|3/20/2014 4:35:00 PM|
Johnson narrowly hangs on to seat in Lent Township
by JEFF NORTON
Only one town supervisor position was up for grabs at the Lent Town meeting on Tuesday, March 11, and only one person was on the ballot, but that didn’t stop the election from being a very close call. Lyle Johnson was the incumbent and lone name listed on the ballot. He received 46 of the 94 votes cast. Lent resident Dave Milles received 41 write-in votes and fellow resident Cliff Sheppeck received seven write-in votes. The 94 votes accounted for a little less than a five percent turnout with nearly 2,000 registered voters.
The proposed 2015 levy was passed without much dissent, as the 24 or so attendees at the meeting agreed almost unanimously on each board reccomendation. The road and bridge fund received $325,000 after receiving $350,000 this year. The general fund received $150,000 after getting $185,000 this year. Those were the major factors that drove the total 2015 levy down to $696,000 after it was at $773,000 for this year. The gopher bounty remained the same at $2 per gopher. The front feet and tail are required for each bounty. The total amount paid out in 2013 was $1,312.
Moderator Gene Olson answered a few public questions, including if the township would have a recycling day this year. Olson said they would, but they were looking for feedback on the day and time that would work best for most people. Olson also gave credit to clerk Laura Levasseur for the work that she does in the public and in the office that keeps the township running smooth. The regular monthly meeting dates stayed the same -- the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next annual meeting and election was set for Tuesday, March 10, 2015.