Springport Township Board Meeting
March. 12, 2012

  The regular Springport Township Board meeting was called to order on Mar. 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm by D. Supervisor Jim Wardius in the Springport Township Hall. Board members present were, Jeff Mitchell, Jason Sebastian and Dena Keeler, Tom Betz and Gaylord Lincoln were absent, Becky Losey, Deputy Treasurer sat in place of Betz.   There were 3 guests present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
       County Commissioner Cliff Herl gave the County Commissioners report.  The Beer Festival held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds was a large success; profits go to 4-H prize money at the fair.  Paint and a new roof were added to one of the fair buildings recently. Jackson County Sheriff’s office will be purchasing 4 new cars in the coming months.  The bridge on West Ave is to be repaired and that area of West Ave will be closed all summer, also Ganson Street will also be under repair.  Other road work will be at Sargent Road Bridge and I-94 and M-50 and McDivitt.
       Bill Russell stated that “Project Red” will be held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on March 14, 2012.
       Sebastian moved to accept the meeting minutes of Feb. 13, 2012, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
        B. Losey gave the treasurer’s report.  General Fund checking has a total of $116,453.45, police- $56,942.81, fire operating account- $25,612.51 and equipment- $38,369.18, tax account has $41,285.85, we have $101,318.32 in CD’s and the COPS Grant has $5,731.46 in their account.  Sebastian moved to accept the treasurer’s report for audit, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Mitchell moved to accept post audit police bills for $2,012.00, supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
      Sebastian moved to approve post audit COPS bills in the amount of $1,635.89, Mitchell supported motion and it passed.
     Motion by Sebastian to approve post audit general fund bills of $204.58, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
     Sebastian moved to make the following budget amendments; dept 101-101-811- road const. debit $100.00, 818-cont. services  debit $100.00, and 900- printing debit  $50.00, put this money into 720-payroll taxes totaling an increase of $250.00.  Then decrease by $100.00 from departments 101-870-milage, $400.00 from 827-legal fees, and $100.00 from 811-road construction and increase 703-salaries, this totals $600.00, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed.
       Mitchell moved to amend budget by deducting $400.00 from dept.  253-960-education & training and deducting $200.00 from 955-miscellaneous, and increase 704-d. treasurer by $550.00 and 726- office supplies by $50.00, this was supported by Sebastian and the motion carried.
      Mitchell made the following motion; deduct $50.00 from dept. 265-729 building grounds office supplies, to increase 914- insurance by $50.00, supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
      Motion by Sebastian to amend budget in the planning dept by deducting $220.00 dept 721-818-contracting services and increase 702-wages by $220.00, Mitchell supported motion and it passed.
      Sebastian moved to amend fire budget by decreasing 801-runs by $50.00 and increasing payroll taxes $25.00 and salaries $25.00, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried.       
      Mitchell moved to amend police budget by decreasing departments - 925- telephone by  $800.00 and 923-rent by $700.00 and $900.00 from  702-wages, then increase 935-fuel by $700.00, 939-repair by $100.00, 970-capital outlay $700.00 and 960-education by $900.00, Sebastian supported motion and it carried.
Motion by Sebastian to approve payment for the general fund bills in the amount of $32,199.23, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to approve police bills in the amount of $9,983.69, motion passed.
Sebastian moved to pay COPS Grant bills of $2,939.75, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.

                                                                                                               
Mitchell moved to pay fire bills in the amount of $20,327.00, supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
 Police report:  Chief Luce gave the police report, the County IT Dept. set up new computer and installed the firewall and Aegis, and Chief attended MICR training.  The safety screen was installed in the Dodge, one vehicle is at the repair shop after hitting a deer.  Officers Morofski and Short attended free training sponsored by the State for re-certification in Data master and SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Testing). Chief Luce is still trying to get the radar unit in the Dodge patrol car to work.  New equipment to be considered is a new taser gun and new car computer.
 Committee reports:
    There was no Police Administration meeting.
    Planning Commission by J. Wardius, the Master Plan is complete and will be mailed out or picked up in the near future.
    The Fire Board will meet the last week of March.  Update concerning the purchasing of 129 Mechanic property, the ground water test passed and things should now proceed.
 Unfinished Business:
     Police & Procedure manual was put on hold until possibly April meeting, When the Supervisor returns.
     Sebastian reported more work needs to be done on the restructuring and raising permit fees, possibly next month they will be complete.  
     Update on Speese’s lawsuit- our attorney filed an appeal to the unemployment hearing.  Speese’s deposition will be on April 9th, we should have more information then.
     Sebastian moved to change our Budget Hearing Meeting from the 29th to Friday March 30th, 2012 at 12:00 due to conflict with an  election meeting by the clerk, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
New Business:
     Motion by Mitchell to pass Resolution 2-12 to accept the request to transfer  ownership of 2011 Tavern licensed business with Dance-Entertainment Permit, located at 9501 Ferris, Springport, Mi 49284 from the Olivet Golf Club, L.L.C. to Levneff Properties L.L.C. , supported by Sebastian. D. Supervisor called for roll call vote, the following voted “aye”, Mitchell, Sebastian and Keeler, Betz and Lincoln were absent. D. Supervisor Wardius declared the resolution adopted.
    Sebastian moved to adopt Resolution 3-12 Receiving Boards at Elections, Mitchell supported the motion and the following Board Members voted “aye”, Sebastian, Mitchell, and Keeler, Betz and Lincoln were absent, there were no “nays”.  D. Supervisor declared the Resolution adopted.
     Mitchell moved to adopt Resolution 4-12 General Fund Depositor, supported by Sebastian. Roll call vote by D. Supervisor in which all present Board members voted “aye”. D. Supervisor declared the Resolution adopted.
Board Member Comments:
     Mitchell requested that we contact property owner at new residence on N. Brown road to put up her address sign so the rescue or fire could locate it. Becky Losey will contact them.
     Keeler requested the Board allow her to go to a MTA workshop in Battle Creek on April20th, Sebastian moved to send the Clerk to the workshop, supported by Mitchell motion carried.
      Keeler moved to adjourn at 8:35 supported by Sebastian, meeting adjourned.

Dena Keeler,
Clerk