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Posted: 04/09/14

Ray Township considers meeting schedule change

Observer Special Writer
      Ray Township may go to just one meeting per month.
       The suggestion was brought up by Township Clerk Paula Artman at the Ray Township Board of Trustees meeting April 1.
       "I find myself repeating documentation; I'm copying things over again. We're not making decisions because folks don't have enough time to read through their materials and make a decision when we do get here," she said.
       Artman will repeat her request at the next meeting as Township Trustees Betty Grader and John Zoccola were not present at the meeting.
       Artman also said she received a report from the office of Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh regarding the Department of Roads. An ordinance passed in January 2014 changing traffic control orders, and lifts the ban of commercial vehicles on several roads in Ray Township.
       The roads are: New Haven Road from North Avenue to the westerly village limits of New Haven, Indian Trail from 29 Mile Road to Wolcott Road, Wolcott Road from 29 Mile Road to 32 Mile Road, and 27 Mile Road from Van Dyke to Romeo Plank.
       Artman will keep a list of these orders on file for anyone wanting more information.
       "I know we have a lot of people with businesses here in the township that are zigging and zagging around the roads," she said.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       -Approved the purchase of a fireproof storage cabinet for the storage of township documents not to exceed $4,400.
       -Approved a request to erect a sign advertising the sale of a township-owned property on New Haven Road and take bids at a minimum of $20,000.
       -Approved a motion to allow the Township Supervisor and Township Clerk to enter into negotiations with the Township Attorney and submit a revised contract with Verizon and wait for their approval.
       -Approved a motion allowing the Township Supervisor to meet with the Township Attorney and start procedures for eliminating seven properties that are in violation of the township's blight ordinance.
       -Approved a request from Paula Artman to put together letters and certificates of appreciation for members of the Ray Township Fire Department.

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