Springport Township Board Meeting
Nov. 9, 2015

     The regular monthly meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order at 7:00 pm on Nov. 9th, 2015.  All Board members were present and we had 10 guests.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
     Kevin Decker from Decker Insurance presented the Board with a quote for general liability insurance for the Township and police department.  He went over the policy and answered questions concerning coverage.  The Board will review both existing policy and his proposed to make a decision.
    Nina Reeves who is on the Griffith Cemetery Board was present to give the Township a map of all burials in the cemetery.  She has been in contact with Mr. Wagner who owns adjoining property 90 feet on the east side of the cemetery.  He would like to sell it to the Township or Griffith Cemetery Board.   Betz will contact him to find out what he is asking for the property and Keeler will contact Dove and Hickey to see what options the Township has.
     County Commissioner Sarah Lightner gave the County Commissioners report.  There will be a “Night Life” run at the fair grounds on Nov. 25th.  Jackson Co. has approved the purchase of 14 new JDOT county road trucks.  The Commissioners are still studying 911 emergency calls and tower options.
     Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of October 12, 2015. Mitchell supported the motion and the minutes were filed.
    Betz gave the treasurer’s report.  General fund checking account balance is $186,230.61, police account balance is $ 102,456.61 and fire has a balance of $43,270.94.  Sebastian moved to accept the treasurer report for audit, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell that we approve post audit police checks in the amount of $5,846.65, motion carried.
Mitchell moved to approve post audit general fund bills of $636.97, supported by Sebastian and it passed.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to pay November’s general fund bills of $16,382.24, motion carried unanimously.
Mitchell moved to pay police bills in the amount of $3,886.82, supported by Sebastian and it carried unanimously.
Mitchell moved to amend the budget by reducing the building and grounds budget by $250.00nd increasing building maintenance to $250.00, this would cover check for bell tower repair, motion supported by Sebastian and it passed.
Chief Luce gave the police report.  All officers have qualified with handguns with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.  Cain Beitelschies and Truchan attended defensive tactics training and we received $1,000 grant from Enbridge, which will go towards purchasing a body camera for police officers.
Committee Reports:  Police Administration will meet on Jan. 11, 2016 at 6:30.
Planning Commission did not meet.
Fire Board will meet in December, Sebastian is working with the Village on a price to purchase the fire barn.
     The Supervisor’s report was given by Schmidt.  We have received a quote from BS&A for .Net Assessing program and the tax program.  The Assessing .NET is $3,780.00 with annual service fee of $760.00 and the tax.NET program is $3,310.00, with the annual service agreement of$660.00.  Sebastian moved to purchase the Assessing.NET at this time, Keeler supported the motion and it carried.  We will purchase the Tax.NET with next year’s budget and after tax season.
     Schmidt will meet with White & Hotchkiss concerning adding a demolition permit for the demolition of houses/structures within the township.  He is also waiting on  recommendation concerning Officer Cain’s contract.
White & Hotchkiss are still reviewing various ordinances within the Township.
New Business:  Keeler moved to appoint Rebecca Losey to the Treasurer’s position to replace Betz’s retirement, until current term is up, motion supported by Sebastian and the motion passed.
There were no other Board Member comments and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30

 

 

Dena Keeler,
Township Clerk