Springport Township Board Meeting

August 12, 2019


Springport Townships regular monthly meeting was called to order at 7:02pm, in the township hall on August 12, 2019.   Board members present were Schmidt, Riehle, Marsh, Mitchell and Sebastian;. Chief Luce was also present.  

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

County Commissioner-Not present

Public Comment- None

 * A motion was made by Sebastian to accept the July 8, 2019 minutes with correction, supported by Marsh and the motion passed.

Board Member Marsh gave the Treasurer’s report.  General Fund has a checking account balance of $388,844.08 Police checking has a balance of $275,733.02 and Fire Operating has a balance of $187,189.29 and Fire Equipment $37,065.94

*Motion to approve the treasurer’s report for audit by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell and it carried.

BUDGET AMENDMENT: None

APPROVAL OF POST AUDIT BILLS:  General Fund:$845.53; Fire N/A; Police:$6,086.49               

  • Total Post Audit Bills $6,932.02

*Sebastian moved to pay post audit bills, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously


APPROVAL OF CURRENT BILLS:  General Fund:$8,308.58;  Fire:NA;  Police:$1,838.91

  • Total Current Bills  $10,174.49

*Sebastian moved to pay current bills, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.

Police Report: Chief Luce reported that July was a very busy month and provided the board with stats for the month.  He also reported that he is looking into a company that would oversee the department policy and procedures.  The cost would be $1,587 annually. Chief Luce said that he plans to do some more research and report back to the board at the September board meeting.


Road Report- Board member Sebastian reported that he has spoken with JDOT and Holibaugh road is scheduled for October 2019 and the bridge closure on Pope Church Rd should be able to be repaired by replacing the decking which will help get the road opened soon.  Sebastian also provided the board with an estimate to repair Town Rd, The estimate would cost the township approximately $80,000 and the project would be scheduled for 2020. Discussion took place, Sebastian will get a contract drawn up from JDOT to bring back to the board. 

Fire Board Report- Board member Sebastian updated the board on the progress of plans for a new fire station.  The fire board is in the beginning stages of planning. Discussion took place. Considering the fiduciary responsibility to the township residents it is the unanimous consensus of Springport Township Board that the possibility of a renovation and addition to the existing building be explored before construction of a new building be considered.  

Supervisor/Assessor’s Report:

There have been 2 land divisions in the last month as well as an inquiry for zoning on a wedding venue, July BOR went well.  Village tax bills were sent out with some errors. It is the assessor’s office responsibility to correct the errors and issue an Affidavit of Correction for each parcel that had an error.  The ordinance officer and building inspector will be meeting to discuss dilapidated houses in the village. The Board of Appeals approved the variance application from Matthew and Angela Raymond at 13051 Town Rd at their special meeting on August 12, 2019.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS: 


NEW BUSINESS:

  • Recreational Marijuana Ordinance:  Board member Riehle presented the board with an ordinance to prohibit recreational marijuana establishments within township limits.  Discussion took place.

  *Sebastian moved to adopt the ordinance to prohibit recreational marijuana establishments within township limits as written , motion supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.

Riehle will post the ordinance at the township and in the Springport Signal.  The ordinance will be enforced 30 days from publication.  

  • Mini Grant:  Jackson County is offering a $500 grant, discussion took place regarding what the grant could be written for. 

  • Chief Luce’s Contract:  Board member Schmidt reported to the board that Chief Luce’s contract is up for renewal.  Schmidt requested that the board consider raising Luce’s salary from $55,000 a year to $58,000.  Discussion took place. 

*Sebastian moved to raise Chief Luce’s salary from $55,000 to $58,000 beginning August 18th , motion supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.


Board Member Comments: 

Board member Riehle gave her resignation to the Springport Clarence Fire Board effective immediately..  Discussion took place.

*Schmidt moved to accept Riehle’s resignation; supported by Marsh and the motion passed.

*Schmidt moved to appoint board member Mitchell to the Springport Clarence Fire Board: supported by Marsh and the motion passed unanimously.



Meeting Adjourned- 8:46pm



Jackie Riehle, Springport Township Clerk