SPRINGPORT TOWNSHIP BOARD MINUTES
MARCH 10TH, 2008

            The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was call to order at 7:00 pm at the Springport Township Hall by Supervisor Lance Mitchell.  There were 5 visitors.
            Members present were Travioli, Betz, Rybicki, Mitchell and Wilson.
            Mitchell stated the meeting is being recorded to assist with the minutes, once approved the tape will be destroyed.
            County Commissioner Cliff Herl spoke.  The Health Department is realigning the department.  There are 16 routes on meals on wheels.  There is 2.3 million estimated to be in the savings in 2009.  That will be set aside to cover the revenue that is being cut.  They are looking at Resource Recovery.  They are trying to see if they will be keeping it open beyond 2013.  The county will also start looking to a 2 year budget.
            Dawn Frizzell introduced herself and wanted to know the status on the trailers on Pope Church Rd.  Rybicki stated one is pending in court.  The other trailer is delayed.  Dawn questioned if he got a Variance.  Wilson stated he picked up an application but has not brought it back.  He had until March 1st.  Rybicki will get an officer out there to follow up.
            A correction to the minutes that Rybicki arrived late to the meeting was noted.  Motion by Betz to approve the minutes with noted correction.  Supported by Travioli.  Motion carried.
            Moved to accept and file the Treasurers report by Rybicki with $58,441.23 in the Savings and $100,630.27 in the checking.  Supported by Travioli.  Motion carried.
            Betz did note that there are several CD’s coming due this month.  He is looking into combining some of the smaller CD’s from General Fund.
            Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki to pay the post audit bills.  Motion carried.
Township total is $384.42.  Police total is $2,675.89
            Motion by Rybicki and supported by Betz to pay the Township bills in the amount of $26,321.24.  Motion carried.
            Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to pay the Police bills in the amount of $6475.49.  Motion carried.
            Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki to pay the Fire bill in the amount of $16,100.00.  Motion carried.
            Betz wanted to note that we would not have to move more money from General Fund to cover this month’s fire bill.
            There is no Police report this month.
            A copy of the Ordinance report was given to everyone.  Rybicki will get with Chris on the trailer on Pope Church Rd.
            There was no Planning Commission meeting.
            Rybicki asked the Board about Fireman raises.  Clarence Township ok’ed $1.00 an hour raise for the fireman.  The Fire Board would like us to reconsider the raise.  Bill Russell stated he checked with other departments on pay.  Discussion followed.  Rybicki will go back to the Fire Board and tell them the Township Board still stands at a no for the fire raises.
            Nothing from the Police Citizens Committee.
            Resolution 1-08 Certified Deposit Resolution offered by Wilson and supported by Rybicki.  Roll Call: aye; Betz, Rybicki, Mitchell, Wilson and Travioli.  Nay-none.  The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
            Resolution 2-08 Resolution to adopt the Township and Fire Budgets offered by Wilson and supported by Rybicki.  Roll Call: aye; Rybicki, Mitchell, Wilson, Travioli and Betz.  Nay-none.  The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
            Resolution 3-08 Resolution to adopt the Police Budget from 4-1-08 to 9-30-08 offered by Wilson and supported by Rybicki.  Roll Call: aye; Mitchell, Wilson, Travioli, Betz and Rybicki.  Nay-none.  The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.      
            Resolution 4-08 General Fund Depositor offered by Wilson and supported by Rybicki.  Roll Call: aye; Wilson, Travioli, Betz, Rybicki and Mitchell.  Nay-none.  The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
            Resolution 5-08 General Appropriations Act offered by Wilson and supported by Rybicki.  Roll Call: aye; Travioli, Betz, Rybicki, Mitchell and Wilson.  Nay-none.  The Supervisor declared the resolution adopted.
            Wilson stated she printed the resolution for salaries, but because no-one’s pay was changing we didn’t have to adopt them.
            Wilson and Rybicki both talked with MTA about the Board Salaries.  Wilson stated if we are going to change the Board Salaries we should do it by the May meeting.  That way anyone running for office will know what the pay rate will be.  The resolutions would take effect when the officers are elected into office in November.  Wilson stated we had until November to change the pay rate.  Wilson gave the Board information on positions of the Board and what duties the positions hold.  Wilson also got information on pay of other Townships from MTA so we could compare with them.
            Discussion followed.
            Wilson stated we are looking at how to decrease or lower salaries while in office.  The only way to decrease salary while in office is for the person to write a letter stating they want a decrease.
            The Salary Resolutions have been tabled to the next meeting.
            Rybicki asked about the Poverty Resolution.  Wilson stated we did the Resolution in the fall.  Wilson will leave the Resolution out for the Board of Review.
            Motion by Rybicki and supported by Wilson to increase the Board of Review pay to $450 for the Secretary and $400 for the other members.  Motion carried. 
            Motion by Wilson and supported by Rybicki to increase mileage to $0.50.  Motion carried.
            Motion by Betz and supported by Wilson to increase the Deputy Treasurer pay to $12.50 an hour.  Motion carried.
            Wilson stated she spoke with Chief Speese about the fax line.  They do receive several faxes.  He did ask that we wait to drop the fax line.  The cost for the separate line is about $350 for the past year.
            There was discussion on the cost of the internet for the department.  Wilson will check into the internet pricing.  Discussion followed.  We will continue the fax line for now.
            Rybicki stated that a police car is needed.  The blue car was at Oil Zone.  Betz stated we should have inspections done on both cars to see what it would take to make the cars run safely.   Discussion followed.  The other question is if we get a new car how we explain it to the taxpayers.  Discussion followed.
            Mitchell asked if anyone was going to the Village meeting.  He stated the Board needs to go and see what the Village can contribute to the Police.  Rybicki stated he would be willing to go.  Linda Griffith stated there are 704 people in the Village.  Discussion then followed on what the Township could put in toward the Police.  Mitchell stated he would attend the Village meeting.  Linda stated the Village had said in the past that they could come up with $20,000. 
            Discussion followed on Fire millage and Police millage.  There may come a time when we have to pay both out of the General Fund.  Betz stated that we could come up with $20,000 to put toward the Police department at this time.  Wilson stated that we should also let the Village know that we have already budgeted $11,600 in this year’s budget. 
            Betz stated if we proceed with the Village than the Village should have a voice on the Police Board.  Discussion followed on creating a Police Board. 
            Wilson presented the bids to the Board on the Bell Tower and the Shutters for the Township Hall.  Motion by Rybicki and supported by Wilson to accept the bid to rebuild the Bell Tower.  Roll Call-Aye; Rybicki, Mitchell, Wilson.  Nay; Betz, Travoili.  Motion carried.
            Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to accept the proposal on the Shutters and also the crack near the Supervisor’s window.  Motion carried.  Betz stated we may want to include having them put the Township Hall Sign up that has been broken.  Linda Griffith said she would take care of it.  Discussion followed on the color of the shutters.  The color will be left up to the discretion of Wilson and Linda Griffith. 
            Mitchell stated he ordered 4 exit signs and 1 emergency light.  Also we are getting 2 fire extinguishers.  Lance will put them up when they come in.
            Wilson stated she received a letter from the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, asking if we would be interested in membership.  It was the consensus of the Board to not do this.
            Rybicki asked about the renewals of the positions of the different boards.  Discussion followed about the length of terms, if they were 4 year terms or not.  Wilson will check into the terms and bring it to the next meeting.
            Betz asked how the Board of Review went today.  Rybicki said about 6 people show up.  Discussion followed.  Mitchell did not make it to the Board of Review. 
            Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 8:40.

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                                                                        Rebecca Wilson, Clerk