County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee

 

Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson

 

Minutes July 30, 2007

Members Present:

 

Gene Dawson and Joe Allen

Members Absent:

 

Bernie Blackmore

Staff Present:

 

Joe Meyers

Others Present:

 

Gloria Campbell, Russ Blasdell, Mike Meriwether, and Todd Vigland

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

2. Public Comment

 

None.

3. County Fair Allocation

 

Gloria Campbell, Antrim County Fair Board member, informed the Committee of the possibilities for entertainment that the fair could provide. Gloria also indicated that for the 2007 and 2008 fair, they are going to concentrate more on advertising.

 

Discussion ensued over increasing the budget for advertising.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to recommend a $10,000 appropriation for the Antrim County Fair to be submitted to the Finance Committee. Motion carried unanimous.

 

4. Horses at Cedar River Natural Area

 

Mike Meriwether indicated that there might be some stable owners charging for a horse ride through the natural area. Mike spoke on how they were using the new bridge but he indicated that if they wanted to continue to use the bridge they would need to buy mats for the horse hoofs.

 

5. Forestry Program Update

 

Mike distributed a handout for his update.

 

Mike indicated that the County will be paid over $30,000 for the oil and gas work that has been done on the Kirkpatrick Forest. Mike indicated that he would like to install a stream crossing on the property at a cost not to exceed $5,000.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to recommend the Finance Committee approve the stream crossing on the Kirkpatrick Forest at a cost not to exceed $5,000 to be taken out of the Forestry Fund. Motion carried unanimous.

 

 

Mike discussed two parcels that are for sale in Lakes of the North that would give us access to our county land. Discussion ensued over the access to these properties.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to request the Finance Committee allocate $6,000 from the Forestry Fund to purchase two lots in Lakes of the North for access to the two parcels. Motion carried unanimous.

 

Discussion ensued over the Skinkle Road property and Mike submitted quotes to survey it.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to request the Finance Committee allocate $3,968 out of the Forestry Fund to survey the Skinkle Road property. Motion carried unanimous.

 

Mike indicated that through discussions with the property owner adjacent to the Valley Road property, he would be willing to sell us an acre of his property for $5,000 to gain access.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to purchase 1 acre of property to access the Valley Road property in Mancelona for $5,000. Motion carried unanimous.

 

Discussion ensued over the Frog Hollow and Del Mason Road properties.

 

Discussion ensued over the County Forestry Program.

 

6. Sevald Property

 

Todd Vigland spoke on the Sevald property and GDO Investments. GDO Investments wants to close on the property as a whole (the Township and County properties). Discussion ensued over the closing of the properties. He would like to get a Memorandum of Understanding indicating that if we receive the grant that we would purchase the property.

 

7. Public/Member Comment

 

Eileen Wallick entered the meeting and indicated that Barnes Park was larger than we thought.

 

Discussion ensued over Sevald property.

Meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.