Springport Township Board Meeting
August 13, 2012

     The August 13, 2012 meeting was called to order at 7:05p. by Supervisor Lincoln. Board members present were Betz, Sebastian, Lincoln and Keeler, Mitchell was absent, we had 9 guests present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Sarah Lightner introduced herself as the new County Commissioner for our district, when Cliff Herl steps down.
       County Commissioner Cliff Herl reported on the success of the Jackson County Fair.  The Jackson and Lansing airports are working together to allow for larger air planes to come into Jackson.  The Jackson airport will be building a new maintenance building and service road in the future.  Cascades is working on design for a new building to house controls and to filter the water at the falls.  He will also check with FEMA for the Hazardous Plan which the Township should have received.
       Public Comment:  Patty Tsyzko voiced a complaint concerning the summer tax bill she received, Lincoln will look into it.
       Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of the July 9th, 2012 meeting, Betz supported the motion and it carried.
       Treasurer’s report by Betz, we have $115,163.59 in the general fund account, police account has $50,761.94, COPS account has $8,115.02 and fire account has $60,314.85 in operating and equipment $40,158.67.  Motion by Sebastian to accept the treasurer’s report for audit, supported by Keeler, motion carried.  Sebastian moved to allow the Treasurer at his discretion to place the CD from First National Bank which became due this week where he deems best in the interest of the Township, supported by Keeler, motion carried.
Sebastian moved to approval post audit police bills in the amount of $ 4,531.61, supported by Betz, motion carried.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Betz to approve payment of COPS post audit bills of $2,496.20, motion passed.
Sebastian moved to approve payment of post audit General Fund bills of $330.49, motion supported by Betz and it passed.
Sebastian moved to pay general fund bills of $5,810.39, motion supported by Betz, motion passed.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Betz that the police bills in the amount of $6,656.61 be paid, motion carried.
Sebastian moved to pay COPS bills in the amount of $1,948.95, Betz supported the motion and it passed.
      Police report was looked at, we have a new part-time officer Josh Watson, who has begun training as a reserve officer.  The traffic safety grant was approved for the 2012-13 year for the amount of $2,000.00, this will become available on Sept. 1st.   We were also approved for ;the BVP grant, which is the federal Ballistic Vest Program. This means the federal Government will pay 50% of any ballistic vests we need to purchase in the next year.
Committee Report:
Police Committee did not meet;
Planning Commission met on Aug. 6th and approved the rezoning of Gaylord Lincoln’s property on Parma Road from Agricultural to Commercial .
Fire Board will meet next month.
Unfinished Business:
     The Township is still  reviewing options to reinstall the Recycling Center in town.
     Lincoln has looked at the eaves on the east side of building and will correct the problem.
     The Springport Township will not ask for building permits for agricultural buildings after reviewing the Michigan Legislative website for construction codes.

New Business:
     Sebastian moved to adopt Resolution 9-12, Fire and Rescue Millage to be placed on the November ballot, motion supported by Betz and after roll call vote with the following voting “aye”, Sebastian, Betz, Keeler and Lincoln, the Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.  Board Member Mitchell was absent.
     Motion by Sebastian to go into executive session at 7:50 to discuss the ongoing lawsuit with M. Speese and the Springport Township, supported by Betz, motion carried.
    The Board came out of executive session at 8:10 and the meeting was called to order again.   Sebastian moved to have the Clerk contact EMC regarding our representation by Hackney Grover Hoover and Bean, PLC, our concerns in their pursuit of the case and what our options and procedures are, the Supervisor will contact White & Hotchkiss and forward all correspondence to them and for their opinion on the case.  Betz supported the motion and it passed.
      Members of the Board signed a thank-you to Aaron Aupperlee from the Jackson Cit Pat. for his positive and accurate coverage of the township.
      Keeler moved to adjourn , supported by Sebastian, meeting adjourned.


Dena Keeler,