AUSABLE TWP. – Members of the AuSable Township (AT) Board of Trustees met, via Zoom, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and approved an amended sewage treatment contract with Oscoda Township.
Back in 2019, as previously reported, the AT Board of Trustees began a discussion on creating their own sewer lagoon system. Not long after the discussion began, a sewer issue along US-23 became apparent and discussion of a sewer extension project began.
When discussion first began, the two projects were to be completed as one, but due to an absence of funds posed by the Coronavirus, it was recommended that the township focus on the sewer extension project only. As previously reported during the Aug. 3, meeting the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide the township with a $4.7 million grant, plus a $1.5 million loan with a 1.125 percent interest for project. The project is expected to extend from the 4200s on US-23 south to approximately 3008.
With all this in mind, AT felt the original sewage treatment contract from June 1, 2016, had to be amended. Additions to the contract included explaining that AuSable Township is seeking loan and grant funds from the USDA for improvements to AuSable’s sanitary sewage collection system. It reads, “The USDA – Rural Development has notified AuSable that AuSable’s sewage treatment contract with Oscoda must include various provisions in order to qualify for the USDA loan and grant funds.”
It continued, stating, “Whereas, AuSable and Oscoda desire to replace their June 1, 2016, sewage treatment contract with the present agreement in order to update the terms and extend the duration of their contractual relationship to assist AuSable in its effort to qualify for USDA loan and grant funds.”
Additionally two more paragraphs were added. One refers to the repayment process.
“During the repayment period of any outstanding USDA loan to AuSable, connection and/or demand charges will not be paid by AuSable to Oscoda without prior approval by the USDA – Rural Development.”
According to a report from Superintendent Leisa Sutton, the amended contract was drafted by the AuSable Township Attorney and was reviewed by the Oscoda Township legal counsel and was approved by the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees. The agreement will continue for three years from Feb. 8, 2021 to Feb. 8, 2024 and shall continue on a month to month basis.
Additionally it states, “Not withstanding the foregoing, this agreement shall not expire earlier than the repayment period of any outstanding USDA loan made to AuSable unless AuSable constructs its own wastewater treatment plan for the treatment of the sanitary sewage originating within AuSable’s boundaries; the USDA permits AuSable to terminate this agreement.”
A motion to approve the amended sewage treatment contract was made by Trustee Ron Janis and was seconded by Trustee Diana London receiving a 6-0 vote. Trustee Alanda Barnes was absent from the Tuesday meeting.
Other business included
•Approval to hire Rocket Enterprise, Inc to repair the Finish Line flagpole for $2,116. A motion to approve was made by Treasurer Mary Jo Samotis and was seconded by Janis receiving a 6-0 vote.
• Approval of Resolution 2021-05, a resolution to allow residents to electronically submit his/her protest without a personal appearance. A motion to approve was made by Janis and was seconded by Clerk Kelly Graham receiving a 6-0 vote.
• Approval of Resolution 2021-06, a resolution required by the State of Michigan. When the Board of Review meeting cannot take place on the second Monday of March, a resolution must be passed by the Board of Trustees to allow it to occur on an alternate day. According to Sutton, due to scheduling and the length of these meetings, the assessor needs to schedule the Board of Review meeting for a Tuesday this year. A motion to approve was made by London and was seconded by Janis receiving a 6-0 vote.
• Approval of Resolution 2021-07, a resolution which updates the Poverty Exemption Income Guidelines and Asset Test as required by the State of Michigan. A motion to approve was made by Samotis and was seconded by Trustee Yvette Ramsdell receiving a 6-0 vote.
• Approval of Resolution 2021-08, a resolution to support the submittal of a Transportation Alternatives Fund Grant for $1,736,000 by the Iosco County Road Commission for the construction of such a trail. A motion to approve was made by Graham and was seconded by Ramsdell receiving a 6-0 vote.