By NIKKI YOUNK
QUINNESEC - Salaries and wages for Breitung Township officials and employees have been set for the 2014 calendar year.
Members of the Breitung Township Board of Trustees discussed the issue during their Monday meeting.
Salaries for the board's supervisor and trustees will remain the same. The supervisor will receive an $8,000 salary plus $100 per month for transportation costs. Each of the four trustees will receive a $720 salary plus $45 per board meeting and $40 per committee meeting.
For the positions of clerk and treasurer, salaries will increase from $40,500 to $42,000. Trustee Mary Beth Dixon voted against the motions.
Salaries for various appointed officials will be: $78,000 for the superintendent (including $5,000 for continued assessing duties); $61,000 for the Department of Public Works director; $48,000 for the assessor; and $8,100 plus mileage for the fire chief. Trustee John Gaudette voted against the motion.
In other business, the board:
- Heard public comment from Sue Reese regarding her lawsuit against the township. The lawsuit claims that the township is in violation of spot zoning by allowing a business to operate in a rural residential district on the 600 block of Campbell Street. The business is a Michigan State Housing Development Agency office.
Reese said that although the lawsuit was recently dismissed in court because of legal deficiencies in her claims, that does not mean her claims do not have merit.
"It means the case was never heard and no court decision was made on my complaint," she explained. "It's not over."
Reese added that she is now working with another attorney.
- Heard public comment from Richard Wales regarding the old Quinnesec Mine, commonly known as the Devil's Icebox. Wales thanked the board for not pursuing a plan to develop the property. He said that he lives near the area and already has to deal with people driving through his yard and trespassing.
- Welcomed the township's new assessor, Joan Nelson.
- Adopted the revised garbage ordinance. Township Superintendent Joe Rogina said that the ordinance provides a method for disposing of garbage, as well as definitions, regulation, and procedures. Changes included language about the proper disposal of medical waste, due dates, and responsibilities of the refuse committee. The complete ordinance is available online at www.breitungtwp.org.
- Scheduled a public hearing on the 2014 budget for Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. during the board's regular meeting at the township hall.
- Scheduled the board's 2014 meetings for the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. Exceptions include no second meeting in January, due to board members attending the Michigan Township Association meeting downstate, and the second meeting in May being held on a Tuesday, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
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