Springport Township Board Meeting
Sept. 8th, 2014
Supervisor called to order the monthly Township Board meeting at 7:00 pm in the Springport Township Board room, all Board Members were present and we had 2 guest. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Betz moved to approve the meeting minutes of Aug. 11, 2014 with one small correction, motioned supported by Mitchell and the motion passed.
The treasurer’s report was given by Betz. General Fund checking account has a balance of $147,166.21, police account has a balance of $ 121,039.42, fire operating has a balance of $65,888.56 and fire equipment has $608.81 in the account. The tax account balance is $66,723.89 and CD’s in the amount of $52,667.02. Motion by Sebastian to approve the treasurer’s report for audit, motion supported by Mitchell, motion passed.
Sarah Lightner gave a report from the County Commissioners office. Region 2 is looking for a board member. Schmidt stated that he would like to see a faster “turn-around” for requested road projects, and would Lightner pass the word to the County Commissioners? Discussion was held concerning returning the road commission to a three board member in lieu of remaining under the County Commissioners.
Sebastian moved to approve post audit bills for the police of $3,552.84 and the General fund post audit bills in the amount of $108.57, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed unanimously.
Sebastian moved to pay general fund bills of $5,186.77, police bills in the amount of $9,661.10 and fire bills in the amount of $21,750.00 and to allow Clerk, Treasurer and Supervisor to amend general fund budget and fire budget per recommendations from Dove and Hickey to allow payment of new fire truck, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.
Chief Luce gave a report from the police department. Officers Cain and Locke attended taser training, and Officer Locke completed his firearms qualification. Chief Luce purchased a new portable radio and 3 single chargers with grant money from Enbridge. Mitchell received a quote from Scott Moe for$700.00 for the new door at police office, this includes frame and the labor. Sebastian moved to accept the quote from Moe for the new door, Betz supported the motion and it carried. Sebastian moved to renew contract with the Springport Public Schools and the police department for the same amount of hours spent at the school and events for the same price of $5,000.00 for the 2014-15 school year. Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
Schmidt reported he is still working on updating card files and working on agricultural values.
Police committee has not met since the election but is grateful the millage passed.
Planning Commission did not meet.
Fire Board will meet on the 15th of September.
The Board has been unsuccessful, so far, in finding another recycling company to come in to the Township. Due to the high increase of cost from Granger Recycling, of the end of September we will no longer have the recycling program available. We will put a notice in the paper to notify the public.
Motion by Sebastian to amend the budget to reflect the passage of the p0lice millage by the following:
Reduce Dept. 101-301-999- operating transfers out from $15,000.00 to $10,000.00,
Increase Dept. 207-000-402-current property taxes by $138,000.00,
Decrease Dept. 207-000-580 – contributions from other units by $5,000.00
Decrease Dept. 207-301-699- operating transfers in by $5,000.00
Increase Dept. 207-301-702 –wages by $3,000.00 and
Increase Dept. 207-301-970- capital outlay by $ 14,000.00, this motion was supported by Mitchell and it passed.
Board member comments;
Mitchell reported that the “Neighborhood Watch” Group was planning to throw an “appreciation party for public support in passing the millage.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.
Dena Keeler, Clerk