SPRINGPORT TOWNSHIP BOARD MINUTES
MAY 12TH, 2008
The regular meeting of the Springport Township board was called to order at 6:59 pm at the Springport Township Hall by Supervisor Lance Mitchell. There were 6 visitors.
Members present were: Rybicki, Betz, Travioli, Wilson and Mitchell.
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 County is back in the horse business, waiting for an appeal. Sherriff has been getting calls on Animal control. County looks to lose about 5% on foreclosures next year. They are also looking at applications for the Deputy Administrator. Looking to get permit applications on line.
Jeff Mitchell questioned if the Township could help officer Molton with a portion of his cell phone bill. He is using his phone for police business when on the road. Rybicki will check into it.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to accept the April minutes. Motion carried.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to accept the Election minutes. Motion carried.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to accept and file the Treasurers report with $60,770 in the Savings and $56,093.41 in the Checking. Motion carried.
Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki approve the post audit bills in the amount of $60.34.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to pay the Township bills in the amount of $7,626.12.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Travioli to pay the Police bills in the amount of $13,704.60. Motion carried.
Chief Speese was not at the meeting but did leave his report. The new car is in service. Also the computer is failing. Travioli went and looked at the computer. There is a lot loaded on it. It is moving really slow. There is a problem getting on the internet. They can’t get the DSL to work. Springcom didn’t finish the install. Jack recommends we get a new machine and presented the board with a computer he suggested. He tried to get his laptop to work while he was there and it would not connect.
Motion by Wilson and supported by Rybicki to purchase a new computer from General Fund for Police, with the idea that if the millage fails the computer will go to the Treasurer/Assessor. Discussion followed. Motion carried. Wilson will contact Springcom on Tuesday.
Wilson did contact Springcom on getting the 2 Township computers to network. Wilson had purchased a router and Springcom came down and it was unsuccessful. Wilson returned the router and will wait until we get a new computer for the Treasurer/Assessor.
There is no Ordinance report this month.
There was no Planning Commission meeting. Wilson and Mitchell will attend the meeting on June 2nd at 7 pm to get the members terms taken care of.
There was no Fire Board meeting.
The Police Citizens committee meets on May 19th at 7:00 pm at the Township.
Wilson will try to get a list of the registered voters to the committee.
Wilson and Rybicki worked on the ballot language and sent it to Eric White. He sent a letter back stating that it meets the requirements.
Wilson offered Resolution 7-08 Resolution to Adopt Millage Ballot Language for the August Election. Seconded by Rybicki. Discussion followed. Travioli asked about the 3 mills and what is the next step if the millage fails. Roll call: aye; Betz; Travioli; Wilson; Mitchell; Rybicki. Nay-none. The Supervisor declared the Resolution adopted.
Wilson and Betz presented the Board with the descriptions of what we do in our positions. None of the other members did this. Nominating positions are due by May 13th, 2008 at 4pm.
Again we are questioning the pay of the officials pay. Travioli feels we should just leave them alone. Rybicki agreed with Jack but also feels we should put forth an effort with what we are receiving. Discussion followed. Betz feels the Trustee pay is probably a little low and they deserve more. He feels the Treasurer pay is fine. Wilson disagreed and feels the Treasurer should get more for what he does. Betz feels the Supervisor pay is too high for someone not doing assessing.
Resolution 8-08 offered by Rybicki Resolution to Set the Supervisors Pay. Resolution to set the pay at $6500.00 effective 11-20-2008; when the new officers take their term. Supported by Betz. Roll call: aye; Travioli; Wilson; Mitchell; Rybicki; Betz. Nay-none. The Supervisor declared the Resolution adopted. The rest of the positions will stay the same.
Wilson stated that she contacted MTA in regards to staggered Township terms. Her answer was that by law, all township elective offices are for the same 4-year terms.
Rybicki stated Wendy did not get back with him with information from Parma/Sandstone Police Board.
Wilson wanted to remind the Board that the FFA Banquet is at 6:00 on Wednesday the 14th in the High School Cafeteria. All members are invited.
Wilson stated that the March minutes needed some corrections. Betz and Wilson didn’t match when balancing. Following are the errors:
The total Township bills should be $26,171.24 not $26,321.24. Rebecca Wilson should have been paid $480.90 for office supplies; postage and mileage. Steve Rybicki paid for Trustee wages and Fire Board a total of $972.40. Jim Wardius should have been paid $3062.40 not $3062.42.
Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki to approve the corrections of the March minutes. Motion carried.
Wilson stated that Keith King had sent a letter requesting an increase for inspections. Travioli stated it looks as if he also wants a base pay as well. Discussion followed.
Motion by Rybicki and supported by Betz to increase the Electrical Inspector (Keith King) pay to a base of $45.00 a month and $45.00 per inspection. Travioli-nay. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilson and supported by Mitchell to pay Election workers $10.00 an hour across the board for each election. Discussion followed about how the reimbursement works on the elections. Motion carried.
Joann requested new tables. The older ones have been repaired many times and can’t continue to be repaired. Joann would like 4 if possible. Discussion followed.
Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki that the Township buy 2 tables. Motion carried.
Betz stated that the Mason’s would buy 2 tables for the Township in appreciation for use of the hall when they have the dinners here. Mitchell stated that he would buy 1 table for the Township also.
Wilson stated that Mike had gone for Dental work this week and the Dental Insurance had lapsed. I found out from Nevin that he has to wait 6 months for the major repairs to be covered. Mike submitted a bill and asked that the board pay for the other half, which is what the insurance would cover. Wilson doesn’t feel it was the Township’s fault that the insurance lapsed, but feels we need to take care of it. Discussion followed. Nevin told Wilson that the Dental policy is the same as he had in the past.
Motion by Travioli and supported by Betz to pay Mike’s dental bill this one time and then he needs to wait the six months. Discussion followed. Rybicki-nay. Motion carried.
Wilson stated that when the auditors were here they questioned a bill from Accident fund that showed workers comp coverage on elected officials, cemetery care and hall maintenance workers. MCM told me that the contractors needed to fill out the Sole Proprietor forms to not be included. Once returned to MCM they will make the adjustment to the account. Rybicki suggested that we make that for m be a part of the bid package from here on out. Wilson will get a copy to Joann and Francis this week and ask them to fill it out and return it.
Wilson gave the board an updated CD list.
Wilson wanted to let the board know that the FFA power washed the front of the building. The back was not done because the water spout didn’t work. So Wilson’s husband did the rest of the building on Saturday.
Motion by Mitchell and supported by Rybicki to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.