BRIDGMAN — The Lake Charter Township Board on Nov. 17 adopted a 2021 budget with estimated revenues for all funds of $8,524,33 and appropriations for all funds of $8,640,453.
The ending balance for all township funds is projected at $9,781,255.
It was noted there were no comments from the pubic during the previous evening’s public hearing, although council members made some changes ahead of the Nov. 17 vote.
Township Supervisor John Gast said starting Nov. 18 the township office would go back to being open by appointment only at least through Dec. 8.
“Most of our traffic is people walking their water bill in to pay it,” he noted.
It also was announced during the meeting that there will be no Holiday Village events this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the community Christmas tree in downtown Bridgman will be lit without a ceremony.
Treasurer Robert Clark said the Chamber is going to launch a Buy Local Bridgman program featuring “you can buy a $25 gift card and it will get matched by the Bridgman Chamber for another $25.”
He also said a disc golf glow night was held on Halloween at Lake Township Park and it was a “big success.”
And Clark said tax bills should be going out Dec. 1.
In other Nov. 17 business the Township Board:
• Approved repairs for the fire department’s 1994-95 Hummer that has had some engine issues not to exceed $12,000.
• Were told that a filter valve actuator project started at the water plant in early October and as of Nov. 17 58 of 66 valves had been installed with about two weeks to go.
• Approved getting the permit and easement process going (at an estimated $5,000 for the design/engineering permit and $2,500 for the easement) for a Hopkins Lane water main replacement project. It was explained that the project will replace a 2-inch line that serves about six homes installed in the 1970s with 500 feet of six-inch water main at an estimated cost of $66,400. The motion approved on Nov. 17 OK’d allocating the full $66,400 for the project.
• OK’d getting a dehumidifier unit for the Water Department’s Lake Station at a cost of $3,476 from Alden Cool.
• Voted 5-1 (John Wilk voted ‘no’) to allow the treasurer to continue an investment in public fund checking at Edgewater.
During the Township Board’s October meeting, water and sewer rates were raised 5 percent for 2021, with future annual increases to be set after reviewing the amounts having to be subsidized from the General Fund.