Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of October 8, 2018


A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, October 8, 2018, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Todd Dunham, Jeff Jacobs, and Greg Hulka
Members Absent: Denise Winebarger, excused

At 7:03pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 3- residents; 3- employees; 3- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Heidi Tice, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of September 24 & September 28, 2018 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions:

Item 7-C: Officer Robert Norris to full-time
Item 8-D: Culvert repair at Cloverville Rd. & Jensen Rd.


  1. Brian Michelli shared that Tuesday, October 9, 2018 through Friday, October 12, 2018, the Police Department will be accepting sealed bids on unclaimed bicycles; the Public Safety agreement between Fruitport Township and Sullivan Township was approved effective April 2019, in which Sullivan Township will provide $120,000 annually for services and $10,000 annually for equipment; the School Resource Officer is doing very well; a large fight occurred at the Haunted Hall at the Lakes Mall; the 911 surcharge proposal will be on the November 6th ballot and in part will provide new, up-to-date radios and MCT’s for Police and Fire Departments across the County.
  2. Ron Langlois reported the Broadway water main and street reconstruction are complete and the road is now open.
  3. Other correspondences shared: Muskegon County Recycling event that will be happening October 20, 2018; Roadway Safety Law for bicycles; Snow Plow Rodeo will be October 10, 2018, Park’s Board Minutes; Muskegon County Drain Commission project totals; Safe Routes to School will be on the next agenda.

1. Ron Cooper: shared a question as to if the Township is responsible for making a contribution to road projects and suggested that Farr Rd. be made wider for pedestrians.


18-124 Motion Dynamics IFT request
Motion Dynamics has requested an IFT for 12 years for an expansion to its existing facility. Darryl Todd from Muskegon Area First shared that the expansion would produce 80 new jobs.

Rose Dillon moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution approving Motion Dynamics for a 5 year IFT for the expansion.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none

18-125 OPEB discussion
Heidi Tice made a motion to put $85,000 into OPEB. The motion went unsupported.

Greg Hulka moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to put $50,000 into OPEB.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none

18-126 Officer Robert Norris
Brian Michelli shared that the Police Department interviewed two of the Department’s current part-time officers who would be eligible for full-time placement. Officer Norris was selected to fill the position.

Heidi Tice moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to move Officer Robert Norris into a full time position with Fruitport Police Department, effective September 24, 2018.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none


18-127 Health insurance discussion
Discussion surrounding employee health insurance took place. The topic was TABLED until the next meeting.

18-128 MCCR of Muskegon request for Charitable Gaming License
Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve resolution that the request be considered for approval.

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none

18-129 Yard sale discussion
Discussion occurred regarding the nuisance of ongoing yard sales. The Board directed the Supervisor to request the Planning Commission to build an ordinance to address the issue, not making it restrictive, but solving the problem.

18-130 Culvert repair at Cloverville Rd. & Jensen Rd.
Greg Hulka brought to the Board’s attention a culvert that has failed at Cloverville Rd. and Jensen Rd. The repair is due to cost approximately $7,818 and the Township’s portion would be $1409.00.

Greg Hulka moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to give the Supervisor permission to move forward with the repair at a cost of approximately $1,400.00; the project must come back before the Board if changes are made.

18-131 Payment of bills
Todd Dunham moved, Jeff Jacobs seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $10,568.71; Public Safety $21,642.29; Water $39,039.97; Sewer $18,080.49; T&A $2,016.00
Totaling: $91,347.46

Ayes: Dunham, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none


  1. Halloween at the Hall: Trick-or-treating will be at Town Hall October 31, 2018 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
  2. The MTA meeting will be held on Monday, October 29th at Muskegon Township Hall @ 7:00pm.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Heidi Tice was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:42pm.