Board of Trustees_ 02-23-15


A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township board began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015, 2014, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash and Chuck Whitlow     Members Absent: None

Also Present:  0–employees; 0-residents; Director of Public Works, Farrar; Public Safety Director, Doctor;  and 4-Muskegon Bike Time board members

At 7:00 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.
The meeting minutes of January 26, 2015, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The board meeting agenda for February 23, 2015, was approved as presented.

Michigan Townships Association legislative update of 02/06/15.

Revenue and Expenditure report for period ending 01/31/2015.

No comments received



15-011 Muskegon Bike Time 2015 Agreement
Chuck Whitlow moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to enter into a 2015 Agreement with Muskegon Bike Time, LLC. and to authorize the Supervisor to sign the document.

Ayes: Whitlow, Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Werschem     Nays: None

15-012 Public Hearing – Truth in Taxation Hearing
(a.) Dave Markgraf moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to open the Truth in Taxation hearing at 7:26 p.m.

Ayes: Markgraf, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Whitlow, Hulka, Werschem       Nays: None

(b.) Public Hearing: The Supervisor announced the proposed millage rates as follows: General Fund at the millage rate of .9965, Public Safety at 1.50 mills, Police at 1.00 mills and street lighting at .45 mills.

No further discussion was heard.

Budget adoption of the 2015-2016 township budgets will be done at the next meeting on March 9, 2015.

(c.) The motion by Dave Markgraf, supported by Rose Dillon, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to close the public hearing at 7:28 p.m. and return to open session. 

15-013 OPEB (Other Post Employee Benefits) Funding Adjustments and Reallocation
Chuck Whitlow moved, seconded by Ron Becklin, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to make the following changes to the current investment portfolio for our OPEB plan:

Transfer all funds from Short Term Income to a 50/50 split in Large Cap Stock index and Mid Cap Stock index and make future contributions in the same fashion.

This change in current funds and future investments need to be applied to both Portfolio Division 600283 and Portfolio Division 600286.

15-014 Public Meeting Schedule for 2015-2016
The motion by Dave Markgraf, seconded by Carol Hulka, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to adopt the board and committee meeting dates for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, as presented, with cancellation of board meeting on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.

15-015 Bridge Street Water Main Replacement Project
Chuck Whitlow moved, seconded by Dave Markgraf, was MOTION CARRIED, to accept the low bid from Tiles Excavating, Inc. on the summer schedule with asphalt to be covered by the Village of Fruitport, and authorize the Supervisor and Clerk to sign the necessary documents.

Ayes: Whitlow, Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Werschem   Nays: None

15-016 Police Cruiser Cameras
Marjorie Nash moved, seconded by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to outfit three police cruisers with cameras and accessories at the cost of $20,410 and the two remaining police cruisers will have cameras and accessories installed and paid for out of the 2015-2016 budget. Part of the cost of the cameras and accessories will be paid for from a MTA (Michigan Townships Association) grant of $3,500. The Police Committee made the recommendation.

Ayes: Nash, Becklin, Whitlow, Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Werschem   Nays: None

14-017 Payment of Bills
Dave Markgraf moved, seconded by Carol Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $10,665.21; Public Safety$18,745.49;   Water $67,586.45;   Sewer $50,294.79.       Totaling: $147,291.94.

Ayes: Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Whitlow, Werschem  Nays: None

Matt Farrar, DPW Director, stated that Fruitport Township will be getting water from the City of Muskegon in April.

PUBLIC COMMENTS – Part II   —   None received


The motion by Dave Markgraf, seconded by Chuck Whitlow, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to adjourn the meeting at 7:51p.m.