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Fruitport Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes – 09/21/20

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
September 21, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Board Room

Zoom Conference Log-In: https://zoom.us/j/94986161975?pwd=dHhiREZFZU1LWGpMc214VkRBZktPdz09

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited.

III. ROLL CALL: Present – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 20-107. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the agenda with the following two changes: table X-2 (Downtown Development Authority Resolution) and eliminate XVII (Closed Session to Discuss Upcoming Superintendent Evaluation)
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
None.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
Steve Kelly read aloud thank you notes from Paul Guzman and Maribeth Clarke.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Kate H. (virtually) stated that she is writing a story on how school districts are responding to the pandemic. She will contact Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak with questions regarding Fruitport’s Response Plan.

Heidi Tice (virtually) asked the Board to educate themselves before voting on the Downtown Development Authority resolution.

Kendrah Robinson (virtually) thanked Curriculum Director, Allison Camp for allowing her son to transition back to the classroom after starting the year virtually. Kendrah stated that she feels the district has gone the extra mile to ensure the safety of the staff and students. “It is working!” she said.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak shared his appreciation for how well the staff and students have responded to COVID-19 protocols. All is going remarkably well.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 20-108. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Special Meeting Minutes of August 24, 2020
2. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
3. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
4. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
5. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
6. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Naming the Soccer Field.
Item 20-109. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Burgess to approve naming the high school soccer stadium the Ken Erny Field as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. Downtown Development Authority Resolution. (tabled for future discussion)

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held September 14, 2020.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held September 14, 2020. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, John Winskas, Tim Tiefenbach, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed the Audit, Election, COVID Funding, the Bond, the DDA, Naming the Soccer Field, and the Opening of School.

2. Second and Final Reading of Updated Food Service Policy #8500.
Item 20-110. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the second and final reading of updated Food Service policy #8500 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held September 14, 2020.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held September 14, 2020. Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, Tim Burgess, John Winskas, Tim Tiefenbach, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed the Facilities Committee, Naming the Soccer Field, the DDA, and a Letter of Agreement with the Food Service and Transportation Union.

2. Fruitport Bus Drivers/Food Service Association Letter of Agreement.
Item 20-111. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Burgess to approve the letter of agreement with the Fruitport Bus Drivers/Food Service Association as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of a committee meeting held September 16, 2020.
Susan Franklin reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held September 16, 2020. Susan Franklin, Dave Hazekamp, Allison Camp, John Winskas, Tim Tiefenbach, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed the Facilities Committee, the DDA, Naming the Soccer Field, and the Beginning of School.

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Kris Cole mentioned the middle school Robotics kick off. He acknowledged the state’s extra effort in keeping everyone safe and extending the season. Kris spoke about his actions in trying to get the Governor to move forward with band performances. He also stated that last year’s 5th Grade Shettler trip to Chicago will be going in the Spring of 2021.

Steve Kelly shared the recent success of the Fruitport Trojans’ Fishing Team. Evan and Cade were crowned tournament champions and Jacob and Collin finished in 2nd place at the 2020 High School State Championship held on September 5th and 6th.

Jill Brott spoke about the Shettler Leadership Meeting. There will be an emphasis put on Spirit Week activities in late October. Jill also asked if the Band Performance on 10/19/20 could be live streamed for the community to view.

Dave Hazekamp explained that the Superintendent Evaluation tool may look slightly different this year and that a Board Workshop would be needed to discuss the tool.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet October 12, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet October 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet October 14, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
4. October Regular Board Meeting Date Change.
Item 20-112. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve moving the Regularly scheduled Board meeting from October 19 to October 20, 2020.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

5. Schedule a Board Workshop.
Item 20-113. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve scheduling a Board Workshop on October 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of reviewing the superintendent evaluation tool.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

XVII. CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS UPCOMING SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION

XVIII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 20-114. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Muskegon County Calendar of Events – Monday 10-12-20 to Sunday 10-18/20

Please check out our website for many virtual events happening every day.
www.visitmuskegon.org

September 29 – October 31
StoryWalk at Hackley Park: FREE 
Take a Walk, Read a Book, Have an Adventure! The Hackley Public Library invites everyone to enjoy a story while walking along the walking path in Hackley Park during the month of October! StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity promoting reading and outdoor physical activity for kids and families. The book in HPL’s StoryWalk® is “Full of Fall” by April Pulley Sayre. Signs with pages from “Full of Fall” will be posted along the walking path in Hackley Park for everyone to read and enjoy! This is an ongoing event – feel free to visit this StoryWalk® anytime in Hackley Park, all during the month of October. Be sure to take pictures of your time enjoying this StoryWalk® and share them with HPL on Facebook or Instagram! (facebook.com/HackleyPL) (instagram.com/hackleypubliclibrary)

Monday October 12:

Muskegon Drum Crew
Lakeshore Sports Arena
4470 Airline Road
A fun workout for all ages and fitness levels!
Men and women both welcome!
Lakeshore Sports Arena located at 4470 Airline Road from 7-8 pm
$2 Class Fee $1 Equipment Rental
Facebook Group facebook.com/groups/muskegondrumcrew

Tuesday October 13:

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For
COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Live Music at Marine Tap Room
Marine Tap Room, 
1983 Lakeshore Drive
Live Music on the patio every Tuesday through October from 6pm-8pm Check the “events” tab on the Marine Tap Room Facebook for the most current information.

Wednesday October 14:

Muskegon Flea Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market,
242 W. Western Ave.
Market Season: May – October Market Day: Wednesday Market Hours: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open Studio: Fall into the Arts: FREE
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arts Council of White Lake, 106 E. Colby St.
Middle & High School Students FREE Middle and High School students are invited to the ACWL-Nuveen for Open Studio sessions on Wednesdays between 2:00 and 5:00, p.m. ACWL-Nuveen staff will be available to help students with both art and music projects. Art students are welcome to bring in projects they are already working on

Social Dance Classes
October 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Orchard View Community Education
1765 Ada, Muskegon
With a focus on “social dancing” we will be covering a variety of couple dancing styles including salsa, bachata and swing. Sign up with a partner. These are beginner lessons. No experience needed. MASKS are required. Salsa & Bachata have a flair that hooks both spectators & dancers. Swing dance is an unabashedly joyful dance, with a solid flowing style that closely reflects its music from the late 20’s Hot Jazz to the early 40’s Big Bands. Classes are every Wednesday evening in October, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Orchard View Community Education Gym at 1765 Ada Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442. $20 per person for the month. Sign up must go thru Orchard View Community Education at https://orchardviewce.digitalsignup.com/Class/17-social-dance-class, (231) 760-1350

Thursday October 15:

Toddler Story Time with Hackley Library
October 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
We are excited to welcome a very limited audience to our story times in September! Our space is limited to two families at each story time. For In-Person Story Time, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling 231-722-8014. Everyone present, including children 2 and older, must wear a face mask covering their noses and mouths. Don’t worry if you can’t be here in person! We stream all story times on Facebook Live and post the recordings. Not sure which day to attend/watch? Our Toddler Story Time is intended for children who enjoy shorter stories and more movement activities. Our Preschool Story Time is designed for children who prefer to follow along with longer stories. Toddler Story Time in October will take place at 10:30 AM on October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. *On Thursday and Friday mornings, the Youth Services Department will be closed for browsing between 10:00 and 11:00. Holds pick up will still be available.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursdays
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Museum of Art, 
296 W. Webster Ave.
Free museum admission all day every Thursdays, compliments of The Meijer Foundation. Please remember your mask

Fall Open House
October 15-16
Century Club Retail Center
356 W. Western Ave.
Stop by and shop their unique stores and art gallery. Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm and Friday from 11:00am – 8:00pm. Prizes will be given away at individual stores as well as a grand prize. Please wear a mask when entering the building.  231-571-9101

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
October 13 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Muskegon Drum Crew
Lakeshore Sports Arena
4470 Airline Road
A fun workout for all ages and fitness levels!
Men and women both welcome!
Lakeshore Sports Arena located at 4470 Airline Road from 7-8 pm
$2 Class Fee $1 Equipment Rental
Facebook Group facebook.com/groups/muskegondrumcrew

Friday October 16:

Friday Family Fun Night: Smashing Pumpkins
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Lakeshore Museum Center
430 W. Clay Ave.
Join us outside at the Lakeshore Museum Center for our annual Smashing Pumpkins night featuring the museum’s trebuchet flinging pumpkins at the building, pumpkin painting, staff pumpkin carving contest and more. To protect staff and guests we ask guests to wear facemasks, use hand sanitizer often, and maintain a 6ft+ distance from other guests when possible. Free for Muskegon County residents, non-residents ages 3 and up are $5. Open-house style event, advanced registration not required.

West Michigan Vintage Market: Fall Vendor Sale
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
S. Getty Street
This event will be Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th from 9:00am-4:00pm at My Space Office and Storage. We are going to be offering 10,000+ sqft of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic decor, mid-century modern & re-purposed furniture! Free Entry!! Family Friendly!!
Since deciding to cancel our Spring Vendor Event we’ve dusted ourselves off and are gearing up for our Fall Event.

Fall Open House
October 15-16
Century Club Retail Center
356 W. Western Ave.
Stop by and shop their unique stores and art gallery. Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm and Friday from 11:00am – 8:00pm. Prizes will be given away at individual stores as well as a grand prize. Please wear a mask when entering the building.  231-571-9101

Fall Fundraiser for Muskegon Civic Theater and the Penguin Project
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art Cats Gallery
1845 Lakeshore Dr.
This year it is more important than ever to support the Arts. Please join us in our Shopping for a Cause two day event on October 16 and 17. from 11-5 located at Art Cats Gallery, 1845 Lakeshore Dr. We will be donating a portion of all sales to Muskegon Civic Theater and The Penguin Project. All online sales are also included. A Part of AH FEST

Frau Brau Release – Cheers to the Next 90 Years!
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pigeon Hill Brewing, 
500 W. Western Ave.
“Cheers to the next 90 years! In celebration of the Frauenthal Theater’s 90th anniversary, they have partnered with Pigeon Hill Brewing Company to create a special batch of German weiss beer, the Frau Brau!

Saturday October 17:

West Michigan Vintage Market: Fall Vendor Sale
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
S. Getty Street
This event will be Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th from 9:00am-4:00pm at My Space Office and Storage. We are going to be offering 10,000+ sqft of amazing curators, local food vendors, and artisans featuring shabby chic decor, mid-century modern & re-purposed furniture! Free Entry!! Family Friendly!!
Since deciding to cancel our Spring Vendor Event we’ve dusted ourselves off and are gearing up for our Fall Event. We are doubling down to make it bigger and better! Don’t miss it!

Fall Fundraiser for Muskegon Civic Theater and the Penguin Project
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art Cats Gallery
1845 Lakeshore Dr.
This year it is more important than ever to support the Arts. Please join us in our Shopping for a Cause two day event on October 16 and 17. from 11-5 located at Art Cats Gallery, 1845 Lakeshore Dr. We will be donating a portion of all sales to Muskegon Civic Theater and The Penguin Project. All online sales are also included. A Part of AH FEST

Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Muskegon Farmers Market, 
242 W. Western Ave.
The Muskegon Farmers Outdoor Market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from May 2 through November 30, 2020. Hours are 8 am to 2 pm For COVID19 safety measures, the market will have a different look and feel this year: Please wear your mask and walk within the direction arrows. Thank you

Montague Farmers’ Market
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Montague Farmers’ Market, 
Church St. at Water St.
Montague Farmers Market Hours: Saturday 9 am – 12:30 pm (May – October)

Sweetwater Local Foods MarketSweetwater Local Foods Market – OFFERING PREORDERS FOR PICKUP
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market, 6401 Harvey St.
Sweetwater Local Foods Market will be offering a PREORDER ONLY market, out in the parking lot, from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sign up for the newsletter to get your order in here: https://tinyletter.com/SweetwaterLocalFoodsMkt or get the list from the website here: sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round.

Fall Festival at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo, 4180 West M-20
New Era, Michigan
Looking for something to do with the kids this fall? The Fall Festival at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo is the perfect place to be!  Weekends in October, capture the perfect photo in the Pumpkin Patch and enjoy their 46+ farm attractions!

Boomtown Market Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
BoomTown Market, 351 W. Western Ave
Boomtown Market in Downtown Muskegon invites you to free Draft, Craft Beer & Wine Tastings every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Sample unique Craft Beers on Tap from all around Michigan ! If you like it, we’ll can a 32 ounce-er for you right then and there!

Please remember to check our website www.visitmuskegon.org for the many virtual events happening every day.

Ask Dr. Universe – Robot Language

Dr. Universe: Do robots have their own language? And is there a translator? – Hank, 8, Virginia

Dear Hank,

Robots do have their own language—and yes, there’s a translator.

That’s what I found out from my friend Manoj Karkee, an engineer at Washington State University who is also really curious about robots.

Karkee and his team work on lots of robots that help farmers do important jobs. They can program robots to do different tasks such as pick apples or pull weeds.

Robots are machines that use computer languages to work. But this language is different than the one humans use.

The English language, for example, is made up of more than a hundred thousand words which are made up of just 26 building blocks called letters. Robot languages are built on just two basic building blocks.

“In a very basic form, computers, and for that matter robots, run with ones and zeroes,” Karkee said.

You might think of these ones and zeroes kind of like a light switch. The ones and zeroes help computers know how to send a current of electricity through robots or other electronics.

Zero stands for “off.” One stands for “on.” It’s all part of the binary system. In binary, for example, the number one is “0001” and the number two is “0010” and the number three is “0011.”

The combination of ones and zeroes can also represent letters to form words like “Hi.” The capital letter “H” for example is written as 01001000 in binary. The lowercase letter “I” is written as “01101001.” But there’s a bit of a catch.

“These days when we have to tell robots to do something, we don’t provide ones and zeroes,” Karkee said. “We provide a set of instructions in a language that is not like our human language, but that humans can understand.”

Lots of different computer scientists throughout human history have worked with those ones and zeroes to build more complex robot languages. These are called programming languages. Karkee and his team had to create a specific program, for example, to help the robots pick apples.

Karkee said that creating robot and computer programs requires a lot of math. So, if you want to program or build robots one day it is important to practice those math skills.

But the hard work pays off, especially when you get to build something new and amazing that can help people do important things.  Humans have programmed some robots to speak in human languages. Other people have programmed robots to translate human languages.

“Robots and other computer programs can act as a translator of human language. There are intelligent programs that can translate English into Spanish or Spanish to Nepali,” he said.

Of course, it took the work of programmers to tell the robots how to do that task in the first place.

Who knows, maybe one day you will help us create new languages for robots or come up with ideas to change our world. You might just become a translator yourself—connecting humans to the world of robotics.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

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Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 10/12/20

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

OCTOBER 12, 2020

6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
2. Roll call
3. Approval of board minutes: 9/28/20
4. Approve / amend agenda
5. Correspondence / reports
6. Public comments regarding agenda items

7. Unfinished Business
A. DDA Discussion
B. Approval of Property Assessment Administration Contract

8. New Business
A. Approval of bench honoring Marjorie Nash
B. Approval of Annual Health Insurance Renewal

9. Approval of Bills
10. Reports
11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment

The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the following Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415    (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of September 14, 2020

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, September 14, 2020, in the township board room.

The township’s auditor, Eric VanDop, gave the audit presentation during work session (due to time constraints with another municipality).

The meeting was moved to the Fire Department next door in order to comply with the current COVID-19 executive order and allow for more people to be gathered in an outdoor space.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Greg Hulka, Jeff Jacobs, Terry Knoll, Denise Winebarger
Members Absent: none

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

Also Present: 12- residents; 1- employees; 4- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director or Public Utilities.

Terry Knoll moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to accept the fiscal year 2019/2020 audit.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll
Nays: None

Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to leave the balance of $198,503 in Public Safety for future capital purchases.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll
Nays: None

The motion by Heidi Tice, supported by Andrea Anderson, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of August 24, 2020 as presented.

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

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli reported that the recently purchased police cruisers should be delivered soon; the Fire Department will be wearing yellow rose shirts as part of their uniform for the month of September as part of fire fighter suicide prevention awareness.
2. Steve Biesiada reported that the backhoe has been repaired and is back in operation; hydrant flushing will be taking place over the next 3 weeks; the new valve installed in the smiley water tower is working and showing positive effects.
3. Andrea Anderson shared election turnout statistics for the August election.
4. Heidi Tice shared that Crockery Township is working on updating their master plan; the Police Officer’s Labor Council would like to start collective barganning soon and asked the board to submit input; shared the Muskegon County AMAR report; shared the Township Insights newsletter.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

20-091 Public Hearing: Proposed DDA
(a.) Andrea Anderson moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to open the Public Hearing at 7:15pm.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll
Nays: None

Comments:
1. Matt Farrar, Muskegon County Public Works Director and Economic Development, opened with statements regarding the function of a DDA including what funds can be spent on such as water and sewer infrastructure, roads, streetscapes, and more. Whether or not Muskegon County would opt out would need to be considered by the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. The only tax increments captured by the DDA would be on growth and new development.

2. Ron Cooper asked many questions on why it is needed, what it would be used for, how it would impact the schools, and more.

3. Jon Bryant of Rockford Michigan and developer in the area of the proposed DDA inquired about the limitations and uses of the funds, are funds directed at properties in the DDA. He mentioned that he is aware of many times where the existence of a DDA has benefitted the community. He has developed several businesses in which having a DDA was influential in the location choice.

4. Bob Szymoniak, Superintendent of Fruitport Community Schools, asked questions on what school funds could be included in the tax capture of the DDA. He shared that a resolution would be going in front of the school board to opt out of the DDA.

5. Tim Burgess inquired about the boundaries and what would be included in the DDA.

6. Denny Cherette, owner of the golf course within the proposed DDA boundaries, gave some history and benefits of DDA’s, shared that he has been involved in several DDA’s in other areas including Grand Haven, gave opinions that there is zero economic downfall to developing a DDA, and stated that a DDA would make the area become competitive.

7. Pam Harris, Fruitport resident, inquired about what type of development would be encouraged in the area of the DDA, shared that the area needs to be stimulated with multifaceted growth and needs to continue with development in that particular corridor.

8. Tony Moulatsiotis, Muskegon County Treasurer, stated that the County is not in any position financially to opt in to a DDA.

9. Trustee Denise Winebarger asked for an update on the proposed casino. She also stated that she is an employee of the County and that her hours have been cut and that the County is not in a good financial position.

10. Treasurer Rose Dillon stated that the Muskegon County Administrator said in a previous meeting that he would be in favor of getting the DDA approved in Fruitport.

11. Trustee Jeff Jacobs made a statement clarifying that he does not own any property within the proposed DDA district.

A heated discussion involving Tim Burgess, Denny Cherette, Tony Moulatsiotis, Ron Cooper, other attendees, and members of the board occurred.

(b.) The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Heidi Tice, was carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 8:16pm and return to open session.

Trustee Greg Hulka asked if the Township can wait to make a decision on creating the DDA until it is known whether the County and school will opt out.

Supervisor Heidi Tice stated that she would seek the Attorney’s advice on the questions presented in the public hearing.

The Township has 60 days from the time of the public hearing to adopt the ordinance to create the DDA.

NEW BUSINESS:

20-092 Appointment of Ron Becklin to the Board of Review
Heidi Tice moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to appoint Ron Becklin to fill the current term as “alternate” on the Board of Review.
Ron’s term will end January 1, 2021.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Knoll
Nays: None

20-093 Payment of bills
Heidi Tice moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $53,229.75; Public Safety $34,641.66; Water $172,717.14; Sewer $1,622.17; Trust & Agency $2,400.00; Street Lights $14,302.73
Totaling: $278,913.45
Ayes: Knoll, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:26pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR