The monthly meeting of the Carmi Township Board was held on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the Carmi Township Building on So. Church St. with all trustees present except Anthony Huffer. In attendance was outgoing trustee Jeff Bohleber, Dave Hall, Rod Matsel, Town Clerk Jack Martin, and Supervisor Jimmie Mallette, Road commissioner Fred Loyd. Attorney Greg Stuart was also in attendance.
The Clerk read the minutes which were approved by all. The monthly bills were examined and approved for payment. The fund balance reports were given by Jimmie Mallette and the road report by Fred Loyd. The roads are being readied for oiling and chipping. Mallet reported that expenses for April were $25,363.71; income was $11,632.12. The balance for the township was $1,791,609.80.
Fred Loyd and Jimmie Mallet were both given gifts as they are retiring from office. Loyd expressed his appreciation for the people he had worked with on the board. Mallette echoed her gratitude for the same.
Mallette introduced the tentative budgets for the coming year. The tentative Road budget was approved by all trustees at $541,105 and the Town Budget was approved by all trustees at $485,162.88. The trustees voting were Bohleber, Hall, and Matsel.
Four emergency assistance grants were given in April, totaling $1255. It was noted by the supervisor that no matter how low funds may get, the General Assistance Fund must always be funded.
Mallette noted that the Prevailing Wage Ordinance will need to be voted on in June and that the cost of publishing it in the local papers could be shared with other townships.
The Assessor’s Report was asked for and Amy Short was present, but said that she was working on several new properties and was not ready to present yet.
The last matter of business was a continuation of the discussion of Dawn of Ages Cemetery and what the township proposes to do about it. Attorney Greg Stuart had done a title search of the property and had new information to impart to the board about the situation. The Dawn of Ages Cemetery was established in 1961 or 1962. Vernal and Blanche Elliot created it. There were two deeds on it at the time. Over the years, the property was busted up into four pieces with four owners. One owner was Cynthia Schmittler, another was the heirs of the Elliots; a third owner was the Dawn of Ages Cemetery Association, and the fourth owner is unknown. No one knows who the Dawn of Ages Cemetery Association is so more research is warranted. Due to the presence of graves on at least two parts of the property that no one is taking care of, the township must make some decisions. Does the township or City of Carmi want to pursue ownership? This will mean tracking down all the owners to see if they are interested in donating it to the township or city. Two of the pieces have been exempt from real estate taxing.
“It seems reasonable they might want to transfer the property to get rid of the responsibility of taking care of it,” Stuart stated.
No decision was made, except to turn the decisions over to the incoming board of trustees. Two new members,Tim Scates and Mike Baxley will be sworn in on May 15. New Road commissioner Chris McEwing will be joining the board also.
The meeting adjourned at 6:51 p.m.
The next meeting of the Carmi Township board will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6 p.m.