The regular meeting of the Harrisville City Council was held on September 14 at the city office. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by mayor Gehring and the "Pledge of Allegiance" was said. Present: Mayor Gehring; treasurer Luenberger; clerk Pierce; and council members, Peterson, Kaiser, Schwanz, Mason, and Bean; city attorney Cook; and guests.
Motion by Kaiser, support by Mason, to approve the minutes of August 10. Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Bean, support by Peterson, to pay the bills in the amount of $35,713.16. Motion carried 5-0. Mayor Gehring brought to council, discussion of a water/sewer bill increase. The city is working with OHM engineering firm for funding opportunities with the state and federal government and design plans for an upgrade to the city’s existing sewer treatment facilities. The possibility of an increase in the sewer portion of the quarterly bill was discussed.
Mayor Gehring brought Resolution No. 2020-07 to council for a vote. “Resolved, that it is hereby deemed advisable to authorize Consumers Energy Company to make changes in the lighting service as provided in the standard lighting contract between the company and the City of Harrisville, dated February 27,1978, in accordance with the authorization for change in standard lighting contract dated August 20, 2020.
Motion by Schwanz, support by Kaiser, to approve Resolution No. 2020-07. Ayes: Schwanz, Kaiser, Mason, Bean, Peterson. Nay: 0. Motion carried: 5-0. Mayor Gehring recommended the appointment of Tom Keerl to a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Motion by Kaiser, support by Peterson, to appoint Tom Keerl to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Motion carried: 5-0.
Fall clean-up and hydrant flushing schedule is as follows: Clean Up - Friday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Nov. 6. Bagged leaves and brush secured in bundles will be picked up at street side.
Hydrant flushing is the weeks of October 5-16.
Ken Lind, representative from Lind and Lind Insurance, EMC Insurance Companies, presented council with his assessment of city properties and liabilities. Alderman Mason said he would do a comparison analysis of the current insurance costs to the city versus the information Mr. Lind presented.
Mayor Gehring reported that the fire department will put out for bid, the sale of the 1983 GMC truck tank and the 1986 fire truck. The bid process will be published in the Alcona County Review. Bids will be due by noon, Wednesday, Oct. 7. Mayor Gehring petitioned council for a new lawn mower under $5,000. Motion by Bean, support by Peterson, to purchase new lawn mower for maintenance department. Motion carried: 5-0.
Clerk Pierce reported the ballots for the November 3 general election will become available the week of September 28. Call the city office, (989) 724-6666, for information. Anyone who indicated they wanted to be put on the permanent Absent Voter Application list on their voter application for the state primary election in August will receive their general election ballot in the mail as soon as they become available. Please vote early. Ballots can be returned by mail or in person to the city office.
Treasurer Luenberger indicated that September 14 was the last day to pay Summer 2020 taxes.
Harbor commission as reported by Mayor Gehring is in the process of the final phase of the dock repair and reconstruction project. Mayor Gehring has been in contact with the Army Corps of Engineers as to the repairs on the sea wall at the harbor. Mayor Gehring reported that the Corps evaluation of the sea wall indicates a major reconstruction of the wall is needed. The first step in the process is for the Corps to apply for funding from the state in the next fiscal year. The city may see some action on this issue by 2024.
Planning commissioner Schwanz reported that the Planning Commission is updating the city’s master plan. J. Schwanz and L. Schwanz have been taking online courses offered by the state on information pertaining to Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC).
Airport Assistant Manager C. Higgins reported low activity at the airport, due in part to COVID-19, although there have been several flights in and out this summer. Manager E. Higgins and T. Keerl met with a State of Michigan Aeronautics representative who did a drone aerial survey of Harrisville airport. Information from this survey has yet to be received. Permission needs to be granted from an adjacent property owner again, which expired in spring 2020, for tree removal. Many south end trees have been marked for removal.
Comment Cards: Becky Bean presented to council the next phase for the development of the Pocket Park project. She has contacted Hermann’s Stoneage for a proposal for installation of the paving blocks for the park. Work may begin in the spring.
Councils last comments: Alderman Schwanz gave input to council about her inquiries with Consumers Energy involving possibilities of renewal energy projects for the city. She discussed the possibility of Harrisville installing electric charge stations for electric cars. State funding is available. Alderman Bean discussed a concern of an unmowed property on Dock Street.
Motion to adjourn by Peterson.
Meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
Next city council meeting is Monday, Oct. 12 at city hall at 7 p.m.
Published prior to council approval.
State of Michigan
County of Alcona
Notice to Creditors
File No. 20-6116-DE
Estate of Paul Shaw
Date of Birth: September 20, 1946
To All Creditors
Notice to creditors: the decedent, Paul Shaw, died on March 28, 2020. Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the estate will be forever barred unless presented to Thomas Curry, personal representative, or to both the probate court at 106 N. 5th Street, Harrisville, Mich. 48740 and the personal representative within four months after the date of publication of this notice.
Attorney: David H. Cook P04560
Harrisville, Mich. 48740
116 Bobolink, Ave.
Commerce Township, Mich. 48382