OSCODA – The Oscoda Township Board of Trustees decided to go out to bid for a township attorney during their regular board meeting on Jan. 11.

Trustee Jeremy Spencer was the one who suggested the idea. The current township attorney, East Tawas-based Robert Eppert, has been in the role since at least 2013.

“It becomes apparent that we’ve had the same attorney for quite some time and I think it would be prudent to put that position out to bid,” Spencer said. “Not to say that Mr. Eppert couldn’t come back in and do an excellent bid for review, but I just think it should be tossed out to bid and I would make a motion to do so.”

Treasurer Jaimie McGuire said she couldn’t recall the last time they went out to bid for the job, but it felt recent to her. The other board members said they didn’t recall doing so. 

“I know that all the years blend together but I thought his last one he did as a set amount, so he was on retainer,” she said. “I don’t know the exact date but I don’t think it was 10 years ago or anything like that.”

“I was under the impression that he didn’t have a contract at all, that he was not on retainer but on an hourly basis, but I could be wrong,” Spencer said.

Spencer made a motion to move forward with a Request for Proposals (RFP) for township attorney, and Trustee Bill Palmer offered support. It passed 6-1, with McGuire dissenting.

The board also took action on the following items:

 

• Approved an addendum to a shared service agreement with AuSable Township for police, fire and cemetery services. The contract previously had an error that has now been corrected.

• Scheduled a work session for Jan. 22 to discuss the township’s preferred method to selling township property.

• Scheduled a closed session with the township attorney on Jan. 15 to discuss the sewer contract with AuSable Township.

• Approved the purchase of two 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes for the Oscoda Police Department in the amount of $77,490. Approximately 55 percent of the cost will be covered by a USDA grant, and the township will pay the remaining amount.

• Postponed voting on the Complete Street ordinance. While it was thought the ordinance was needed to become Redevelopment Ready Community Certified, Mitchell believes it might not be necessary after all. 

• Approved the correction of a scrivener error on the zoning map that showed two parcels of land incorrectly zoned as R-1. The map will be corrected to reflect them as Waterfront Marina and Industrial.

• Approved a corrected schedule of 2021 board meetings. The meeting scheduled for March 27 has now been changed to March 22. 

• Approved a land division application for a parcel of land at 7888 F-41.

• Approved a resolution that corrects an error in the sewer rate increase that was approved in November. The increase in the ready to serve charge will increase by $2.57 (13 percent). The per 1000/g charge will increase by $0.52 (13 percent).

• Postponed voting on appointments to the township planning commission, the board of review and the building authority board to review letters of interest at the next regular board meeting.

• Voted to schedule a regular work session on Fridays before a regular board meeting, subject to the board members’ schedules.

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