OSCODA – The sale of property on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (WAFB) – at $5,000 above the asking price – was approved during the March 9 Oscoda Township Board of Trustees meeting, among other action.
“The township has the property listed for $18,000, and the offer is for $23,000,” Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said of the 2.58-acre parcel, located at 5944 N. Michigan Ave.
He noted that the property was part of the former dining hall, when WAFB was active, but that this section of land is now vacant.
According to information shared by Real Estate One of Oscoda, the parcel is zoned commercial and includes a parking lot. The previous building was demolished in 2014, so electrical, sewer and water connections are on the property.
As outlined in the purchase agreement, the buyer is Jeffrey Sebastian of Macomb, and the sale is to be on an “as is” basis. The offer is subject to a 30-day due diligence period upon acceptance, in order for the buyer to conduct research of the property. If the research is not satisfactory to the purchaser within that period, he may withdraw from the agreement.
There was no discussion on what Sebastian’s intentions are for the land.
In a 6-0 vote, with Trustee Jim Baier absent, the board approved the sale and authorized the township clerk and supervisor to sign all documents related to the real estate transaction.
In separate action, officials granted a request from AuSable Township to purchase a retired Oscoda Township Police Department (OTPD) vehicle.
In an e-mail to the board, AuSable Township Superintendent Leisa Sutton notes that the municipality has contributed to police services for many years.
“Over all of these years, when it is decided to retire police vehicles, the retired vehicles are cycled through for use by Oscoda Township staff,” she stated. “AuSable Township is offering $2,500 for the purchase of the retired vehicle of our choice to be utilized by AuSable Township staff.”
“The Board should note that only the framework of a deal is what is being proposed at this time. The actual transaction cannot happen until the new police cruiser is delivered at the end of the month,” Schaeffer explained, adding that the OTPD is expected to be in receipt of the new vehicle on March 23. “The new police cruiser will need to be retrofitted and put into the active police vehicle rotation prior to this transaction taking place.”
Treasurer Jaimie McGuire said she learned that the next OTPD vehicle coming out of rotation is a 2016 Ford Explorer. “So that would be the one that they would be purchasing for that amount of money?” she asked.
“They’ll have their choice, based on which one is in the better condition,” said Supervisor Aaron Weed.
“We have other ones that are already out of commission?” asked McGuire.
Schaeffer noted that, after all is said and done, there will be three vehicles to auction off through BidCorp and AuSable Township would be able to select which one they want out of those three.
McGuire said she was just curious, since the last vehicle the township sold which was close to that age went for approximately $6,000.
“I know the two Crown Vics that we got rid of were in a lot worse shape, and those we got rid of for about $1,200 apiece,” she added.
The motion by Weed to approve AuSable’s request passed in a 6-0 vote.
In other business, trustees also acted on the following:
• Approved the township’s Life and Disability & Short-Term Disability Policy renewals for the year, at a total cost of $11,612. According to Schaeffer, there are no increases associated with the renewals of each of the policies, compared to last year.
“Much like the health care insurance policy renewal being approved by the board for the first time, the same situation exists for Life and Disability & Short-Term Disability policy renewal,” he stated. “Board members will also note that the same situation exists for the Vision and Dental policy renewal. The Clerk’s Office is working with the insurance consultant to align all the insurance policies to renew on January 1st of every year.”
• Agreed to purchase 32 helmets for the Oscoda Township Fire Department (OTFD), in an amount not to exceed $10,970, from Apollo Fire Equipment Company of Romeo. Bids for the gear were also submitted by TheFireStore, based in Pennsylvania, for $11,353, and by First Due Fire Supply of Mason, for $13,156.
“This purchase is in line with the 2020 Capital Improvements Plan for the Fire Department and came in significantly less than anticipated,” Schaeffer advised.
• Authorized the purchase of a Stihl Brand TS420 CutQuik rescue saw for the OTFD, for $829 from Gingerich Feed & Implements in Tawas City. Other bids were received from Green Ace Hardware in West Branch, for $840, and Fitzpatrick’s Hardware in Alpena, for $950.
Chief Allan MacGregor said the OTFD recently participated in a training at Kalitta Air, regarding the ability of the department’s existing rescue equipment to cut into one of the large aircraft which were being dismantled at the facility. His explanation of the request for the saw purchase continues as follows, in a letter to Schaeffer. “Our hopes were that our structural saws and Jaws of Life would be adequate in the event we would have to open up the side of one of the aircraft to rescue occupants in the event of a crash. They actually failed badly as they are not designed for that type of metal in conjunction with the design of the aircraft. What we did learn was that the company that does that dismantling work on a day to day basis uses a specific saw with specific blades on it to easily accomplish the task. I have identified that saw and acquired three quotes in hopes that the Fire Department could obtain one in the event an air disaster would occur and we were called to assist.”
• Approved advertising the request for proposals document for 2020 dust control on the unpaved roads in Oscoda. As noted by Schaeffer, the municipality typically contracts for annual dust control to be performed in May and July. The township is accepting bids for the work until noon this Friday, March 20, with approval of a vendor anticipated at the next regular board meeting on Monday, March 23.
• Granted a request from the AuSable-Oscoda Historical Museum & Society to waive the fee for use of the Warrior Pavilion in Ken Ratliff Memorial Park on Sunday, May 3. The nonprofit organization has asked to utilize the venue on this date for a dinner and auction, as a way to raise funds for renovations to the museum and property.
• Established a township board meeting for Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. in the Robert J. Parks Library. Trustees usually gather on the second and fourth Mondays of the month but, due to Memorial Day on May 25, no meeting was set. “Normally we would skip a meeting, but this was the time that we could schedule with the auditing agency to present their audit report,” Weed explained.
• Were advised by Schaeffer that, as part of the project close out for the Phase I water main extension work, there is an outstanding amount of $5,128 due to Spicer Group. “And what we are requesting is for the board to approve that amount to be paid to Spicer, upon receiving signature of the release.” A motion to this effect was passed by trustees in a 6-0 vote.
• Were also told by Schaeffer that a pre-construction meeting was held on March 4 – regarding Phase II of the water main extension efforts – with ROWE Professional Services Company and Elmer’s Crane and Dozer. He said Elmer’s has been identified as the contractor and is working with ROWE on the notifications that will be sent to impacted residents, detailing when the construction will begin. Currently, the plan is to start in May and have everything for the second phase wrapped up in September.