Springport Township
Springport Township Board Meeting
Sept. 14, 2015

     The regular monthly meeting of the Springport Township Board meeting was called to order by Supervisor Schmidt at 7:00 pm in the township hall.  All Board members were present and we had 3 guest.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
     State Representative Brett Roberts was in attendance, he wanted to introduce himself to the Board and talk about issues at the State level and answer any questions or concerns. We discussed the States plan for local road repair, and the possibility of legalizing marijuana. 
     Mr. Milliman explained a request from Charles Pierson on how Mr. Pierson wanted to repair grave markers of family members at the Pierson Cemetery. Sebastian moved to accept Mr. Pierson’s proposal for the cemetery repair, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.  Keeler will send a letter to Mr. Pierson to acknowledge the Board’s approval.
     Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of August 10th meeting as presented, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
     Betz gave the treasurer’s report, general fund has a checking account balance of $172,005.11, police account has a balance of $119,673.11 and fire account has a balance of $81,460.62.  Motion by Sebastian to approve the report for audit and it was supported by Mitchell, the motion then passed.
Sebastian moved to approve payment for the police post audit bills in the amount of $6,018.89, motion supported by Mitchell and all Board Members approved.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve post audit general fund bills of $232.47, motion carried.
Mitchell moved to pay general fund bills in the amount of $5,355.66, motion supported by Sebastian and it carried unanimously.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to pay police bills of $5,757.07, carried unanimously.
Mitchell moved to pay fire bill of $18,650.00, motion supported by Sebastian and it passed.
     Mitchell moved to increase budget of miscellaneous revenue by $925.00 and increase building maintenance by $925.00, supported by Sebastian and it carried.
Police Report;   Chief Luce gave the police report.  He is still waiting for the check from a grant from Enbridge, which will be used to buy body cameras.  The weapons he requested from the Mich. State Police are ready for pick-up.  This will allow all officers to use Glock 22 duty weapons free of charge, which will belong to the township and be returned to us upon the officer’s leave of duty.  Officers are planning to attend firearms qualifications in October.  Both Chargers have been in shop for numerous repairs this past month.  The Board would like to recognize Officer Cain for all her hard work and diligence in working on a criminal case.  This will be done through the Chief at a later date.
Police Committee:  The police committee met Monday the 16 at 6:30, and discussed department needs and problems.  Sebastian moved to allow Luce to purchase new tires for the 2012 Charger and the Explorer, Betz supported the motion and it carried.
Fire Board will meet on the 21st of September.
Planning Board did not meet.
Supervisor Schmidt reported that Enbridge has requested an address for the valve line on Town Rd, we have forwarded the paper work to them.  Schmidt has received notice from the State that record inspections will be coming soon. 
Unfinished Business:  The Board received an  email from County commissioner Sarah Lightner concerning plans for the County Commissioners to levy a one mill increase for Jackson County primary roads. She is not in favor of levying this mill without a vote of the people or the fact that it would not include local roads.
        Schmidt has not received a quote from BS&A for the new .net programs for the assessing or treasurers programs.
       Discussion was held concerning repair of the bell tower in from of the hall.  We will ask the fire department if they would like to move it to their location.
      Schmidt will set up a meeting with White & Hotchkiss to set up ordinance for dilapidated houses in the township.
New Business:  There was no new business.
Board members comments:  Household Hazardous waste collection day is Sat. Sept 19th, appointments are required.
Meeting adjourned at 8:10

 

Dena Keeler,
Clerk