Springport Township Board Meeting
January 9, 2017

Springport Township’s regular monthly meeting was called to order by Supervisor Schmidt at 7:00, in the township hall on January 9, 2017.   All Board members were present and we had 2 guests.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
   County Commissioner Sarah Lightner reported on LifeWays millage that could be on the May ballot.  She also handed out brochures for Community Action Agency which is offering free tax filing to residents with an income under $54,000 excluding farms. Beer-fest tickets are on presale right now for $30 each.
   December 12th, 2016 minutes were presented with a correction to the total amount of police bills being $8573.38 instead of $7,308.68 that was presented at the December meeting.  Sebastian moved to accept the minutes with correction, motion supported by Mitchell and the motion passed.
    Losey gave the Treasurer’s report.  General fund has a balance of $120,830.69 in the checking account, police checking has a balance of $122,684.14, and fire operating has a balance of $85,085.50 and fire equipment $44,520.38.  Motion to approve the treasurer’s report for audit by Mitchell, supported by Sebastian and it carried.
Post Audit Police Bills for Approval
Motion by Sebastian to approve post audit police bills of $3,643.12, supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.
Post Audit General Fund Bills for Approval
Sebastian moved to approve post audit general fund bills in the amount of $399.56, supported by Mitchell and the motion passed.
Sebastian moved to amend the budget by increasing $750 from Fund Balance and increasing $700 to Treasurer Deputy Salary 101-253-703-000 and increase $50 to Office Supplies 101-253-726-000, decrease Postage 101-253-730-000 by $100 and increase Office Supplies 101-253-726-000 by $100,  decrease Mileage 101-253-870-000 by $20 and increase Office Supplies 101-253-726-000 by $20, decrease Printing and Publishing 101-253-900-000 by $50 and increase Office Supplies 101-253-726-000 by $50, decrease Miscellaneous Expenditures 101-253-955-000 by $50 and increase Office Supplies 101-253-726-000 by $50, decrease Office Supplies 207-301-726-000 by $500 and increase Legal Fees 207-301-827-000 by $420 and increase Insurance 207-301-914-000 by $80.  Mitchell Supported and the motion passed
Sebastian moved to pay general fund bills in the amount of $11,956.51, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.

Police  Fund Bills for Approval
Motion by Sebastian supported by Mitchell to pay police bills in the amount of $11,778.52, motion carried unanimously.
Fire  Fund Bills for Approval
Sebastian moved to approve fire bills of $15,450.00, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried.
Police Report:  Police report was given by Chief Luce.  Officers will be attending a first aide training and a legal training during Jan/Feb. Chief Luce reported the quote from Ford for the new police car came in at $28,190.  There will be additional cost for lettering and lights.  Luce will bring the full package price to the February meeting. 
Luce talked about the new radios that the county is requiring, it is not clear if there will be a cost to township or not as there is still discussion at the county level.         
Committee Reports:  
Planning Commission- Schmidt reported that Dave has taken several phone calls with zoning questions for a marijuana dispensary on Robbins Road.  Board discussed need for an ordinance for marijuana dispensaries within the township.
Fire Board – Fire board met in December, Sebastian reported that Chief Ott is still waiting for the Scott Packs they purchased as there was a problem with the size of the masks.  There are also a couple of fire trucks that require maintenance and repair. Sebastian also requested to have a copy of the ordinance for fire billing, Riehle will get the information Sebastian requested. 
Unfinished Business

  • Blight Ordinance- Schmidt is having Truchan make a few changes

New Business:

  • December Board of Review results- Schmidt reported there were 22 applications for review, most of them

                were for homestead however there were a few for poverty/exemptions.

  • Jackson County Solid Waste Plan- Schmidt recalled reviewing this in the past and the board decided

                against it, Riehle will send back paper work to Jackson County.

  • Resolution #1-17 to waive interest and penalty on deferred taxes- Motion by Sebastian supported by Mitchell to accept deferred taxes until February 28, 2017.  Motion passed unanimously
  • Resolution #2-17 will be readdressed at the March Board Meeting

Board Member Comments: Losey reported that banks are still sending tax bills to Tom Betz’s residence after she has requested them be sent directly to the township office.  Schmidt suggested having George Truchan send a certified letter to the banks requesting and address change. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:35pm.

 

Jackie Riehle, Township Clerk