Springport Township Board Meeting
Dec. 9th, 2013

The Springport Township Board meeting was called to order by Supervisor Schmidt at 7:02 pm, in the town hall.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  All Board members were present and we had 6 guests.   
      State Senator Bruce Caswell introduced himself and told us of some projects he supported this past year, and what he’s working on in the upcoming year.  In 2014 the State of Mich is going to redistrict our senators and Caswell will run for the district which will include, Hilldale, Branch and Jackson.
      County Commissioner Sarah Lightner was also on hand to report from the County Commissioner’s meeting.  Their policy on prayer will still be upheld until further notification from the state.  K. Coffman from the County Treasurer’s office reported that the sale from tax delinquent houses was much lower than expected.  There are openings on several Board positions at the County level, those being an Ag representative, a position on the Traffic Safety Council and Region 2 Planning Commission has an opening.
D. Carpenter was also in attendance, she was from Health Insurance Marketplace and talked about obtaining health insurance.
        Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of the Nov. 11th meeting, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed.
        Betz gave the treasurer’s report.  General Fund checking account has a balance of $131,028.51, CD’s $78,567.40, tax account has a balance of $6,325.16, police account has $37,422.88 and fire operating has $32,180.30, with fire equipment having a balance of $40,480.91.  Sebastian moved to approve the treasurer’s report subject to audit, motion supported by Keeler, motion passed.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve post audit police bills of $6,353.64, motion passed unanimously.
       Sebastian moved to approve payment of general fund bills in the amount of $895.07, Mitchell supported the motion and all board members voted in favor of motion.
 Sebastian moved to amend the general fund budget by increasing 101-000-451-Business license and permits by $2,000.00 and increasing 101-371-702 building inspection wages by $2,000.00 and decreasing 101-101-807 audit fees by $400.00, decreasing 101-101-827 legal fees by $200.00 and 101-101-917 work comp by $200.00 and increasing 101-101-955 miscellaneous expenditure by $800.00, also decreasing 101-262-702 election wages and increasing 101-262-726 office supplies by $400.00, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
Sebastian moved to pay general fund bills of $8,848.14, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve Police bills of $5,231.35, board members passed motion unanimously.
Sebastian moved to pay fire bills of $20,976.50, motion supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Police Report:
Officers spent about 25 hours at the school in November.  Officers picked up equipment for the e-tickets from Sheriff’s office, it’s scheduled to be installed at the end of month.  Officer Taylor is going to participate in the “shop with a cop” program in December.  This program is sponsored by the Township and Village Police Officers Association of Jackson County that we are involved in.  Springport Police Dept. did not receive the COPS Grant that we applied for.
Committee Reports:
Police Administration will not meet until February.
Planning Commission had nothing to report.
Fire Board- Keeler moved to table the contract letter to Spencer Manufacturing for the purchase of the fire/tanker truck until the January meeting, supported by Sebastian.  This will give Betz time to look over budget to confirm our suggested payment scheduled.  Motion was passes.

Unfinished Business:
Ordinance for condemned housing is on hold for a few months.
Ordinance for Solicitors is tabled until January, when we hear how the Village would like to handle the ordinance inside Village limits.
There was no new business or no board member comments.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:20.


Dena Keeler, Clerk