By Pat Maurer
Falling trees in the Surrey Township Cemetery may mean the board will have to fund the removal of up to 53 trees.
Dallas Agle was at the meeting September 9 to explain the situation to the board. He said recent tree work at the cemetery had gone well, but the conifers in the cemetery are diseased and the silver maples have been falling. “It is a safety issue,” he told the board, explaining that one fell recently near a ceremony that was taking place.
Agle said 53 trees were marked for removal and the cost per tree, including cleanup would be around $300 or a total of nearly $16,000. “We will need to do something soon,” he told the board.
In another matter, Farwell Superintendent Carl Seiter was at the meeting to explain the need for passing the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District Regional Enhancement millage. The 1.5 mill, five-year proposal will raise funds for the vocational classes or CTE (Career and Technical Education) at the RESD’s Career Center; and generate millage for maintenance, building upgrades, technology and school busses at the five districts. The proposal will be the last one on the November 6 ballot, Seiter said. “This is really important for our students.”
Other business at the township meeting included:
*a report from County Commissioner Lynn Grim;
*a report from Surrey Fire Chief Dave Williams;
*a report by Zoning Administrator Rod Williams;
*introductions and information from Clare County Road Commission Candidate Don Kolander and County Clerk/Register of Deeds candidate Kim Davis.
*approval of an amendment to the Fire Fund budget adding $25,759.00 as a line item for the purchase of property adjacent to the Fire Department. The funds will be moved from the fund balance to the new line item.