SPRINGPORT TOWNSHIP BOARD
January 9, 2006

The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order at 7:00 pm, January 9th, 2006 at the Springport Township Hall by Supervisor Mitchell. Members present were Travioli, Rybicki, Mitchell, Betz and Wilson. There were 4 visitors present.

Wilson stated that the meeting is being recorded to assist in the process of minutes.

Cliff Herl spoke on various issues. Steve Shotwell was elected Chairman at the last meeting. The Pawn Shop ordinance will be looked at in February. A committee for the Friend of the Court has been disbanded. Mitchell asked Cliff about the radios. The Fire Department wants the radios. Cliff will talk to Tony and get back with Lance.

Jeff Mitchell would like to talk with the board about SAGA.

Rybicki noted a change in the minutes. Motion by Rybicki to approve the minutes with the change. Supported by Betz. Motion carried.

Moved by Wilson to accept and file the Treasurers report of 38,699.85 in the Savings and $1,479.46 in the Checking. Supported by Travioli. Motion carried.

Moved by Betz and supported by Rybicki to pay the Township bills in the amount of $4,042.15. Motion carried

Moved by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to pay the Police bills in the amount of $4,729.69. Motion carried.

Rybicki gave the Police report in the absence of the Chief. Police Department is now in the new building. The Open House was a great success. The Junk Ordinance has worked well. More Junk Ordinance citations have been written. The Police Department received a certificate of appreciation from the Village businesses.

No Planning Commission this month. Meetings are the 1st Monday, every other month.

The next meeting is in February. Lance asked Jack if the Planning Commission should be involved in the Master Plan. Lance will check into it.

FireBoard met on the 19th of December. Rybicki stated that he had the minutes from the meeting if anyone wanted to look at them. There was a lot of discussion about the problems that were discussed at our meeting that the Board had asked Rybicki to bring up at the meeting. Charlie’s term was up for re-election at this meeting. L. Mitchell nominated Charlie. The vote was 3-1 and Charlie was elected for another 2 year term. The Department also would like a raise. They are currently making $14 an hour they would like to be at $16 an hour. Eaton Rapids Fireman make $9 an hour. Discussion followed. The Department is also receiving 25 new pagers at no cost to us. There was also discussion regarding the Fire Budget. We have already taken money from the General Fund and we still have 1 more payment to make this year. There was more discussion but no motions were made.

There was also discussion on both the Fire and Police Millage

Rybicki also reported on Police Board. The taxes we are currently collecting are the last for the Police. That money will take us to March of 2007. Rybicki and Travioli will start working on this and will come back to the Board with information. Also the Black car was hit. We need to try and get 1 more year out of the Black car.

Rybicki and Wilson proposed a new Land Division Application. Kyt sent suggestions for consideration. Discussion followed. Travioli will take the Application to the Planning Commission meeting and have them look over the application.

Mitchell stated that he had talked to the Tompkins Supervisor regarding their Master Plan. Rybicki stated that we had already discussed that Tompkins didn’t have a Master Plan, as they were the ones that had first contacted us. Mitchell has not contacted MTA regarding the Master Plan. Mitchell will contact Chuck at Region II to see if they will help with the Master Plan.

Mitchell did contact MTA regarding helping SAGA. He was told if they were a registered development corporation that we can pay a share for what we get out of it. Mitchell will find out if they are a registered developer.
Wilson received a request for a Zoning Change at 9221 N. Parma Rd. Gaylord Lincoln wants to change the zoning from Ag to Light Industrial. Rybicki moved to change the zoning amendment. Supported by Travioli. Betz opposed. Motion carried.

Budget meeting was tabled to the next meeting. Budget is approved at the March meeting.
Jeff Mitchell stated that SAGA will have a fund raiser at Centennial House on January 15th. He also stated that it looks like it will be July before Main Street will be worked on.

Travioli stated there is still no word on the recycling from the School. Discussion followed. Mitchell suggested that possibly the VFW would consider giving up a spot for it. Wilson suggested trying to put the recycling by the Police Department for 6 months. The cement slab does not have to be put down in that location. Travioli will contact the hauler and report back at the next meeting. Discussion then followed on the easement for the driveway.

Rybicki stated that he had a couple of complaints on the condition of the Sidewalks during the snow and ice. Lance will contact JoAnn.

Motion by Wilson and supported by Rybicki to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.