Beginning in August, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals will resume meeting in person. Public members were given the OK to continue virtually attending board meetings.

Beginning in August, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals will resume meeting in person. Public members were given the OK to continue virtually attending board meetings.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Clinton Township Board of Trustees to return to in-person meetings

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 30, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Come August, it will be over 16 months since the Clinton Township Board of Trustees had an in-person meeting.

At the July 12 board meeting, regarding returning to in-person board meetings, the board unanimously approved that the board of trustees, planning commission and zoning board of appeals will begin meeting in person next month.

For members of the public at board meetings, it was agreed in a 4-3 vote that the public can virtually attend board meetings. Supervisor Bob Cannon, Clerk Kim Meltzer and Trustee Tammy Patton voted no.

Township committees will continue to meet remotely. The township’s state of emergency will remain in place.

The last time the board met in person for a meeting was March 16, 2020. August will mark the first time the current board will be in person following the November 2020 election.

Previously, the board voted to remain in a remote setting for board meetings through the end of 2021.

Cannon suggested the board end the state of emergency and return to in-person meetings in August.   

“I’ve met with a lot of people who have talked about how they’ve reopened and had their board meetings open to the public,” Cannon said. “They all recommend board members who are ill or something that may not allow them to attend, to participate remotely.”

Cannon emphasized that Board of Trustees meetings are for the board to make decisions that are open to the public.

“If the public wishes to participate, they need to come to our board meeting,” he said. “The last meeting, we saw a number of people up in the Thumb coming to our meeting remotely.”

Cannon argued that a board meeting is not a public meeting — rather, it is a board meeting in the public to see what the board is doing.

Trustee Mike Keys suggested the township continue having a virtual element for the public to attend board meetings.

“I heard we will make a virtual option available to employees and board members but don’t want that option available to members of the public. I am very much in disagreement of that,” he said.

In other township business, the board unanimously approved a request to schedule a public hearing for police and fire millage renewal.

The hearing was held July 26, after press time. It was for renewal of the special assessment police and fire millage.

Clinton Township Assessor James Elrod said the 5 mills for police will generate an estimated $15.1 million and the 4 mills for fire are estimated to generate just under $12.1 million.

Additionally, the industrial facility real property is 2.5 mills for police and 2 mills for fire, generating $16,923 and $13,539, respectively.

In closed session, the board discussed pending litigation in Macomb County Circuit Court in a case with retired Clinton Township Police Captain Rich Maierle and the township.

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