Burt township board oks budget – news – cheboygan daily tribune – cheboygan, mi – cheboygan, mi

The Burt Township Board of Trustees approved last fiscal year’s budget report, this fiscal year’s budget report and a trio of millage renewal proposals at last Thursday’s board meeting. Fiscal year 2016-2017 anticipated revenue for Burt Township’s general fund is $1,117,885, which includes revenue from millages, state, miscellaneous, cash on hand and other sources, said Burt Township Clerk Donna McDougall. The budgeted revenue minus cash on hand is estimated to be $453,362.70 and the projected surplus at the end of the budget year is estimated at $675,085.71. Board member discussed local government entities passing resolutions against Enbridge’s Line 5, an oil and natural gas pipeline that runs under the the Straits of Mackinac. As of March 25, there were12 counties, approximately 30 local governmental units including Alpena, Bois Blanc, Charlevoix, Mentor, Moran, Munising, Presque Isle, Tuscarora and West Bloomfield townships and all four local Native American Tribes that had passed resolutions on Line 5, said Burt Township Supervisor Harold Koviak. “I think this is something that we definitely need to look at,” said Koviak. “For those of you today, the pipeline is right there. It’s just on the other side of the parking lot and those trees. This issue affects all of Northern Michigan.” Line 5 runs somewhat parallel to Interstate 75 between Burt and Mullet Lakes, and its route brings it within yards of Burt Township Hall on Birchwood Road. The board tabled any action on the pipeline resolution until its next meeting in May. In other action the board passed motions to adopt resolutions for millage renewals to be placed on the August 2 primary election ballot. The resolutions are for operating, fire and road operating funds. Trustee Eugene Hodulik reported the grant awarded for the construction of phase two of construction on the Burt Lake recreation trail has gone into a trust fund, and the board is still waiting for part of the grant submitted to Michigan Department of Transportation to be completed before the end of May. Hodulik also reported receiving more letters of support for the trail from Munro Township and 106th District Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle and 107th District Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering. Hodulik reminded the board about previous meetings’ discussion on the trail was over maintenance and who would pay for it. “Last is this issue about the blacktopping between the road and what was blacktop on the hill on the west side from Indian Road going north, that Gary spent time getting three bids on and we discussed it at the trail meeting,” said Hodulik. “We do have some money in our trail account that has been the money that has been given by people as tax deduction, charity, to use as the matching grant and we have some of that money left.” Issues surrounding trail maintenance, how it would be paid and use of taxpayer money for that purpose were the focus of discussion during public comment earlier in the meeting. Hodulik said there is approximately $50,000 left in the matching fund trail account. “My position has been as co-chair of the trail committee that $8,000 out of $50,000 — that’s 16 percent of the money,” said Hodulik. “While maintenance I feel should come out of our maintenance account that we have as a township and that we should use that money as the matching money as it was first given for the trail.” It is going to cost the township around $8,000 in paving to maintain a portion of the trail that has washed out and created a safety hazard for users. The township also plans to spend $400 on limestone delivery to the township, $100 to rent sweepers and $900 to spray the trail for weeds, said Hodulik. These township expenses for maintaining the trail are approximately $10,000 total coming out of the parks and recreation budget of $25,000 for the fiscal year. Hoodlum made a motion to pay the $10,000 maintenance costs out of the township budget for parks and recreations. The motion passed.