Springport Township Board Meeting
July 9th, 2012

      The July 9, 2012 meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Lincoln at 7:03 pm in the Springport Hall.  Board members present were Betz, Mitchell, Lincoln, Sebastian and Keeler, we had 4 guests present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  There was no public comment.
       County Commissioner Cliff Herl gave his report  from the County.  The Cooper Street Bridge and ramp improvement on I 94 has been approved by MDOT, It will be about  a 43 million dollar project.   West Avenue Bridge should be open in August, earlier than scheduled,  and Ganson Street should be open by fair time.  County Commissioners have a balanced budget and will vote on it soon.
      Motion by Sebastian to accept the minutes of June 11, 2012, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
      Treasurer’s report by Betz was given.  General Fund checking account has $103,743.49, Police account has $59,866.85.  There is $60,158.97 in fire operating,  $40,158.67 in fire equipment and COPS Grant has $4,346.35 in the checking account.  Sebastian moved to accept the treasurer’s report for audit, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
There was a motion by Sebastian to approve payment of police post audit bills in the amount of $5,073.17, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried.
Sebastian moved to approve payment of COPS bills in the amount of $2,685.02, motion supported by Mitchell and it was approved.
A motion was made by Sebastian to approve payment of post audit General Fund bills  in the amount of $448.56, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
General Fund Bills for July Payment:
Rebecca Losey     d. Treasurer          9041       $ 371.25
                                                                Total       $5,467.73
Sebastian moved to approve payment for general fund bills totaling $ 5,467.73, motion supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
A motion by Sebastian to pay police bills of $5,211.01, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Sebastian moved to approve COPS bills of $829.82, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
     Sebastian moved to purchase the maintenance agreement from Apex, which would give support and maintenance to the Assessor’s program, motion supported by Betz, motion passed.
Police Report:
     Chief Luce reported on the conference he attend in Harbor Springs on “How to get your public safety millage passed”, he also attended other sessions while he was there.  A representative from the Michigan State Police and Jackson Police Department assisted in a property room audit.  Twenty – seven hours of traffic enforcement overtime was completed in June.  Luce also reported that 8-80 Days went well with no problems.
 Committee Reports:
    The Police Administration Board didn’t meet.
    Planning Commission will be in August.
    Fire Board met and hired Carr Brothers for the completion  of the parking lot north of the fire barn, work will begin soon.  They are looking into the purchase of a pumper –tanker (deciding what would best meet their needs), and to writing a grant to help fund a fire truck.  Material has been ordered for the dry hydrants which will be erected in the Township, they are also waiting DEQ approval.
Unfinished Business:
     The “Policy & Procedure”  Manual has been copied on disc, and a copy of it will be given to White and Hotchkiss and our Insurance agent for their review.
     No news on the Speese lawsuit, Lincoln has a deposition on July 10th.
New Business:
     Jim Wellman introduced himself, he is running for County Commissioner in our area, and wanted to meet us and explain some of his polices.
     Northwest Refuge wants to enter into a contract with the township to provide the Unmanned Recycling Center for $400.00  per month.  Sebastian will look into this, and discuss it at the August meeting.
Betz asked if we could fix eaves on east side of township building so the run off wouldn’t flood the Farm Bureau’s office, Lincoln will take care of fixing this problem.
      Sebastian moved to sell old police car for $1500.00, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.  All unwanted equipment from the car will be placed on Ebay for sale.
      Meeting adjourned at 8:15.

Dena Keeler,