2017-11-09 / Front Page

Thomas Twp. board accepts resignations, approves amendments

By Cameron Kerkau

The Thomas Township Board acknowledged the resignation of Deputy Clerk and Administrative Assistant Betsy Wietfeldt and approved of several new amendments concerning building laws, emergency incident cost recovery and more at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 6.

Wietfeldt also served as the alternate member to the Mid Michigan Waste Authority as well as the alternate member to the Saginaw Area GIS Authority. The board appointed Rick Hopper to replace Wietfeldt in the Waste Authority position and Dan Sika to replace her in the GIS Authority position.

“On behalf of the board and the community I would like to thank her for years of service and wish her well in her new job,” said Supervisor Bob Weise.

The board also accepted the resignation of Jonathan Ollech from the fire department and approved the promotion of Trevor Schultz to assistant to the Department of Public Works director, as well as the hiring of Jerri Sierocki as a DPW clerical worker.

The board approved a new fire policy regarding the use of a drone by the fire department. The policy allows the department to use a drone in order to acquire different views of an incident or search by air in compliance with laws regulating the use of a drone by emergency services.

The board also approved the amendment to allow the roofs of accessory buildings to exceed 17 feet at their peak as long as the building is moved a foot further from the rear and side lot lines. An amendment allowing homeowners to plant trees within the road right-of-way of their property was also approved.

An amendment was made regarding the cost recovery process for emergency response incidents in Thomas Township. Before the amendment, all non-residents involved in an incident shared the total costs of said incident. If a resident of Thomas Township is involved, his or her fee is waived. After the amendment, only the responsible party or parties, as determined by the police report or decided by the Fire Chief, are charged.

The meeting offered a public hearing portion concerning comments pertaining to the Swan Valley Golf Subdivision Road Improvement Project as well as the assessment roll for the project. No public comments were made during this period and the board approved the assessment roll. Prior to the approval of this project, Rod Iamurri, chairman of the planning com- mission, circulated a petition throughout the neighborhood and signatures from property owners in support of the project.

“We’ve had a very favorable response from the subdivision property owners and I’d like to thank Mr. Iamurri for all of his hard work and diligence in acquiring the petition signatures,” said Thomas Township Manager Russell Taylor.

The board awarded a bid for the sale of part of a parcel located on Dice and North River Roads. The south 60 feet of the property was sold to Leasa Androl, owner of Spectrum Autism, in the amount of $12,000 to be used in the construction of a parking lot.

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