Jan. 9th, 2012
Springport Township Board Meeting

     On Jan. 9th, 2012 our monthly meeting was of the Springport Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Gaylord Lincoln. The following board members were present, Jeff Mitchell, Tom Betz, Dena Keeler and Jason Sebastian, we had 14 guests present.
    The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited.
     Comments from County Commissioner Cliff Herl were as follows. He reported that the State inspection for the County jail was very good, this is report has been 10 years running.  He also reported that the County Program for updating appliances and making homes more energy efficient has been very busy and has employed 94 people.
     Wm. Russell reported on the Jackson Co. Farm Fest which will be later this summer, several farm tours will be in Springport, Elder Creek Dairy Farm, Anaka Ackley’s horse farm, Wm. Russell’s’ place and Jeff Stout’s sheep farm.
      Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of Dec.12, 2011 as corrected, supported by Mitchell, motion passed.
     Betz gave the Treasurer’s report, General Fund has $98,738.31 in the checking, police fund has $25,201.41, COPS Grant has $6,538.01, and the General Fund has $101,318.32 in CD’s.  Motion by Sebastian to approve the Treasurer’s report for audit, Mitchell supported this motion and it passed.
Mitchell moved to approve payment of the police post audit bills in the amount of $4,931.37, Sebastian supported the motion and it carried.
Motion by Sebastian to approve COPS post audit bills of $2,684.35, supported by Mitchell and it passed.
Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to approve payment of the General Fund post audit bills of $78.99, motion passed.
      Motion by Sebastian to increase budget for rent by $2,000.00 and increase Building & Grounds-Dept 265.812 building maintenance by $100.00, increase Building Inspection Dept # 371.726 office supplies by $400.00 and increase  Dept 371.702 by $1,500.00,  supported by Mitchell, motion passed. 
    Betz moved to amend police budget by moving $7,500.00 from health insurance and  increasing vehicle repair by $1,500.00,  fuel by $2,000.00, education and training $500.00, capital outlay $100.00, insurance $2000.00 and legal fees by $1,400.00, motion supported by Sebastian and it passed.
     Motion by Betz to amend the COPS  budget by decreasing health insurance $2,ooo.oo and increasing payroll taxes $2,000.00, Sebastian supported the motion and it carried.
      Sebastian moved to approve payment for the General fund bills in the amount of $10,899.11, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
      Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve payment of Police bills in the amount of $11,360.29, motion carried.
       Mitchell moved to pay COPS bills for $1,076.96, Sebastian supported motion and it passed.
      Chief Luce gave the police report, he has been in contact with Jackson Co Sherriff’s Dept. concerning deputizing our police officers with Jackson Co, and hopefully this can be done at the Feb. 2012 meeting.  Molton and Luce have gone to 10 hour days, this will cover more hours of patrol and cut down on part time hours.  Springport had 40 citations issued in December, 62 verbal warning, 1 arrest, 4 assists and 41 property checks.  There were 2 personal injuries and 5 property damages.  The computer for the office has been ordered and waiting for delivery to install also, the firewall for the AEGIS system has been ordered and  the screen for the Dodge has been ordered. Firearms qualifications will be Jan 13the this will put us in compliance with MCOLES standards for firearms.  The “Policy and Procedures” manual is being review for final corrections by Butch and Dave, it should be ready for acceptance next meeting.
      There was no Police Administration meeting this month.
      The Planning Commission is still waiting on Region 2 to print out Master Plan Book and get it back to us.
      The Fire Board met and voted to raise hourly rate of firemen by  $.50.  The Fire Board is looking into buying the Mead Bros. property north of the fire barn if everything works out.
Keeler will set up a meeting between Thurow, Brown, Sebastian and Riehle to possibly raise permit fees.
      Lincoln contacted Doug Fleming from Green Meadows Apartments, who reported that they are going to reapply for their money to allow them to refurnish the apartments, they are currently working with Village Manager Rosie Terpening.
       Sebastian moved to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing current lawsuit of Michael Speese and the Township, Mitchell supported the motion and we entered Executive session at 7:45.
      The Board returned to our regular meeting at 8:09, and Betz moved to authorize Lincoln to meet with White and Hotchkiss to look into the feasibility for a counter lawsuit against Michael Speese, supported by  Sebastian, motion carried.
       Betz moved to adopt Resolution # 01-12 “Hardship Guidelines”, supported by  Mitchell.  Upon roll-call vote with the following voting “ aye”, Betz, Mitchell, Sebastian, Keeler and Lincoln; the Supervisor declared the Resolution adopted. 
 Motion made by Betz to hold a budget workshop  on Jan. 25th, 2012 at 6:30 pm here in the township hall offices,  supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
       Betz moved to have Stan Keeler purchase additional emergency light  for the hall and to install it, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
       Motion by Sebastian to adjourn at 8:14, meeting adjourned.

Dena Keeler,