SPALDING TOWNSHIP These minutes are unapproved
POWERS, MICHIGAN 49874
June 19th, 2019 – 6:30 PM
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, John Anderson, Gerald Kleiman, Mike and Mary Theoret, Jessica Arkins, and Jack Best.
Mike and Mary Theoret attended our meeting to express their concerns regarding North Gabor Road being in such poor condition. They complained to the Road Commission and was told to come to the Township Board meeting. Spalding Township does not own any roads in the Township, the Road Commission does. Jim explained that the Township has budgeted gravel for this road for the past several years and hasn’t gotten this done. The Road Commission just doesn’t do it, and gravel hasn’t been available.
BUDGET MEETING: Jim wanted to addmoney to our USDA loan and our Auditor recommended we have this meeting to inform our tax payers so they know what the Township is doing. The first item discussed was our Streetlight budget is out already because we paid money to replace all the Townships street light switching them to LED lights that will save money in the future. The Board decided to add the money to the general budget. Also we will be paying money out for repairing LaBelle road and we will put extra money to our USDA loan to eliminate paying interest in the future. David made the motion to approve the changes to the budget with Kevin seconding, motion passed. A motion was made to close our budget meeting by Kevin and was seconded by David.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:
The motion was made by Cherryl 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 Kevin and was seconded by David. 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 Kevin. All in favor, Aye. Motion approved.
Both taverns and one grocery store in the township are current for May, no issues were reported.
FIRE REPORT/FIRE CHIEF & FIRE DEPT:
The Department responded to 4 calls costing $0 dollars in losses and spending at total of 5 hours and 56 minutes.
1 memo was submitted.
Subject: Memo #1Grants
The pump is installed and working. I will need a copy of both sides of the cancelled check we paid to Vallen to send to Lansing with the completed grant documents.
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. No word on the award announcement.
Rich had applied for two Hannahville Grants for the fire department.
- Rich applied for a grant in March for a generator, lights, and equipment for truck 5. We were awarded $2500.00. We are working on purchases for the grant.
I have applied for the Enbridge Grant for $4464.00 for the Milwaukee tools, lights, and saw. I should hear something hopefully before the next meeting. The website stated they would make their determination within 45 days of submission. The grant request was submitted on March 22, 2019. No word on award announcement as of yet.
Subject: Memo #2Breathing Air Compressor Motor
We have had some issues with the breathing air compressor motor overheating and stopping. Jim has looked at it and talked with Larry Johnson who recommends replacement. I am asking permission to replace the electric motor on the breathing air compressor at Larry Johnson’s recommendation. The motor is a 10 hp motor and will cost between $500 and $1000 based on the verbal quotes I have been given. A Motion was made to approve replacing the compressor motor by Jim and seconded by Jerry, motion carried.
- CEMETERY/PARK REPORT:
We’ve had several burials, other than that everything is fine.
- Jim put the DNR signup and we made a copy of the bill for it. All the signs and benches are up on the walking trail. All the water tests came back good.
ASSESSOR’S REPORT:Jim questioned the new resolutionfor Land Division by the County. The resolution is fine but we are questioning the cost. Their having an MTA meeting for this land Division on Thursday June 27th, 2019. Jim would like someone from our Township to go to this meeting. David volunteered to go for Spalding Township. John and Cherryl will work on the changes needed for these resolutions and I will give them to John. BOR is going to be July 16thfrom 9-9:30.
Tom called Jim and explained that he couldn’t come to the meeting.
LABELLE ROAD CONTRACT:Jim got the contracts back from the bids put out for LaBelle road. The Road Commission sent us a contract and it was signed and will be mailed back to the Road Commission. The total cost to repair and pave this road is $402734.90. William Kischner is supplying $200,000.00, The Township is paying $100,000.00, the Road Commission is funding $99,506.90 and Shirley and John Zappela are funding $3228.00. A motion was made to approve this contract by Jerry and seconded by Kevin. Motion carried. The Township received a bill from the Road Commission for putting gravel on LaBelle Road for $819.94. The three way road program paid the rest. A motion was made to pay this bill by Kevin and seconded by Jerry, motion approved.
PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT COMMUNITY BUILD DAY 8:00AM ON JUNE 22nd
Anyone who plans on attending the work bee for the playground please bring any tools you have , or ladders. Fazers Foodland provided lunch.
STREET LIGHTS (ELIMINATION FOR LED INSTALLATION)
The Township plans on eliminating 8 streelights through out the Township. Jim wanted the Board to make a motion to eliminate the 8 streetlights. A motion was made by Kevin and seconded by Jerry, motion carried.
RESOLUTION ON LAND DIVISION
This will be tabled until next month’s meeting.
DECLARATION AND NOTICE FOR THE WALKING TRAIL
The Township received an email stating we had to buy the sign stating the DNR paid for this walking trail. A motion was made by Kevin and seconded by Cherryl to accept the declaration and notice for the Walking Trail.
LETTER FROM MEDC CLOSE OUT ON PINECREST LOAN
Pinecrest loans has been paid in full. This is a final certification that this loan is paid in full.
Padro Lanaville finished the repairs on the sidewalks outside the township hall.
INSURANCE CLAIM ON ICE DAMAGE
The Township submitted a claim for the gutters and downspouts at the hall. The adjuster went over all the things that needed repairs and will submit a statement to the Township.
CUPPAD LETTER AND DUES
A letter from CUPPAD came to the Township stating all of their services that they provide along with a bill to the Township .
REGRAND OPENING OF FAMILY DOLLAR
Family Dollar is having a regrand opening on Saturday June 22ndat 7:45 and their requesting someone from our Board to be there to cut the ribbon. Jim said he would try and get there.
MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS (ROLL CALL VOTE)
Motion was made to pay the bills by David and seconded by Jerry. Motion approved. Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, Jerry, yes, David, yes. Kevin, yes. Motion approved.
Complaints have been made on the Dollar General because their grass hasn’t been cut. Jim made a call to their headquarters and the grass has been cut since.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP
No other public comment
A motion was made to adjourn by Jerry with David seconding. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M. CST
Respectfully submitted, Cherryl Mencinger, Township Clerk