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January 2020 Minutes

Plainfield Township
Regular Meeting
January 15th, 2020
Eagle Pointe Plaza

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by Supervisor Lewis followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly     8 Guests.

Approval of Agenda:  Motion by Houthoofd supported by Allen to accept the Agenda as presented.  All Ayes.  Motion carried.

Public Comments:  One person commented.

Approval of Minutes:  Motion by Bassi supported by Houthoofd to approve minutes from December 18th,2019 Regular Meeting and December 27th, 2019 Special Meeting.  All Ayes.

Motion carried.

Financial Report:  Presented by Bassi.

Budget Report:  Presented by Lewis.

Presentation of Bills:  Motion by Allen supported by Houthoofd to accept the bills as presented.  Roll call vote:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly.  Nays: none.  Motion carried.

General Fund:  54975-55027

Fire Fund:  6568-6581

Road Fund:  1608-1609

Library:  1702-1705

Building Fund:  1991-1996

Sewer Fund:  2851 -2855

Waste Site:  3307-3315

Tax Account: 4072-4079 and 9003974-9003976

Little Long Lake:  8421012

W Londo Lake:  8431010

Loon Lake:  8441013-8441014

Chain Lake:  8461011

Indian Lake Improvement;  8481010

Bass Lake:  841107

Long Lake :  8451017-8451018

Jose Lake:  8471010

Kokosing Road Safety Grant Shoulder Paving:  Lewis Presented a possibility that while Kokosing Road is being redone we could have the chance to widen it 3 ft more from M65 to Lakeside for Bike Path.  Lewis will pursue the possibility of this.

Wells at Sewer Lagoons:  Monitoring wells( 2 of 3)  are dry and need to be replaced.  Lewis will pursue bids on this.

Open Bid Island Lake Management Checking Acct.  Motion by Bassi supported by Reilly to open a checking account for Big Island Lake Management.  .  Roll call vote:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly.  Nays: none.  Motion carried.

MFR Training Program:  Motion by Houthoofd supported by Allen to enter into an agreement to establish a program to provide MFR and EMT Training and Continuing Education.  .  Roll call vote:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly.  Nays: none.  Motion carried.

Zoning Ordinance Changes:  Motion by Reilly supported by Bassi to accept the following changes to the Zoning Ordinance: Zoning Ordinance Changes; 17.02 B Repairs-to read as follows: “ An lawful nonconforming building may be repaired, reinforced, or reconstructed during its life to correct deterioration, obsolescence, depreciation and wear, as long as the repairs do not increase the buildings non—conformity. (i.e. Length of wall not meeting setback cannot be added to if the added portion of wall still does not meet setback, a step-in of the wall to meeting he setback can be added)”

                    17.02 C- Alterations and Improvements- to read as follows – “Nothing in this

                    Ordinance shall prohibit the alteration, improvement, or modernizing of a lawful

                   non-conforming building, provided that such alteration or improvement does not

                   increase the building nonconformity (i.e. Length of wall not meeting setback cannot

                   be added to if the added portion of wall still does not meet setback, a stepin

                   of the wall to meet the setback can be added) and are in compliance with this

                  Ordinance.”

                  17.03 Restoration of Damage- To read as follows “Any lawful nonconforming use

                  damaged by fire, explosion or by other similar, natural causes may be restored,

                   rebuilt or repaired and shall be so as to not increase the original building non-

                   conformity.”

                 17.01 Purpose- should read as follows- “It is the intent of this Ordinance to permit

                  the continuance of a lawful use of any building or land existing at the effective date

                   of this ordinance , although such use of land or structure may not conform with

                   the provisions of this Ordinance.  Further, it is the intent of this Ordinance that non-

                   conformities shall not be used as grounds for adding other structure or uses

                   prohibited elsewhere in the same districts.  The continuance of all non-

                   conforming uses and structure within the Township shall be  subject to the

                   conditions and requirements set forth in this section”

Section 22.04 Permitted Principal Special Uses with Conditions:   Motion by Allen supported by Bassi to accept the changes to Section 22.04.  .  Roll call vote:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly.  Nays: none.  Motion carried.

1.      Section 22.04 Permitted Principle Special Uses with Conditions-Item 5. Remove “Refer to Section 15.13”

Approve 2020 School Tax Collection Contract: Motion by Bassi supported by Allen to approve 2020 School Tax Collection Contract at $2.50 a parcel. 

Roll call vote:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly.  Nays: none.  Motion carried.

Planning Commission Co-Secretary approval:  Motion by Allen supported by Bassi to appoint Cheryl McDonnel as Planning Commission Co-Secretary.   Roll call vote:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly.  Nays: none.  Motion carried.

Approve Colvins boiler repair proposal of $4787.00:  Motion by Bassi supported by Reilly to approve Colvins boiler repair proposal of $4787.00.  .   Roll call vote:  Allen, Bassi, Houthoofd, Lewis and Reilly.  Nays: none.  Motion carried.

Committee Report:  Planning Commission Public Hearing set for February 12th, 2020 on a zoning clarification.  Planning Commission also working on a Signage update.

Board Comments:  none

Motion to adjourn at 7:40 pm.  All Ayes:  Motion carried. 

Elected Officials

Supervisor –  Fred Lewis
Clerk –  Sue Reilly
Treasurer – Roma J. Bassi
Trustee – Dianne M. Allen
Trustee – Roger Houthoofd