Springport Township Board Minutes
March 12th, 2007

The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order at 7:04 p.m. at
the Springport Township Hall by Supervisor Mitchell.
Mitchell stated the meeting is being recorded to assist with the minutes. Once approve
the tape will be destroyed.
Members present were Travioli, Betz, Mitchell, Rybicki and Wilson. There were 8
visitors.
County Commissioner Cliff Herl spoke on various issues. JTA is looking to put millage
on ballot in August. Also work will be starting on the Airport soon. Cliff attended the town
meeting in regards to the Prison closing. Several road projects are starting. Also a Nighthawk
program that will watch paroles.
The following people wanted to speak at the end of the meeting. Roy L. on roads and
taxes. Bill Russell on budget and police. Jeff Mitchell on the police.
Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki to approve the minutes. Motion carried.
Motion by Travioli to accept and file the Treasures report with $140,493.01 in the savings
and $1855.45 in the checking. Supported by Rybicki. Motion carried.
Motion by Betz to approve the following post audit bills. Supported by Rybicki. Motion
carried.
Township 61.23
Police: 4687.51
Motion by Rybicki to pay the Township bills in the amount of $44,742.43. Supported by
Travioli. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilson to pay the police bills in the amount of $4,709.62. Supported by
Rybicki. Motion carried.
Motion by Rybicki to pay the Fire bills in the amount of 20,018.90. Supported by Betz.
Motion carried.
Rybicki gave the police report. Chief Speese suggested that if we have a citizen
committee for the police department he suggested that we accept applications and run a
background check on them. For the month there was 42 complaints, 11 citations, 6 arrests, 31
warnings and 3 assists. Chief Speese said he has been very overwhelmed with all the calls and
paperwork as well.
Rybicki also reported on the Ordinance officer. There are 7 cases open, some with court
dates.
There was no Planning Commission meeting.
There was no Fire Board meeting.
Mitchell spoke with Tompkins township in regards to permits. They are issued through
the Supervisor and building inspector, depending on what permit you need. They do that in the
office. Mitchell didn’t ask about how the Zoning is done.
Mitchell stated we had a quote on Sibley-Harshey-Crawford. Wanted to see how the
board felt about it and maybe we could get something done. Wilson asked Mitchell if he had
spoke with Karl about possibly getting a payment this month and then again next month, so that
we could do some of it before the fiscal year ended. Mitchell still has to talk with Karl on that.
Betz suggested a special meeting before the end of the month, in hopes that we would
have other proposals from Karl. Mitchell said he would talk to Karl in regards to the cost
increase on the proposal and see if he can work something out. Discussion followed on why that
road was chosen. Rybicki stated we should leave the road money in the new budget and if we
can cut a deal fine, but we don’t have to spend that money.
Motion by Wilson to accept the bid from Frances Arntz for Cemetery care for the amount
of $3000. Supported by Rybicki. Motion carried.
Motion by Rybicki to accept the bid from JoAnn Underhill for Hall Maintenance for the
amount of $3500. Supported by Wilson. Motion carried.
Wilson stated that Rybicki called MTA and as long as no salaries were changing for the
board we did not have to renew the resolutions every year. We only need to do that if there was a
change in pay. Due to that the resolution numbers that the board was given will change on the
passing of these resolutions.
Resolution 2-07 to adopt Police, Fire and Township budgets offered by Wilson and
supported by Rybicki. Upon roll call the following voted aye: Betz, Mitchell, Rybicki, Wilson
and Travioli. Nay-none. The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
Resolution 3-07 General Appropriations Act offered by Wilson and supported by
Rybicki. Upon roll call the following voted aye: Mitchell, Rybicki, Wilson, Travioli and Betz.
Nay-none. The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
Resolution 4-07 Certified Deposit resolution offered by Wilson and supported by
Rybicki. Upon roll call the following voted aye: Rybicki, Wilson, Travioli, Betz and Mitchell.
Nay-none. The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
Resolution 5-07 General Fund Depositor offered by Wilson and supported by Rybicki.
Upon roll call the following voted aye: Wilson, Travioli, Betz, Mitchell and Rybicki. Nay-none.
The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
Motion by Wilson to increase Building and Grounds Equipment by $10,000.00 from
General Fund, Fund Balance. Supported by Betz. Motion carried.
Motion by Rybicki to increase Misc. Income in General Fund by $1216.00. Supported by
Travioli. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilson to increase Election Office Supplies by $1000.00. Also to increase
Electioins Printing and Publication by $216.00. Supported by Betz. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilson to transfer $2587.24 from Clerk Office Supplies to Planning
Commission. Supported by Rybicki. Motion carried.
Wilson asked the Board about an Endorsement from the Insurance Company.
Motion by Betz to remove the Bell Tower from the Insurance Policy. Also to change the Police
contents to $1500.00. Also to verify the correct number of Tabulators are on the policy.
Supported by Rybicki. Motion carried.
Mitchell opened the floor to the public.
Roy Lincoln would like to know what is being done about the rise in taxes. In 2005
Lincoln agreed to get info on roads but was turned down. Discussion followed.
Bill Russell stated we should look at high traffic roads that need paving. He also
questioned how the cost could jump $20,000 in one year for Sibley Road. He did state that taxes
are high due to the school.
Jeff Mitchell asked if the Board was going to due something about a citizens committee.
He stated that the Board has a responsibility to look out for the good of the people.
Travioli stated that the Board also has to represent the voters of the Township.
Betz asked the Board about upcoming CD’s that are coming due. Discussion followed on
how much money to have in one bank.
Wilson gave the Board a list of what has been recycled in the Township. This list was
given to us by Northwest.
Motion by Wilson to adjourn the meeting. Supported by Betz. Motion carried. Meeting
adjourned at 8:24 p.m.