Township Board Meeting Minutes - February 17,
MINUTES OF THE STUDY
SESSION BOARD MEETING
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,
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
Some departments will face additional
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
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
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if they are outdated.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
No action was taken.
DISCUSSION ON FISCAL GOALS FOR THE
TOWNSHIP AND OBJECTIVES FOR OBTAINING THOSE