Webber donates cemetery plot for unclaimed cremains
WEBBER TWP. — During the Webber Township meeting on Thursday, board members approved donating a cemetery plot of the clerk’s choice in the Webber Township Cemetery for unclaimed cremains of Webber Township residents in storage at the Verdun Funeral Home.
“It was brought to my attention the funeral director wants to work with Pleasant Plains Township and Webber Township to bury the cremains of unclaimed bodies,” said Webber Township Supervisor Ernie Wogatzke. “He asked if we could donate a plot to bury these unclaimed ashes.”
Also during the meeting grant writer Sandy Clarke said the township was fully funded with a grant for $500 for Get Outdoors Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Webber Township Park. They also received grant money for a thermal imaging camera for the fire department.
The Lake County Road Commission Foreman LeRoy Williams gave a quote for the expense of repairing 32nd Street from M-37 to Astor Road. The township would pay $84,000 for hot mix seal coat.
Wogatzke gave an update on the lawsuit against the Village of Baldwin and Downtown Development Authority, saying their attorney is still working on the suit.
In other business:
• The township sent a letter to GEO, Inc., to ask them to pay for dumping 20,000 gallons of water per day from the water tower.
• It was announced Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, will visit at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Webber Township Hall to talk about Americans with Disability Act projects at the town hall.
• The township approved a total of $8,000 for a Cub Cadet mower and a 14-by-24 shed.
• During the commissioner report, John Brunn said things are straightening around with Lake County Central Dispatch.
“Commissioners Karl Walls and Betty Dermyer attended five new interviews for 911 positions. All passed with flying colors. There are five brand new people and three who were going to resign rescinded their resignations,” he said. “911 is not going out of the county, but Newaygo Central Dispatch is still back-up.”
• Wogatzke reported during the parks and recreation meeting, members spoke against a scramble area, a designated dirt area for orv’s to ride, on county property next to Webber Township Park.
“Parks and rec members were not in favor of the scramble,” he said. “They want a nice, quiet peaceful park for children and were concerned about noise and dust. “
• The township approved $1,885 from the general fund for parks and rec to be used for Get Outdoors Day. They will use $500 in grant money to purchase food for the event.
• Three new members were appointed to the Webber Township Planning Commission to fill three vacancies: Sue Ellen Siglow, whose specialty is commerce, will replace Nick Miller with her term ending in 2019; Jacqueline Jacobs, a single mother who has experience with a cleaning service, will replace Joe Dukes, whose term ends in 2020; and Bob Sanders, whose specialty is education, will replace Tammy Burrell, with a term ending in 2021.
• The township approved $24,065 to remove dead trees from the cemetery. They also accepted a $128 bid to spruce up the cemetery sign, as well as the township sign.