County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee

Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore, Chairman

Eugene Dawson

Minutes – June 2, 2008


Members Present:


Bernie Blackmore, Joe Allen, and Gene Dawson

Members Absent:



Others Present:


Joe Meyers and Mike Meriwether


1.       Meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m. 

2.       Public Comment



3.       OIL Energy


OIL indicated that they wanted to drill within 300 ft of our Antrim County Transportation Building.


Discussion ensued over the history of the lease.  The committee discussed the consent agreement that OIL would like the county to sign which would allow them to begin drilling. Mike Meriwether indicated that because this parcel is covered by Village sewer and water, there should not be an issue. 


Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen to have the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Jack White, sign the agreement, pending legal counsel’s recommendation. Motion carried – unanimous.


Discussion ensued over the oil and gas industry and how much money we will be making on the lease we currently have on the property.   


4.       Forestry Update


Mike Meriwether spoke on events happening on County Forests.


Discussion ensued over the Kirkpatrick Forest. 


Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to allow Mike Meriwether to spend up to $3,000 for improvements on the Kirkpatrick Forest. Motion carried – unanimous.


Discussion ensued over the Emerald Ash Borer and how it has spread across Antrim County.


Discussion ensued over the Sevald Property and the different easements needed for the management of these properties.


The Committee asked if legal counsel could attend our next meeting to discuss the Sale of County Property Ordinance and the Skinkle Road issue.


5.       Various Matters



Meeting adjourned at 10:25 a.m.