Springport Township Minutes
August 10, 2009

The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Lincoln at 7:02 p.m. at the Springport Township Hall. Board Members present were Sebastian, Lincoln, Keeler; Betz arrived at 7:15.  Two guests attended.
Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
County Commissioner Cliff Herl was not at the meeting.
No public comment.
Sebastian moved to approve the June board minutes, supported by Keeler, motion passed. Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of the Election Committee, supported by Keeler, motion passed.
Lincoln reported that the police department has  received a grant from the US Dept. of Justice for $156,820.00; this is for 1 full time police officer with benefits, for 3 years and the Township agrees to provide for the fourth year.  Lincoln has signed the grant and has been returned for processing.
Planning Commission met on August 4th with Region 2.  They should have drafts at the October meeting.
Letter from an anonymous person was read concerning property # 00001-04-251-001-00, stating the property was incorrectly assessed, upon examination by Kyt Hoover (Wolverine State Appraisals) the letter was incorrect and the property is correctly assessed.
Supervisor Lincoln has met with White & Hotchkiss and is waiting to hear back from the Village’s attorney concerning payment to the police fund.  Lincoln will contact White & Hotchkiss and draft a letter to the Village stating as of Oct 1st, 2009, due to lack of funds the Police Dept will began lay-offs. This will be in effect until the 2009 winter taxes are collected.  Betz then moved to transfer from the General Fund $20,000.00 to the police account, supported by Sebastian.  Sebastian moved to amend the motion clarifying that this is the Townships’ portion that was budgeted for the police fund account, supported by Betz, the amendment passed, then the original motion passed.
Upon the arrival of Betz the Treasurer’s report was given, there is $33,038.06 in general fund checking account , $88,123.75 in the savings, motion by Keeler, supported by Sebastian to accept the Treasurer’s report  subject to audit, motion passed.
Betz moved to pay general fund post audit bills of $94.25, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
Betz moved to pay police bills in the amount of $4,602.02, supported by Sebastian motion carried.
Sebastian moved to pay General Funds for the amount of $11,771.48, supported by Betz, motion carried.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Betz to pay police bills in the amount of $4,346.43, motion carried.
Keeler will gather bills in regards to the D. Midler house on Gibbs Road and bill him.  In addition to all inspections we will charge $25.00 for time and supplies for copying material.
Keeler will also call the auditor, Dove & Hickey to see about setting up an additional building department account for building permits and inspections.  Possible fines imposed on home owners that do not take out building permits. To ensure collection of fines, possibility of adding fines to tax bill?
Betz moved to take $2,000.00 from general fund building account and put it in election wages to cover cost of August and November elections, Sebastian supported, and motion carried.
Betz stated that he contacted computer shop on the value of erasing information on computer then reselling it, no value, Keeler discovered at QVF Lite meeting that she will need older computer to run software required by the State for voter registration and voting so we will keep old computer.
Due to only 3 responses concerning the minutes being published in the Springport Signal Keeler will place notice that the minutes can be read on our web page and that those who don’t have internet access can receive a copy of the minutes upon request.
Sebastian moved to adjourn at 7:55, meeting adjourned.

Respectively submitted,

Dena Keeler,