01-11-2018 Hagar Township moves positively into the New Year; Coloma City Commission informed of era

Hagar Township moves positively into the New Year

By Jon Bisnett

Hagar Township Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio came into the first township board meeting of 2018 held on Monday, January 8 with a light agenda, but noted a wave of positive events on the near horizon.

In 2018 Hagar will add a new venue to its parks system by virtue of a $300,000 DNR Trust Fund grant to build a kayak launch on the Paw Paw River.

The new Dollar General store on M-63 is slated to open on the 1st of February, while just further north on M-63 will come a new local eatery at the site of the former fruit market.

Monte Packaging will be adding on, once again; expanding their local manufacturing facility.

Further improvements to the Township Hall include the replacement of carpeting throughout all offices and budget consideration for a possible keyless entry system for the hall.

Supervisor’s Report

Supervisor DiMaggio began by announcing the dates for the Michigan Association of Townships annual conference is April 23-26, 2018 in Traverse City. The board gave unanimous approval for registration fees for those attending.

DiMaggio proposed the Annual Township Meeting be combined with the Annual Budget Hearing on Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. He further requested residents and department heads to forward their requests and suggestions for any needs or projects that should be considered for the 2018 budget.

Clerk’s Report

Clerk Sarah Rodriguez reported on activity with Pride Care Ambulance with 17 calls for the month of December. Ten Priority I calls had the average response time of 09:13 minutes, 12 Priority II calls clocked a time of 13:30 minutes and one Priority III class came in at 12:40 minutes accounting for the monthly activity of 23 total calls with an average response time of 11:36 minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Marlene Davis reported typical December expenses for the township were in the amount of $30,447.24 with nothing out of the ordinary.

North Berrien Joint Fire Report

Supervisor DiMaggio reported NBJFD had 16 calls in the month of December with 10 in Hagar, two in Coloma Township, three in City of Coloma and one mutual aid.

The new 2018 budget is still in the works.

ISO has upgraded the NBJFD to a 5/5Y ranking which may or may not affect homeowner’s insurance rates in a positive way. Residents are encouraged to check with their agents.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body founded in 1947. It provides worldwide industrial and commercial standards. The upgrade to 5/5Y came as a result of both new equipment acquisition and adherence to standards of practice by NBJFD.

A summary of the past year showed a total of 242 calls for service in 2017 as follows: Coloma City, 40 calls; Coloma Township, 73 calls; Hagar Township, 94 calls; I-196 & I-94, 24 calls; Mutual Aid, 11 calls. The breakdown by type is:

General Alarm, 37; Carbon Monoxide, 6; Brush/Grass Fire, 17; Car Fires, 7; Structure Fires, 17; Non-Highway Personal Injury, 20; Medical Assist, 36; Power Lines, 38; Burn Complaint, 12 (No ticket); Trash Fire, 2; Water Rescue, 2; Weather Related, 2; Haz-Mat, 11.

Parks Department

Parks Director Beth Raiser reports parks are now closed-down. A warning sign is in place at Hagar Park effectively closing the non-existent beach due to high lake levels, while Roadside Park is still accessible.

Raiser is currently working with Dale Davis to build a budget for 2018 improvements and maintenance needs.

Supervisor DiMaggio encouraged Raiser to explore installation of permanent vault toilets for Hagar Park as opposed to the ongoing seasonal rental of portable toilets.

Building Inspector

Butch Kelly reported eight permits for $51,105. Summing up recent years activity Kelly said, “The past two years