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Breitung board takes no action on vacant seat

QUINNESEC — Breitung Township Board took no action Monday on a vacancy created by Trustee Rich Wales’ resignation earlier this month.

With Supervisor Denny Olson and Trustee Aaron Rochon not present for Monday’s meeting, the remaining board decided to table any appointment.

Two residents have come forward to express an interest in filling the seat — Michael Day and Sharon Reuter. The board has the discretion to make an appointment within 45 days of Wales’ resignation or otherwise schedule an election.

In other action, the board:

— Heard Fire Chief Jim Rose thanked Public Works Superintendent Jay Davis and his department for assistance on a fire call that occurred over the weekend. On Saturday night the fire department was called to a possible structure fire at 405 Henford Ave., but it turned out to be a huge trash fire on the outside of the home. With a fence and large amounts of trash, fire crews were not able to gain access so public works was called and they were able to open a path with a backhoe.

— After receiving a price quote for liability insurance from Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, decided to stay with the township’s current provider, Meadowbrook Insurance. MMRMA quoted a price of $44,775, with the possibility of a $10,000 grant to offset costs. Meadowbrook came in with a price of $34,788, down $424 from last year. With Meadowbrook there would also be a rebate of at least $2,990.

— Approved a letter of support for the Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition to be included in its grant application. WRISC seeks to implement invasive species management along with restoration and native replanting along the Menominee River.

Jim Paul can be reached at 906-774-2772 ext. 229 or at jpaul@ironmountaindailynews.com.

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