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Date: April 8, 2014

Place: 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Village Hall

Time: 7:30 PM

Present: Peter Gray, Tim Hanlon, Frances L. Higgins, Nancy Pines, Chris Richardson, Greg White, 3 Section 5 residents

  1. Agenda Item: Minutes

    Peter moved that the minutes of the March 11, 2014, Council meeting be approved as presented; there was a second and the motion passed unanimously.

  2. Agenda Item: Discussion of Results of Williams Lane Vehicular Traffic Survey

    Greg said that he thought that this survey would produce data concerning the speed of vehicles as well as the number of trucks traveling Williams Ln. The survey performed by A. Morton Thomas, Engineering Co., produced only the number of trucks that traveled Williams Lane during a specific period of time. The data show that less than 2% of all vehicles traversing Williams Lane were trucks.

    The manager will locate the files on the three traffic studies which the Council has had performed over the last twenty years and provide the Council with the data. At the April Annual Meeting the Council will discuss the possibility of having a survey conducted which will record the speed as well as the volume of vehicular traffic for each of the main Section 5 streets. The manager will also contact A. Morton Thomas concerning the cost of such a survey.

  3. Agenda Item: Treasurer’s Report/Discussion and Voting on 2014/15 Budget

    Tim presented the revenues and expenditures for FY 14 through March 31. Each expenditure item is within the 2013/14 budget with the exception of snow removal. This year there has been an unusually harsh winter and the cost of snow removal has exceeded the budget.

    Nancy moved that the 2014/15 budget be approved subject to the input from residents at the May 8, 2014, Annual Meeting. There was a second and the motion passed unanimously.

  4. Agenda Item: Presentation of County New Tree Law

    John Higgins will give a presentation of the new County tree law and how it affects Section 5 at the May Annual Meeting.

  5. Agenda Item: Building Inspector’s Report

    Building Permits issued:
    3628 Woodbine St. ‒ construction of new house (house address has been changed from Connecticut Avenue to Woodbine Street)
    3705 Woodbine Street ‒ 2 story addition in rear
    3804 Thornapple Street ‒ fence in rear yard

  6. Agenda Item: Manager’s Report

    The County has contacted Section 5 and said that the County will increase its price for salt and sand from $59 per ton to $90 per ton.

    Section 5 paid to have a public tree removed from the public strip in front of a Thornapple St. resident’s house. The resident asked Section 5 to pay to grind the stump to a greater depth than Section 5 does ordinarily. The resident personally paid to have the stump from this public tree ground to this greater depth. She also paid to have a new tree planted in that area where the old stump was. She contacted the manager and asked if Section 5 would pay for the extra grinding as well as the cost of the new tree.

    The Council decided to pay for the cost of the new public tree; however, it decided not to pay for the cost of the additional grinding. The manager will contact the resident and tell her about the Council’s decision.

    A Boy Scout who lives in Section 5 asked the manager if Section 5 would pay $74.00 for the cost of the materials for his Eagle Scout project. There was some discussion.

    The Council decided not to pay the $74.00 for the cost of the Eagle Project. The manager will contact the Boy Scout and tell him of the Council’s decision.

    A Thornapple Street resident contacted the manager and asked if she could channel the water from her sump pump under the public sidewalk and into the public gutter at the edge of the public street. The manager told her that she could not channel her sump pump water into the public curb because in the winter it could freeze and become a public hazard.

  7. Agenda Item: Adjournment

    Peter adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting, which will be held May 8, 2014, at the Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, at 7:30 PM. The Village Hall has handicapped access. Everyone is welcome.