Springport Township Board
June 10, 2013
The monthly meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order Monday, June 10, 2013 by Supervisor Schmidt at 7:00 pm in the township hall. Board members present were; Schmidt, Betz, Mitchell, Sebastian and Keeler, there were 4 guests present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
County commissioner Sarah Lightner was on hand to bring us up to date on County News. There is still ongoing discussion with Calhoun Co. concerning sharing management of the county roads. Also, the Jackson County incinerator is still under consideration as to how to best handle fees and costs, etc. The County Commissioners are still working on the 2013-14 budgets.
Public Comment: Mr. Thompson expressed concerns over the condition of Gibbs Road and if there are any plans to repair the road. Lightner will look into the concern.
Sebastian moved to accept the May 13, 2013 board minutes, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
Motion by Betz to approve the minutes of a special meeting held on May 20th, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
Betz gave the Treasurer’s report. General fund checking has a balance of $90,347.95, police account has $74,524.24, fire operating has $69,921.36 in the account, fire equipment account has a total of $40,480.91 and COPS checking account has a balance of $6,361.84. Sebastian moved to accept the treasurer’s report subject to audit, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed. Betz reported that the police had received a grant from Enbridge for $1,000.00; we will send them a thank-you.
Motion by Mitchell to approve payment of post audit police bills in the amount of $5,251.07, the motion supported by Sebastian and it carried.
Sebastian moved to approve COPS post audit bills of $2,455.70, supported by Mitchell and it passed unanimously.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve post audit general fund bills in the amount of $127.86, motion passed unanimously.
Mitchell moved to pay general fund bills of $7,370.72, motion supported by Sebastian and all board members approved payment.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve payment of police bills in the amount of $7,370.72, motion carried unanimously.
Sebastian moved to pay COPS bills in the amount of $880.04, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.
Sebastian moved to approve payment of $26,925.00 for this quarter fire runs, Mitchell supported the motion and motion passed unanimously.
Chief Luce reported on activities of the police department for the month of May. 36 hours were spent at the school. Chief Luce will be attending a police chief’s conference in Boyne later this month. The new COPS grant has been submitted, we should know in a few months if we received the grant, the new radar gun came in and has been installed in the 2012 car, and video cameras have also been installed in both cars. The Chief introduced Officer Eric Taylor who will be replacing Officer Molton who retired this month. The Police department has also received a grant for over $11,000.00 from the Traffic Council.
Police Board- Sebastian moved to put into place the new contract for Chief Luce, motion supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Supervisor Schmidt recommended Doug Talbot be appointed to the Police Board in place of the resignation of Al Cooper, the Board approved recommendation. We will send Mr. Snow a thank-you for his interest and keep him in mind in the future.
Planning Commission - B. Ungar met with the planning commission and they discussed how to proceed with condemned houses. Sebastian moved to authorize Schmidt to work with Ungar under legal council to write up a plan to enforce the clean up and or removal of such houses, Betz supported the motion and it carried.
Fire Board will meet on the 17th of June.
The Endbridge Grant is nearly ready for submitting.
Sebastian moved to adopt Resolution # 12-13 for Fire Escrow Insurance, Mitchell supported the motion, upon roll call vote in which the following Board members voted in favor of the resolution; Sebastian, Mitchell, Schmidt, Betz and Keeler, the Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
Board Member Comments;
Mitchell has contacted Addison Awning & Sign for a quote for the awning over the police building, he should be hearing from them soon.
Sebastian commented about high pricing of the quotes that have come in for the new fire truck.
Betz inquired about how to request a “Hidden driveway “ sign on Parma Road at the Fairview Cemetery, Schmidt will contact JDOT concerning the sign. He will also inquire about a farm machinery sign on Parma Road at Lincoln’s property.
Motion to adjourn at 8:10, meeting adjourned.