Webber Twp. addresses cemetery damage
WEBBER TWP. — Two months after the Aug. 28 storm caused major tree damage in the Webber Township Cemetery, township officials have wasted no time restoring the burial grounds, but they were left with a big bill. During the Webber Township meeting last Thursday, a report was given regarding how the township is dealing with the expense and finding creative solutions to pay the bill.
The storm took down 26 trees in the cemetery, officials said. No headstones or vaults broke, but some headstones were unearthed from uprooted trees. They are now placed back into position.
The bill from the tree company came to $37,100 to remove trees and grind stumps, officials said. Insurance only covered $10,000.
Webber Township Supervisor Ernie Wogatzke said the township was able pay for some of the cost by transferring $18,288 which was budgeted for a cemetery fence project to the cemetery cleanup in a 4-1 vote, which leaves $8,812 outstanding.
Wogatzke said the township contracted with Hightower Logging to purchase logs 8-inches or larger, which will go toward the $8,812 left to be paid.
Also during the meeting, in a 4-1 roll call vote, the board voted down a measure to amend the township’s medical marijuana ordinance to include licensing for dispensaries. Last month, the board had received a petition with 38 signatures asking it to allow dispensaries.
In other business:
• The board discussed placing irrigation on the east side of the Webber Township Cemetery, as there is only irrigation on the west side.
• The board approved $4,897 for a natural-gas generator, transfer box and battery for the fire department building so both the township hall and fire building can be open in emergencies.
• The township hall parking lot has been seal coated for winter and the lines painted on parking spots.
• The planning commission voted to adopt the land-use plan. There will be a public hearing on the recreational vehicle ordinance at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29.
• The board approved $1,850 to train the new township clerk. They also approved $180 for training for the deputy clerk.
• Wogatzke reported the resurfacing 32nd Road is now completed. He is looking into an economic development grant to possibly fix Yale Street, which is in a limited commercial district, to support business growth.