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Regular Meeting Using UBER Conference Regular
Tuesday, April 14, 20206:30 PM

Date of Meeting: April 14th, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Due to Executive Order by Governor Whitmer, this meeting will only be accessible by teleconference.1


Purpose of Meeting:


l Board meeting conducted via teleconference due to executive order


In order to attend this meeting via teleconference, please follow these steps:


  • Dial 1-781-448-4329 When prompted enter the 5-digit participant code 92917
  • You will be muted upon joining but can unmute to speak by pressing * twice.


1 Future meetings that are accessible in person at the township Village hall will not be accessible via teleconference.

This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, MCL 41.72a(2) and (4), and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Village of Fairgrove will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities at the meeting or public hearing upon 10 days’ notice to the Village of Fairgrove Council.

Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Village of Fairgrove Council in writing to 5005Center PO Box 227, Fairgrove, MI 48733 or call 989-693-6572.

Cristi Smith-

Village of Fairgrove Clerk


Phone: 989-693-6572

5005 Center St.

P.O. Box 227

Fairgrove, MI 48733



Village of Fairgrove

Regular Meeting VIA Uber Conference

1-781-448-4329 PIN 92917

04/14/2020 @ 6:30 pm

  • Welcome remarks
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Approval of agenda for 4/14/2020
  • Approval of Meeting minutes from 03/02/2020
  • Audience Recognition
  • Department Committee Reports
  • Standard Budget Report
  • Bills that need approval
    • 2020-2021 Insurance
    • Others submitted for review
  • ACT 51 Announcement / Revenue Sharing
  • New Business
    • 2044 Main St. Blight
  • Correspondence
  • Audience Recognition
  • Next Meeting 05/04/2020 @ 6:30 pm (TBD)
  • Adjournment


Clerk- Smith



Village of Fairgrove Council Regular Meeting

04/14/2020 @ 6:30 pm Via Uber Conference

In Attendance: Childs/ Phelps/ McIntosh/ Stevens/ Young


  • Welcome remarks led by Childs
  • Motion by Young to Approve the Agenda 04/14/2020 2nd by McIntosh Motion carried 5/0
  • Motion by Stevens to Approve Meeting Minutes from 03/02/2020 2nd by McIntosh Motion carried 5/0
  • Audience Recognition:
    • None
  • Department Committee Reports
    • Fire Department- Young
    • Report Provided  
      • Currently under a NO BURN Executive Order no permits will be issued
        • Try to get it on the electronic sign
      • Homeland Security conference in Indianapolis has been delayed until possibly September or next year
      • Grand Rapids Homeland Security Conference is currently rescheduled for July
      • Steve Anderson is providing a gallon of hand sanitizer to the Fire Department
      • Contact has been sent to the Clorox Company in California looking for access to wipes and/ or spray waiting for a response
      • Standard Operating Procedure has been updated for the Fire Department regarding the use of the Jaws of Life
      • Currently not lift assists or CPR call unless immediate distress -due to COVID-19
      • FCC contacted Chief about the radio License, and it is being investigated
      • Two sets of Turn out gear will be on back order
  • Police- Simerson
    • No Report Provided
    • Approximately 20 reports taken again this month
    • There was destruction to the lower park over the weekend
    • Young made the Motion to proceed with Charges through the courts 2nd McIntosh Motion carried 5/0
    • This year’s contract with the Police will be $12,250.00 approx. 10 hours a week Motion by McIntosh 2nd by Phelps Motion carried 5/0
      • Need bill from Akron
  • DPW- Thomas
    • Report Provided
    • Part Time Worker Needed for at least Summer help
    • Brush pick up will happen April 21st Kappen cannot do Residential work so it will be done by the DPW
  • Fire Fighters 501c3-
    • No report
    • Fish Fry had to be postponed
    • Mother’s Day Breakfast and Basket Fund Raiser is undetermined
  • Bean Festival Committee-
    • Meeting that was scheduled was Cancelled by the Bean Festival


  • Clerk- Smith
    • Standard Budget report provided- it is new format for the council to see revenue and expenses- once in person meetings are held a more comprehensive explanation will be provided
      • Bills that need approval presented- Motion by Young to pay bills provide 2nd by Stevens: Roll call: Yes- Young/ Stevens/ McIntosh/ Phelps/ Childs Motion carried 5/0
      • ACT 51- Revenue Sharing: Due to COVID-19 the State is advising there maybe a 25% reduction in Monies provided by the State due to the Executive Order
  • Planning Commission-
    • No Report Provided
  • Unfinished Business-
    • McLuney Street- Nichols that Originally agreed to do the Work and their bid accepted on this Project has Contacted Childs and will no longer be doing the Work- Motion by McIntosh to send the McLuney Street Project out for bids and contact the other Companies that original bid the project that it is up for rebid 2nd by Young Motion carried 5/0
  • New Business-
    • 2044 Blight/ Ordinance Violation- No contact has been received form the owners of the property and no work has been done on the building. Motion by McIntosh to hire Hammer restoration to board up 2044 Main Street at the cost of $1400.00 2nd by Stevens Motion did not pass 0/5
    • Motion by Young to have Thomas DPW to Board up 2044 Main Street at the Cost of $375.00 2nd by McIntosh Motion carried 5/0
  • Correspondence
    • None


  • Audience Recognition:
    • Simerson- Blight is on hold due to COVID-19 and will work with the Clerk once Executive Order is lifted to start Blight enforcement
    • Smith-25 Surveys have been returned
    • Young- FF donated 2 bikes during the First Fish Fry and the Drawing resulted in A local Girl and a very happy 6th Birthday present for a 6-year-old boy Council; would like to the photo’s in the next newsletter
    • Young- Fish Fry’s possible in the Fall
    • Gray- Retirement issues have been brought up to Childs and Smith and she is looking to inform the Council about the issues she is still having- The transfer of the retirement has resulted in fee being charged to her and taken out of her retirement account- She cannot start her own retirement it would need to be set up by the Village- She can’t contribute to her own retirement account-her last check has not been cash due to the retirement funds are being taken out and she does not think it is right- She is looking for a plan document to sign before cashing her check and agreeing to any retirement fund Young would like to know if the Village is Liable or Obligated to pay into a retirement- Smith will look into this- Childs- Know this process is long and we are working toward getting this to a good solution and needs to be worked out
    • McIntosh- Has a question about the Liberty Street Fire Property Smith- Explained that we are currently holding $12,000+/- in Fire Withholding Money to Clean the Property up if they do not.


  • Motion by Childs to adjourn the meeting at 7:52 pm 2nd by Stevens Meeting adjourned          


Next meeting: May 04, 2020 @ 6:30 (TBD)


Respectfully Submitted


Cristi Smith- Clerk                                                                                                                              Posted 04/14/2020 @ 11:00 pm  

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