Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of October 12, 2020

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, October 12, 2020, in the township board room.

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

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

Also Present: 2- residents; 1- employees; 3- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director or Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of September 28, 2020 as presented.

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

1. Brian Michelli reported that the Fire Department has completed ISO rating testing; the DPW has provided access to their garage for a workstation for the Police Officers afterhours; the new police cruisers are waiting at Emergency Services to be outfitted; the Fire Department has been busy with business registrations.
2. Steve Biesiada reported that a water main leak on Harvey Street that was caused during a project on the Norton Shores side of the road has been repaired by the contractor.
3. Heidi Tice shared a written recognition of Officer Tim Thompson that was received from a motorist; there will be detours as construction continues down 3rd Ave; the Fruitport Lions Club has cancelled Old Fashioned Christmas.



20-100 DDA Discussion
Discussion occurred regarding downsizing the district and the development of the DDA Board.

The ordinance 1st reading is due to come before the board at the next meeting.

20-101 Approval of Property Assessment Administration Contract
Greg Hulka moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the contract as presented, including the deferment of payments to spread them out during the first year.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None


20-102 Approval of Bench Honoring Marjorie Nash
At the Board meeting of November 28, 2016 the Board supported a request to place a bench at town hall in honor and recognition of Marjorie Nash’s years of service to Fruitport Township.

Today Marjorie’s daughter, Kimberly Nash, presented photos and an example of the wording the family wishes to have placed on the bench. The bench will be paid for by the Nash family.

Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the presented bench.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

20-103 Approval of Annual Health Insurance Renewal
Options were presented for employee healthcare for 2021. A one month renewal will occur for December 1st in order to get the plan on a January 1st renewal date from there forward, aligning out of pocket costs, plan renewal, and FLEX spending accounts. A yearly renewal will occur on January 1st.

Heidi Tice moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to offer option 3 that includes the Blue Care Network PCP Focus plan and to continue the employee’s contribution of $55.00 per pay period.

Option 3 will continue the employees on the same plan with the same out of pocket bi-weekly contribution.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

20-104 Payment of bills
Terry Knoll moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $14,054.04; Public Safety $14,305.50; Water $10,414.86; Sewer $1,258.08; Trust & Agency $1,300.00; Street Lights $14,214.06
Totaling: $55,546.54
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: none

1. Brian Michelli shared that the Fire Department Santa Open House event is on hold, no decision made as of now; Trees for Tots Christmas tree sales will continue at the North Pole Ice Cream shop this year; there has been an increase drug activity arrests in the community.

1. Brian Hosticka introduced himself as a Democratic candidate for a 91st District seat of the Michigan House of Representatives.

The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:51pm.