Lincoln trustees prep for township’s budget

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Lincoln Township trustees began working on next year’s budget as various department heads made budget requests at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Among the ideas pitched to trustees included a smart board for presentations and ice rescue suits for firefighters.

In addition to listening to new and renewed budgetary items, the board made changes to a few upcoming meetings.

After going over the expected timeline for the budget with Clerk Stacy Loar-Porter, trustees scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to hammer out the budget’s details.

Loar-Porter said she has to have the budget available to residents by March 7, a week before trustees decide whether to approve the budget at its regular March 14 board meeting.

Trustees rescheduled the public hearings that were set for Tuesday’s meeting to March 14. The public hearings were to consider a tax abatement for JR Automation for a factory expansion.

The proposed 12-year tax abatement was originally scheduled to be heard during a public hearing at last month’s meeting, but was delayed because the company was not ready to present.

Loar-Porter said the company is still working on the final numbers of the project.

A joint meeting between the Township Board and Planning Commission was scheduled for 6 p.m. March 28. The meeting will serve as a venue to renew several ordinances.

“We’re going through some ordinances we’ve been talking about changing to make sure they are up to date,” Loar-Porter said. “We’ll look at the sign ordinance and PUD updates.”

Lastly, trustees rescheduled the April 11 board meeting to April 4 due to the conflict with the Michigan Township Association’s annual conference. The majority of trustees will be at the MTA conference, leaving the board without a quorum.

Trustees considered changing the meeting to April 18. However, Loar-Porter needs approval to pay the township’s bills before then.

The next time trustees will meet is at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Because it is a special meeting, trustees will be able to take action if needed.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 15, 2017)


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