Webber to put fire millage proposal on ballot
WEBBER TWP. — Webber Township has made a decision regarding how to pay for fire services.
A fire millage was not included on last November’s ballot as the township considered an assessment instead. After weighing the options and hearing the concerns of residents, the township decided to instead pursue a millage.
An assessment would have excluded the village portion of the township from protection, officials said. Village residents who live in Webber were vocal about losing protection from the Webber Township Fire Department, which has a good ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating of 4.
A poll was taken from citizens whether they would like an assessment of millage for fire protection. The majority were in favor of a millage, according to officials. The township adopted a resolution to place 2-mill proposal to pay for fire services on the Aug. 6 primary election ballot.
“We did this because people felt uneasy about an assessment and felt a fire millage would be a better way to go,” said Webber Township Supervisor Ernie Wogatzke.
Also during the meeting, Wogatzke gave an update on litigation with the Village of Baldwin Downtown Development Authority, saying the litigation is over, and both parties resolved to work together and be in cooperation with each other. The supervisor and clerk will sign the litigation agreement.
Also during the meeting, a poll was taken from citizens regarding a large-item pickup, with the majority in favor. Citizens would like a pick up once a month. Wogatzke said the township will have to talk with the rubbish removal company to figure out a price. The cost would be drawn from the refuse fund, with no extra cost to citizens.
In other business:
• Board members approved $14,400 for compressors and fills for self-breathing containment apparatus bottles.
• In a maintenance report, it was mentioned new maintenance director Sam Phillips has been busy working on the water system, generators and getting vehicles ready for spring.
• During the zoning administrator report, Mike Oisten said he has been working with blight projects along the highway and has been working on camping permits.
• During the planning commission report, trustee Dan Cousar said the planning commission identified medical marijuana facilities can be placed in commercial, limited commercial and light industrial districts. The planning commission also identified districts for camping. The ordinances are in the process of being looked at by the township’s attorney before they can be adopted by the board.
• The parks and recreation committee is gearing up for Get Outdoors Day. Wogatzke asked the board for $32,00 to go toward the event on June 8, at Webber Township Park, as there will be pony rides, a petting zoo and a bounce house.
• In an answer to a question about attorney fees during this administration’s term, Wogatzke said the township is saving 60 percent, including litigation gees, master plans and zoning and non-zoning and other issues.
• Wogatzke said as a courtesy to residents, the township will be signing and dating all notices and postings.
• The board announced budget meetings for 10 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, and the annual meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29.
• With GEO, Inc. opening the prison, the township is having their attorney draft a water contract for maintenance of the water tower for fire suppression for the prison.