Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of November 23, 2015

The regular meeting of the Fruitport Charter Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Brian Werschem at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015, in the township board room.

Supervisor Werschem opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

Members Present:  Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees  Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash and Chuck Whitlow.  Members Absent:  No one

Also Present:    0 -township residents; 0-employees; Public Safety Director, Doctor, Attorney Ron Bultje, Muskegon County Equalization Director, Donna VanderVries and Assessor, Annette Messenger

The board meeting minutes of November 9, 2015—regular meeting—was approved as presented.

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

1) Michigan Township Legislative up-dates
2) Fruitport District Library–annual maintenance expenses report for Oct 2014 to Sept 2015



15-106  Part Time Firefighters Wage Increase
Dave Markgraf moved, seconded by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to increase the wages of part time firefighters from $11.59 to $12.05 per hour, effective December 1, 2015.  A wage increase of 2% for 2014 and 2% for 2015 was recommended by the Public Safety Committee.

Ayes:  Markgraf, Dillon,  Becklin, Hulka, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays:  Nash

15-107  Amendments to Master Plan
The Supervisor reported that Planning Commission is working on amendments to the master plan using current census data for future use.

15-108  Assessing Contract with County of Muskegon
Ron Becklin moved, supported by Marjorie Nash, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Muskegon County Equalization Contract Agreement.  The Agreement is for five years at the cost of $60,000 annually.  The Agreement will provide for a property assessment administration program to be administrated by the County Equalization Director, or designated representative, which will list, appraise, and maintain a complete set of records for all real and personal property.

Ayes:  Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Hulka, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays:  Markgraf

15-109  Payment of Bills
Carol Hulka  moved, supported by Dave Markgraf , MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts:   General Fund and Parks: $71,924.28;  Public Safety: $118,655.21;  Water: $50,743.64;   Sewer $20,253.29       Total: $261,576.42

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

On Thursday, December 3rd, the Township Board of Trustees will host  the Township employees Christmas party.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Marjorie Nash, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m.