Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of June 8, 2015

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township board began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash and Chuck Whitlow     Members Absent: Trustee Ron Becklin-excused

Also Present:  1–employee; 2-residents; Director of Public Works, Farrar; Public Safety Director, Doctor;   MLive reporter; and 1 guest

At 7:00 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

The meeting minutes of May 11, 2015, 2015, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The motion by Dave Markgraf, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the meeting agenda for June 8, 2015, 2015, with the following addition: First Reading: Zone change request at 2605 W. Fruitport Road, Spring Lake, MI.

1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates
2) Planning Commission meeting minutes of May 19th.
3) Parks and Recreation meeting minutes of April 29th
4) Invitation from Sgt. Daniel Stout II, Muskegon County Emergency Manager, to their Northern Exposure
Michigan National Guard Exercises Orientation which is a training exercise simulating a nuclear
detonation in the Grand Rapids area.
5) A letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding Fruitport Township’s enrollment in
Insurance program.
6) Michigan Gas Utilities notice of hearing on reconciling its Energy Optimization (EO) plan costs and
revenues for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2014 and to revise its EO surcharges.

Jim Jackson, 3671 Mt. Garfield, asked about the rat situation.

15-063 Lease Agreement with Fruitport Soccer Club
A.   Brian Werschem moved, seconded by Chuck Whitlow, MOTION CARRIED, that Brian Werschem abstain from voting on the lease agreement with Fruitport Soccer Club because of his association with the Club.

Ayes: Werschem, Whitlow, Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash     Nays: none

B.   Chuck Whitlow moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, for adoption of a Fruitport Soccer Club Lease Agreement, as presented.

Ayes: Whitlow, Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash     Nays: none

15-064 US Signal Company, L.L.C. Metro Permit Application
The motion by Chuck Whitlow, supported by Marjorie Nash, was carried unanimously, for adoption of a Metro Act Permit with US Signal Company L.L.C. for access to and ongoing use of the public right-of-way, including public roadways, highways, streets, alleys, easements, and waterways in Fruitport Township for a telecommunications system. The motion includes authorization for the Supervisor to sign the document.

15-065 FOIA Procedures and Guidelines
Dave Markgraf moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of a resolution for FOIA Procedures and Guidelines and the Public Summary for Fruitport Charter Township, effective July 1, 2015, making the Township compliant with the amendments.

Ayes: Markgraf, Dillon, Nash, Whitlow, Hulka, Werschem       Nays: none

15-066 Watch Muskegon Campaign
Cindy Larsen, President of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, gave an informative presentation on “Watch Muskegon Go” campaign.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Dave Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to support the concept of the Muskegon Lakeshore Image Campaign Stakeholder Agreement and for Brian Werschem to represent Fruitport Township as a committee member.

JUNE 8, 2015

15-067 Zone Change Request From R-4 to R-1 at 2605 W. Fruitport Road, Spring Lake, MI
On May 19, 2015, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Township Board to approve the zone change from R-4 to R-1 for parcel numbers 61-15-630-026-0002-00 (commonly known as 2605 W. Fruitport Road, 61-15-630-026-0005-00, and 61-15-360-023-0006-00 . This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on June 22, 2015.

15-068 Payment of Bills
Dave Margraf moved, seconded by Carol Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $31,341.98; Public Safety $49,141.78;   Water $78,443.76;   Sewer $76,700.77.       Totaling: $235,628.29

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


The motion by Dave Markgraf, seconded by Carol Hulka, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m.

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