Springport Township Board
Meeting August 8th, 2011

       A regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Lincoln at 7:00 pm August 8th, 2011 in the Springport Township Hall.  Board members present were, Betz, Mitchell, Lincoln, Keeler and Sebastian, there were 7 guests present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
      Public comments from Teresa Brown, she questioned date and professionalism of the police FOIA procedures.
Other concerns were who the Chief reports too, the amount of men on duty during possible slow times and a letter sent by Speese to a village resident.
      John Sanders, Matt Robert and Steve Tompkins from the Jackson Co. Rd. Commission were on hand for a presentation of road pavement recycling.  They would like to try this experiment on Stark Road from M-99 to the county line, it would involve pulverize the existing pavement and replace it on the road while adding a chemical which would bond the asphalt together to the form road.  The Road Commission is asking for the Boards approval, and then they will schedule a public hearing to inform the community before any work is started.   Sebastian moved to allow the Jackson County Road Commission to hold a hearing on the pavement recycling on one mile of Stark Road, motion supported by  Mitchell, motion passed.
      Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to approve the minutes of July, 2011, motion carried.
      Betz gave the treasurer’s report, we have $154,877.99 in general fund checking, $53,814.59 in the tax fund, police account has $11,600.92  CS’s $135,318.32, fire operating has $57,350.14, fire equipment is at $39,369.18, T&A account is at $570.17 and the is $3,980.62 in COPS Fund.  Sebastian moved to accept the treasurer’s report subject to audit, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Betz moved to approve payment of police post audit bills in the amount of $6,847.19, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve COPS post audit bills of $2,847.55, motion passed.
Sebastian moved to approve general fund post audit bills for $ 1,960.32, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
Motion made by Sebastian to approve general fund bills of $5,455.40, Mitchell supported motion and it was approved
Betz moved to approve payment of bills for police in the amount of $4,637.06, supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
Motion made by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve payment of COPS bills for $831.16, motion carried.
     Police report was given by Lincoln.  The Police Administration Committee could not meet due to lack of Village Council members present.
     Planning committee is still waiting for Region 2 to send back final copy of plan book.
     Fire Board’s next meeting will be in September.
Unfinished Business:
    Peters Road is complete with the exception of asphalt which will be placed soon.
    Parma Township gave several items of police equipment to the Springport Police Department, these were items they no longer needed, some items included were file cabinets, desks car radios hand held radar guns and uniforms.
    Sebastian moved to hold a special meeting  on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm to discuss police matters, including health insurance coverage/policy and contract.  Sebastian moved to allow Supervisor Lincoln to present a new contract between the Police Chief and the Board at this meeting, with input from all board members, Mitchell supported motion and it was approved.
      Sebastian moved to accept the Michigan Municipal League as our Workman’s Comp carrier to be effective immediately, supported by Mitchell, motion passed.
New Business:
      Keeler will look into some grant funding for road improvement etc. this is called a TIGER 3 grant.
      Clerk will also call local area township and counties to compare permit fees.
Mitchell presented a bill of $145.00 for locks and labor to secure the Gordy Post property per instruction from the Police department.  Keeler moved to reimburse Mitchell for these costs, supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
      Lincoln commented on a letter he received concerning the Springport Post Office, post office carriers will soon be coming from Albion, we will still be able to purchase postage and pick up mail from the PO Box, however.
Sebastian moved to adjourn at 8:40, meeting adjourned.

Dena Keeler