Springport Township Board Minutes
The regular meeting of the Springport Township Board was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at
the Springport Township Hall by Supervisor Mitchell.
Wilson stated the meeting is being recorded to assist with the minutes. Once approved
the tape will be destroyed.
Members present Mitchell, Rybicki, Betz, Wilson. Absent-Travioli. There were 14
County Commissioner Cliff Herl spoke on various items. Looking for property for
Animal Shelter. Also updating the courts with Video cameras. The Health Department has flu
The following people would like to speak in regards to the Police: Jeff Mitchell, Bill
Russell, Gordan Webb, Jason Sebastian.
Motion by Rybicki to approve the October minutes. Supported by Betz. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilson to approve the minutes from the special meeting on October 9th for the
Election Commission. Supported by Betz. Motion carried.
Motion to accept and file the Treasures report by Wilson with $69,147.22 in the savings
and $1,385.99 in the checking. Supported by Rybicki. Motion carried.
Betz asked if we needed to make a motion to have a grace period on taxes from February 15th
through February 28th. Wilson will call MTA to find out.
Motion by Rybicki to approve the following Post audit bills. Supported by Betz. Motion
Motion by Rybicki to pay the Township bills of $6,875.95. Supported by Wilson.
Motion by Betz and supported by Rybicki to pay the Police bills of $8,654.24. Motion
Chief Speese gave his report. There have been several breaking and entering in the areas.
Chief Speese did state what his day consists of. There are many things he does other than driving
around and writing tickets. There are follow-up investigations, returning phone calls, contacting
attorneys, judges and prosecutors to name a few. He also is dealing with a limited budget. Most
of the time the officers work alone.
There was no Planning Commission meeting.
There was no Fire Board meeting.
Jason Berenstein reported on the Zoning Enforcement. There are 3 cases open. 13 cases
have been closed. Jackson County did not have our ordinances on file, Jason has taken care of
Street Naming and Addressing Ordinance is tabled. There have not been any to see if the
cost is sufficient.
Rybicki hasn’t done anything with this and doesn’t see a reason to keep putting it on the
agenda. The people seem to be complying with the Zoning Officer.
Betz stated that the Recycling lot has been purchased. The sign for the lot that was
donated is up also. The village would like us to spruce it up in the spring. Rybicki will call to
have the dumpsters moved.
Wilson presented the Board with the current expenses for Police, Fire and General Fund.
There was discussion on the police millage. Rybicki would like to see the Police
Department run through March of 2007. The feelings are that the people have already paid for it
through that time. Rybicki was approached by the Village to see what we are going to do. The
Village wants to see some sort of protection. Discussion followed.
Motion by Betz to continue operating the Police Department in the same manor until the
end of the fiscal year. Supported by Wilson. Motion carried.
Discussion followed on the remaining Fund Balance.
Motion by Rybicki to amend the previous motion to use the Police Fund Balance to
continue the department until the Fund Balance is gone. Support by Wilson. 2-aye. 1-nay.
Discussion on a letter from MTA regarding an appeal for a pipeline. Motion by Betz to
pay the Township portion of the MTA pipeline appeal. Supported by Rybicki. Motion carried.
Motion by Wilson to move $90.32 from the Clerk Education & Training to Elections.
Supported by Rybicki. Motion carried.
Wilson stated that Kyt had attended training on the new addressing ordinance. She had
some suggestions. Wilson gave Kyt what the board had made up for Rod. Kyt’s other question
was who would be assigning numbers for the Village. After discussion it was the consensus that
the Township would also assign for the Village.
The floor was opened to public comment.
Jeff Mitchell stated for the Businesses it is a Security issue. Most of the businesses can’t
vote. Doesn’t understand how we can do without the department. He suggested a Special
Assessment. It is also a safety issue when fighting fires.
Bill Russell wanted to know if the Chiefs contract is on a yearly basis. He doesn’t think
we should spend the Fund Balance. He feels we should save it, because the people will realize
that we need the Police Department. Bill also stated the board should be able to express their
opinions regarding the police. Bill also feels that we should continue with the Ordinance clean
Gordan Webb supports the police. He feels we need a group to support this effort. He
suggested talking with SAGA to see if they can help with this. The Village would like to keep an
open line of communication with the Township.
Jason S. does not agree with the Special Assessment. The business owners choose where
they want to do business in regards to the not being able to vote. Jason also thinks that we
should keep some money in reserve.
Rybicki did state that we need to keep in mind what is best for the community.
Betz asked if we were going to do a newsletter for the December tax bills. Discussion
followed. Addressing ordinance and recycling are topics. Rybicki stated that it may be good to
include the procedure for permits. Wilson asked that the board get back with her. Discussion
on possibly sending the newsletter to the tax payers that don’t get the tax bills, but goes to the
mortgage company. Betz will check into and see if Becky can run separate labels. Maybe in the
future we can send separate, but now it is cost effective to send with tax bills.
Cliff Herl suggested placing them around town. Also possibly will put in the newspaper.
Motion to adjourn the meeting by Rybicki. Supported by Betz. Motion carried. Meeting
adjourned at 8:30.