Bruce Township Board Meeting Recap
The Bruce Township Board of Trustees held their regular, monthly meeting Wednesday night at the Bruce Township Hall. Here are the highlights:
- Trustee Paul Okoniewski was on his annual Boy Scout trip and could not be present. Supervisor James Tignanelli, Clerk Susan Brockmann, Treasurer Deborah Obrecht and Trustee Mark Falker were present.
- A local resident addressed the Board, in a moment that turned dramatic. A gentleman who had been forced to relocate from his home on Henry Ross Drive, due to his taxes being too high, “especially while living on a private road.” The man took several long pauses to hold back tears during his speech. Supervisor Tignanelli offered to meet the man in his office to explain why his taxes were the way they were.
- Another resident had a similar complaint to the man before him. He asked the board repeatedly, angrily, why his SEV (State Equalized Value) was so high. He claimed this was his third meeting and that he was ‘treated like crap’ the first two meetings previous.
- The final citizen to speak, Dennis Jokinen, took issue with Susan Brockmann’s role with the Bruce Township Planning Commission. Jokinen felt that Brockmann had too much influence on the Commission. Brockmann stated she was just doing her job taking the minutes of the meetings. Supervisor Tignanelli jumped in to defend Brockmann and the discussion ended shortly thereafter.
- Mary Davis, Howard Hicks and Chief Floyd Shotwell accepted six bids (four actual) for the Firehouse Project. Earthcon (Owned by a Bruce Township resident) won the bid, coming in at $9,616. The Board unanimously approved the bid. Work will begin Friday and is expected to take three to four days.
- The firm of Abraham & Gaffney presented the findings of their audit of the Township for the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, 2012. He said the Township was “healthy” with a 14.9 percent increase on funds coming in, while spending only increased by 2.9 percent. The only major issue the auditors had was with the Township’s sewer system. Bruce Township had $360,000 in sewer assets with $650,000 in sewer liabilities in the last fiscal year. The report recommended the Township consider adopting a sewer budget. Upon completion of the review, the Township thanked Abraham & Gaffney for their service and awarded them a 3-year contract worth just over $19,000 per year.
- Lastly, the Board wanted to remind all that the Township primary elections will be held on Aug. 7, 2012. They have issued 759 absentee voter ballots to date and the last day to pick up an absentee ballot is Aug. 4.