COLON VILLAGE COUNCIL
Colon Village Hall
Regular Meeting – March 14th, 2017

Meeting Call to Order at 7:00 PM – Pledge of Allegiance was said at the Budget Hearing.
Present: Edith Doenges, Dick Delp, Ruth Ann Kuhlmann, Nancy Percival, Sharon Craun, Linda Norton, Diane Downs

Also Present: Chief Brinkert, Tammy Fredenburg, Jim Weinberg, Kelly Pucci, Michael Mitchell, Rick Fisher, Gula Carter, Kathy Pangle, Ashley Staecker, Marie Fisher, Kurt Kuhlmann

Consent Agenda: N. Percival moved to approve the consent agenda, the minutes from the regular meeting, January 14th, 2017 and the Budget Meeting, January 14th, 2017, and payment of bills in the amount of $141,116.41. E. Doenges seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Public Comments
a. Marie Fisher – The Garden Club removed the Top Hat Planters leaving four open spaces in the sidewalk. Delp moved to allow the Garden Club to pay for the spaces to be filled with cement as per the bid from Frarrand’s Flatworks Construction in the amount of $250. Craun seconded the motion. The motion carried.
b. Rick Fisher – R. Fisher would like to name the alley west of R. Fisher property, “Percy Abbott Lane.” The request was tabled until the legality of naming an alley (road, lane, street, avenue, etc.) could be investigated.

Monthly Reports
a. Office Manager Report – Fredenburg presented a written report.
i. New computers and software continue to be implemented.
ii. Staecker registered for Municipal Finance classes. N. Percival made a motion to pay $275 for Staecker to attend the four classes in addition to her mileage. Craun seconded the motion. The motion carried.
b. DPW – Weinberg presented a written report.
i. Percival made a motion to have Fisher Excavation skim the soft top layer of dirt from the alley between Depot St. and North St. and to put Village crushed concrete down at a cost of $1,750.00. Delp seconded the motion. Motion carried.
c. Police – Brinkert
i. RA Kuhlmann made a motion to purchase eight tires from Jerry’s Tire in Sturgis at the state purchase price of $1,022.40. Craun seconded the motion. The motion carried. Fisher’s and/or Bower’s will install and the expense will come out of the maintenance budget.
ii. The search is on going to fill the vacancy in the Police Department.
d. Fireboard – Meeting will be March 15th – minutes were not presented
i. A member-at-large needs to be appointed by the Village to the fireboard.
ii. A grass rig will not be purchased. A furnace was purchased instead of the rig.
e. Lake Board – T. Tenney – DEQ Permit received for 45-50 fish cribs to be placed in Palmer Lake
f. Planning Commission – T. Brown – No meeting
g. Colon Community Park Board – Deonges – Someone broke into the barn. The lock was replaced, door still needs to be repaired and brought up to code. There is a $250 deductible for insurance.
h. DDA Committee – T. Kidwell – written minutes were put in the packets
i. Farmer’s Market – T. Tenney
a. Opening Date has been set to May 27th with an ending date of September 16th.
b. One person has responded to the Facebook post
j. EDC – Percival – No decisions have been made to fund the EDC. Searching for members for the EDGE board.
k. Zoning Ordinance Review – Ruth Ann Kuhlmann – 2 vacancies need to be filled
l. Other Committee Reports – None

Unfinished Business
a. Village Manager Position – Percival made a motion to hire Michael (Mitch) D. Mitchell for the Village Manager’s Position. Doenges seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yays: Doenges, Delp, RA Kuhlmann, Percival, Craun, Norton, Downs. Nays: None. Motion carried.
b. Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study – Received
c. New Streetlight M-86 and Colon Road – In the design phase
d. Lamberson Dam – Woodworth Law Firm sent a letter stating that they have several boxes concerning Lamberson Dam transfer of ownership papers and other information concerning the dam. A legal transfer of these boxes needs to be made to the Village.

New Business
a. Update for Drug Free Workplace Policy/Omnibus Transportation Act – employee hand book forms were updated from 1991
b. Zoning Fee Schedule 2017 – Delp made a motion to approve the Zoning Fee Schedule as presented from Doug Kuhlman. Doenges seconded the motion. The motion carried with 6-1. RA Kuhlmann dissenting.
c. Spring Cleanup Dates – Set for April 24 – April 28
d. Plumbing Inspector Update – Doug Kuhlman and Randy Schmelling will represent the Village of Colon before the State of Michigan to present the case for the Village to appoint a plumbing inspector.
e. MDEQ Groundwater Discharge Permit – Weinberg is working on the permit.
f. Percy Abbott Drive Proposal – tabled
g. Concrete/Gravel Price – RA Kuhlmann moved to set crushed concrete and gravel prices as presented. Delp seconded the motion. The motion carried.
h. Ordinance Property Maintenance Code – RA Kuhlmann moved to accept the Ordinance Property Maintenance Code as read. Craun seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yays: Doenges, Delp, RA Kuhlmann, Percival, Craun, Norton, Downs. Nays: None. Motion carried.
i. Packet Preparedness – Read packets, no abstention without an approved motion by the Village Council.
j. 2017-2018 General Appropriations Act – Percival moved to accept the 2017-2018 General Appropriations Act as presented. Craun seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yays: Doenges, Delp, RA Kuhlmann, Percival, Craun, Norton, Downs. Nays: None. Motion carried.
k. 2016-2017 General Appropriations Amendment -Doenges made a motion to accept the 2016-2017 General Appropriations Amendment. Delp seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yays: Doenges, Delp, RA Kuhlmann, Percival, Craun, Norton, Downs. Nays: None. Motion carried.

Public Comments – None

Correspondence – None

FYI – Zoning Permits and blligh reports were presented.
RA Kuhlmann moved to go into closed session. S. Craun seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Yays: Doenges, Delp, RA Kuhlmann, Percival, Craun, Norton, Downs. Nays: None. Motion carried.

Public session closed at 8:05 P.M.

Delp moved to reopen the regular meeting. Craun seconded the motion. Motion carried. Regular meeting reopened at 8:21 P.M.

Adjournment – RA Kuhlmann moved to adjourn. Craun seconded the motion. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kurt P. Kuhlmann, Clerk/Treasurer