Springport Township Board
March 8th, 2010
Springport, Mich

The March 8th, 2010 regular meeting of the Springport township board was called to order by Treasurer Tom Betz at 7:07 pm in the Springport Township Hall. Board members present were J. Sebastian, T. Betz, J. Mitchell and D. Keeler, absent G. Lincoln and there were 4 guests present.   Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
      County Commissioner Cliff Herl was asked if there was a health insurance coverage that was available for township employees to belong to, there is none at this time.  He brought us up to date on the progress of Jackson Co. Airport expansion; they are obtaining easements and right-of-ways along Argyle.  The Jackson Col Fair is booking acts for the 2010 fair season; monster trucks and a demolition derby so far have been scheduled.  The Jackson Dept of Aging has tax help for low income families.
      Green Meadows Apartments was on hand to present an updated Municipal Services Agreement which they asked the Board to pass in correspondence to the ”PILOT PLAN” for Green Meadows.
     Sebastian then moved that the Springport Township Board adopt  “Resolution  #2-10 , pertaining to Ordinance No. 38, Adopt the Pilot Plan for the Green Meadows Apartments”,  supported by Mitchell.  Roll call vote, Sebastian, “aye, Betz, “aye, Keeler, “aye”, Mitchell, “aye”.  Nays, none, absent Lincoln, Treasurer Betz declared the Resolution adopted.
     Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of Feb. 8th, 2010 meeting, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
     Betz gave the Treasurer’s report; we have $129,151.04 in the general fund checking and $3,717.68 in the savings account.  Keeler moved to transfer $6,500.00 from the building maintenance fund to operating transfers out, this would be transferred to the fire account as a loan (should be budget transfer) to pay Jan-Mar fire runs, Sebastian supported, motion passed.  Sebastian moved for $2,500.00 in fire operating to be repaid to the General Fund for loan, Mitchell supported, motion passed.  Sebastian moved to accept the treasurer’s report subject to audit, supported by Keeler, motion passed.
Mitchell moved to approve the post audit general fund bills for the amount of $163.84, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
Sebastian moved to approve post audit police bills of $5,695.90, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
Sebastian moved to approve the post audit COPS bills for $2,225.50, supported by Mitchell, motion passed.
Mitchell moved to pay general fund bills for the amount of $32,572.81, supported by Sebastian, motion carried. Mitchell moved to pay police bills for $12,754.64, which was supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
Mitchell moved to pay COPS bills of $$742.48, Sebastian supported, motion passed.
Sebastian moved to pay fire bills in the amount of $16310.88, supported by Mitchell, motion carried.
No Police Committee report
No Planning committee report.
No Fire Board meeting they will meet on March 24th.
Unfinished business:
     Budget meeting is set for March 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Township Hall.
     SAGA purchased chair rack for the storage of township chairs, Betz moved to send card of appreciation and thank-you, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
      Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to give the firm of Assessment & Valuation (AVS) until June 1st of 2010, to begin the reassessing of Springport parcels, if he hasn’t begun by then the Board will ask for their schedule and time line, motion carried.
New Business:
     Sebastian moved to accept Resolution # 4-10, “General Fund Depositor” for the upcoming year, supported by Mitchell. The following voted “Aye”, Sebastian, Mitchell, Betz and Keeler.  There were no “nays” and G. Lincoln was absent. Treasurer Betz declared the Resolution adopted.
     Sebastian offered Resolution # 5-10 “Certified Deposit Resolution” to be adopted, supported by Keeler.  Upon roll call vote the following voted “aye” Betz, Sebastian, Mitchell and Keeler, “nays” none and Lincoln was absent.  Treasurer Betz declared that Resolution # 5-10 be adopted.
      Sebastian moved the Board accept Resolution # 6-10 “Cost of processing small tax bills”, Mitchell supported the motion.  The following voted “aye”, Sebastian, Mitchell, Betz and Keeler, there were no “nays” and absent was Lincoln. The Treasurer declared that Resolution #6-10 be adopted.
     Keeler moved to accept F. Artz’s bid of $3,500.00 for mowing and maintaining the Township cemeteries for the 2010 year, supported by Sebastian, motion carried.
     Keeler moved to accept J. Underhill’s bid of $3,620.00 for hall maintenance for the 2010 year, supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
Board member comments:
     Sebastian moved to place an article to support and encourage township residents to fill out and return the census in the Signal, for a cost of less than $50.00, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.
     Mitchell asked if anyone was interested in purchasing Neighborhood Watch signs. They have placed several in the area already and would like to put up more.  The next meeting is Aril 7th, at the township Hall.
     Sebastian presented  letter concerning a complaint of a fire fighter and discrimination law, feeling he lost his employment due to leaving for the armed services, the reason his position was eliminated due to the Fire Board’s decision that there were too many officers  on the payroll.  This was presented for “Our Information Only” no action at this time.
Sebastian moved to adjourn at 8:25, meeting adjourned.

Respectively submitted,

 

Dena Keeler, clerk