THE CLEARWATER TOWNSHIP BOARD voted to change the monthly meetings from the third Tuesday to the second Monday of each month. Pictured are (from left) Supervisors Bruce Sobotta, Dave Nelson and Dan Mol.

Township changes meeting schedule

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Staff Writer
Ken Francis
Clearwater Township monthly meetings are moving from Tuesdays to Mondays starting in 2014.
At the December organizational meeting, the board voted to change the meeting dates to help accommodate the schedule of the township’s maintenance supervisor, Mike Ludenia.
Ludenia was elected to the Silver Creek Twp. board of supervisors last year. Silver Creek holds its monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month - the same as Clearwater.
Since an important part of each monthly meeting concerns road and building maintenance reports, the board decided to change the meeting date so Ludenia did not have a scheduling conflict.
Beginning in January, Clearwater Twp. monthly meetings will be held the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. In the event of a holiday that Monday, it will be moved to the following Tuesday.
In other decisions at the organizational meeting, the board elected Supervisor Bruce Sobotta as board chair for 2014, replacing Dan Mol.
The board voted to keep their salaries and the maintenance supervisor’s salary the same, but increased the clerk’s salary from $18 to $19 per hour. Part-time road maintenance workers will get an increase from $17.50 to $20 per hour.
The township hall maintenance worker will get an increase from $15 to $17.50 per hour.
Election judges will get an increase from $12.50 to $15 per hour and the head election judge will get an increase from $14 to $17.50 per hour.
The board voted to transfer $75,000 from the road & bridge fund to the equipment and building fund to start saving for construction of a future fire hall near township hall. Super-visor Sobotta said preliminary costs for a 60’x80’ finished pole building were about $250,000.
The board also transferred $225,000 from the road & bridge fund to the road project and building fund for major road projects expected in 2014. Clerk Jean Just said with the $140,000 payment from the state coming in, the township will still have a balance of about $260,000 in the road & bridge fund after the transfers.
In other business, the board recommended approval of a variance for Diana Roswell for the addition of a new foundation at 12370 Grover Ave. NW.