SPRINGPORT TOWNSHIP BOARD MINUTES
AUGUST 11TH, 2008
The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order at 7:04 pm at the Springport Township Hall by Supervisor Lance Mitchell.
Members present were: Rybicki, Travioli, Mitchell, Wilson. Betz was absent.
Mitchell stated the meeting is being recorded to assist with the minutes, once approved the tape will be destroyed.
County Commissioner Cliff Herl spoke. Jobs at County are being looked at. Animal Control is going good. Looking to get an ordinance for the county on roads that go down to the lakes. Parma Village is having a bond come through to help with the Lagoons. The Fair went well.
Travioli asked Cliff about an update at the airport. There haven’t been any reports on it. There is a shopping center going in by Holiday Inn.
Betz arrived at 7:14 pm.
Jeff Mitchell questioned the $100,000 in one entity and also the individual line items on the budget. Travioli stated the FDIC only covers $100,000 per entity. Wilson explained the budget line items. We were told it was always bottom line totals not individual line items.
Motion by Wilson and supported by Travioli to approve the minutes. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilson and supported by Travioli to accept and file the Treasures report with $60,782.59 in the Savings and $74,085.96 in the Checking. Motion carried.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to pay the following post audit bills. Motion carried.
Police-5436.28chael Speese Dental Reimbursement 599.50
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to pay the Township bills in the amount of $10,224.34. Motion carried.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to pay the Police bills in the amount of $4137.34. Motion carried.
Chief Speese gave the Police report. There has been a couple of breaking and enterings. The Department will add a couple more reserve officers. The liquor inspections are completed. The Department is in need of a few items that they have been holding off on purchasing. They need portable radios with chargers and several forms.
Travioli reported on the Planning Commission. The Board received the 1st part of the Master Plan. They have a schedule and it looks like it may be almost 2 years before it is complete. The Planning Commission will look over the information sent and make recommendations to the Board.
There was no Fire Board meeting.
There was discussion on helping Tom Molton with his cell phone at a previous meeting. Rybicki also suggested get a universal cell phone for the officers to use. The Board will discuss more at next meeting.
There was discussion about saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the meetings. Travioli stated he would like to know the reason as to why we should actually do this. Motion by Rybicki and supported by Betz to say the Pledge of Allegiance before each meeting. Motion carried. Travioli stated he is not against the Pledge, he doesn’t feel it needs to be done at a Township meeting. The meeting will be called to order and then we will do the Pledge.
Nannette recommended that we adopt a Fixed Capitalization Policy. Motion by Wilson and supported by Betz to adopt the Fixed Capitalization Policy. Motion carried. Discussion followed.
Betz stated that Township doesn’t want the property at Brown Rd. Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki to decline the exercise of the first right of refusal of parcel 000-01-11-401-001-02 on Brown Rd, Resolution 8-08. Roll call: aye, Travioli, Betz, Mitchell, Wilson and Rybicki. Nay: none. The Supervisor declared the Resolution adopted.
Mitchell has not talked to Steve Ward. Tabled to next meeting.
Rybicki stated he has had some complaints on Ericson’s new property on M-99. Travioli stated that Region II advised us to use current ordinances that we have. The planning commission is not sure how the property is currently zoned. We could possibly use the Noise ordinance. Discussion followed. The track should not be on agriculture land.
Rybicki would like to start checking on the Police Administrative Board. Motion by Wilson and supported by Travioli to allow Rybicki check on information for the Police Administrative Board. Motion carried.
There was discussion on the balance of the Police Fund. Rybicki and Mitchell will both try to attend the Village meeting workshop this week at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.
Rybicki said that the Blue car needed work on it. Travioli asked when the money for the Police Department would start coming in. Betz stated it would be in December. The Township did budget money to transfer to the police department this year. There was discussion on borrowing money from the General Fund and having the Police Department pay the Township back. Rybicki stated that anyone who wanted to could sit down with him and Mike to work on the Police budget through the fiscal year of March 2009. There was discussion on the purchase of radios for the Police department.
Rybicki asked it the Police and Fire Account were budget line items or if it was the bottom line figure. Wilson will check on it.
Mitchell stated that there is a session on “Incident Command for Elected Officials” on August 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm put on by the Sherriff’s department.
Rybicki said there has been 1 mud run this year. He asked that we keep the Special events ordinance in mind.
Betz suggested that someone stop and suggest to Mr. Ericson to get some Chloride/salt water to put on the dirt track to keep the dust down and to make sure that everyone has a muffler on their bike/quad.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Wilson to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:14 pm.