Springport Township Board Meeting
May 13th, 2013

The regular monthly meeting was called to order by Supervisor Schmidt at 7:02 pm, on May 13th, 2013 in the Springport Township Hall. Board members present were Sebastian, Keeler, Schmidt and Mitchell, Betz arrived
At 7:15, there were 3 guests present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. There was no public comment.
Sebastian moved to accept the April 8th, 2013 board meeting minutes, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed.

Treasurer’s report was given by Betz. General fund has balance of $97,156.77, police account has a balance of $105,794.91 and fire operating $69,362.41 and fire equipment has a balance of $40,480.91. Motion by Sebastian to accept the treasurer’s report for audit, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.

Post Audit Police Bills for Approval in May
Name Description ck# amount ck# amount
Eric Taylor wages 3001 $ 341.72 3005 $ 416.70
Dave Luce wages 3002 $1,226.40 3008 $ 1,226.39
Josh Watson wages 3003 $ 407.06 3009 $ 652.66
InContact communication 3004 $ 16.97
Rich Morofski wages 3007 $ 154.46
Celestina Short wages 3006 $ 84.58
Total $4,526.94
Sebastian moved to approve payment of police post audit bills of $4,526.94, supported by Mitchell, motion passed unanimously.
Post Audit COPS Bills for Approval in May
Name Description ck# amount ck# amount
Tom Molton wages 1206 $1,024.02 1209 $1,024.02
BCN insurance 1207 $407.66
Tom Molton Medicare reimbursement 1208 $ 314.24
Total $2,770.40
Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to approve post audit bills in the amount of $2,770.40, motion passed.
Post Audit General Fund Bills for Approval in May
Name Description ck# amount Name Description ck# amount
Card Center office supplies 9258 $ 141.38 Semco utilities 9260 $ 76.41
Consumers utilities 9259 $ 88.24
Total $306.03
Motion by Mitchell to approve post audit general fund bills of $306.03, supported by Sebastian, motion passed. General Fund Bills for Approval in May
Name Description ck# amount Name Description ck# amount
State of Mich state taxes 9269 $ 63.54 IRS 941 taxes EFTP $ 453.36
BS&A software support 9261 $1,850.00 C. DeConick inspections 9262 $ 230.00
J. Underhill hall maintenance 9272 $300.00 F. Artz cemetery mowing9270 $ 500.00
Wolverine Ass. Assessing 9271 $1000.00 B. Ungar inspections 9274 $ 245.19
Springcom communication 9267 $ 81.41 Village of SPGT utilities 9268 $ 51.71
D. Keeler clerk 9273 $1,143.05 Northwest Refuge-recycling 9266 $ 200.00
Elect. Sys Software-Accuevote maint.9263 $ 90.03 Karl Schmidt supervisor 9275 $923.50
Spgt/Clar. Fire sign ( Moss) 9264 $ 20.00 Card Center office supplies 9276 $ 37.80
MML work comp insurance9265 $178.00 McEldowney copier maintenance 9277 $ 200.00
Total $7,567.59
Mitchell moved to pay General Fund bills of $7,567.59, motion supported by Sebastian and it passed unanimously.
Sebastian moved to amend the police budget by adding line item for incoming grants for $11,985.00 and adding $11,985.00 to capital outlay to cover grant for video cameras, supported by Mitchell, motion passed.
Police Bills for Approval in May
Name Description ck# amount Name Description ck# amount
Avery fuel 3010 $ 982.21 Springcom communication 3018 $133.11
Oil Zone car maintenance 3016 $ 198.07 IRS 941 taxes EFTP $1,729.08
State of Mich state taxes 3019 $ 224.91 Digital Ally grant/video cameras 3011 $11,983.00
Farm Bureau life insurance 3012 $ 370.00 InContact communication 3013 $ 10.91
MML work comp insurance 3015 $1,476.79 Dave Luce reimburse health insu3014 $472.66
Southern Mi Upfitters-install car computer 3017 $1,603.30 White & Hotchkiss-legal fees 3020 $ 406.25
COPS transfer in 3021 $9,000.00
Total $28,590.29
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve all police bills for payment in the amount of $28,590.29, motion passed.
COPS Bills for Approval in May
Name Description ck# amount Name Description ck# amount
IRS 941 taxes EFTP $764.44 State of Mich state taxes 1211 $ 115.60
MML comp insurance 1210 $ 876.21
Total $1,756.25
Mitchell moved to pay COPS bills in the amount of $1,756.325, motion supported by Sebastian and it passed unanimously.

County Commissioner – Sarah Lightner
Lightner reported that the County’s 2013 strategic plan was completed as is the list of Jackson Co. foreclosures.
The Commissioners have been trying to come up with a plan for the County Incinerator, at this time it only feeds the prison area. She also announced that the County has a vacancy on the Parks Board if anyone is interested.

Police Report by Chief Luce
Chief Luce reported that 25 hours were spent at the School last month. Our officers attended the driving school by the training consortium as MIS. The computer was installed in the new car and is working great. We received grant approval for the in-car videos and are scheduled for training on the 23rd of May. We also received a grant from the Jackson Traffic Safety Program, which will be used for purchasing new radar unit. The grant will pay for 85% and the Township is responsible for 15%. We are currently applying for another COPS grant (same as current one), grant is due on the 22nd of May. Lt. Molton is currently on sick leave and will not be returning to work, Chief will be interviewing current part time officers to fill this vacancy. J. Mitchell will sit in on interviews with Chief Luce.

JC DOT Representative John Sanders
Mr. Sanders from JC Dot was present to discuss area roads including Stark Rd. Stark Road was scheduled to be repaired last year, but was postponed until July of 2013. He brought several pictures of a road in Napoleon Township which was done 13 years ago and is still holding up well. This is the only repair other than patchwork to be done in the township by the County this year. He agreed to figure some prices to repair some other gravel roads by putting a binding agent in the gravel and replacing it, this will be done with Township money should we decide to repair gravel roads.

Committee Reports:
Police Administration Board – Sebastian moved to post an advertisement in the Signal in order to fill vacancy on the Police Board, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
The Planning Committee will meet next month. Schmidt stated we would be attending, to help fix a few zoning issues. Schmidt also has ordinance for condemned houses to bring to the meeting.
The Fire Board will meet in June. Chief Cox is still working on price for new truck. Sebastian moved to ask the Township residents for a 1 mill increase for 2 years for the purchase of new truck, this will be placed on the August 6th, 2013 ballot, motion supported by Betz, motion passed.
Unfinished Business:
Betz and Luce are still working on Chief’s Contract, will be ready next month.
Endbridge is sending the Township the Grant application, Clerk will fill it out when it comes in.

New Business:
White and Hotchkiss has been contacted in regards to the Township adopting a Resolution for a Fire Insurance Settlement Withholding Plan, should be ready for June’s meeting
Schmidt sent letter to Wolverine State Assessing in regards to bring files up to date and dome other changes he would like to see completed by August 1st, 2013.
Mitchell received price for a police building sign of $200.00. Sebastian moved we purchase the sign, supported by Betz, motion carried. He has also looked into placing an awning over the police office door, we will contact the Village for their approval
Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30, meeting adjourned.


Respectively submitted,



Dena Keeler, Clerk