Springport Township board Meeting
March 11, 2013

    The regular monthly meeting was called to order by Supervisor Schmidt at 7:20 pm. in the Springport Township Hall.  All Board members were present and we had 2 guests, County Commissioner Sarah Lightner arrived at 7:45.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
     There was no public comment.
      Sebastian moved to accept the minutes of Feb. 11, 2013, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried.  Motion by Sebastian to also accept the minutes of the special meeting for budget workshop, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed.
     Betz gave the Treasurer’s report.  General Fund checking account has a balance of $113,268.16, Fire account operating has $86,115.10and the equipment account $ 40,158.67, Police account has $131,769.31 and the COPS account has a balance of $1,490.93, there is a balance of $43,744.59 in the tax account and general fund  CD’s $77,454.66.  Sebastian moved to accept the treasurer’s report for audit, supported by Mitchell and the motion carried.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to approve payment of police bills in the amount of $2,574.61, motion carried unanimously.
Sebastian moved to approve payment of COPS bills of $1,431.68, Mitchell supported the motion, and all Board members voted “Aye”.
Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to approve payment of general fund bills in the amount of $1,781.02, motion carried unanimously.
Sebastian moved to approve the following budget amendments; deduct $900.oo from 101-101- 927- legal fees and cared $200.00 into 101-102-720 payroll taxes and credit 101-371-702 wages by $700.00, Mitchell supported the motion and it carried.   Motion by Sebastian to also accept the following amendments; deduct $50.00 from 101-171-726- education & training and credit $50.00 to 101-171-726 office supplies, credit 101-253-870- mileage by $50.00 from 101-253-960- education & training, and deduct $ 500.00 from 101-721-763- zoning enforcement and credit 101-721-702 wages by $500.00, Betz supported the motion and it carried.  Schmidt moved to make budget amendments to fire by deducting $100.00 from 206-333-801 –runs and crediting to 206-333-703-salaries $100.00, Sebastian supported the motion and it carried.  Sebastian moved, supported by Mitchell to approve the police budget amendments as follows; deduct $600.00 from 207-301-925 telephone and credit $200.00 to 207-3041-935 – vehicle fuel and credit 207-3014-939 repair & maintenance, motion passed.
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to pay general fund bills in the amount of $24,990.14, board passed the motion unanimously.
Sebastian moved to pay police bills in the amount of $13,749.28, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried.
Sebastian moved to pay COPS bills in the amount of $1904.06, motion supported by Mitchell and it carried
Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to pay fire bills in the amount of $18,896.17, motion passed unanimously.
Police Report:
        Dave Luce reported that the police spent 31 ¾ hours at the school in February.  He also had the front push bumpers installed on the patrol cars.  The computer has been ordered for the car and should be in within next month.  Grant has been submitted for video cameras for the cars, we should know soon if it was accepted.  Luce also has applied for an Enbridge Grant; he would put that money toward a new radar gun.  Sebastian moved to authorize Dave to purchase 2 air cards for the car computers, Mitchell supported the motion and it passed.  Keeler moved to accept the police report, supported by Sebastian, motion passed.
Committee Reports:
Police Board met and worked on fiscal year budget.
Planning committee did not meet.
Fire Board met to discuss the new year fiscal budget and the budget was adopted.  Fire Board Chairman Fisher requested that perhaps Clarence and Springport have a 1 mill fire millage election in August.  Sebastian moved to table further discussion and decision until our April meeting, when we can look into the possibility of Springport Township funding our portion from fund balance, motion supported by Betz, it passed.
 County Commissioner:
County Commissioner Sarah Lightner arrived and report on progress at the Commissioner’s meeting.  LifeWays is teaming up with the mental health division on West Ave.  The Health Dept on Lansing Ave. has decided to charge a fee for SDS testing, so many out of county residents our using the clinic.  Due to Federal tax cuts the Airport Tower will be shut down in September.  Project “RED” will be on March 19th at the Jackson Co. Fairgrounds.
Unfinished Business:
Karl is still working on an ordinance for condemned houses.  He is also getting on ordinance from Sandstone and Blackman on their Medical Marijuana.
New Business:
       Keeler moved to meet on March 29th, 12:00 noon for final year end budget meeting, supported by Betz, motion carried.
    Motion by Sebastian to adopt Resolution # 2-13 “Certified Deposits”, supported by Betz, upon roll call vote which all Board Members voted unanimously, Supervisor Schmidt declared the resolution adopted.
        Sebastian moved to adopt Resolution 3-13 “Fire Budget”, motion supported by Betz, all Board members voted in favor of said resolution and Supervisor declared it adopted.
       Motion by Sebastian, supported by Schmidt to adopt Resolution # 4-13 “General Fund Depositor”, Board members voted unanimously, resolution declared adopted.
       Sebastian moved to adopt Resolution # 5-13” Police Budget”, supported by Mitchell, roll call vote was taken and the Supervisor declared the resolution be adopted.
       Motion by Schmidt to accept Resolution 6-13 “Cost of processing small tax bills”, Betz supported the motion and it carried.
       Resolution # 7-13 “To set meeting date” was given by Sebastian, supported by Betz  upon roll call vote the resolution was declared adopted.
       Sebastian moved to adopt Resolution 38-13 “To charge 1% Administration fees on taxes” Mitchell supported the motion and     
 said resolution was adopted.
       Motion by Sebastian, supported by Mitchell to adopted Resolution 9-13 Board of Review to meet on 2nd Monday in March, all Board members voted in favor of resolution and it was declared adopted.
       Betz moved to adopt Resolution 10-13 “To set Supervisor’s salary”, motion supported by Keeler,  Betz, Keeler, Mitchell and Sebastian voted to adopt resolution, Schmidt abstained. Resolution was adopted.
       Copies of a grant supplies by Enbridge was passed out to Board Members to consider applying for.
Board Member Comments:
      Mitchell gave some pricing to install a new drinking fountain in the hall, we decided to simply remove it.
      Discussion was held concerning garbage  being placed in the Recycling bins,  we will install a camera on the pole and try to catch persons responsible.  The G. Post property was discussed, Schmidt will ask our building inspector if there is some way to get it cleaned up. 
      Betz suggested that we renew Police Contract at April meeting, copies will be available for review before that date.
      Sebastian moved to purchase new office printer/fax/scanner for the Township Office to be in the 2013-14 fiscal year, motion supported by Mitchell and it passed.  A refurbished copier will be purchased from McEldowney’s in Jackson.
     Sebastian moved to adjourn at 8:45, meeting adjourned.

 

 

Dena Keeler,
Clerk