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Supervisors sacrificing pay during economic downturn

Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

With the local and national economic climate suffering, some Kidder Township supervisors have decided to make some sacrifices.

During the recent supervisors' meeting, several of the board members agreed to go without pay for two months. Four of the board members are going without pay until the end of the year.

Much of the meeting, however, was dominated by water issues.

The water park, H2O, at Split Rock Resort, received a release of maintenance security from board members.

The 145 Storm Water Ordinance was awarded for the township, and a snow removal bid was approved for three years. Aqua Resources, the waste water overseer for Kidder Township, asked the board if they would negotiate an increase.

Sales of timeshares at the resort have gone down by 50 percent since 2008, and the sales for 2009 are projected to be even more dismal. With the opening of the water park, locals are hoping to improve business for the township.

The board also approved the police and nonuniformed pensions for 2010. Kidder Township has a long-standing admiration for its emergency personnel, and has supported, and rewarded their efforts in protecting the township.

There will be a workshop regarding the township 2010 budget on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The township board also approved a new dump truck, as the last one was totaled in an accident recently. The board reported that tar and chipping began on Old Stage Road early last week. The road has caused much distress, and sometimes damage, during the spring and winter months.

A total of $20,000 was released for a fire hydrant at Willow Brook 6, one of Split Rock Resort's developments. Willow Brook 7 received a land extension, and Golden Oaks received only a one-month extension until its provides information confirming that its bond is still in effect.

Lisa Klem will began her new role as assistant secretary and treasurer on Sept. 10. Sylvia Davies will retire, officially, in October 2009, but will remain on until the end of the year.

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