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WRIGHT-WALDRON NEWS

Published 1/25/2020
10:35pm

Special Waldron Council Meeting Held On Topic of Ames v. Village of Waldron

Council Enters Closed Session on January 7th to Discuss Litigation; Regular January 14th Council Meeting Minutes

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On January 7, 2020 the Waldron Village Council held a special meeting at the Wright-Waldron Municipal Building.

President Leo Burress called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken with one member absent and all other members present.

Public Comment: None

Closed Session: Bettie Salmon made a motion to go into closed session to consult with the village attorney regarding settlement strategy in the pending litigation of Michael Ames v the Village of Waldron, Hillsdale County District Court file number 19-696-GC. Karen McNett supported and it carried by a voice vote.

Open Meeting: Bettie Salmon made a motion to come out of the closed session. Kelly Nickles supported and it carried by a voice vote.

Public Comment: None

Adjourn: Karen McNett made a motion to adjourn until January 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Darcie Salmon supported and it carried by a voice vote. Meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

The Village of Waldron Council held its regular January 14, 2020 meeting in the Wright-Waldron Municipal Building.

President Leo Burress called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. All stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call was taken with 1 absent and all other members present.

★ Additions and Approval of the Agenda: President Burress wanted to add budget revisions. Kelly Nickles made a motion to approve the agenda as amended. Darcie Salmon supported and it carried by a voice vote.

★ Approval of the December 10, 2019 Minutes: Darcie Salmon made a motion to approve the December 10, 2019 minutes. Kelly Nickles supported and it carried by a voice vote.

★ Approval of the January 7, 2020 Special Council Meeting Minutes: Karen McNett made a motion to approve the January 7, 2020 meeting minutes Allison Harwood supported and it carried by a voice vote.

★ Public Comment: Terri Vear from Perennial Park discussed a lot of programs that are available for senior citizens and others.

★ Reports to Council

• Fire Board: Karen McNett said that the board had increased the wages for its officers.

• Maintenance: Leo Burress said the guys had been picking up brush and cleaning some drains.

• Street Administrator: None

• Code Enforcement: Leo Burress reported that Ben Oram was in town the previous Thursday and Friday. He sent 16 letters and had gotten some responses.

★ Committee Reports

• Treasures Report: Keri Burress said that she has an appointment to turn in the village tax books and she has also been doing deposits.

• Clerks Report: Margy Burress said she has been helping with the budget and doing W-2.

• Presidents Report: Leo Burress said that he has been working on the budget.

★ Budget Revisions: General Fund

• $300.00 from Election supplies to office supplies with a balance of $140.00

• $2700.00 from building supplies to professional with a balance of $4200.00

• $1300.00 from building supplies to attorney with a balance of $2900.00

• $400.00 from contingency to gas with a balance of $7952.18

• $987.00 from contingency to publishing with a balance of $6965.18

• $100.00 from park supplies to park utilities with a balance of $500.00
Water

• $1000.00 from building main. to supplies with a balance of $1000.00

• $3000.00 from contingency to attorney with a balance of $ 1130.74

• $1800.00 from wages to repair/replace with a balance of $3920.00

• $574.63 from building main. to annual fees with a balance of $425.37
Sewer

• $1250.00 from wages to bacteria test with a balance of $4750.00

• $170.00 from contingency to supplies with a balance of $2175.04

• $120.00 from gas & oil to attorney with a balance of $581.88

• $990.00 from improvements to maintenance with a balance of $14010.00

• $1094.00 from improvements to equipment rental with a balance of $12916.00

• $137.50 from wages to annual fees with a balance of $4612.50

Darcie Salmon made a motion to accept the budget revisions. Kelly Nickles supported and it carried by a voice vote.

★ Pay Bills: Karen McNett made a motion to pay the bills. Allison Harwood supported and it carried by a voice vote.

★ Old Business:

Resolution to abandon West St. between W. Center St. & Water St.
 
Resolution No. 2020-14

A RESOLUTION TO VACATE THE PORTION OF WEST STREET THAT LIES BETWEEN WEST CENTER STREET AND WATER STREET IN THE VILLAGE OF WALDRON, ACCORDING TO THE ORIGINAL PLAT OF THE VILLAGE OF WALDRON.

WHEREAS, the Village of Waldron has received a request to vacate the portion of West Street that lies between West Center Street and Water Street, as dedicated and depicted on the recorded plat of the Original Plat of the Village of Waldron, within the Village of Waldron, Wright Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan,

WHEREAS, the Village Council has the authority to vacate, discontinue, or abolish a highway, street, lane, alley, or public ground, pursuant to the procedures contained in Section 13 of the General Law Village Act (MCL 67.13),

WHEREAS, on December 10, 2019, the Village Council adopted a resolution declaring its intent to vacate the portion of West Street that lies between West Center Street and Water Street, as dedicated and depicted on the Original Plat of the Village of Waldron, within the Village of Waldron, Wright Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan,

WHEREAS, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, pursuant to notice given in the manner prescribed by the Open Meetings Act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275, the Village Council held a meeting to hear any and all objections to the proposed vacation of the portion of West Street that lies between West Center Street and Water Street, and to consider any and all written objections properly filed with the Village Clerk in advanced of the meeting, and

WHEREAS, the Village Council has determined that it is advisable to vacate the portion of West Street that lies between West Center Street and Water Street, as dedicated and depicted on the Original Plat of the Village of Waldron,

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Village Council hereby vacates the portion of West Street that lies between West Center Street and Water Street, as dedicated and depicted on the Original Plat of the Village of Waldron, according to the recorded plat thereof, within the Village of Waldron, Wright Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the vacation of the portion of West Street that lies between West Center Street and Water Street shall be subject to the Village of Waldron reserving and retaining a full width easement in the dedicated area of the vacated street for public utility purposes and for other public purposes, said easement being reserved and retained by and for the benefit of the Village of Waldron.

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that all existing easements and utility uses and rights within the area vacated shall remain for the use and enjoyment of the owners of said easements and utility uses and rights.

IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that within 30 days of the effective date of this Resolution the Village Clerk shall record a certified copy of this Resolution with the Hillsdale County Register of Deeds and shall file a certified copy of this Resolution with the director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs ( formerly known as the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services). This Resolution shall have no force or effect until recorded with the Hillsdale County Register of Deeds.

Passed in regular council session this 14th day of January, 2020, upon the following roll-call vote:

President Burress: YES x NO
Trustee Harwood: YES x NO
Trustee McNett : YES x NO
Trustee Nickles: YES x NO
Trustee B. Salmon: YES NO ABSENT
Trustee D. Salmon: YES x NO
Trustee Smith: YES x NO

Leo Burress, President
Margy Burress, Clerk

★ New Business: President Pro-tem
Kelly Nickles said she would be president pro-tem. Darcie Salmon made a motion to have Kelly Nickles as president pro-tem. Allison Harwood supported and it carried by a voice vote.

★ Public Comment: None

★ Adjourn: Darcie Salmon made a motion to adjourn until February 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Kelly Nickles supported and it carried by a voice vote. Meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

*ACCOMMODATIONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*
"Village of Waldron is an Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer"

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