THREE OAKS — After discussion and debate on the matter during their meeting on Feb. 8, members of the Three Oaks Township Board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution allowing the township to enact a .3750-mill property tax levy for the period of a year under the auspices of the Michigan Compiled Acts that allows a municipality to collect those funds that will be dedicated to conducting road repairs and maintenance in conjunction with the Berrien County Road Department.

The four-year Road Millage proposal did not appear on the local ballot in 2020, and its expiration necessitated the action taken.

During the discussion it was noted that if a Road Millage proposal were to be presented to township voters this year it would be the only issue on a ballot that would incur all the expenses associated with an election.

Supervisor George Mangold said that the roads needed to be maintained and the public wanted and needed that to continue, and that the county didn’t have enough funds to do it.

“I want to say that the public has been very generous with their support of public safety ballot proposals that fund our fire, police and ambulance services,” he commented.

The tax levy will appear on the 2021 winter property tax bills.

It is expected that a new four-year Road Millage proposal will be presented to voters in 2022.

In other business, there was a 4-1 vote to adopt a number of amendments to the Cemetery Ordinance including doing away with height restrictions pertaining to cemetery memorials.

Trustee Chris Mitchell cast the lone dissenting vote.

Also on the Feb. 8 agenda, Mangold said that the township’s draft of a proposed Marijuana Ordinance had been reviewed by a consultant and was under review by the township’s attorney David Petersen.

It is expected to be an agenda item for the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 8.

Mangold said he had no further update on the proposed sale of the Enterprise Park property and was waiting for some sort of related document from the Village of Three Oaks.

The Village and Three Oaks Township entered into a 425 Agreement in an attempt to better market that parcel.

A motion to approve a new contract with the Three Oaks Emergency Vehicle Association (TOEVA) at a cost of $7,650 per month was unanimously approved with the stipulations that the wording of the contract be changed to reflect that is was for a one-year rather than a three-year period, and that the contract begins in February rather than January.

At the request of The Pokagon Fund a motion was unanimously approved to allow them the use of the township’s name and/or logo on brochures and other materials related to a campaign to expand broadband capabilities in Harbor Country.

A number of annual resolutions were unanimously adopted, including the following salaries: supervisor, $11,005; clerk, $18,082; treasurer, $14,995; trustees; $2,353; and fire chief, $18,082.

And a reminder was given that the final day for the collection of the winter property tax bills has been extended to March 1.

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