SPALDING TOWNSHIP These minutes are unapproved
POWERS, MICHIGAN 49874
May 19th, 2021 – 6:30 PM
The meeting was brought to order by Supervisor Moraska. The following Board members were present: Jim Moraska, Jerry Bartnicki, Cherryl Mencinger, Kevin LaBonte and Chris LeBoeuf. Guests included: Jim Nowack, Gerald Kleiman and Dan Hammerberg.
No public comment
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:
The motion was made by Chris to approve the agenda with Jerry supporting. All in favor, Aye, Motion carried. Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, Jerry, yes, Kevin, yes, Chris, yes, Motion approved.
All bills are up to date. A motion was made to accept the Clerks Report by Kevin and was seconded by Chris. Kevin and Chris 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. Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, Jerry, yes, Kevin, yes, Chris, yes, 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 Cherryl and seconded by Jim. All in favor, Aye. Motion approved. Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, Jerry, yes, Kevin, yes, Chris, yes, Motion approved.
All is well at both taverns and at the grocery store for May.
FIRE REPORT/FIRE CHIEF & FIRE DEPT:
The Department responded to 4 calls costing $0 dollars in losses and spending a total of 52 minutes.
2 memo’s were submitted.
The members present at the September business meeting asked that I request permission to apply for two dual band VHF/800mhz radios, chargers, etc., through the September 2020 grant. Just requesting permission for Rich to submit the grant request. Rich as submitted the grant request. The grant was awarded for one radio. The radio has been ordered from JS Electronics and
Is in. The radio is now being sent to the State for programming. The state’s estimated wait time is 22 weeks according to JS Electronics. Rich has submitted the grant paperwork for this grant. Waiting on the radio and programming bill from the State.
March grant. We did not submit for the March grant.
I did apply for 2 dual band portable radios as first priority and one dual band portable radio as a second priority. We finally received the award announcement. We received the grant for $3140.00 which is half of the 50-50 matching grant. The documents have been signed and returned to the DNR. The radios have been ordered.
I understand the next fiscal year (FY2020) of AFG grants will open soon. I have submitted the grant for FY2020 in the same amount as last year of $375,000.00 to replace Engine 1 and equipment. Our matching portion if awarded will be $17,857.14. Waiting on the award announcement.
Subject: Memo #2 Purchase Request
The members present are asking permission to purchase a water thief hose appliance which will be used on in town fires and for draining the hose while disconnecting from the tankers. The approximate cost of the water thief 4”storz through with 2 – 2 1/2” gated wye. The approximate cost of this fitting is $1400.00 and the fitting will last for a very long time. Asking for approval to purchase the water thief fitting.
A motion was made by Jim and seconded by Chris to approve this purchase. All in favor, Aye, motion carried.
Several burials and Gerald has been working on the grass and leaves. Gravel has been applied to the Cemetery roads. Jim is asking for volunteers to work at the Cemetery to get it ready for Memorial Day. Saturday May 29th around 8:00 AM.
The campground has been starting to be used, the water has been tested and came back good. Jim Nowack requested permission to purchase a backpack leaf blower, Jim made to motion to buy the blower by Jim and seconded by Jerry, motion approved.
Leon wasn’t able to attend our Board meeting but sent Jim Moraska a detailed report listing all that has happened in the last month. Jim read the email to the Board.
No report was presented.
CDBG REVIEW ON LOAN
Last month the Board approved charging off the last remaining loan we had through the Township. The State responded by saying that it couldn’t remove it until the remaining amount of a total of $60,000 was paid. The party involved came and paid the total to bring this up to $60,000.00, the loan is considered paid in full.
COMMUNITY CLEAN UP HELD ON MAY 14TH
High school kids came and helped clean the Cemetery and Township, they worked hard and did a nice job. Thanks to all the great kids that helped out.
ORV/SNOWMOBILE ROUTE INTO TOWN
Jim Moraska contacted Rob Katona and spoke to him in regards to this issue.
Most people are using the highway. This will be looked into further.
FLAGS AND BANNERS
Jim Moraska has been researching a new place to get these made, The place we used to use has changed hands and the new owner more than doubled the price and the quality isn’t very good.
Jamie Gagne hauled gravel and leveled it at the Cemetery.
CUPPAD UPDATE ON THE PARK AREA
Julia from CUPPAD sent us info to get this project started.
ADJUST BUDGET FOR ADDITIONAL PAYMENT ON LOAN
The Township has extra money in the account and it was decided to put $50,000.00 extra onto the loan to reduce the loan.
RE-ISSUE CHECK TO CUPPAD
The check that was issued to CUPPAD in April somehow got lost in the mail. I went to the bank and had them issue a stop payment on the original check and reissued it. It was sent certified mail.
LETTER FROM UPSET
The Township received a letter from UPSET requesting funds to help support projects. The Township isn’t allowed to donate money for this project.
As of Saturday masks are no longer required, Jim will speak to the Village to see if we can remove the mask mandate at the Township.
MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS (ROLL CALL VOTE)
Motion was made to pay the bills by Kevin and seconded by Chris. Motion approved. Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, Jerry, yes, Kevin, yes, Chris, yes, Motion approved.
Gerald questioned as to where we got the white caps that are used on the fence at the Cemetery, Delta Fence possibly has them.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE TOWNSHIP
A motion was made to adjourn by Chris with Jerry seconding. Meeting adjourned at 7:25 P.M. CST Roll Call Vote: Jim, yes, Cherryl, yes, Jerry, yes, Kevin, yes, Chris, yes, Motion approved.
Respectfully submitted, Cherryl Mencinger, Township Clerk