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Posted: 04/23/14

Ray Twp board agrees
to meet once a month

Two meetings per month affecting township operations

Observer Special Writer
      The Ray Township Board of Trustees will soon have just one meeting per month.
       The decision to switch to one meeting per month from two was approved with a 4-1 vote at the April 16 board meeting.
       The board also discussed its options for improving the Ray Township Public Library's ceiling.
       Clerk Paula Artman said she hated repeating items on the agenda that were constantly tabled, adding it is causing difficulties in her office.
       "We're not moving forwards, and maybe it's because we only have enough time in between meetings to get things settled," she said. "I can't seem to get things done in the clerk's office because I'm constantly working on the agenda."
       Trustee Betty Grader wanted to remain at two meetings a month.
       "It gives our residents a chance to come, for the board to speak on their feelings on issues, and I like two meetings a month," she said.
       The board approved a motion to have one meeting a month on the third Tuesday of the month starting in June. Grader had the lone opposing vote.
       The board also discussed the township library's tin ceiling project. A request for bids was put out and two bids were received. One of them was rejected due to the bidder having no bond or insurance, while the other was for $15,633. An offer from a previous contractor fell through.
       "The guy who we can afford didn't comply and the guy who complied we can't afford," said Township Supervisor Charlie Bohm. "We're not a great deal further ahead than we were six months ago."
       Trustee John Zoccola suggested advertising again for bids.
       "Either we advertise again and see if we get somebody else or this is going to be a laughingstock in the construction world," he said.
       Bohm was not in favor of advertising for another request for bids.
       "We've spun our wheels here advertising this last time," he said. "We went so far out of our way to be sure that we mailed bids to anyone who expressed interest, and three out of the five came out to look at and wouldn't touch it."
       If the tiles are taken down, they will bend and need to be replaced. A total of $5,700 has already been spent on the tin ceiling project.
       "Unless we as a board want to up the ante, it can't be done with the monies that are available," said Bohm.
       The board approved a motion with a 4-1 vote to table the project until the next meeting and come up with a recommendation by then. Treasurer Doug Stier was the lone opposing vote.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       - Approved a motion to submit two mowers and an ink jet copier to the 2014 Macomb County Auction.
       - Approved a motion to allow members of the Board of Trustees and the Planning Commission to interview four qualifying planning services and bring the recommendations back to the board.

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