By Pat Maurer
At their monthly meeting Tuesday, the Surrey Township Board passed two resolutions, the first requiring rental unit owners, or their agents, to register each rental property in the township. The property owners will have 60 days to comply with the ordinance after it becomes effective. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after it is published. The registration would be a one-time requirement.
The second resolution established a one-time fee to register rental properties at $10 each to cover bookkeeping costs.
The ordinance was developed because of some confusion over identification of primary residences and the distribution of use cards for the recycling facility.
Keith Wale, who announced his retirement from the Surrey Township Fire Department January 8, was honored at the Surrey Township board meeting Tuesday evening and presented with a plaque of appreciation for his service.
State Representative Joel Johnson, who gave a report at the meeting, joined the board in thanking Wale for his many years dedicated to the community.
Surrey Fire Chief Dave Williams and Assistant Chief Mike Weaver presented the plaque to Wale.
During his fire department report, Williams had two other requests for the board. He asked the board for their approval of new fireman Gale Matthews. It was unanimously given, pending results of his physical.
Williams also asked for board approval to purchase a wireless headset for truck 271 at a cost of $700. The purchase was also unanimously approved by the board. He notified the board the Medic First Responder classes will begin March 11 and reported 43 incidents for the department in January including one fire and six accidents in Surrey Township. He said there were five calls to Gilmore Township.
In his report to the board, Johnson said that Governor Rick Snyder had presented his proposed budget to the legislature and that it included a three percent increase in revenue sharing for townships. He also said he expected that a bill to reimburse local units of government for the funds lost by the disabled veterans’ property tax exemptions would be passed.
The board also approved a motion to purchase 2,000 filled plastic Easter Eggs at a cost of $240 for use at the new Community Easter Egg Hunt that is in the planning stages. Village Parks and Recreation member Tracy Lee made the request, saying the community event’s costs would be shared by Surrey Township Library and the Village of Farwell.
Other business included:
*a report from Zoning Officer Rod Williams that he had one violation and one zoning permit last month and three active violations.
*approval of the payment of bills totaling $21,356.09 for the past month.
*a quarterly visit from Jason Orton of the township’s insurance firm the David Chapman Agency.