SPALDING TOWNSHIP These minutes are unapproved
POWERS, MICHIGAN 49874
August 21st, 2019 – 6:30 PM
The meeting was brought to order by Supervisor Moraska. The following Board members were present: Jim Moraska, Cherryl Mencinger, David LeBoeuf, and Kevin LaBonte. Absent: Jerry Bartnicki. Guests included: Jim Nowack, Dan Hammerberg, John Anderson, Larry Johnson, Austyn Kirschner and Gerald Kleiman.
No public comment
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:
The motion was made by David to approve the agenda with Kevin 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.
David 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.
Both taverns and one grocery store in the township are current for August, no issues were reported.
FIRE REPORT/FIRE CHIEF & FIRE DEPT:
The Department responded to 6 calls costing $0 dollars in losses and spending at total of 6 hours and 28 minutes.
3 memos were submitted.
Subject: Memo #1Grants
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.
I did send documentation to Kelly Robbins at MDNR and haven’t heard if she needs any additional information.
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.
Still 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 still working on purchases for the grant.
Subject::Memo #2New Cadet member hiring request
We received an application for membership from Austyn Kirschner. Austyn is the daughter of Dan and Danette Kirschner. She wishes to become a cadet member of the fire department and is interested in attending the fire classes that will most likely be held this winter. Austyn has graduated high school and attended home schooling her last couple years of high school. She lists her reason(s) for applying for membership to the department as:
“I am applying because I want to protect and serve our country. Since I was little I’ve always wanted to join. I’ve always looked up to firefighters and want kids to do the same thing to me.”
Her parents have signed the parental consent form and I will give a copy of the form and application to the Clerk.
The membership present at the August meeting are asking that you hire Austyn Kirschner as a Cadet firefighter for the Spalding Township Fire Department.
Memo #3FEPP Pickup Truck
With the Supervisor’s permission we were able to secure a 2006 Chevrolet 2 wheel drive pickup truck with a topper from the Federal Excess Property Program through the Michigan DNR. This program loans vehicles to local fire departments for fire service use. The vehicle appears to be in great shape with very little rust and currently has less than 60,000 miles. I think it will be beneficial for use in transport to training, running for parts, bringing hoses and equipment back after fires and transport of additional personnel to fire calls. It will also be of benefit running for parts and equipment for the cemetery and park.
Dan went to an auction site for a used fire truck. He passed around pictures and listed the pro’s and con’s about bidding on this used fire truck. Dan felt if we can keep the bid to around $25,000, it would be a good idea and a good replacement for the fire truck we can’t get brakes for. Jim made the motion to allow Dan to bid on the truck up to a maximum of $25,000.00. Kevin seconded, motion passed.
Two moreburials this week and one more coming up. Gerald measured for four headstones. Jim stated he wanted the branches that are hanging down to the road cut before they get in the way.
Park, The grass has slowed down and Jim sprayed the walking trail for weeds.
John Anderson presented his assessor’s report.
No report was presented
The Township Board has decided that the Township does not want marijuana establishments in the Township. A motion was made by Kevin and seconded by Cherryl Motion carried. A copy of the ordinance was sent to the State of Michigan informing them of our Board decision.
USED DNR TRUCK
This was covered under the Fire Report
PAVILLION NON PROFIT FEE
Jim made the recommendation to allow the non profits of our Township to use Veterans Park without charging. A motion was made by Kevin and seconded by Cherryl, motion carried.
INFO FROM M&M FOUNDATION
Jim received a letter from the M&M Community Foundation informing us about a flooding problem in Menominee, Our Board felt that this has got nothing to do with our Township.
STREETLIGHT ELIMINATION W.E
Jim received the paperwork from Wisconsin Electric stating the streetlights that are going to be eliminated.
BALANCE FROM CUPPAD OF $500.00 FROM A GRANT FOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
Cuppad sent their payment for the grant they promised for our playground equipment.
RESOLUTION FOR ELIMINATION OF THE BOARDWALK ON THE WALKING TRAIL
A resolution was presented to eliminate having to put in the boardwalk on the DNR walking Trail. A motion was made by David and seconded by Kevin to eliminate the Boardwalk for the walking trail.
UPDATES ON COMPUTERS
Mike Malone called and stated we need a critical update on all of our window computers. David made the motion to approve with Cherryl seconding, motion carried.
MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS (ROLL CALL VOTE)
Motion was made to pay the bills by David and seconded by Kevin. Motion approved. Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, David, yes. Kevin, yes. Motion approved.
Dan stated Canton Township is finally working toward getting a title for the truck we purchased from them last summer.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP
No other comments.
A motion was made to adjourn by Kevin with David seconding. Meeting adjourned at 7:02 P.M. CST
Respectfully submitted, Cherryl Mencinger, Township Clerk