OSCODA – The sale of two vacant lots was approved by the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees, among other action taken at their March 25 meeting.

They also approved changes to sections of the township code relating to garage/rummage sales, which eliminates the permit requirement.

As for the property sale, Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said the township owns two parcels on Loud Drive, which have been listed by Real Estate One for a combined asking price of $54,000.

A purchase agreement was presented to trustees, in which Darcy Andrews of Saginaw offered to buy the property – which spans 40 acres – for $45,000.

Schaeffer said officials had the option to accept, reject or counter the offer.

They voted 6-0 to approve the purchase agreement, with Treasurer Jaimie McGuire not in attendance.

In other matters, trustees discussed a memo from Zoning Administrator Lorna Ganci. She wrote that, at the request of the township board, the planning commission subcommittee has reviewed the code language for garage sales and amended the current section to remove the permits and fees required.

Schaeffer said this means that residents no longer have to go to the township clerk’s office and obtain a permit to have a garage/rummage sale.

“This does not exempt anyone from any of the rules or ordinances regarding garage sales; it just removes the requirement to come get a permit,” said Supervisor Aaron Weed. “So it’s easier for everyone.”

“Do we have any policing of this whole business?” asked Trustee Jim Baier, who guessed that the sales mostly occur around holidays, such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

“We don’t have a policing process,” answered Weed.

He said this is one of the reasons behind eliminating the permit process, and having the matter be complaint-based.

For example, if someone reports that a resident has held five garage sales in the year, Weed said this will be handled.

Trustees, in another 6-0 vote, adopted a resolution outlining the amendments to the code.

In other action, board members  approved a request for proposals (RFP) document related to the Iosco Exploration Trail.

The RFP is for the final design engineering and detailed cost estimates for Phase III of the non-motorized trail, which will ultimately be part of the statewide Iron Belle Trail system.

Schaeffer reminded attendees that this phase will extend from Old Orchard Park to the Oscoda Area Schools complex, so it is a critical component of the trail for the township.

He advised that the design engineering work needs to be completed by this August, and bids are due by April 15.

This effort will be carried out via grant funds for the 6.2-mile section of the trail.

In separate business, officials also addressed the following:

• Were advised by Schaeffer that the planning commission was to hold a public hearing on the 2019-2024 capital improvements plan on April 1. He said this will place the proposed plan updates in front of the township board for approval during one of their April meetings, which will lead them directly into the 2020 budget season.

• Were reminded by Schaeffer that a township board work session has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Robert J. Parks Library, located at 6010 N. Skeel Ave.

The purpose of the session is to discuss the proposed draft ballot language for the fire department equipment millage renewal. The original ballot language was approved in 2014 for six years and will be expiring.

• Confirmed the township board work session slated for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, which will also be held in the library. This has been scheduled to review proposed updates to the water and sewer ordinances, as well as the recently updated sewer rate study.

• Granted a $250 rental fee waiver request from the AuSable-Oscoda Historical Museum & Society. The nonprofit group will be using the Warrior Pavilion of Ken Ratliff Memorial Park, on May 5, to host a dinner/auction to raise funds for museum and property renovations.

• Held a closed session at the start of the meeting to discuss privileged and confidential information. When trustees entered back into their regular meeting, no action was taken regarding the closed session.