Meeting Minutes 5-9-23

Leroy Township Board Meeting 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. 

Township Hall – 1685 N M-52, Webberville, MI. 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by the Supervisor, Earl L. Griffes. 

Board members present: Earl L. Griffes, Wilma J. Whitehead, Heidi Ream, Loretta K. Benjamin, R. Scott Diederich. 

Also present: Tim O’Brien, Scott MacGuidwin, Steve Moreno, Monica Moreno, Bob McManaman, Judy McManaman. 

After review, Diederich moved to accept the minutes of the April 4, 2023 Board meeting, as presented. Support, Ream. The motion passed. 

An Ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance to permit and regulate Wind-Energy Conservation Systems, was reviewed. Recommended changes to be presented to the Planning Commission: Private WECS (2c) Height Ground Clearance; the total height of a Private WECS with the blade fully extended must not exceed 150 feet in the Ag. District and Ag. District Residential, 80 feet. The minimum clearance from ground level to the blade at its lowest point must not exceed 30 feet. 

(52a,b) Commercial WECS: Site & Use Standards and Requirements; the minimum setback to Remain at 3,000 feet and the maximum height at 300 feet. 

Tim O’Brien commented that the 3,000 ft. requirement would cause exclusionary zoning. Bob McManaman stated that the attorney included the 3,000 ft. requirement and they would defend it. Griffes will contact the Township Attorney and the Planning Commission will take the matter up at their work session on May 17th. 

An Ordinance to impose a moratorium on the issuance of permits, licenses, or approvals for, or for any construction of Solar Energy Conservation Systems, was reviewed. Motion by Benjamin to approve Resolution #2023-03 as presented, to adopt Ordinance #36. Support, Ream. Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes. The motion passed 5-0. This ordinance shall become immediately following publication. 

A proposed Ordinance for the purpose of authorizing and regulating the operation of Off Road Vehicles (ORV) on roads in Leroy Township, was discussed and was tabled until next month’s Board meeting. 

An estimate, of $15,000.00, to connect the park pathway across parking lot and pave from pathway to the road, was submitted by One-Way Asphalt Paving & Excavating, Inc. Motion by Diederich to accept the job proposal as presented. Support, Ream. Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Whitehead-Yes. The motion passed. 

Sealing of the Township Hall parking lot proposal, was reviewed. Motion by Benjamin to accept the proposal, of $3,600.00, as presented. Support, Diederich. Ream-Yes, Griffes- Yes, Benjamin-Yes, Whitehead-Yes, Diederich-Yes. The motion passed. 

Township Hall lawn fertilizing was discussed. The lawn mowing company does not have their licenses to spray and the landscaping company is not set up to spray the whole lawn area. Griffes will contact Green Up Landscaping in Fowlerville. 

N.I.E.S.A. report, for April, 2023, was given by Earl Griffes. The audit report was ending December 31, 2022, was good. A commercial washer and dryer is going to be purchased, for the Webberville Station, at a cost of $19,000.00. 

The bills were presented by the Clerk, for review. Motion by Ream to pay all bills. Support, Benjamin. Benjamin-Yes, Diederich-Yes, Ream-Yes, Griffes-Yes, Whitehead-Yes. The 

motion passed. 

Motion by Benjamin to adjourn at 7:52 p.m. Support, Ream. The motion passed. 

Wilma J. Whitehead Township Clerk