Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2% Grant Applications

This morning the Village is submitting funding requests to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe totalling $316,921.20.

Foremost among the requests is just over $200,000 for a walking/bike path along El Camino Grande and part of Queens Way. The Village has sought funding of this project in the past without sucess.

In addition to this request. The Village is also seeking funds for various road paving projects, and maintenance of the runway.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday's ZBA Meeting

On Monday at 5:30 the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider an appeal request to establish a non-conforming parcel on El Camino Grande. To view the application, please visit our website where the Agenda has been hyperlinked with the application. As is with all agendas, they can be found on our Meeting Minutes page.

Under the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, public notice of the meeting was mailed to all property owners within 300 feet of the location. Before taking action on the request, the ZBA is required to conduct a Public Hearing. If you have comments that you would like submitted pertaining to this case, you are free to attend the meeting or send them via email or snail mail to the Village Hall prior to the meeting.

To go directly to the Agenda, please click here!

Monday, March 22, 2010

An Open Letter to Senator Cropsey

March 19, 2010

Senator Alan Cropsey
S-8 the Capitol
PO Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909

The Honorable Alan Cropsey:

Over the past 2 years I have met with your staff several times to discuss the Village’s lack of statutory revenue sharing dollars. As your staff is aware, Lake Isabella is the only Village of our size in the state which does not receive statutory revenue sharing dollars.

This is due to the expired formula that was once used to set the dollar amounts returned to local units of government. In 1998 the formula was amended and future payments were based on a percentage of that unit’s 1996 capture.

Lake Isabella incorporated as a Home Rule Village in 1998. As such, we did not have any capture in 1996. For the past 14 years our residents have been short changed due to the circumstances of a no longer used formula.

Recently the House Appropriations Committee agreed to a 1% increase in statutory revenue sharing for the upcoming fiscal year. While this is still very early in the budget process, I cannot help but ask for your support in correcting the omission of Lake Isabella from statutory revenue sharing dollars.

In working with your staff we estimated that a community the size of Lake Isabella should receive anywhere between $25,000 and $30,000 annually in statutory revenue sharing dollars. For a community of nearly 1,000 homes to not receive anything more than the constitutional minimum in terms of revenue sharing is very troubling. It places us at a competitive disadvantage in terms of building a quality community within your district. The money that has been historically denied to us could have been used for worthwhile projects such as parks, roads, and of course public safety.

In light of the current situation, I would like to request that your staff schedule a meeting where I can present our situation to you directly. Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Tim Wolff
Village Manager

Monday, March 15, 2010

County Deer Pickup Begins...

Trusties from the Isabella County Jail, along with sheriff’s department employees, began picking up dead deer over the weekend.

Trusties collected and disposed of 45 animals Saturday and Sunday, Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said.

They will continue to pick up the animals until the weather warms and results in health and safety issues, the sheriff said.

Anyone wanting to have an animal removed is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 989-772-5911 to report the location of the deer.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Winter Plowing Budget

The weather outside might make one feel that spring is here. At worst spring is just around the corner, but for our road budget purposes we are still in what we classify as our winter season. So far this winter has been a very welcome break from the trend of the past 6 winters. Below is a charter and a graph showing where we are at as of March 1st.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Library Meeting tonight in Weidman

As many of you may know, the future of the Weidman Library is in question. For several years the library has been operated under contract by the Chippewa District Library. Operational funds come from the township, Isabella County, and court fines. In November, the District Library informed the County that when their current contract expires in the fall of 2010, they would no longer operate the out county locations.

Tonight at 7 PM there will be a public hearing before the Sherman Township Board to hear feedback from the community on what they wish to happen to the library. The Township Hall is located at 3550 N. Rolland Road, which is just west of town off of Airline Road.

More information, please read this article from the Morning Sun.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lake Isabella Airpark & Canterbury Estates Update

Yesterday afternoon documents were recorded which lifted the restriction of on-site well and septic systems allowed in 2 plats at Lake Isabella. Lake Isabella Airpark, originally platted in March of 1975; and Canterbury Estates, originally platted in May of 1978, had limits which resulted in only 30 of the 80 lots being able to obtain permits for on-site wells and septic systems.

Due in large part to access granted by individual lot owners; the Village, working with Rowe Professional Services, was able to conduct a series of soil and water tests in these plats. The tests, which began in 2008, involved documenting the soil composition, water table depth, and subterranean water flow to determine if the conditions were favorable for additional on-site systems.

The tests were done with the oversight and cooperation of the Central Michigan District Health Department and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The tests showed that the conditions in this area of the Village were acceptable for additional on-site systems.

The amended building and use restrictions for each plat now show no limit on the number of permits available, but do require new wells to be drilled to a minimum depth of 80 feet. This was done to ensure that there was adequate distance between the drinking water source and wastewater discharge.

With the restrictions lifted in these two plats, the Village is left with only 3 of the 17 plats having similar restrictions. Soil tests were conducted in those remaining plats at the same time as the tests for Lake Isabella Airpark and Canterbury Estates in 2008.

The results of the tests in those plats showed areas where additional on-site systems may not be environmentally appropriate.
In light of the information obtained from those tests in 2008, the Village commissioned a study by Rowe Professional Services to examine ways to address the issue in each remaining plat. This past autumn Rowe presented their findings to the Village Council.

Upon receipt of the study, the Village Council selected a firm to conduct a peer review of the report. This peer review was recently presented to the Council at their meeting in February. Copies of both reports can be found on the Village’s website.

In an effort to increase the public’s knowledge of not only the historical nature of the problem, but also provide transparency for the efforts being taken the Village created a separate page on its website to highlight this issue. The Village is planning to include a full update on this project in its upcoming spring newsletter.