Barton Hills Village, Michigan

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May 14, 2012



May 14, 2012

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was called to order by President Boddie at 6:00 PM at the Village Hall.

ROLL CALL Present: Trustees Al-Awar, Benson, Boddie, Borel, Butterwick, Langford, MacKrell and van der Velde. Absent: Trustee Izenberg.
Others attending: ZPA Perry, Asst. Treasurer King, Supt. Esch and 21 residents.

PUBLIC COMMENT Several residents spoke on the following issues:

--The suggestion that BHV have a central water filtration plant was thoroughly investigated by the BHV Water Committee in the past and found to be prohibitively expensive (estimated $2.8 million in today’s dollars or about $20,000/household) and unfeasible due to the difficulty of sludge disposal.

--A question about a tax refund/decrease due to the changing relationship with BHMC was answered by President Boddie who stated that budgetary factors at the time (fiscal year 2013-14) would determine if a reduction in taxes would be appropriate.

--Support was voiced for a monthly communication of security issues to residents via email. Such a monthly report would also be printed in the Barton Bulletin.

--Regarding deer management, there was insufficient support from residents adjoining proposed culling areas to develop a program.

--Wild turkeys are becoming a significant problem in at least one area of BHV.

--The BHV budget should be posted on the website.

MINUTES Minutes of the April 9, 2012 Trustees meeting were approved as printed.(MacKrell/Butterwick/P)

FINANCE/FINANCE COMMITTEE The Cash Balances report was distributed. The Cash Disbursements for April 2012 were approved as printed (Aux. Book X E(2)).(Borel/MacKrell/P)


Zoning and Planning Administrator (Perry) Several construction projects are pending. The staff is working hard to move projects through the review process efficiently.

Planning Commission (MacKrell/Perry) The Commission will meet this week to continue work on the new zoning ordinance, which is coming along well.

COMMITTEE REPORTS Written annual committee reports were printed in the Barton Bulletin prior to the meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS Ordinance No. 43 amending Ordinance No. 4 (Public Safety) was approved (no public comment received from Barton Bulletin publication). (MacKrell/Benson/P)


Bicycle signs. A proposal for what kinds of signs are needed to reflect the new Bicycle Ordinance (No. 40) will be considered at a future meeting.

Hewett retirement. A reception honoring retiring staff member Bill Hewett will be held on Sunday June 3, 2012 if that date is convenient for him.

Maintenance area improvements. Options for upgrade of the maintenance area buildings will be considered at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:41 PM. (MacKrell/Al-Awar/P)

Janice K. Esch, Deputy Clerk     Approved 6/11/12