       $638.78
Plus rate per 1000 gallons consumed
1-3,000 $2.12
3,001-6,000 $2.38
6,001 and up $2.51

Water/Fire System Fee $   .96

Park Pavilion Rental
May through October
$100 for the whole pavilion
$70 for one-half
For more information call:
Colon Village Office – 269-432-2532

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER SALE
May 12 at the Library
To order flowers
forms will be available soon at the Library

COLON CARING KITCHEN
is serving free community dinners EVERY THURSDAY EVENING 4:30 – 6:00 PM At the Colon United Methodist Church, 224 N. Blackstone Ave.

 

Village Council Members

Village President – Edith Doenges
President Pro-Tempore  – Ruth Ann Kuhlmann
Tustees – Sharon Craun
Mervel (Dick) Delp
Marilyn McManus
Linda Norton
Carl Thornton

ALSO,
Interim Village Manager – Tom Tenney

The Village office hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM (Lunch 12-1 PM)

Notice Workshop, Special Meetings & Public Hearing

NOTICE OF BUDGET WORKSHOP
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

VILLAGE OF COLON 2018-2019
BUDGET WORKSHOP
TUESDAY, MARCH 20 AT 6 PM

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SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
TO FILL COUNCIL VACANCIES
TUESDAY, MARCH 20 AT 7 PM

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VILLAGE OF COLON 2018-2019 BUDGET
PUBLIC HEARING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 AT 6 PM

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SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
APPROVE 2018-2019 BUDGET
FOLLOWING BUDGET HEARING

All meetings will take place at Colon Village Office 110 N. Blackstone Ave.

Council Meeting Minutes February 13, 2018

COLON VILLAGE COUNCIL
Colon Village Hall
REGULAR MEETING – February 13, 2018

Meeting Call to Order at 7:00 PM – Pledge of Allegiance was said

Present: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Sharon Craun. Nancy Percival, Linda Norton, Diane Downs.

Also Present: Chief Brinkert, Jim Weinberg, Michael Mitchel, Att. Deb Davis, Gula Carter, Carl Thorton, Pam Gilbert, Alvey Wall, and Kurt Kuhlmann.  A number of others were in attendance.

Approve Agenda – N. Percival made a motion to add to the minutes of the 02-06-2018 special meeting to reflect Kelly Pucci made a public comment regarding the civility statement.  Also, an item would be added to Unfinished Business e) The Civility Statement.  D. Delp seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Public Comments – Pam Gilbert read a letter about the sale of property at 210 W. South St.

Consent Agenda – N. Percival made a motion to accept the agenda with additions:  bills in the amount of $117,711.92 and the minutes from the February 6, 2018 special meeting, with additions.  RA Kuhlmann seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

Communications/Petitions/Miscellaneous – none

Monthly Reports

  1. Department of Public Works – report as presented. RA Kuhlmann made a motion to purchase a pallet of sidewalk salt at a cost of $510.    Delp seconded the motion.  The motion carried.
  2. Police – report as presented.
    1. Craun made a motion to purchase summer tires from Jack’s in Sturgis, for two quad cars at a cost not to exceed $1200.  L. Norton seconded the motion. Motion carried.
    2. Percival made a motion to allow the police department to purchase an upgrade for software from TIMS at a cost of $12, 280. The cost will be split over this fiscal years 2017-2018 and next fiscal year, 2018-2019.  Cost includes turning all computers into TIMS reporting system.   RA Kuhlmann seconded the motion.  The motion carried.
    3. Officer Dakota had a second interview with the tribal police of Athens.
  3. Village Manager – no additional items

 

Unfinished Business

  1. Real Estate Purchase Offer of 210 W. South Street – D. Delp made a motion to not proceed with the easement. Craun seconded the motion. The motion carried.
    1. RA Kuhlmann suggested selling back the property to the Decker family.
    2. The easement will need to be re-done if Village wants to sell in the future.
  2. Exploration of new Village Hall Location within Village Parking lot. Mitchell presented several options to relocate the Village Office on existing Village property.   More information is needed in order to tie onto the Township hall or to build along Blackstone Rd.  Also, to look into the cost of adding a basement to new construction.
  3. Pole placement for banners – MDOT regulation state that these poles must be designed by an engineer in accordance with the State Trunk Line regulations and other regulations. No action was taken.
  4. Update on Capital Improvement Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendments – it has been discovered that a number of parcels in the village have two different zoning classifications. Needs to be addressed.
  5. Civility Statement – N. Percival made a motion to adopt the civility statement as presented.  No seconded was received.  The motion died.

New Business

  1. Office Manager Candidate Council Confirmation – Cathi Bell – N. Percival made a motion to hire Cathi Bell as office Manager. Delp seconded the motion.   Discussion.  The Personal committee was able to talk to one of C. Bell’s references.  Several members would like to hear from some of her other references.  It was suggested to go into a closed session to have C. Bell talk with the entire council or to have the personal committee obtain more references.   D. Delp withdrew his second until additional references were obtained.  The matter was tabled.
  2. Fire Department Budgets – The 2018-2019 budget for the Fire Department was presented. Craun made a motion to approve the budget for 2018-2019 as presented.  D. Delp seconded the motion.  Motion carried.
  3. Wage adjustment. SSI set the cost of living at 2%.  The council would like to see the effect on the 2018-2019 budget for a 2% and a 3% raise for employees.
  4. Fireworks Ordinance Discussion. The police department does not feel an ordinance is necessary at this point.
  5. Credit card use. A resolution was presented to the council but policy and procedures need to be in place before a resolution is drafted.  The office manager should be responsible to monitor cards.  Craun will also be able keep an eye on the use of the credit cards as she checks invoices.  Will be discussed at the next meeting

Public Comments
Pam Gilbert had a question about the sidewalk work scheduled.  Alvey Wall questioned the placement of a new Village office.

Council Comments – D. Downs submitted her resignation following the March 13th council meeting.

  1. Craun made a motion to go into closed session. L. Norton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken.  Yea: RA Kuhlmann, E. Doenges, D. Delp, L. Norton, N. Percival, S. Craun, D. Downs.  Nay: none.  Council went into closed session at 8:32 PM.
  2. Doenges made a motion to reconvene the regular meeting. S. Craun seconded the motion. Motion carried.   Meeting reconvened at 8:41 PM.

RA Kuhlmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  S. Craun seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 8:46 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Kurt P. Kuhlmann, Clerk/Treasurer