SPRINGPORT TOWNSHIP BOARD MINUTES
JANUARY 14th, 2008

The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order at 7:00 pm at the Springport Township Hall by Supervisor Lance MTitchell.

Members present: Rybicki, Mitchell, Travioli, Betz and Wilson.

Superintendent Randy Cook introduced himself and thanked the Board for their support of the Schools.
County Commissioner Cliff Herl spoke.  A list of updated Jackson County Officials was sent out.  The 2007 budget is 1 million over to the good.  They hope that next year the will be 2 million over.  This will help to offset the Revenue Sharing.  There have not been any layoffs.  There are 5 new road commissioners.  In 2005 a Policy Committee was formed.  They have been trying to keep up with that. 

Ron Chunko wants to talk with the board about the Trailer on Pope Church Rd.

Motion by Wilson to approve the minutes.  Supported by Travioli.  Motion carried.

Mitchell stated that the meeting is being recorded to assist with the minutes, once approved the tape will be destroyed.

Motion by Wilson to approve the Election Commission minutes from December 10th.  Supported by Betz.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Wilson to approve the Election Commission minutes from January 7th.  Supported by Betz.  Motion carried.

Motion by Wilson to accept and file the Treasurers report with $57,222.76 in the savings and $60,051.19 in the checking.  Supported by Rybicki.  Motion carried.

The CD for $30,000 matured today that we had set to pay for Sibley Rd.  Tom questioned what the Board wanted us to do. 

Discussion on Fire operating owing the General Fund.  Tom will check with Citizens and do what is necessary.   Wilson stated she felt we should try to get some of the money owed to General Fund from Fire Operating taken care of.  Rybicki questioned why the Fire Operating owes General Fund.  Betz stated that we are always a year behind with the taxes.  We have talked with Nanette on this situation.  We need to only do a budget adjustment; we don’t need to move the actual money.

Motion by Rybicki to approve the post audit bills.  Supported by Travioli.  Motion carried.  Township $51.13;
Total Police Bills $2938.07.

Motion by Rybicki to pay the Township bills in the amount of $34,302.53.  Supported by Travioli.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Rybicki to pay the Police bills in the amount of $2,879.70.  Supported by Travioli.  Motion carried.

Motion by Betz to pay the Fire bills in the amount of $357.42.    Supported by Wilson.  Motion carried.

Rybicki gave the Police report in the absence of the Chief.  Travioli questioned the Liquor inspections as the report said October, not December.  He also questioned the Police Committee meeting.  It was a Citizens Committee meeting, not a Police Board meeting. 

Rybicki stated that to cut back on the police budget, Chris will be doing the Ordinance Enforcement.   Tom has also cut back a couple hours a week as well.  Chris expressed concern on the Zoning.  He doesn’t feel he should be doing Zoning Enforcement.  Rybicki stated we should consider training if we want them to enforce the Zoning also.  Complaints need to be made to Steve or Mike if there is something for the Ordinance Enforcement to look into.
There was no Planning Commission meeting.

Rybicki reported on the Fire Board meeting.  They discussed the money that was received from the tanker accident.  Most of that will be used to add on to the side of the building.  There was also discussion on how officers are appointed.  The Chief is the only one that can appoint the officers at this time.  Working to change that.  Discussion on Tanker 82 possibly needed replaced.  Discussion on painting the yellow trucks red.  So that everything would look the same.  Discussion followed.   It was the consensus of the board to not paint the trucks.  They also asked for $1.00 pay raise again this year.   We did not give them a raise last year.  Discussion followed.  Wilson stated that we couldn’t give our police officers a raise.  It was the general feeling of the Board to not approve the raise due to cuts and cost.   They discussed in the future of possibly having a full time fire department.

There was discussion on the Citizens Committee as to whether it should be on the agenda.  Jason Sebastian is the chairman for the committee.  Jason stated that Mike gave them information that he had used with Parma, comparing # of runs, hours etc.  Mike also answered questions.  There is a committee working on a brochure and discussed other ways to fund the department.  They asked Mike to get them a budget and a list of immediate needs.  Next meeting is January 25th at 6:30 pm.

Rybicki stated that he has spoke with Douglas Dewan Township Planning. He is going to give us a rough cost and we should get this updated.  Rybicki will hopefully have numbers for us at the next meeting. 

Wilson stated that the cost of minutes would be .18 a word.  She gave the board dollar figures for what the last 3 copies of the minutes would cost.  Discussion followed.  Travioli stated that with them on the web people could go to the library and print them off.  Jason suggested putting them in the restaurant and other places in town.  It was also asked if it could be on the boards outside.  Wilson will put an article in the paper stating where the minutes can be looked at.  Residents can call the Township and request them. 

Budget meeting is tabled to the next meeting so we can hold it after we find out the Fire Board budget.

Ron Chunko asked the Board about the Ordinance he is breaking. Ron has a trailer hooked up on his property.  The officer told him he couldn’t have 2 residents living on the same land.   Ron is asking the board for an extension for 6 more weeks until March 1st.  Discussion followed.  The board can’t give extensions.  The Board told Ron he would need to apply for a variance.  Wilson stated he could pick the variance paperwork up on Monday and that would start the process.

Rybicki requested that we move the public comment to the top of the agenda so that we can act on the concerns of the residents at the meeting.

Kyt asked that the Board gets a copy of the value adjustments for 2008.

Wilson stated that the Election was on Tuesday.  She reminded the voters that they would need to show a picture ID or sign an affidavit.  Rybicki asked if this was the year for the Township election.

Motion by Wilson to adjourn the meeting.  Supported by Rybicki.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.

                                                                                                Rebecca L. Wilson