County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee

 

Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson

 

August 4, 2008 Minutes

Members Present:

 

Bernie Blackmore, Gene Dawson and Joe Allen

Members Absent:

 

None

Staff Present:

 

Joe Meyers and Mike Meriwether

Others Present:

 

Charlie Koop

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

2.         Public Comment

 

None.

3.         Forestry Update

 

Mike Meriwether spoke on the reverter clauses on county lands and handed out a list of all the properties that would be affected if they were removed. 

 

Discussion ensued over timber sales, the oil and gas fund, and the forestry fund.

 

Discussion ensued over the projected timber sales for 2008.

 

Charlie Koop joined the meeting and discussed the Batchelder Road property and the new locations for the oil well pads.  Further discussion ensued over the condition of Batchelder road and the major issues the road currently has.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to recommend the Board of Commissioners support the lease with all Right of Way issues to be dealt with the Antrim County Road Commission.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Discussion ensued regarding Grass River Natural Area (GRNA) non-development lease.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to recommend the Board of Commissioners accepts the Grass River Natural Area non-developmental lease.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Motion by Joe Allen, supported by Gene Dawson, to recommend the Board of Commissioners approve a right of way on the railroad grade south of Stover Road pending legal counsel’s review.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

Discussion ensued over the star township 40 acre parcel and the oil and gas development.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen to recommend the Board of Commissioners approve the site for the oil drill pending the calculation of surface damages.  Motion carried – unanimous.

 

 

4.         Forestry Property Area Ordinance

 

Discussion ensued over the forestry ordinance. 

 

The committee directed legal counsel to redraft a hybrid ordinance for consideration requiring the county board of commissioners need a 3/5th  majority to use the forest land and a 3/5th vote of the people to sell the county forest land.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.