Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of December 23, 2019

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, December 23, 2019, in the township board room.

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

At 7:00pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 5- residents; 0- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by Heidi Tice, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of December 9, 2019 as presented.

The motion by Heidi Tice, supported by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

1. Brian Michelli reported that he is following up on date for the proposed Truck Route Ordinance; the Merle Boes agreement has been signed and tanks will be placed soon.
2. Steve Biesiada is anticipating a professional recommendation to help with the erosion problem affecting the water main in Lake Michigan.
3. Heidi Tice would like to form a committee to handle the funds allocated from the Senior Millage; several entities have developed proposals and requested that municipalities dedicate their Senior Millage funding to them; the Village of Fruitport acquired a $125,000 grant for the kayak launch.



19-152 Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
The general feeling of the Board was not to join the Chamber.

19-153 Muskegon County Road Commission Performance and Indemnification Resolution
Per the township Attorney’s advice, the Board chose not to adopt the Muskegon County Road Commission Performance and Indemnification Resolution, staying with the application and permit process and following the terms and conditions for each project going forward.


19-154 Recognition of Ethan Selle
Brian Michelli thanked Ethan Selle for his work to spruce up the area around the Public Safety Department sign at the Police/Fire Station. Ethan shared that the project helped him achieve his Eagle Scout and he thanked the volunteers who helped him complete the project.

19-155 Insurance matters
Andrea Anderson moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the solution for increased amount to meet required insurance deductible.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none

19-156 FDL recommendation to appoint Library Board Trustees
The Fruitport District Library Board recommends the reappointment of Rose Dillon and the appointment of Junella (June) Rule to the FDL Board for a two year term to expire on December 31, 2021. Letters of interest were taken and interviews performed by the FDL Board.
Jeff Jacobs moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to appoint Junella Rule and reappoint Rose Dillon to the FDL Board for a two year term to expire on December 31, 2021.
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none

19-157 Everstream Metro Act permit
Everstream GLC Holdings LLC is looking to provide telecommunications services within Fruitport Township and has requested a 15 year bilateral agreement with 3 5 year extensions. Attorney, Ron Bultje, recommends approving a 5 year unilateral agreement to provide more flexibility if needed in the future.
The motion by Heidi Tice, seconded by Jeff Jacobs, was carried unanimously, to approve a 5 year unilateral Metro Act Permit for Everstream GLC Holdings LLC and authorize the Clerk to submit the paperwork.

19-158 Payment of bills
Terry Knoll moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts:
General Fund           $9,141.40;
Public Safety          $22,567.17;
Water                      $77,420.81;
Sewer                      $21,934.93;
street lights            $28,266.34;
Trust & Agency        $9,683.55;
Revolving Road           $398.72
Totaling:               $169,412.92
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka
Nays: none

1. Jeff Jacobs asked what timeline is for budgets to be presented for review, Heidi said they should be expected by the end of January.

1. Jay Bolt presented updates for the Village of Fruitport: grants have been issued in the amounts of $125,000 for the kayak launch, $115,000 for the 3rd Avenue resurfacing project, and $90,000 for traffic signal updates; storm drain issues are being looked at; the 3rd Avenue resurfacing project bidding is moving along and the project is anticipated to begin in June 2020; land use codes have been updated; the zoning map has been updated; the Village is hoping to form committees for different areas in regards to the master plan update that they hope to have updated by the end of 2020; DeVere Bendixen was recognized for his many years of service to the Village of Fruitport.
2. Greg Hulka recommended the possibility of using the road millings from 3rd Avenue to dump on local gravel roads.

The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:50pm.