SPALDING TOWNSHIP These minutes are approved
POWERS, MICHIGAN 49874
December 19th, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Jerry Bartnicki opened the meeting that was held before our regular scheduled Board Meeting to allow open discussion on the application by Moraska Saw for a grant through Northern Initiatives. There were no questions or persons there for this meeting.
The meeting was brought to order by Supervisor Moraska. The following Board members were present: Jim Moraska, Cherryl Mencinger, Jerry Bartnicki, David LeBoeuf, and Kevin LaBonte. Guests included: Jim Nowack, Dan Hammerberg, Rich Sexton, John Anderson and Dale Cook.
An email regarding the loan for Moraska Saw through Northern Initiatives came to us questioning why they were applying and if the money was going to be paid back. It was explained that the loan wasn’t free and was going to be repaid by Moraska Saw. All their questions were addressed and resolved. Any questions can be addressed to Dale Cook at Northern Initiatives.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:
The motion was made by Jerry to approve the agenda with David supporting. All in favor, Motion carried.
All bills are up to date. A motion was made to accept the Clerks Report by Jerry and was seconded by Kevin. David and Kevin looked over the expense statements. Minutes of the monthly meetings can be viewed on the Township website located at www.powers-spalding.org Motion approved.
Jerry gave the financial hand out showing the Township’s monthly balances and went over the report. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by David and seconded by Cherryl. All in favor, Aye. Motion approved.
All of the taverns in the township are current for November and December.
FIRE REPORT/FIRE CHIEF & FIRE DEPT:
The Department responded to 6 calls costing $5,000.00 dollars in losses and spending at total of 7 hours and 37 minutes.
3 memos were submitted.
The grant was to purchase/upgrade/replace the pump and engine on brush truck #4 for $4500.00. This is a 50/50 matching grant.
We have been awarded this grant. The grant paperwork has been received and signed by the Twp. Supervisor and Dan and returned to the DNR. Once we receive the signed documents from the DNR we can proceed with the bidding and purchasing process for the new brush truck pump.
I have submitted the grant for the Engine #1 replacement in the amount of $350,000.00. If awarded our share will be $16,666.00.
Rich had applied for two Hannahville Grants for the fire department.
The first grant was to replace the portable pump for truck #3 for a cost of $5000.00. This grant was funded. Rich has ordered the pump and it was delivered this past Monday. I will check with Rich to assure we have the equipment listed in the grant application.
The second grant was for additional equipment and upgrades to the new #5 truck including a generator, replacing the arrow stick light on the back, flashlights, traffic cones, and portable lighting. This grant was not funded.
Memo #2Annual Recognition Dinner
The members present at the business meeting in December had decided the best date for the annual recognition dinner would be January 12, 2019. Rich has been working to secure the same caterer as last year and has been working to get the notices out to the members, life members, and board members.
Memo #3Truck 5 lettering
Jim Nowack has gotten two price quotes on reflective vinyl lettering for truck 5 and striping and lettering for the back of the truck.
The quotes he acquired were from Pro Graphics and Meyers Signs.
The Pro Graphics quote is $900.00.
The Meyers Signs quote is $1455.30.
Talking with Jim it appeared that the person who was doing the quoting from Pro Graphics did not quite understand the complete job and the complexity of the job due to the lettering being applied to the roll up doors and the additional cutting of each letter/stripe needed on each door slat.
Even though the Meyers quote is higher it would be my recommendation to have Meyers Signs do the job as they do have quite a bit of experience in vinyl lettering and striping of vehicles and their jobs do look very nice when completed.
- CEMETERY/PARK REPORT:
Nothing new at the Park or Cemetery
John has been dealing with a new software change from BS&A and is going to have to be covered on a one by one basis for the entire Township. John reviewed the new assessing bill that’s in the Senate now and being voted on.
No report was presented.
The heat is working, Gary Eichhorn is looking into what will be needed to straighten out our heating problems in the hall.
LABELLE ROAD EAST
A letter was received froma resident about issues on LaBelle Road east. Right now it’s frozen and isn’t too bad. The Board is disgusted with the repairs the Road Commission did this past fall. We have a meeting with the Road Commission this coming Jan or Feb.
HEARING WITH NORTHERN INITIATIVES ON MORASKA SAW LOAN
This was addressed earlier in our meeting.
LED LIGHT AT BALSAM LANE & US 2 – 41
Jim signed the paperwork to have this completed. Kevin spoke with his contact at We Energies and they said asked if we needed any additional light. Rich asked if they could put the light back by the railroad tracks by 563 and old US 2&41. There used to be a light there and it was removed. Kevin will talk to his contact at WE Energies.
WEYERHAUSER GRANT FOR $4000.00 FOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
We received a $4000.00 grant from Weyerhauser for playground equipment at our Veterans Park. Dale Cook said that now would be a good time to check into the equipment because oil per barrel is down.
APPOINT BOARD OF REVIEW MEMBERS BOB, JOYCE, GARY AND MARK
The Board approved the previous people, Jim will have them sworn in. A motion was made by Jerry to approve these people and seconded by Kevin, motion carried.
ROAD COMMISSION ANNUAL MEETING
A letter was received from the Road Commission to set a time to meet with them. It was agreed to try and have them come to our Township before our Jan board meeting at 5:30 PM. We’ll try for Jan with an alternate for Feb.
DISCUSSION ON MARJUANA RESOLUTION OR ORDINANCE
The Spalding Township Board had previously passed a resolution banning shops coming into Spalding Township. The Board would like to watch how this pans out for further reference.
MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS (ROLL CALL VOTE)
Motion was made to pay the bills by Jerry and seconded by David. Motion approved. Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, Jerry, yes, David, yes. Kevin, yes. Motion approved.
No public comment
ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP
A motion was made to adjourn by Jerry with Kevin seconding. Meeting adjourned at 7:33 P.M. CST
Respectfully submitted, Cherryl Mencinger, Township Clerk