Below are excerpts from Chester Township Board minutes.Some are funny, some serious and all are interesting.
It was moved and carried
that cattle be prohibited from running at large in the Public Highways of this Township.
Record of Resolution Adopted
by Board:We, the Undersigned Township Board of the Township of Chester, County
of Ottawa and State of Michigan at a meeting held in their hall on the 23rd day of December, Resolved That our
State Senator use all honorable and fair means to detach the Township of Chester from Ottawa Co. and attach the same to Muskegon
Co., State of Michigan.
Be it resolved that the Town
Board of the Twp. of Chester fix the license for peddlers, Hucksters, etc. at $20.00 each.Carried.
The motion was passed at
the Annual Meeting to put iron hitching posts and rails around the Town Hall.
Moved and supported that
written notices be served on the saloonkeepers and others of Chester Twp. forbidding the sale or giving of liquor, etc. to
Motion approved to set the
closing hours of all saloons in the township at 10 O’clock p.m. sharp and that after closing the curtains must be up
to allow a clear view of the bar.
Motion approved to allow
E. O. Cilley, health officer; and Robert Brevitz, Don H. Bean, Edw. Harris and Clyde E. Pratt, while on duty on their rural
routes, to carry revolvers for their protection.
Motion made and supported
that we grant the Saloon Keepers of Chester Twp. the hours as follows:May 1
to Nov. 1, and on Saturday nights until and from Nov. 1 to May 1 straight.Motion carried.
Motion made and supported
that we grand the petition of J. R. Gilbert and others praying to submit the proposition to use ferrets in the hunting of
rabbits in the Township of Chester.Motion Carried.
M, S, Carried that the clerk
be allowed 3 cents each for counting and writing out rat orders.
M, S, Carried that George
Blekley be granted the privilege to operate and run a pool room in the village of Conklin.
Resolution passed to prohibit
the riding of bicycles and racing of wagons on the side walks of Conklin.Motion
passed to contract with Philip S. Moon for lighting the streets of Conklin.
Motion passed to grant the
Ladies Study Club permission to plant trees at the Township Hall and that the Highway Commissioner and the District Overseer
be instructed to protect all trees planted by them.
Special Board Meeting in
regard to Gladys Batson in Scarlet Fever Case.Motion passed to let the ruling
of R. O. Allen, as Health Officer, stand, in regard to keeping Gladys Batson under quarantine for ten days.
Township deeded the North
15 acres of Lot number 1, Section fifteen in Town nine, north of range 13, with the express understanding that Wilhelmina
VanderHoof should be given a good burial, a home at the County Infirmary so long as she lived, with board, clothing and medical
attention and a suitable marker placed on her grave and that of her husband in the cemetery at North Chester, also burial
expenses of her husband.The Township Board passed a resolution to accept the
property and, since it was not productive land, to authorize the supervisor and clerk to sell the property and fulfill the
terms of the agreement.
Motion passed to raise $200
for a soldier’s memorial at the Chester Township Hall.
Motion passed that if electric
line passes town hall, we would be in favor of having hall wired.
Township passed a motion
to have regular monthly board meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Moved by R Wiltenburg, supported
by Harold Kober we adopt resolution to bring Township of Chester under Primary System next Regular Election.Carried.
Ordinance adopted to establish a Township Liquor Commission.Then
on 03-17-1960 it was decided to table the consideration of a Liquor Control Ordinance.No
further mention is made of the ordinance, but on 04-27-1960, Norbert Denhof was appointed as Liquor Control Inspector.
The request by the Conklin
Improvement Assn. for better street lighting in Conklin was approved.
Zoning Ordinance adopted.
Petition received to place
the sale of liquor by the glass on the August Primary ballot.
Proposal to sell liquor by
the glass approved by township voters at the general election.
M, S, Carried that the township
pay mileage for the swimming instructor to come to GrossPark for 2 weeks.
It was decided that we would
have no meeting in November because of deer hunting, and that our December meeting would be held on December 13th,
instead of our regular meeting night.Notice of meeting change to be put in the
Special Meeting – Resolution
passed to hire Joiner Engineering to assist in the development of a Master Plan for the township.
Resolution passed that ChesterTownship will pay 1/3 of the cost
of establishing a lake level and constructing a dam in the outlet of CrockeryLake.
Resolution passed to make
the sugar maple the official tree of ChesterTownship.
M, S, Carried that the application
for a Dance Permit to be held in conjunction with the Class C liquor license business at 19683 Main Street be considered for
Vote was 4 yeas, 0 nays,
1 absent and it is the consensus of this legislative body that the application be not recommended for issuance.
Special Meeting – Curfew
Ordinance for ChesterTownship was discussed in detail.It was decided to have parents
and children of the know trouble makers present at the 12/15 meeting to discuss what to do.It was also decided to have a Public Hearing on Dec. 29th – for all parents and their children to discuss
We will vote on curfew after
It was suggested we light
up Main Street and the alley way with mercury lights.
M, S, Carried to put vapor
lights in Conklin on Main Street and Alleys – Conklin & Miller, Maple & Miller and Miller and Daggett.
Public Hearing on Curfew
Ordinance was held in the Conklin Fire Barn.After much discussion, a straw vote
was taken with the following results:
curfew – Yes
– 34 No – 10
curfew – Yes – 18No
Luke Arends said that the
Community Veteran’s Association would be receptive to turning over the American Legion Hall to the township, if some
kind of an agreement can be reached.
A special meeting was held
prior to our regular monthly board meeting at the American Legion Hall on 32nd Avenue.All members of the board were present as well as John Diendorf, Maurice Mengel and Con Creager who represented the
American Legion.The meeting was held to discuss the possible transfer of the
Hall and property to the Township for a Township Hall.
M, S, Carried that we accept
the transfer of Community Veterans Ass’n. Building and property to ChesterTownship, and to agree to the stipulations
which were presented by them.
M, S, Carried that, in the
future, our new township hall will be known as THE CHESTER TOWNSHIP HALL AND CIVIC CENTER.
M, S, Carried to have Creager
be in charge of the rental of the township hall, to be rented to township residents only.
M, S, Carried to charge $50.00
per day for custodial and maintenance fee on new township hall and civic center.
Resolution passed “BE
IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the committee name of Chester Township Recreational Committee be approved, for the purpose of obtaining a federal grant for recreational
improvements at the Chester Township Hall and CivicCenter.
Meerman presented a petition
with approximately 300 signatures, which stated the following:
We the undersigned concerned
citizens and businessmen of ChesterTownship, do hereby petition the officials of ChesterTownship and (or) OttawaCounty to compel our law enforcement agencies to immediate action toward maximum enforcement of laws in
this community concerning:
and sale of illegal drugs
sale of alcoholic beverages to minors
and verbal harassment of our senior citizens and young children
M, S, Carried to send the
petition to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, as stated in the petition.
Schwartz read a letter, dated
07/03/79, from Ron Bakker of the OCRC, which said that because of the low volumes of traffic, she did not believe any of these
three crossings in our township would have the necessary justification for flashers.
Meerman read a letter from
Robert D. Dykstra, Sheriff, to Jack Smant, Chairman, Ottawa Co. Board of Commissioners regarding the petition which originated
in our township.He also said that there will be a public meeting with the Sheriff’s
Department on 09/27/79 (Thursday) at at the Township Hall.
Senior Meal Program started.
Resolution passed abolishing
the office of Constable.
Special meeting with Rick
Shoemaker and Jim Bredin, DNR, and Ken Ruiter, Progressive Engineering.Since
we are on a priority list for receiving a Step 1 grant for a sewer system at CrockeryLake, they explained to the board what was necessary to submit a formal application.
Steve Menn reported to the
Township Board on the sewer system at CrockeryLake.63% of the property owners were contacted in person,
88% did not want the study.12% did want the study.M, S, Carried to declare the Sewer System at CrockeryLake a dead issue.
Meerman brought up the fact
that the street lighting in Conklin is paid by the whole of ChesterTownship.Perhaps this should be a special assessment.Tabled until next meeting.
Resolution passed adopting
a Winter Parking Ordinance to be effective 04-01-1981.
Meerman has checked with
to find out about having a special assessment district for the street lighting in Conklin.
Meerman announced that a
Planning Committee would replace the former Zoning Board.It would consist of
the present Zoning Board plus 2 new members.They will be responsible for all
zoning changes in our Township; will hold the public hearings, etc.The chairman
will be Phil Schaefer.Fred Schamber accepted as one of the new members.
Meerman has been in contact
with the consumers Power co. with regard to a special assessment district for the street lighting in Conklin.There are 28 lights in the village at a cost of $6.70 each per month.The Board will have to decide what share they feel the township should pay.
M, S, Carried to have the
township-at-large pay 10% of the cost of street lighting in Conklin.
James Meerman resigns as
Mary Meerman takes oath of
office as Supervisor.James Meerman takes oath of office as Deputy Supervisor.
M, S, Carried to award the
bid on installing paneling and making other repairs at the Township Hall to the lowest bidder ($2,700.00).
Since the street lights which
benefit particular residential areas should not be paid for out of the General Fund, M, S, Carried to have Creager contact
our township attorney, Telman, about a special assessment district and to report back at the next meeting.
3 resolutions passed establishing
a special assessment district in the village of Conklin relating to street lights.
Resolution passed to establish
a Handicapped Grievance Procedure.
M, S, Carried that churches
and non-profit organizations in our Township be exempt from obtaining building permits.
M, S, Carried that the motion
to exempt churches and non-profit organizations from obtaining building permits be rescinded.
M, S, Carried to grant Crockery
Lake Association a permit to shoot off fireworks over CrockeryLake on July 4th.
M, S, Carried to grant the
Conklin Brotherhood Association permission to bury a time capsule at the Township Hall grounds.It would contain mementos of Conklin and ChesterTownship from 1986 and would not be dug up and opened until 100 years from now.
Herb Schaefer turned in the
survey concerning the interest of people in Conklin to have a sewer system put in.There
was considerable interest so the Board will continue to pursue the feasibility of this project and check into doing a cost
Revised and newly adopted
Zoning Ordinance books are now available in the Clerk’s office.
Letter received from DNR
concerning sewer contamination in some of Conklin’s storm drains.The township
is directed to take action to correct this situation.
M, S, Carried to obtain a
bid from Williams & Works for a sewer feasibility study at Crockery Lake, as requested by the Crockery Lake Association.
Resolution passed to approve
the request for a dance permit from The Fenian’s Bierstube, Inc. on Main Street in Conklin.
Public Hearing on Conklin
village sewer system.
M, S, Carried to start the
procedure for establishing a Special Assessment District at CrockeryLake for the purpose of weed treatment to be effective upon receipt of petitions containing signatures
from 80% of the property owners in the proposed district.
M, S, Carried to enter into
a one year agreement with Northwest Ambulance Service for service to our entire township at a cost of $1,500.00.
A public hearing will be
held by the Ottawa County Parks Commission on January 23, 1991 to hear public opinion relating to converting the old railroad bed into a hiking & biking trail.
A petition to lower the speed
limit on Sehler Street in Conklin was given to the Michigan State Police.The
State Police will recheck the average speed on that section of road to see if the speed limit should be lowered.
M, S, Carried to hire a backhoe
to clean out the end of the drain on the north side of Miller Street In Conklin, behind the John Deere building.
M, S, Carried to appoint
JoKaye Kelly to the Rails to Trails committee.
Diendorf reported on the
reasons the speed limit on Sehler Street in Conklin was set at 45 MPH.
Resolution passed to have
ChesterTownship’s property tax statements processed by OttawaCountyDataProcessingCenter.
M, S, Carried that the township
sponsor the Memorial Day Service and Parade from now on as the Conklin Brotherhood Association has dissolved and will no longer
be doing it.
Resolution passed to not
hold an Annual Meeting this year.
M, S, Carried to contract
with Coopersville District Library at a cost of $3,500.00.
Construction on addition
to Township Hall begins.
Resolution passed increasing
the membership of the ZBA from 3 to 5 members and the Planning Commission for 6 to 7 members.
Carolyn Burgtorf appointed
for a 2 year term and Pat Wolters appointed to a 4 year term to the Northeast Ottawa District Library Board.
M, S, Carried to adopt the
township logo presented by JoKaye Kelly.
Resolution passed to approve
the Chester Township
Park Master Plan.
Resolution passed to approve
the application to the DNR for a grant of $150,000.00 with a $50,000 ChesterTownship local match for the purpose
of additional construction and renovation of ChesterTownshipPark.