Springport Township Board Meeting
April 8th, 2013

     On April 8th, 2013 Supervisor Schmidt called to order the monthly Springport Township Board meeting at 7:00 pm., all Board members were present with Mitchell arriving at 7:15.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  There were 8 guests present.
    County Commissioner Sarah Lightner reported that the County has been sending over personnel to share costs with Calhoun County.  The”Riverwalk” project has started and is under budget at this time.  We asked Commissioner Lightner if she could get a project and costs schedule for county roads that the County plans on working on this year.
     Public Comment:   Personnel from the Fire Department on hand to present information concerning the current fire trucks in commission and answer any questions the Board had concerning the use of trucks, the request to purchase a new truck and the cost of the truck.  The Board would like to thank the members of the Fire Department for their time and the presentation.
      Jack Holly requested that he be allowed to bring a full service “Gourmet Food Truck to the parking lot next to the hardware a few days a week.  They are a State licensed Kitchen and would like to sell lunches from it.  Supervisor Schmidt requested that he bring his proposal back to us in writing for our consideration.
     Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of the budget meeting held on March 11, 2013, supported by Mitchell, motion passed.
      Motion by Sebastian to accept the regular minutes of the March 11th board meeting, supported by Mitchell, motion passed.
       Betz moved to accept the minutes of March 29th Fiscal Year end meeting, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
      Treasurer Betz reported that the General Fund checking account balance is $ 86,656.71, fire operating has $69,108.14 and equipment $40,480.91, police account has $111,444.45 in the account, COPS Grant has $4,336.94 and we have $ 78,039.83 in CD’s.  Keeler moved to accept the treasurer’s report for audit, motion supported by Sebastian and it passed.
Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to pay General Fund bills in the amount of $5,084.96, all Board members voted “aye”.
A motion was made by Sebastian to approve payment of police checks in the amount of $ 4,728.92, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.
  Police Report:
  Chief Luce reported that the officers spent 21 hours at Springport Schools last month.  Springport Officers also attended the Active e Shooter training and the Defensive Tactics Training hosted by the Sheriff’s Office.  The computer is in for the patrol car and will be mounted shortly.  City of Jackson Police department has two M-14 rifles that they will give to us for our use.  Chief Luce is also working on contracts for all part time and full time police officers, should be ready next month.
Committee Reports:
      There has been no police Administration Board meeting.
      The Planning Committee met and discussed vacant and abandoned houses and our options.
      Fire Board met and approved their fiscal year budget, and discussed the purchase of a new fire truck.  Firemen received a $.50 per hour wage increase.
Unfinished Business:
     The Ordinance for condemned houses is still in the process.
     The State has put a ban on medical marijuana so no need to prepare an ordinance concerning this.
     Schmidt, Luce and Betz will work on the Chief‘s contract for next month.  Sebastian moved to increase salary for Chief Luce by $1.000.00 per year, supported by Betz, motion passed.
     Fire millage is on hold until the May meeting.
      There was Motion to apply for the Enbridge Grant and request money towards the recycling center and the Community Park.
New Business:
     Doug Talbot has agreed to become an alternate for the BOR.
     Betz moved to accept the Jackson County Road maintenance agreement for liquid dust control, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
      Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

 

Dena Keeler, Township Clerk