Springport Township Board Meeting
Aug. 12th, 2013

     Supervisor K. Schmidt called the regular Springport Township Board meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the Township Hall.  All Board members were present with Betz arriving at 7:15, we had 3 guests present.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
     Mitchell moved to accept the July 8th, 2013 meeting minutes, motion supported by Sebastian and it passed.
     Treasurer Betz gave his report, general fund checking account balance is $104,106.06, police account is at $73,251.75, fire operating is at $49,968.02 and fire equipment $40,480.91, and we have CD’s totaling $78,567.40 in the general fund.  Mitchell moved to approve the treasurer’s report for audit, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.  Betz also stated that we have a $25,000.00 CD which will come due in a week, should we renew it?
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve post audit police bills of $3,785.70, motion passed.
Mitchell moved to approve payment of COPS post audit bills in the amount of $3,862.12, motion supported by Sebastian and the motion passed.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve post audit general fund bills of $275.28, motion passed.
Motion by Mitchell to pay general fund bills in the amount of $5,952.25, motion supported by Sebastian, upon approval of all board members, motion passed.
Mitchell moved, supported by Sebastian to pay police bills of $6,738.30, motion passed unanimously,
Motion by Mitchell to approve and pay COPS bills in the amount of $1,882.14, motion supported by Sebastian and all board members voted to approve bills for payment.
Sebastian moved to pay fire bills of $830.08, motion supported by Mitchell and motion carried by all board members.
     Police Report:
     Officers Taylor and Short attended the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course.  Due to budget cuts, animal control will be eliminated after the first of next year.  We received $5,000.00 for traffic enforcement for 2013-145 start Sept. 1st.  We will be participating with other agencies in the county by being part of the E-ticket initiative.  We will swipe the driver’s license through  the card machine, this will allow us to input the offense code, and press print to create a traffic ticket.  Cost of unit and software to us will be about $140.00 per vehicle per year.  Officer Watson has been working about 6 hours per week on zoning ordinances in the Village and Township.
     Committee Reports:
     Police Administration met and discussed pay raises and performance ratings for police officers.  They discussed the upcoming millage and will probably form a committee to help pass millage early  in 2014.  Keeler moved to purchase an awning from Addison Awning and Sign for $ 710.00 as per there quote of 7/15/2013 for over the entrance door, Sebastian supported the motion and it passed.  Mitchell will contact Addison Sign and order the awning.
     Planning Commission met and discussed the Lincoln Property on Parma Road, they are making headway and will be correcting the zoning in the near future.
     Fire Board report from Sebastian was given.  The fire/tanker bids came in between $344,682.00 and $420.078.00.  Chief Cox and Assistant Chief Ott will be reviewing them in the coming weeks and making a recommendation based upon millage approval.  Sebastian moved to place on the November ballot a request to the Township residents for 1 mill for 3 years for the purchase of our share of a tanker/pumper truck, motion supported by Betz, motion passed unanimously.
Unfinished Business:
Supervisor Schmidt and B. Ungar are still working on the ordinance for condemned housing.
D. Clerk Riehle took pictures of Community Park and will submit them to Endbridge along with the grant request.
We are waiting for a quote from BS & A concerning networking the computers in the office.
 Report from County Commissioner Sarah Lightner:
     Lightner reported that the Jackson County Fair went very well.  County Commissioners are revising their “workplace violence” policy to allow concealed weapons to be carried in allowed areas.  Also, the resource Recovery Facility will be closing due to funding.
J. Sanders from Jackson County Road Commission:
      Mr. Sanders was present to answer questions concerning Stark Road improvements, they have scheduled work to begin  Aug. 26, 2013.  He also presented the Board with a quote to regrade and resurface  1 and ½ mile McClellan Road with either millings or gravel.  JODT has agreed to work on a better trucking price, to help save the Township some money.  The Board will make a determination on McClellan Road improvements in the near future.  We would like the work to be done in 2013.  Many questions were asked of Mr. Sanders including the closure of the section of Springport Road.  This road will probably be closed for 2-3 years.
 Wolverine State Assessing status:
     Kyt Hoover attended the meeting to request an extension of 1 month to finish filing and other cleaning and labeling which was requested of her in  an Aug. 1st 2013 deadline letter she had received from Supervisor Schmidt.  Ms. Hoover stated that she had completed some filing and sorting but would complete it in a month, she also stated that to print property cards would take at least 3 toners of ink.  Sebastian moved to allow Schmidt to bid  under $100.00 on a 4085 HP copier from Sandstone which will make copies more cost effective, motion supported by Keeler and it passed.  Sebastian moved to extend Wolverine Assessing time line be one month, Sept. 12th, 2013, motion supported by Betz and it carried.
     Keeler moved to adjourn at 8:45, Betz supported the motion, meeting adjourned.

 

Dena Keeler,
Township Clerk