Springport Township Board Minutes
January 11, 2010
Springport Township Hall

    Regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order on Jan. 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm in the township hall.   Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Board members present; Mitchell, Sebastian, Betz, Lincoln, absent Keeler.
     Commissioner Cliff Herl’s report; Chair and Vice Chair of Board of Commissioners  will remain the same.  David Lutchka is working on the fair board, he has experience with other fairs and they are in the process for negotiating acts for the fair.  The County has a balanced budget for 2010. The Tower Building renovations are coming along well.  Two townships are working on address changes, The 2010 Census reports that there are still part time jobs available, pay is 10.00 to 14.00 dollars per hour and census starts in April.
     Citizen’s comments; T. Dake was sent by the Police Committee to ask Township for mission statement, their function, purpose and goals for the committee.
     Green Meadows Apartments; Doug Fleming furnished a list of PILOT properties, list of renovated properties and property tax analysis. Betz pointed out an error in the tax analysis.  Motion by Betz, second by Sebastian to move ahead with the PILOT project for the Green Meadows Apartments. Ayes: Mitchell, Lincoln, Betz and Sebastian, absent Keeler, motion carried.
     Motion by Sebastian, second by Betz to accept the minutes of December 14, 2009, ayes; Mitchell, Betz, Sebastian, Lincoln, absent, Keeler, motion passed.
Treasurer’s report; Betz reported $56,383.23 in the General Fund checking account and $3,170.90 in the savings account.  Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to accept the treasurer report subject to audit, ayes, Mitchell, Betz, Lincoln and Sebastian, absent Keeler.
    Motion by Sebastian to adopt “Resolution 01-01, Resolution to allow 1 (one) person signature on Transactions at Citizen Bank”, supported by Mitchell.  Upon roll call vote the following voted “aye”, Betz, Sebastian, Lincoln and Mitchell, absent Keeler.  Supervisor Lincoln declared Resolution 01-01 adopted.
Betz moved to ready all accounts at Citizen’s Bank  for close out and removal, site to be determined by Treasurer after checking rates and fees at other banking establishments, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
Sebastian moved to pay general fund post audit bills in the amount of $124.28, supported by Betz, motion carried.
A motion by Sebastian to pay police audit bills of $5,099.83, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Motion to pay COPS post audit bills in the amount of $3,325.90 by Sebastian, supported by Betz, motion carried.
Motion by Sebastian to pay general fund bills in the amount of $4,191.50, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Michael Speese   reimbursement     $53.00                  
Ben Smith           reimburse              44.04      
Total                                             $14,950.98
Betz moved to pay police bills in the amount of $14,950.98, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
Betz moved to pay COPS bills for the amount of $727.28, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.

Police Committee reports;
Police report, 84 complaints, 37 warnings, 31 citations, 12 arrest, and 5 assist.   Neighborhood watch meetings are going well with a lot of positive input.  Two mobile radios will be installed in cars this week. Speese requested that he have $200.00 petty cash money to be kept in a lock box at office, this would cut down on the number of miscellaneous checks being written each month, receipts would then be turned in to the township office each month.
Police Advisory committee report; the meeting concerns were police items requested and needed by the police department.
      Sebastian moved, supported by Betz to give the police department $200.00 for a petty cash fund.   This would cut down on number of miscellaneous checks written each month, receipts to be turned in each month, motion carried.
       Discussion was held on items needed and the cost of such items requested by the police department.  Motion by Sebastian and supported by Mitchell to purchase 1 laptop computer, 2 PBT’s, 2 flashlights, 2 radar units, 2-1st aid kits, 2 portable radios and 1 vest. Those voting “aye” were Sebastian, Mitchell, Betz, and Lincoln, “nay”, none, absent Keeler, motion passed.
Sebastian moved to authorize Chief Speese up to $2,500 per year for purchases of his discretion; this is to begin in April with the new fiscal year and is to be supported with receipts, supported by Mitchell. Those voting “aye”, Mitchell, Sebastian and Lincoln, voting “nay”, Betz and absent, Keeler, motion passed.
    The Planning Commission has not received the Master Plan back yet, but expects it soon.
    The Fire Board met in December, they have reported that the Township’s cost was reduced by $50.00 per run. They have reduced the pay for non-certified/licensed personnel to $10.00 per hour.  No smoking in building or trucks, they have eliminated 1 assist chief position and 1 Lt. position.  The Officers have requested a meeting with the Fire Board, and is set for Monday Jan. 18, 2010.  The next meeting will be on Feb. 15, 2010 and will be their budget hearing meeting.
     Springport Township Board will hold a budget “workshop” Thursday Jan. 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm in the township offices.  Lincoln read letter from the Jackson Co. Road Commission stating increase in the cost of brining gravel roads for the 2010 year.
Sebastian moved to adjourn at 8:05 pm, supported by Mitchell, meeting adjourned.

Respectively submitted

Jeffry Mitchell,
Acting Clerk