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Township Board Meeting Minutes - February 17, 2010

MINUTES OF THE STUDY SESSION BOARD MEETING
OF
THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF CHESTERFIELD
February 17, 2010

The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Lovelock at 3:12 P.M. in the Charter Township of Chesterfield Municipal Offices at 47275 Sugarbush, Chesterfield, MI 48047.

Present: Supervisor Lovelock, Clerk Uglis, Treasurer Hartman

Trustees: Bell, DeMuynck, Ficht, Printz

Also Present: Deputy Clerk Wurmlinger

Supervisor Lovelock began the discussion by stating that 2009 was a tough year and the financial outlook for the next two years looked the same or worse. He felt a study session was necessary to solicit ideas from all board members as it relates to the township budget and how we can continue to serve the residents and businesses in the township. He then stated that he wanted to review each department individual. As a result of the discussion several key points were highlighted.

Some departments will face additional lay-offs.

A reduction of staff in all departments will take place as employees retire.

Minimal staffing will be maintained for public safety but command staff who retire will not be replaced.

The assessing department has seen its staff reduced from 8 three years ago to 3 currently. The board must address the need for a Level 4 Assessor.

While the Fire Department has done a better job of managing its operational cost they still must be aware that they need to make sure they spend within there millage.

Additional cuts must be made in the Building Department.

The township must consider the need to consolidate departments within the current structure, look at the feasibility of consolidation of some department’s services with other communities, or eliminate some services.

Fee structures must be examined but only if they are outdated.

No action was taken.

Supervisor Lovelock then initiated a discussion on water and sewer fees and how they are currently affecting the ability of the township to attract new business to the Chesterfield. The discussion then broaden to the need to make all appropriate fees understandable to potential businesses and to make sure that they presented at the beginning of the process. Furthermore theses fees should accurately describe what is being charged.

No action was taken.

DISCUSSION ON FISCAL GOALS FOR THE TOWNSHIP AND OBJECTIVES FOR OBTAINING THOSE GOALS

 

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