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Banks hires new planning consultant

The Antrim Review of Bellaire, Michigan

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ELLSWORTH — A new planning consultant was hired and a new township Ambulance Authority representative was appointed at the July 20 Banks Township Board meeting.

The township was left without a planning consultant when Mary Campbell of MC Planning & Design retired. The board considered references for candidates Larry Sullivan as well as Jessica Spencer. Fee schedules for each were compared to what they are currently paying.

A motion to hire Jessica Spencer as the township's Planning Consultant was passed. Spencer will take over the position on August 1.

Supervisor Mann asked to be replaced as the board representative on the Ambulance Authority Board. He proposed that Cody Randall be his replacement. Cody is the township EMS director, works for Emmet EMS and is extremely knowledgeable of medical protocols and issues.

Mann served as the president of the Ambulance Authority Board during the board's organizational period. A motion was passed to accept Mann's resignation and approve the appointment of Cody Randall.

"This was a very hard decision, but I'm spread a bit thin. I need to give Banks Township more attention during this busy time and continue to give 100 percent to my job and family. The Ambulance Authority has grown and progressed to the point where I could step down as president and resign from the board, said Mann. "Cody's experience as a paramedic and as the Banks Township EMS director makes him a perfect fit for this position. I feel he will be a wonderful addition to the board."

Bids were opened for renovation construction on the Township Hall. A bid from CDS for $98,588.40 was accepted. Trustee David Rasmussen excused himself from the vote and preceding discussion due to a conflict of interest.

During public comment, Ellsworth Village President Hugh Campbell addressed the Board regarding the "crowdfunding" campaign for the Community Square Project. The Internet fundraising event was expected to open on Monday, July 27 and run for 30 days.

Also, during public comment resident Bill Austin addressed the Board regarding some areas on Pleasant Hill Road that are in need of repairs. Supervisor Thomas Mann informed him that the project wouldn't be considered until 2016 because other roads are in worse shape and therefore take priority. "There are limited road funds and the worst roads will be addressed first," said Mann.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 17 at 7 p.m.

In September, all monthly Banks Township Board of Trustee meetings will change to 6 p.m.

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Original Publication Date: July 30, 2015

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