10-19-2017 Bainbridge Township amends policy on NSF checks, increases fee; Save the Sidetrack Cafe

WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1962… held its 55th reunion on August 19, 2017 at the Fairfield Inn, Watervliet. Pictured at the reunion (from the left): Front row – Elizabeth Gross Mundt, Nancy Leverton Cotton, Marsha Stennecke Cole, Nancy Curtis Geisler, Prue Forsythe Kiekenapp; Back row – Gary McKean, Jim Cole, Doug Moore, Tom Mundt, Jim Flaherty, Harley Vollrath, Robert Raiff. Not pictured are Kaye Griffis Schroeder and Eva Goyer Baumeister.


Bainbridge Township amends policy on NSF checks, increases fee

By Angela Stair

The Bainbridge Township Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on Monday, October 9. Among the many items discussed was the growing problem of “non-sufficient funds” checks being returned from the bank during tax collection time.

Township Treasurer Nancy Weber brought to the Board’s attention the growing problem and expense of checks being returned during the tax season. This year there were several that had to be taken care of. The bank charges the Township $10.00 for each check that has been deposited and returned.

Treasurer Weber told the Board that the $10.00 charge from the bank did not cover the cost to the Township of her time that it takes to gather information, find the correct tax bill, and contact the residents to get the money due the Township. She suggested that an additional $25.00 be added to the tax payer’s fees for returned checks, bringing the total charge to $35.00 for non-sufficient funds.

Township Supervisor Bill Hodge stated that as treasurer, Weber has every right to ask for this fee to be charged. He indicated that in the Policy Book there is already policy covering the problem of non-sufficient-fund checks, but has not been put into use and a set fee is not present.

The Board discussed the problem and approved amending the Policy Book in section 4.3(e). A sample letter that would be sent to the tax payer explaining in detail the charges was tentatively approved with minor revisions. Treasurer Weber said she would notify the tax payers of the policy when the winter taxes go out.

Other business

The Board of Trustees re-appointed two members to the Construction Board of Appeals. Supervisor Hodge said he was able to reach Pat Iliff and Tim Ulrich, who are on the Board and they said they would sign on for another term, but he could not reach the third member, Jack Walter. The Board approved the re-appointment of Iliff and Ulrich for another term. The Supervisor will continue to try and contact Walter.

The Board approved the payment of $1,175.00 to Total Tree Care LLC for the removal of the dead tree at the Bainbridge Road Cemetery. The cost was $900.00 for the removal of the tree, $175.00 for the stump grinding, and $100.00 for the application of top soil where the tree had been.

Also approved was the quote by Slager Restoration & Sealants, Inc. for work to be done at the Township Hall. The amount approved for $750.00.

Approved were bills and payroll in the amount of $19.044.77. Bills were $9,500.68, payroll $7,855.17, and liabilities of $1,688.92.

The letter of intent from the law firm of Straub, Seaman & Allen, P.C. was tabled until next month as it had just been received prior to the meeting and none of the Board had been able to look it over. Supervisor Hodge said that as supervisor he should have time to look it and the proposed contract over, before a decision is made.

Supervisor Hodge reported that the Sister Lakes Fire Department indicated they had 12 calls for the month of October with two being in Bainbridge Township. One was a motor vehicle accident and the other was for a smoke investigation. Average response time was 8.33 minutes. He also mentioned that he would like the Board to meet with Sister Lakes Fire Department and Benton Township Fire Department to look at next year’s plans and contracts.

Save the Sidetrack Cafe campaign has kicked off

 The City of Watervliet is undertaking a crowdfunding initiative with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to save the Sidetrack Café located on Main Street in Watervliet. The initiative is a fundraising effort to assist new owners to make improvements to the building to keep the business open. Donations to the funding will be matched, up to $50,000, by the Michigan EDC.

A press release from the city stated, this is a community icon and facility of significant historical value to the community. The Sidetrack has its roots in the community since the early 1930s and has been the cultural gathering spot for the community since that time.

The facility closed recently which sent a shock wave of concern throughout the community and the region. This facility has been at the history of everyone in the community. This has been the gathering spot for all generations in Watervliet. Patrons come daily for conversation, fellowship, and community pride. The customer service and cultural impact is felt by many.

The community has asked for help to make sure the Sidetrack is here for the community for many more generations. We need your help to make sure that this community icon continues to keep its doors open. If we fail to gather together for this facility we stand to lose a sense of our community and culture.

To contribute please go to www.patronicity.com (Save the Sidetrack). Your support and contributions are appreciated. Your donation is tax deductible and goes a long way to preserving our community icon

Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary annual craft fair this Saturday

 Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary is having our fall craft fair on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Watervliet Middle School, Red Arrow Highway, Watervliet. There are over 40 crafters and vendors.  Admission is free, and there will be food available for purchase.

All proceeds go to Auxiliary programs for our local hospital.

Blast into Scouting at Watervliet Municipal Airport on Saturday

 Get ready to rock-et in October when the Cub Scouts “Blast into Scouting” at various locations throughout the Mitten State.

All youth who sign up for Scouting during the months of September and October will be invited to an area event where they will get to launch paper rockets, shoot for the moon, land an aircraft carrier, as well as have an opportunity to participate in a variety of other STEM-based activities which contribute to the leadership and life skills they will experience as members of the Michigan Crossroads Council (MCC), Boy Scouts of America.

Greg Dunn, MCC Vice President of Membership, said Scouting volunteers and staff recently held recruitment events at many Michigan schools. He said parents and youth will be receiving information through social media about the many benefits available in Scouting and how they can get involved.

“We know that our young people have a variety of extracurricular activities to choose from,” Dunn said. “While these activities, such as athletics, each address a specific area of a child’s development, Scouting provides programming that focuses on the total child.

“We offer age-appropriate activities at every level so that by the time a Scout leaves high school, they are prepared to lead and succeed.”

Locally, “Blast into Scouting” will take place this Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Watervliet Airport, 8560 Airport Drive.

This event is for new Cub Scouts and their families. Lunch and refreshments will be available. There will also be airplane rides for new Scouts 8 years of age and older (Pre-registration is required for all plane rides.)

For more information, contact Bruce Walker at 269-414-8293 or walkers49022@aol.com.

The Michigan Crossroads Council serves more than 68,000 boys and girls with a variety of youth development and camping programs that promote character, leadership, and life skills delivering.

North Berrien Historical Museum to tour Watervliet Cemetery on October 26

 On Thursday, October 26 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. the North Berrien Historical Museum will host a tour of the Watervliet Cemetery. Join museum staff as they recount fascinating personal stories of past residents and how they shaped Watervliet history on a stroll through the cemetery grounds. We’ll visit the resting places of the town’s last living Civil War soldier, a Michigan Secretary of State, a Big Ten head football coach, and more!

Meet at the Watervliet Cemetery, located on Red Arrow Highway across from Watervliet High School. Please dress for the weather. No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

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