Springport Township Board Meeting
April 13th, 2015

     The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order on April 13th, 2015 by Supervisor Schmidt at 7:00 pm  Board members present were; Schmidt, Betz, Sebastian, Mitchell, Keeler arrived at 7:05, and we had 4 guests present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
     AFLAC Insurance representative made a presentation about health insurance benefits for our police and W-2 employees.  They have several polices including disability, cancer critical care protection, and accident.
     County Commissioner Lightner brought us up to date on the County Commissioners.  The 25th of April “Friends of Animal Shelter” will host a bowling fund raiser.  In the near future the County will house hold hazards waste pick-up.  They are currently reviewing all wage rates and job descriptions of county employees.  South Central Michigan Works has lots of jobs available and are in need of workers.  Project “Red” will be held on April 28th at the Jackson Fair Grounds.  Plans are filling up for the concerts for the 2015 Jackson County Fair.
     Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of March 9th board meeting, supported by Mitchell and it carried.  Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell that the minutes of the Budget Hearing held on March 23rd also be approved, motion carried. 
     Our Treasurer gave his report, general fund has a checking account balance of$192,511.22, police account $177,577.95 and fire account balance is $63,529.96.  Sebastian moved to accept the Treasurer’s report for audit, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
Sebastian moved to approve post audit police bills in the amount of $31,945.79, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed.
Motion by Mitchell, supported by Sebastian that general fund bills in the amount of $4,629.79 be paid, motion passed unanimously.
Sebastian moved to send Chief Luce to the “Chief’s Conference in June at Boyne Highlands, supported by Mitchell and it carried.
Mitchell moved to approve payment for police account in the amount of $2,629.06, supported by Sebastian and it carried unanimously.
Police Report:  Chief Luce reported that we have received the new car and it’s over getting old decals off and new ones on, an alignment was done and as soon as computers are ready, it will be ready to go, he also picked up the other items we purchased.  Officers spent approximately 25 hours at the schools.  Officers Locke, Cain and Truchan attended CPT/First aid Training.  The paperwork has been submitted for the 302 grant money again this year and we should be receiving the VTPOA grant for $1,833.00 soon.  Officers are scheduled to attend driving school at MIS this month.  Sebastian moved to authorize the Chief to purchase 2 bullet-proof vests for officers, supported by Schmidt and it passed.  Motion by Sebastian to increase Officer Truchan wage to $14.50 per hour and upon evaluation from the Chief, Officer Locke’s wage also, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
Committee Reports:
Police Board will meet on May 7th.
Planning Commission did not meet, due to illness and vacations.  Schmidt plans on attending the next meeting to discuss discrepancy in zoning ordinance in regards to property size of 1 acre or 2 acres for land divisions or building sites.  Also, he would like to discuss a change in the requirements to replace existing trailers in the township.
Fire Board met in March and reviewed Chief Ott’s yearly performance, all comments by fire personal were positive.
Unfinished business:  Mitchell moved to accept JDOT’s proposal  for dust control on gravel roads for a cost to the Township of $ 8,730.64 for  the summer of 2015, supported by Sebastian and it passed.  Greg Ives from JDOT met with Betz and Schmidt to discuss the condition of our area roads.  He will get back to us with a time line and plan for expected road repair.
New Business:  BS&A will soon stop support for the pervasive assessing and treasurer’s program.  Karl will contact BS & A and ask them to come out and decided what equipment we will need to convert to the .Net programs
      Meeting adjourned at 8:35

 

Dena Keeler,
Clerk