Notebook: Scio residents protest Misty Farms’ alleged peace disturbance at board meeting

The September 8 Scio Townshp board of trustees meeting got off to a heated start during the first Citizen Comments part of the meeting when Paul Charles, a resident of Strieter Road, turned on loud music to get the attention of the board.

That it did, and Trustee Jack Knowles jumped out of his chair to turn off the music.

After some tense debate about Charles’ right to express himself, he took a seat and told the board, “I just wanted to make a dramatic show so that you can see what I have to put up with. I wanted you to experience what I’m having to experience every weekend.”

He, along with another neighbor, Tom Clements, were complaining about loud music from Misty Farm, a private home used for weddings, located on Scio Church Road.

Board Supervisor Spaulding Clark told the men, “You both have a strong grievance. I would suggest you put them in writing.”

When the board moved on to action items, it unanimously (6-0 DeLong absent) approved a contract with Orchard, Hiltz, & McCliment (OHM) for preliminary engineering services related to preparing data and specifications relative to the prospective bidding of sewer televising services for the Township.

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The contract with OHM is for preliminary services at a cost of $33,200,

“We have done this before, but we’ve never done it all at once,” Clark told the board.

The goal of the project is to increase the capacity during peak flows and to reduce inflow and infiltration and will include televising and cleaning about 28,000 feet of pipe.

In other action, the board approved (6-0) and adopted a deficit elimination plan for the Township’s capital projects fund.

“Every year we’re asked to do the same thing,” Clark told the board.

The Township’s Capital Projects Fund had a $46,058.06 deficit fund balance as of March 31, 2015, and it is incumbent on the supervisor to submit a Deficit Elimination Plan to the Michigan Department of Treasury for certification.

The deficit dates back to 2007 and was created through the expenditure of funds on the I-94/Baker Road interchange improvements. The Township is being reimbursed for this expenditure through revenues from a local special
assessment district. A final payment will be made in 2017 that will conclude this obligation.

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