Fruitport Township

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Agenda – 11/28/22

A G E N D A
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

NOVEMBER 28, 2022

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: 10/10/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Public Hearing: Molly Blvd and Lee Ave Special Assessment District
    B. Resolution: Create and Define the District for Molly Blvd and Lee Ave SAD and Schedule a Public Hearing on the SAD Roll
    C. Resolution: Schedule Public Hearing on Assessment Roll for Molly Blvd and Lee Ave SAD
  8. New Business
    A. Employee Health Insurance
    B. Senior Services Millage Funds
    C. Approval to Hire Two Full-Time Police Officers to Fill Current Vacancies
    D. Part-Time Firefighter Contract
    E. Pine Park Cell Tower Lease Extension
    F. Township Hall Building Improvements: Rooftop Exhaust Fans
  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 Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 07/25/22

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

JULY 25, 2022

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: 7/11/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Public Hearing: Kendra Road Special Assessment District Roll
    B. Resolution: Confirmation of the Roll for Special Assessment District No. 2022-1 Kendra Road
  8. New Business
    A. Approval to Classify the Clerical Police Department Position to Contracted Full-Time
  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 June 13, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, June 13, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 15- residents; 1- employees; 1- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of May 23 & 27, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that a vehicle drove through the fencing around the Broadway water tower and the water tower will be tested for structural damage, in the meantime the fencing is being repaired; lead and copper sampling is in progress.
  2. Brian Michelli is working on an invoice for services during Old Fashioned Days; fuel cost is rising and affecting the budget, the Fire Department received a donation of nearly $5,000 from the Trinkets and Treasures sale through the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. Four residents in the area of S. Sheridan Rd. and Mt. Garfield Rd. shared that there is excessive shooting of guns around their homes. Complaints of bullets leaving the shooter’s property and entering their property, damage to their trees by gunshot, and an unsafe environment being created for their families. They shared that they would like to see an ordinance created for safe and responsible shooting in residential areas. Several neighbors have spoken with the shooter asking for resolutions. They would like actions to be taken to make their property a safe place to be.
  2. A neighbor from Lily Ct. reported shooting in the area of Dangl Rd. with bullets entering his and his neighbors’ property. They are fearful to be outside under such conditions.
  3. Heidi Tice shared that the Old Fashioned Days carnival saw record sales; the Lions Club appreciated the service provided by the Police and Fire Departments.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

22-064 Consideration of Petitions for Kendra Road Improvement
This topic is tabled until sufficient petitions are received.

22-065 Resolution to Declare Intent and Set Public Hearing Date for Kendra Road Improvement
This topic is tabled until sufficient petitions are received.

NEW BUSINESS:

22-066 Discussion of Potential Firearms Ordinance
Public comments were heard regarding safety and noise concerns of shooting in multiple areas of the township. The Public Safety Director asked for a discussion on the potential creation of an ordinance to make enforcement clearer. Discussion took place. The Supervisor will meet with others this week to discuss options for enforcement.

22-067 Approval to Purchase Body-Worn Cameras for the Police Department
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase eight (8) body-worn cameras for the Police Department as requested.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

This purchase is recommended by the Public Safety Committee and the Township’s Liability Insurance carrier. Restricted Public Safety fund balance will be used for the purchase.

Four (4) additional cameras will be purchase in the fall if the risk reduction grant is awarded.

22-068 First Reading: Michigan Gas Utilities Franchise Ordinance
This ordinance would be for granting Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation, its successors and assigns, the right, power, authority and permission to use the highways, streets, alleys and other public places of the Township for the purpose of laying and maintaining gas pipes, mains, conduits, valves, drips, and all necessary appurtenances in, under and along the highways, streets, alleys and other public places, of the Township and the right, power and permission to conduct and operate a general gas business and distribution system in the Township’s corporate limits, for a period of thirty (30) years.

This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on June 27, 2022.

22-069 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $10,271.21; Public Safety $1,080.67; Water $68,482.41; Sewer $15,352.77; Trust & Agency $0.00; Street Lights $0.00
Totaling: $95,187.06

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Rose Dillon shared a DDA bond expenditure report; the township is due to receive its second tranche of ARPA funds soon; summer tax bills will be going out July 1st.
  2. Todd Dunham shared that the deadline for the Governor to sign her approval for the casino is Thursday.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

  1. Al Swanson introduced himself as a candidate for 14th Circuit Court Judge.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Jim Fichtel, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:47pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 06/27/22

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

JUNE 27, 2022

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: 6/13/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Consideration of Petitions for Kendra Road Improvement
    B. Resolution to Declare Intent and Set Public Hearing Date for Kendra Road Improvement
    C. Second Reading: Michigan Gas Utilities Franchise Ordinance
  8. New Business
    none
  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 Township Board Special Meeting Minutes – 05/27/22

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF MAY 27, 2022
SPECIAL MEETING

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Terry Knoll
Members Absent: Andrea Anderson, Greg Hulka, and David Markgraf, excused

At 9:00am, Todd Dunham opened the special meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 0- residents; 0- employees; 0- guests; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Todd Dunham was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. The Public Safety Director thanked the Board for conducting the special meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
22-063
Adoption of Resolution in Support of the Application for Risk Reduction Grant
A unanimous show of support for the application for grant funds from the Michigan Township Participating Plan was given at the May 23, 2022 regular meeting of the Board. This formal resolution supports the feelings expressed by the Board.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution in support of the application for a Risk Reduction Grant from the Michigan Township Participating Plan in order to purchase body worn cameras for the Police Department.

Ayes: Knoll, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

NEW BUSINESS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Jim Fichtel, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:10am.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Minutes – 05/23/22

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF MAY 23, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, May 9, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: Greg Hulka, excused

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 17- residents; 2- employees; 2- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of May 9, 2022.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by David Markgraf was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions:

Item 8-E: Approval for the Application of a Risk Reduction Grant

Item 8-F: Kendra Road Project

Item 8-G: Consumers Energy Resolution for Odeno Street Lights

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada shared that a DPW employee has left for another township and he will be posting the job opening internally.
  2. Brian Michelli reported that Old Fashioned Days will be this weekend and 3rd Street will be closed; the Fire Department has been denied a training and recruiting grant through the Michigan Department of Treasury; complaints have been received regarding the delay of clean-up for the El Royal fire site and he has stated that the property has been released back to the owners and clean-up is their responsibility.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

22-054 Oath of Office: Jody Nummerdor, Tim Doctor, and Brian Meister
Jody Nummerdor and Timothy Doctor were sworn in as Fire Captain.
Brian Meister was sworn in as Full-Time Firefighter.

NEW BUSINESS:

22-055 Charter Communications Franchise Renewal Agreement
Charter communications has requested a 10-year franchise renewal. The Attorney has reviewed and gives his approval of the agreement.
Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the agreement with a franchise fee of 5%.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-056 Approval for Sale of Police Department Assets
The Public Safety Director seeks approval to sell M&P .40 caliber and Sig Sauer P226 .40 caliber sidearms that are out of service. They will be sold to Gary’s Guns Inc. for $400 each.
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the sale of the assets.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-057 Fruitport District Library Trustee Appointment
The FDL Board recommends the appointment of Glenn Bo to fill the remaining term of one vacant Trustee position. The term will begin immediately and will expire December 31, 2022.
Andrea Anderson moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to appoint Glenn Bo to fill a partial term on the Fruitport District Library Board to end December 31, 2022.

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-058 Approval for Purchase of Iron Water Service Material
David Markgraf moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase of iron service materials as requested from East Jordan Iron Works for $11,585.41.

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-059 Approval for the Application of a Risk Reduction Grant
The Public Safety Director seeks approval of the application for a Risk Reduction Grant through the Michigan Township Participating Plan for use toward the purchase of body-worn cameras for the Police Department.
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Jim Fichtel, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Safety Director to apply for and receive the grant.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-060 Kendra Road Project
Much interest has been shared by the public for the improvement of Kendra Road.
Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Jim Fichtel, MOTION CARRIED, to request the Supervisor to move forward with obtaining an estimate and scheduling.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-061 Consumers Energy Resolution for Odeno Street Lights
On August 23, 2021 the Board moved to accept the eight (8) additional street lights for the Odeno development into the Fruitport Township Lighting District.
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the street light resolution and authorize the Clerk to sign the documents.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-062 Payment of Bills
David Markgraf moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $36,789.59; Public Safety $40,283.74; Water $7,509.99; Sewer $1,665.15; Trust & Agency $2,102.00; Street Lights $12,672.19
Totaling: $101,022.66

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Rose Dillon reported that the Township received a dividend of $2,953.20 from the Michigan Participating Plan.
  2. Andrea Anderson shared that a set of election equipment was purchased in excellent used condition from the City of Norton Shores for $2,500 for the new precinct and that a brand-new set would have cost approximately $11,000.
  3. Todd Dunham shared that Clean-Up Days was successful and also thanked Connie Smith and her team for their efforts on cleaning up trash in the community.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

  1. Matt Kacel introduced himself as a candidate for 14th Circuit Court Judge.
  2. Christina Achterhoff was representing Senator Jon Bumstead and shared support for the proposed casino.
  3. Karen Johnson shared that the Parks Commission meeting was moved to the 31st where they will discuss a concession project; an Eagle Scout is working on a sidewalk project at Pine Park.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Andrea Anderson, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:25pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Minutes – 05/09/22

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF MAY 9, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, May 9, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: Rose Dillon, excused

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by David Markgraf was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of April 25, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada shared that the West Michigan Regional Water Authority is expected to increase water rates.
  2. Brian Michelli shared that the Police Department has one officer off for shoulder surgery and another expected to be off soon; Director Michelli shared gratitude for the Police Department Detective and staff for their investigation into the El Royal party store fire, it was discovered that the fire was intentionally set; the new Deputy Chief of Police is said to be doing very well; the Public Safety Department will be partnering with Old Fashioned Days in the end of May; there is a current burn-ban in place.
  3. Andrea Anderson shared a report on the turnout of the May 3, 2022 election.
  4. Todd Dunham reported that Blight Ordinance violation letters were sent to multiple places recently; Supervisor Dunham commended Connie Smith for putting teams of people together to help with trash clean-up in the area; the Township’s Clean-Up Days is this weekend.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

22-048
SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement
Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve and ratify the SEIU labor agreement as presented.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: Anderson

22-049 Second Reading: Zone Change Amendment Ordinance- Sheringer Rd.
Andrea Anderson moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the zone change amendment ordinance for Sheringer Road as written.
This constitutes the second and final reading of Amendment Ordinance No. 828.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

NEW BUSINESS:

22-050 Oath of Office: Greg Poulson, Jody Nummerdor, and Tim Doctor
Greg Poulson was sworn in as the Deputy Chief of Police.
Jody Nummerdor and Timothy Doctor were unable to be present and therefore their oath is TABLED.

22-051 Permission to Hire Firefighter
Candidates from the last hiring were reviewed.
Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Andrea Anderson, MOTION CARRIED, to hire Brian Meister as full-time Firefighter effective May 16, 2022.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-052 Approval to Purchase Copper/Brass Water Service Materials
The DPW went for bids on annual supplies. The lowest bid was $38,197.82 from Ferguson. Supplies are currently backordered.
Greg Hulka moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase of service materials as requested.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-053 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $15,324.09; Public Safety $248,537.22; Water $197,430.88; Sewer $16,813.00; Trust & Agency $2,180.00; Street Lights $0.00
Totaling: $480,285.19

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

  1. Jenny McNeill introduced herself as a candidate for 14th Circuit Court Judge.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:20pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 06/13/22

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

JUNE 13, 2022

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: 5/23/22 and 5/27/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Consideration of Petitions for Kendra Road Improvement
    B. Resolution to Declare Intent and Set Public Hearing Date for Kendra Road Improvement
  8. New Business
    A. Discussion of Potential Firearms Ordinance
    B. Approval to Purchase Body-Worn Cameras for the Police Department
    C. First Reading: Michigan Gas Utilities Franchise Ordinance
  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 Township Board of Trustees Agenda – 05/23/2022

A G E N D A
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

MAY 23, 2022

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: 5/9/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Oath of Office: Jody Nummerdor, Tim Doctor, and Brian Meister
  8. New Business
    A. Charter Communications Franchise Renewal Agreement
    B. Approval for Sale of Police Department Assets
    C. Fruitport District Library Trustee Appointment
    D. Approval for Purchase of Iron Water Service Material
  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 April 25, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, March 28, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll Members
Absent: Todd Dunham, David Markgraf- excused

At 7:00pm, Terry Knoll opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 6- residents; 0- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Jim Fichtel was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of March 28, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada shared that the DPW is going to bid for brass, copper, and iron supplies.
  2. Brian Michelli reported that two police cruisers were damaged while parked while on scene of a call; the new Deputy Police Chief is doing a great job; both departments are preparing for Old Fashioned Days; a fire truck was damaged by a propane tank explosion while on scene of the El Royal Party Store fire on Easter morning, no injuries; Trinkets and Treasures sale proceeds will benefit the fire department with the purchase of a rescue manikin; the new fire truck is in progress.
  3. Andrea Anderson reported that the Township received a vehicle insurance rebate of $6,800; 9 solicitor permits have been issued this month.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

22-040 Fruitport District Library Trustee Appointments
The FDL Board recommends the appointment of Anna Dudas to fill the remaining term of one vacant Trustee position. The term will begin immediately and will expire December 31, 2022.
Jim Fichtel moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to appoint Anna Dudas to fill a partial term on the Fruitport District Library Board to end December 31, 2022.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

22-041 Senior Millage Funding Report
$3,219.00 that was allocated for snow plowing remains unused and will be put toward lawn care.

22-042 Resolution: Support Emergency Operations Plan
The five year Muskegon County Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Action Guidelines is being updated.
Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to update the plan with the current administration’s names.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

22-043 Social Security Policy
The Township lacks a Social Security Policy. The purpose of the proposed policy is to safeguard information.
Terry Knoll moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Social Security Policy as Written.
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-044 Performance Resolution for Municipalities: MDOT
The resolution allows the local unit of government to construct, operate, use and/or maintain utilities or other facilities, or to conduct other activities, on, over, and under State Highway Right of Way.
The Attorney stated that a contractor must include indemnification of the State of Michigan and also name the State of Michigan on the insurance.
Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Performance Resolution for Municipalities for MDOT.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

22-045 First Reading: Zone Change Amendment Ordinance- Sheringer Rd.
On April 19, 2022, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Township Board to approve the zone change from R-4 Residential-Agricultural District to the R-1 Single Family Residential District for parcel number #61-15-112-100-0043-00 or 3496 Sheringer Rd, Muskegon, MI 49444. The change would be consistent with the Master Plan. This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on May 9, 2022.

22-046 Approval to Fill Fire Department Vacancy
The Fire Department has a vacancy to fill due to the resignation of a full-time firefighter.
The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to grant the Public Safety Director permission to fill the position.

22-047 Payment of Bills
Andrea Anderson moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $39,057.34; Public Safety $44,408.03; Water $12,716.88; Sewer $19,718.23; Trust & Agency $36,797.00; Street Lights $0.00
Totaling: $152,697.38
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. The assistant to the Treasurer submitted her resignation and the position will be posted internally until May 2nd.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

  1. Leroy Chandonnet inquired about repairs for Kendra Rd. and about the proposed completion date for the hotels turned apartments.
  2. Floyd Dodd inquired about the hotels turned apartments.
  3. Jason Kolkema of Fruitport introduced himself as candidate for Judge.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:30pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 05/09/22

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

MAY 9, 2022

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: 4/25/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement
    B. Second Reading: Zone Change Amendment Ordinance- Sheringer Rd.
  8. New Business
    A. Oath of Office: Greg Poulson, Jody Nummerdor, and Tim Doctor
    B. Permission to Hire Firefighter
    C. Approval to Purchase Copper/Brass Water Service Material
  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 Township Board Meeting Minutes – 03/28/22

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF MARCH 28, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:00pm on Monday, March 28, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:02pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 8- residents; 9- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of March 14, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Todd Dunham was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that the DPW is testing the main that was installed for phase 2 of Odeno; Harmony Lake is in progress; getting water main and parts is becoming more difficult with supply shortages.
  2. Brian Michelli reported that equipment and parts are becoming harder to get; the new police cruiser is in service; the new fire pickup truck is at Emergency Services being outfitted.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. Sara Evans, President of the Fury Soccer Club, thanked the Board for the consideration of funds for the completion of Sheringer Soccer Park.
  2. Angela Walachovic, employee, asked what was used for comparison when completing a wage study for the SEIU agreement.
  3. Ryan O’Neal, Parks Commissioner, shared that he would like to see the completion of Sheringer Soccer Park.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

22-024 2022/2023 Budget Discussion
Discussion of the proposed budget occurred.

NEW BUSINESS:

22-025 SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Attorney presented several areas of concern with the proposed agreement.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Jim Fichtel, was carried unanimously, to TABLE the SEIU labor agreement.

22-026 DPW Director Employment Contract Renewal
Steve’s annual review was presented. A 2% salary increase is requested.

Rose Dillon moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to increase the salary of the DPW Director, Steve Biesiada, 2% to $74,284.56 and extend his contract 1 year.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-027 Approval to Hire Deputy Police Chief and Contract Approval
Current Deputy Police Chief, Jeff Whelan, will be transitioning to a part-time position at the desk and evidence room. Greg Poulson has been recommended as the next Deputy Chief.

Requested changes to the contract include a wage increase from $27.87/hr to $40/hr and 56 hours of vacation as recommended by the Public Safety Committee. Greg will work 56 hours bi-weekly.

Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the hire of Greg Poulson as Deputy Police Chief and approve his contract for one year as presented.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: Hulka

22-028 Public Safety Director Employment Contract Renewal
Requested changes include a 3% salary increase and changes in regards to insurance including an additional 4 years of health insurance coverage for his spouse beyond his reaching Medicare eligible age post-retirement should he change his retirement age from 55 to 58.

Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to increase the salary of the Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli, 3% to $101,773.27, and approve the requested insurance changes, and extend his contract with changes as presented for one year.

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: Hulka, Anderson

22-029 Public Hearing for MDNR Trust Fund Grant Application
(a.)
The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to open the MDNR Trust Fund Grant Application Public Hearing at 7:24pm.

(b.) Public Hearing:

Comments:

  1. Karen Johnson, Parks Commissioner, hopes that the Township will consider giving matching funds for their grant application.
  2. Ross Spyke, Parks Commissioner, shared that the soccer park needs the proposed improvements that include restrooms, concessions, extra parking, and sidewalks.
  3. Ryan O’Neal, Parks Commissioner, shared that the Parks Commission does the work that they do for their love of the community.
  4. Heidi Tice inquired as to why the proposed project is so expensive.
  5. Concerns of vandalism once a building is erected were shared.
  6. Greg Hulka would like to see the project completed.
  7. Andrea Anderson inquired as to if the project could be split over two years and if the same grant opportunity will exist next year.
  8. David Markgraf feels the project could be done at a much reduced cost.

(c.) The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 7:59pm and return to open session.

22-030 Parks Commission Request for Funds
The Parks Commission has presented a plan to complete Sheringer Soccer Park. They are asking for $220,000 for a 51% match in order to apply for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant to complete the project.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to wait one year until it is clear what the cost will be to fix current storm water drainage concerns in the soccer park.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: Dunham, Hulka

22-031 Resolution for MDNR Trust Fund Grant Application
Due to the decision above, the resolution was not considered.

22-032 Resolution to Commit Water and Sewer Funds
The Water & Sewer Departments have the need for large capital improvement expenditures over the next several years, including, but not limited to a new backhoe. The have requested that the Board commit remaining balance of Water and Sewer capital outlay for future capital expenses.

Rose Dillon moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution to commit the remaining $25,000 balance of Water fund capital outlay and $2,500 of Sewer fund capital outlay for future capital expenses.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

22-033 Resolution to Commit Public Safety Fund Balance
The Public Safety Departments have the need for large capital improvement expenditures over the next several years, including, but not limited to equipment and vehicle purchases. They have requested that the Board commit any remaining Public Safety Fund Balance for future capital expenses.

Andrea Anderson moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution to commit any remaining Public Safety Fund Balance for future capital expenses.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

22-034 Budget Public Hearing
(a.)
The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to open the Budget Public Hearing at 8:10pm.

(b.) Public Hearing: The Supervisor announced the proposed millage rates as follows: General Fund at the millage rate of .9917 mills, Public Safety at 1.50 mills, Police at 1.00 mills, and Street Lights at .40 mills.

Comments:

  1. Heidi Tice asked questions regarding dental reimbursements, Assessing contracted services, road repair, building repairs, roads, and if the Parks plans to add an additional employee.

(c.) The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 8:18pm and return to open session.

22-035 Adoption of 2022/2023 Budget
The budget was agreed upon as presented.

Rose Dillon moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED to adopt the April 1, 2022- March 31, 2023 budget as presented and to approve the Non-Union, Boards, and Administrative Wages, the millage rate, and the millage levies resolution. Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees shall cause the listed millages to be levied and collected on all real and personal property within the township upon the 2022 general property tax roll an amount equal to the above shown mills as authorized under state law and approved by the electorate.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

22-036 Banking and Investing Resolution
Investment opportunities are not limited to those presented, but must comply with the township’s investment policy.

Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution approving the use of financial institutions and investments for the 2022-2023 FY.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

22-037 Property and Liability Insurance Renewal
The Township is seeing a 14% increase in costs this year for property and liability insurance due to a 131% five year loss ratio.

The motion by David Markgraf, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to renew the township’s property and liability insurance renewal and authorize the Clerk to execute the necessary paperwork.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

22-038 2022/2023 Public Meeting Schedule
The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to adopt the schedule of public meetings for the 2022-2023 fiscal year as presented.

22-039 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $31,119.44; Public Safety $28,450.78; Water $10,494.49; Sewer $18,770.38; Trust & Agency $6,797.00; Street Lights $0.00
Totaling: $95,632.09

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

  1. Heidi Tice would like to see any budget surplus at the end of the fiscal year go toward roads and OPEB.
  2. Kendra Robinson introduced herself as a Fruitport resident and candidate for 14th Circuit Court Judge.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:30pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 04/25/22

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

APRIL 25, 2022

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: 3/28/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    none
  8. New Business
    A. Fruitport District Library Trustee Appointments
    B. Senior Millage Funding Report
    C. Resolution: Support Emergency Operations Plan
    D. Social Security Policy
    E. Performance Resolution for Municipalities: MDOT
    F. First Reading: Zone Change Amendment Ordinance- Sheringer Rd.
    G. Approval to Fill Fire Department Vacancy
  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 Township Board of Trustees Minutes – 03/14/22

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF MARCH 14, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, March 14, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of February 28, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition as requested by the Supervisor:

Item 8-D: Revoke Special Use for England Automotive

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Brian Michelli reported that there has been an uptick in fires and vehicle accidents; Jeff Whelan is retiring as Deputy Police Chief and will be staying part-time to work the evidence room and the front desk; Brian is looking to fill the Deputy Police Chief position and execute an employment contract at the next meeting.
  2. The Director and Members of the Parks Commission were present to request $300,000.00 for a grant match to complete Sheringer Soccer Park.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

22-019 Approval of DDA Expenditures
Terry Knoll moved, seconded by David Markgraf, MOTION CARRIED, to approve payment of the DDA expenditures as listed in the amount of $315,799.80.

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: Hulka

22-020 Everstream Metro Act Permit
Everstream GLC Holdings LLC is looking to provide telecommunications services within Fruitport Township and has requested a 5 year unilateral agreement.

Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to approve a 5 year unilateral Metro Act Permit for Everstream GLC Holdings LLC and authorize the Clerk to submit the paperwork.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

22-021 Budget Discussion
General fund and Water/Sewer budgets were presented. Discussion occurred.

Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Jim Fichtel, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the Water and Sewer Department budgets as presented.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-022 Revoke Special Use for England Automotive
David Markgraf moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to revoke the Special Use for England Automotive per the recommendation of the Planning Commission.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

22-023 Payment of Bills
Rose Dillon moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $7,523.74; Public Safety $73,592.92; Water $73,114.35; Sewer $6,689.26; Trust & Agency $2,332.99; Street Lights $12,737.83
Totaling: $175,991.09

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:44pm

______________________________
ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

______________________________
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 03/28/22

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

MARCH 28, 2022

6:00 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: 3/14/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. 2022/2023 Budget Discussion
  8. New Business
    A. SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement
    B. DPW Director Employment Contract Renewal
    C. Approval to Hire Deputy Police Chief and Contract Approval
    D. Public Safety Director Employment Contract Renewal
    E. Public Hearing for MDNR Trust Fund Grant Application
    F. Parks Commission Request for Funds
    G. Resolution for MDNR Trust Fund Grant Application
    H. Resolution to Commit Water & Sewer Funds
    I. Resolution to Commit Public Safety Fund Balance
    J. Budget Public Hearing
    K. Adoption of 2022/2023 Budget
    L. Banking and Investing Resolution
    M. Property and Liability Insurance Renewal
    N. 2022/2023 Public Meeting Schedule
  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 Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – 02/28/22

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 28, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, February 28, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 2- residents; 5- employees; 2- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by David Markgraf, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of February 14, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:
1. Brian Michelli reported that an explosion that happened on the scene of a recent structure fire caused damage to a fire truck, however no one was injured; retail theft continues to be a problem.
2. The Parks Commission was present to report that the completion of their new 5 year Rec Plan makes them eligible to apply for grants through the State of Michigan- they plan to ask the Board for funds to match the grant that they would put toward the completion of the soccer park.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

22-015 Senior Services Report- AgeWell Services
Jennifer Jordan and Chris Burnaw from AgeWell Services and SafeSeniors were present to share with the Board information about the programs they provide through Fruitport Township’s partnership with senior millage funding. Fruitport seniors are given access to meals, medical transportation, activities, and the SafeSeniors program.

22-016 Budget Amendments
Jim Fichtel moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to grant the Treasurer the authority to make necessary budget amendments through the end of the fiscal year.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-017 Republic Services Agreement
RMS Disposal was purchased by Republic Services. The Clerk has proposed (with permission of all department heads) that all current accounts be combined into one for the new agreement with Republic Services as presented.
Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Clerk to sign the service agreement with Republic Services.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-018 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $10,965.20; Public Safety $27,879.74; Water $8,962.59; Sewer $19,916.07; Trust & Agency $6,468.00; Street Lights $0.00
Totaling: $74,191.60

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Rose Dillon shared that the larges growth to the township this year was from residential; a DDA expenditure report will be shared at the next meeting.
2. Todd Dunham shared information about the possibility of a BIA grant for roads through Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Floyd Dodd requested an update on the abandoned hotels.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:02pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 03/14/22

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

MARCH 14, 2022

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: 2/28/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    none
  8. New Business
    A. Approval of DDA Expenditures
    B. Everstream Metro Act Permit
    C. Budget Discussion
  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 Township Board of Trustees Minutes – 02/14/2022

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 14, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, February 14, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 2- residents; 1- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of January 24, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that the pump for the lift station on Pontaluna is fixed and functioning; Harmony Lake development is moving along with infrastructure; Odeno utilities are in.
  2. Brian Michelli reported that arrests have been made in connection to two recent homicides; Warrants have been issued in connection to local retail theft.
  3. Heidi Tice shared that 240 people attended the Lion’s pancake dinner that raised money for the Fruitport High School Honor Society testing.
  4. Todd Dunham reported that the funding for the annual tire collection event is being cut by Muskegon County.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

22-010 Fruitport Lions Old Fashioned Days Agreement

Heidi Tice shared that there are no changes from the last agreement.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to enter into the Old Fashioned Days agreement with the Fruitport Lion’s Club.

22-011 Precinct 5 Polling Place Approval
Fruitport Christian Reformed Church, 3520 E. Pontaluna Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415, meets all of the guidelines for polling places and accessibility set forth by the State of Michigan and has agreed to allow the township to use their facility long term for election purposes. The use of this facility comes recommended by the Election Commission.

Andrea Anderson moved, seconded by David Markgraf, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution naming Fruitport Christian Reformed Church as polling place for precinct 5 voters.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-012 Purchase of New Fire Apparatus
Engine 542 is approaching 20 years old and at that age will lose NFPA and ISO ratings. The total cost for the new apparatus is $604,789.00. A 5% price increase will happen March 1st, therefore the Public Safety Director requests that the purchase be approved with an initial purchase of the chassis for $225,000.00 before April 1, 2022 and the balance of $379,789.00 paid within 330 days per the purchase agreement. The new engine will require a production time of 330 days. The Public Safety Director reported that he has a large portion of the funds needed for the purchase of the truck saved in restricted funds and requests that the Board look at financial options for the remainder of funds needed.

Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase of the fire engine with initial payment made from restricted funds and payment of the back end of the invoice to be determined at a later date as recommended by the Public Safety Committee.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-013 Election Equipment and Supplies Purchase
With the growth of the Election Department and the addition of a 5th voting precinct, the Clerk requests that ARPA funds be used to purchase equipment and supplies required for the operation of that precinct.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to allow the Clerk to order the necessary supplies and equipment using ARPA funds, not to exceed $12,550.00.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: none

22-014 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $15,444.48; Public Safety $36,266.51; Water $78,870.86; Sewer $19,508.42; Trust & Agency $1,185.00; Street Lights $12,926.69
Totaling: $164,201.96

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. There will be a location change for the carnival camp ground this year.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:21pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 02/28/22

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

FEBRUARY 28, 2022

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: 2/14/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    none
  8. New Business
    A. Senior Services Report- AgeWell Services
    B. Budget Amendments
    C. Republic Services Agreement
  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 January 24, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, January 24, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll
Members Absent: David Markgraf, excused

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 0- residents; 1- employees; 0- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of January 10, 2022.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition:
Item 8-C: Reappointment of Geoff Newmyer and Kyle Osterhart to the Planning Commission

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that the DPW is working on winter operations at full staff.
  2. Brian Michelli reported that the Public Safety departments have been busy with weather related accidents and retail theft; several staff members are out on COVID related reasons; the truck that was ordered is on its way to Emergency Services and should be in-service this spring.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

22-006 Replacement of Township Computers
Quoted from Central Dispatch IT Department at $15,824.00 for the replacement of 16 Dell computers for all town hall offices and the DPW garage. The current computers are 8 years old and are incapable of a necessary Microsoft Office suite update without further costly updates, among other issues. The purchase of new computers would allow for better service to the residents and is an approved ARPA expenditure.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase of new computers for town hall and the DPW, including other expenses that may accompany the computer purchase to be paid for using ARPA funds.
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-007 Replacement of Town Hall Surveillance Cameras
The current camera system is no longer functioning and needs to be replaced. A Reolink 12 camera system with the necessary features can be purchased for $1,189.95.

Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase of the new camera system using ARPA funds.
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-008 Reappointment of Geoff Newmyer and Kyle Osterhart to the Planning Commission
The motion by Greg Hulka, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to accept the Supervisors reappointment of Geoff Newmyer and Kyle Osterhart to the Planning Commission for a three year term ending January 2025.

22-009 Payment of Bills
Andrea Anderson moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $16,871.03; Public Safety $13,544.02; Water $58,382.86; Sewer $18,087.82; Trust & Agency $645.00; Street Lights $14,096.15
Totaling: $121,626.88
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Rose Dillon shared that the Supervisor applied for an opioid settlement in the amount of $38,636 that may be paid over 18 years; Rose also shared a news article about the abandon hotel project.
  2. Andrea Anderson shared a letter received from the Fruitport Area Churches group that highlighted some of the ways that area churches support the community and also thanked various departments within the Township for their partnership.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:23pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 02/14/22

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

FEBRUARY 14, 2022

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: 1/24/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    none
  8. New Business
    A. Fruitport Lions Old Fashioned Days Agreement
    B. Precinct 5 Polling Place Approval
    C. Purchase of New Fire Apparatus
    D. Election Equipment and Supplies Purchase
  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 January 10, 2022

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, January 10, 2022, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll
Members Absent: David Markgraf, excused

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 0- residents; 1- employees; 2- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of December 13, 2021 and closed session minutes of December 13, 2021 as presented.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition:
Item 7-B: MCRC Performance and Indemnification Resolution

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that the DPW is back to working with a full staff after several illnesses.
  2. Brian Michelli reported that the Police Department is working at full staff and the Fire Department has one out with illness; the township is updating policies to follow CDC guidelines; the police cruiser ordered last summer should be coming in February and the Fire Department pick-up truck is in progress.
  3. Rose Dillon shared a letter received commending the Police and Fire Departments for their care in a recent car accident; there is a dumpster behind the township hall for Christmas trees.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. Senator Jon Bumstead reviewed several proposed bills.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

22-001 Resolution: Health Insurance Coverage for Dependents
The policy was simplified to state that if a young adult between the ages of 19-25 is enrolled in an educational program the township will pay for their coverage in-full and if they are not enrolled in an educational program the employee will be responsible for payment of the coverage.
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Jim Fichtel, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution and give it an effective date of April 1, 2022.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

22-002 MCRC Performance and Indemnification Resolution
The Muskegon County Road Commission was not willing to negotiate on the wording of this resolution as suggested by the township Attorney. The township Attorney recommends adoption of the resolution.
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Performance and Indemnification resolution as presented.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

NEW BUSINESS:

22-003 Reappointment of Joe DeMarco and Russ Stressman to the ZBA
The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to reappoint Joe DeMarco and Russ Stressman to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a 3 year term ending January 1, 2025.

22-004 Mt Garfield Lift Station Pump Repair
One of two pumps is down and in need of repair. The quote for repair by Kennedy Industries is $5,585.00. This expense was budgeted for.
Terry Knoll moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the repairs.
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: none

22-005 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $20,500.97; Public Safety $35,331.64; Water $6,630.04; Sewer $1,457.37; Trust & Agency $645.00; Street Lights $0.00
Totaling: $64,565.02
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Todd Dunham shared that the DDA bond deal is done and thanked everyone for their contributions to this accomplishment.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Andrea Anderson, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:27pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of December 13, 2021

At 6:04pm, Todd Dunham opened the special meeting in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll
Members Absent: Rose Dillon and David Markgraf, excused

Also Present: 0- residents; 0- employees; 0- guests; Attorney Ron Bultje; Attorney Amanda Zdarsky.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

Todd Dunham moved, seconded by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to go into closed session at 6:05pm per Section 8(e) of the Open Meetings Act, to consult with the Township’s attorney in connection with pending litigation Aamodt v. Fruitport Charter Township because an open meeting would have a detrimental financial effect on the litigation or settlement position of the Township, and to consider material exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts from public disclosure information or records subjected to the attorney-client privilege.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to return to open session at 6:29pm.

The motion by Todd Dunham, seconded by Jim Fichtel, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the special meeting at 6:29pm.

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, December 13, 2021, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll
Members Absent: Rose Dillon and David Markgraf, excused

Jason Kennedy introduced himself as the new Superintendent for Fruitport Community Schools and gave the board an update on the recent school safety concerns during work session.

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 0- residents; 2- employees; 0- guests; DPW Director, Steve Biesiada; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of November 22, 2021 as presented.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition requested by the Supervisor:
Add item 8-E: Approval to Retain an Engineer to Provide Recommendations on Storm Water Management System at Sheriger Park.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that the Harmony Lake development is expected to break ground this week; Odeno phase 2 is in full swing with infrastructure; if the current Ordinance is not amended, the fee schedule for availability will increase from $1/ft to $2/ft and it is Steve’s recommendation to not amend the ordinance due to rising costs in materials and reevaluate in one year.
  2. Brian Michelli shared that both Fire and Police have been very busy; there are supply chain issues causing delayed repairs to cruisers, however all apparatus are functioning; the Santa Open house at the fire department was very slow this weekend.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

21-103 Second Reading: Consumers Energy Company Revocable Electric Franchise Ordinance
This ordinance would be for granting Consumers Energy Company, its successors and assigns, the right, power, and authority to construct, maintain, and commercially use electric lines consisting of towers, masts, poles, crossarms, guys, braces, feeders, transmission and distribution wires, transformers, and other electrical appliances on, under, along, and across the highways, streets, alleys, bridges, waterways, and other public places, and to do a local electric business in the Charter Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan, for a period of 30 years.

Andrea Anderson moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED to adopt the Consumers Energy Company Revocable Electric Franchise Ordinance.

This constitutes the second and final reading of Ordinance No. 827.

Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

NEW BUSINESS:

21-104 Approval of Annual Health Insurance Renewal
Options were presented for employee healthcare for 2022.
Andrea Anderson 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 current plan with the same out of pocket bi-weekly contribution.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

21-105 Health Insurance for Dependents
Under current law children may remain on their parents’ health insurance plan until their 26th birthday regardless of their residency or dependency. The Board would like to have a policy that states the township will pay insurance premiums in-full for children between the ages of 18-26 who are enrolled in an education program for 12 or more credits, pay half of the insurance premiums for children enrolled less than 12 credits, and offer no payment for children who are not enrolled in an educational program.
Andrea Anderson moved, seconded by Greg Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to draft a policy reflecting the wishes of the board to the next meeting.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

21-106 Appointment of Brandon Mendendorp to Planning Commission
The motion by Todd Dunham, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to accept Matt Farrar’s resignation from the Planning Commission.
The motion by Todd Dunham, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to appoint Brandon Mendendorp to the Planning Commission for a 3 year term ending January 1, 2025.

21-107 Senior Services Funds Allocation
The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners has approved $45,911 in senior millage funding to be allocated to Fruitport Township. The board would like to continue with a similar plan as last year allocating the following amounts:
$15,000 for Age Well Services
$15,000 for Safe Seniors
$15,911 to Living Word Lawn and Snow Program

If allocated funds are not exhausted for snow removal due to a light winter, funds may be given to Senior Power of Produce.

Todd Dunham moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to commit the senior services funds for Fruitport Township as discussed; $15,000 for Age Well Services, $15,000 for Safe Seniors, $15,911 to Living Word Lawn and Snow Program, and any remaining to Senior Power of Produce.
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

21-108 Approval to Retain an Engineer to Provide Recommendations on Storm Water Management System at Sheringer Park
Andrea Anderson moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the township to retain an engineer to provide recommendations on the storm water management system at Sheringer Park.
Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: None

21-109 Payment of Bills
Jim Fichtel moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $12,872.01; Public Safety $20,391.39; Water $90,797.35; Sewer $16,922.55; Trust & Agency $1,945.00; Street Lights $15,001.45
Totaling: $157,929.75
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:25pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 01/24/22

A G E N D A
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JANUARY 24, 2022

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: 1/10/22
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    none
  8. New Business
    A. Replacement of Township Computers
    B. Replacement of Town Hall Surveillance Cameras
  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 Township Downtown Development Authority Meeting Minutes

The following is the last published minutes of Fruitport’s Downtown Development Authority. Links to other public records regarding 2021 DDA meetings can be found below.

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Minutes of DDA Board meeting on August 24, 2021 – Held at Fruitport Charter Township Hall

CALL TO ORDER – 6:04 pm

ROLL CALL-

Present – Larry Hall, Frank Matice, Gary Smith, Todd Dunham, Randy Klingel, Tim Reilly, Heidi Tice – Larry Romanilli -via zoom location was Manistee.
Absent – Mark Campbell, Jason Bronhold

APPROVAL OF AGENADA
Motion by Todd to approve as submitted, 2nd by Tim – vote unanimous- motion carried

  1. PUBLIC COMMENTS
    None
  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING (ANNUAL MEETING)
    Motion by Heidi, 2nd by Randy – vote unanimous – motion carried
  3. MOTION TO RECOMMEND TO THE FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP BOARD
    THE 2021 DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND TAX INCREMENT FINANCING PLAN

    Motion by Todd to open discussion, 2nd by Gary – vote unanimous – motion carried

    Much discussion ensued:
    • Filling in the blanks in section II – B – II -L was decided approximately 500 residents are within the DDA boundaries.
    • Provide the exhibits – Todd is working with assessing and will be completed within the week.
    • Section II, D, 1 – Gary would like to see the costs for this project. Larry will provide this information
    • Section II, I – board would like to remove Proceeds from a special assessment district created as provided by law; – removed from document.

    Motion to close discussion by Heidi, 2nd by Frank – vote unanimous – motion carried

Motion by Heidi, 2nd by Larry Hall to recommend THE 2021 DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND TAX INCREMENT FINANCING PLAN with the following addition/corrections:

• Filing blanks in sections II, B, 2 (the property the township owns within the DDA boundaries) and 3 private land uses within the development
• Include costs for section II, D, 1 for the golf course apartment complex.
• In section II, I remove option of financing that states “Proceeds from a special assessment district created as provided by law;”
• Section II, L to be 500 persons residing in the development area.
• Complete exhibits A, B, C, D & E

ROLL CALL VOTE:
Larry Hall (yes) Larry Romanilli (yes) Frank (yes) Gary (yes) Todd (yes) Randy (yes) Tim (yes) Heidi (yes) – Motion carried

NEW BUSINESS:
Discussion about Jason Bronhold’s absences on the board. The board felt they would not need to replace Jason since the board will have nine members without him, which is the minimum amount they need. This would also make and odd number for voting purposes. Motion by Todd, second by Tim to ask for Jason’s resignation from the board since he hasn’t attended since the first meeting.

ROLL CALL VOTE:
Larry Hall (yes), Gary (no), Randy (yes), Frank (yes), Todd (yes), Larry Romanilli (yes), Tim (yes), Heidi (yes) – Motion carried.

Motion to ADJOURN by Randy, 2nd by Heidi – vote unanimous – motion carried

Meeting Adjourned 6:40 pm

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OCTOBER 18, 2021 Agenda
JUNE 3, 2021 Minutes
MAY 12, 2021 Minutes
APRIL 27, 2021 Minutes
MARCH 11, 2021 Minutes
FEBRUARY 24, 2021 Minutes
FEBRUARY 11, 2021 Minutes
Fruitport Township Public Records Page

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 01/10/22

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

JANUARY 10, 2022

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: 12/13/21
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Resolution: Health Insurance Coverage for Dependents
  8. New Business
    A. Re-appointment of Joe DeMarco and Russ Stressman to the ZBA
    B. Mt Garfield Lift Station Pump Repair
  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 Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – 11/22/21

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, November 22, 2021, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:02pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 1- residents; 2- employees; 1- guests; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by Knoll, seconded by Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of October 25, 2021 as presented.

The motion by Anderson, seconded by Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Brian Michelli shared that new roadway flags were purchased with donations and will be displayed for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veterans Day; the Fire Department used a donated house for a training burn where everything went well; the Township had 2 past employees, Bernie DeGraves and Chuck Wilson, pass away in recent days; the part to repair engine 561 is in and should be installed soon; the new cruiser has been delivered to Emergency Services where it will be outfitted; the Fire Department has seen an increase in call volume by 300 calls in comparison to last year; Covid-19 cases are on the rise, if you are sick stay home.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

21-097 First Reading: Consumers Energy Company Revocable Electric Franchise Ordinance
This ordinance would be for granting Consumers Energy Company, its successors and assigns, the right, power, and authority to construct, maintain, and commercially use electric lines consisting of towers, masts, poles, crossarms, guys, braces, feeders, transmission and distribution wires, transformers, and other electrical appliances on, under, along, and across the highways, streets, alleys, bridges, waterways, and other public places, and to do a local electric business in the Charter Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan, for a period of 30 years.

The ordinance was drafted in collaboration with the township’s attorney and Consumers Energy representatives.

Consumers Energy will reimburse the township for publication costs.

This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on December 13, 2021.

21-098 Adoption of Parks and Recreation 5 Year Plan
The Park’s Commission has taken the appropriate steps to develop and present their 5 year plan to have as a guide to future projects and improvements within the township.

Greg Hulka moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution to approve the Parks and Rec 5 year plan.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Markgraf
Nays: Knoll

21-099 Reappointment of Brett Suchecki to Planning Commission
The motion by David Markgraf, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the appointment of Brett Suchecki to the Planning Commission for a 3 year term to begin January 1, 2022 and end December 31, 2024.

21-100 Reappointment of Rose Dillon and Junella Rule to the Fruitport District Library Board
The Fruitport District Library Board recommends the reappointment of Rose Dillon and Junella Rule to the FDL Board for a two year term to expire on December 31, 2023.

The motion by Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll, was carried unanimously, to reappoint Rose Dillon and Junella Rule to the FDL Board for a two year term to expire on December 31, 2023.

21-101 Authorization to Donate Radios to the Lions Club
The Public Safety Director has asked permission to donate approximately 20-25 outdated radios to the Fruitport Lions Club. They are worth very little and the Lions have the need. It is asked that the Lions cover the cost of having the Township’s frequencies removed.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to authorize the donation.

21-102 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, Andrea Anderson seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $49,497.19; Public Safety $44,378.15; Water $276,474.74; Sewer $2,153.96; Trust & Agency $3,355.63; Street Lights $14,960.98
Totaling: $390,820.65

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Terry Knoll shared that he spoke with Governor Whitmer regarding support for the casino project.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:46pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 12/13/21

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

DECEMBER 13, 2021

6:00 P.M. CLOSED SESSION REGARDING PENDING LITIGATION
AAMODT v FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

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: 11/22/21
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Second Reading: Consumers Energy Company Revocable Electric Franchise Ordinance
  8. New Business
    A. Approval of Annual Health Insurance Renewal
    B. Health Insurance Coverage for Dependents
    C. Appointment of Brandon Mendendorp to Planning Commission
    D. Senior Services Funds Allocation
  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 – 10/25/21

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF OCTOBER 25, 2021

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, October 25, 2021, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: Greg Hulka, excused

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 6- residents; 0- employees; 4- guests; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by David Markgraf, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of October 11, 2021 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following addition requested by the Treasurer:

Add item 8-E: Report from Chris Cross Regarding Senior Services Yard Care

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that vents are being replaced on the Smiley water tower to comply with EGLE regulations; it is recommended that the paint on the Smiley water tower be evaluated when the tower is inspected; the backhoe is back in service.
  2. Rose Dillon shared the Parks Commission minutes and that the Parks Commission has a public hearing to hear comments on their proposed 5 year rec plan on October 26, 2021.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

21-091 Resolution for Charitable Gaming License for Fruitport Youth Wrestling
The Fruitport Youth Wrestling organization would like to host a Millionaire Party/poker tournament and is seeking a charitable gaming license. A resolution was presented asking that they be recognized as a nonprofit organization for the purpose of obtaining charitable gaming licenses.

Rose Dillon moved, Jim Fichtel seconded, MOTION CARRIED to adopt the resolution and approve the Fruitport Youth Wrestling organization for a charitable gaming license.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: none

21-092 Resolution to Authorize Issuance of Downtown Development Bonds
The bonds will be used to pay for public infrastructure within the DDA upfront and debt service be paid by tax increments captured by the DDA. The bonds will not exceed what is needed to pay for public improvements, not to exceed $2,210,000. The township’s legal counsel and municipal advisors agree that the township has low risk in issuing the bonds.

Terry Knoll moved, seconded by David Markgraf, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution to authorize the issuance of downtown development bonds.

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

21-093 Restated and Revised Development and Funding Agreement
This agreement is a restatement of the prior development agreement approved on August 9, 2021 and has a revision to include a requirement of the developer to provide escrow in an amount equal to the actual interest that accrue on the bonds from the date of issuance through June 30, 2025 and that it be used to make the payments of principal and interest on the bonds until the construction of the project adds enough new, captured taxable value to the Development Area sufficient to pay the bond debt service.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Jim Fichtel, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the agreement as presented.

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

21-094 Request to Transfer Parks Employee to Cemetery for Winter
The Clerk has requested permission to transfer the Parks employee to the Cemetery/Building & Grounds department for winter. This will cover the absence of the Cemetery Sexton during a personal leave and avoid laying off the Parks employee.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Todd Dunham, MOTION CARRIED, to retain the employment of Dean Snyder through April 1, 2022, to request a transfer of $8,000 reserved for unemployment from the Parks budget to Cemetery/Building & Grounds to cover part of the employment costs, and for the township to review the budget and use fund balance as necessary to cover the remainder of the employment costs.

Ayes: Fichtel, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

21-095 Report from Chris Cross Regarding Senior Services Yard Care
Chris Cross reported that 24 seniors received services over the summer using $5,280 of the allocated funds. He presented options for leaf cleanup and snow removal to use the remaining $8,150 and discuss options for future services for the board to consider when they receive future senior services funding.

21-096 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $23,880.00; Public Safety $25,864.23; Water $7,415.06; Sewer $18,256.38; Trust & Agency $3,486.00
Totaling: $78,901.67

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Rose Dillon reported that the application for ARPA funds has been completed and the application approved.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

  1. Floyd Dodd of 3207 Raffi inquired on how the DDA bonds get paid if the development defaults and also asked about the salary of the employee being transferred to the Cemetery.
  2. Heidi Tice of 5110 S. Carr reported that Fruitport Township seniors made up 14% off all seniors being served by Senior Power of Produce in Muskegon County and that additional funds from senior services funding would be helpful. She also shared that the Lion’s Club Fruitport Old Fashioned Christmas will be having its event in Pomona Park this December.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:48pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Agenda – 11/22/21

A G E N D A
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

NOVEMBER 22, 2021

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: 10/25/21
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    none
  8. New Business
    A. First Reading: Consumers Energy Company Revocable Electric Franchise Ordinance
    B. Adoption of Parks and Recreation 5 Year Plan
    C. Reappointment of Brett Suchecki to Planning Commission
    D. Reappointment of Rose Dillon and Junella Rule to the Fruitport District Library Board
    E. Authorization to Donate Radios to the Lions Club
  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 – 10/11/2021

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, October 11, 2021, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 0- residents; 8- employees; 3- guests; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Todd Dunham was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of September 27, 2021 as presented.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Jim Fichtel was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:
1. Steve Biesiada shared that the bond refinancing is on hold due to a rate hike; the new transmission is being put in the backhoe and should be completed by the end of the week; Steve thanked Roosevelt Park for the use of their backhoe while ours was being repaired.
2. Brian Michelli shared a letter of recognition received regarding Sgt. Babinec’s response to a vehicle accident.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

21-087 Second Reading: Ordinance for Adoption of the 2021 Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan of the Downtown Development Authority for the Charter Township of Fruitport, Michigan
The DDA Citizen’s Council submitted a letter of recommendation to accept the DDA plan as written.

Terry Knoll moved, Todd Dunham seconded, MOTION CARRIED to adopt the Ordinance for Adoption of the 2021 Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan of the Downtown Development Authority for the Charter Township of Fruitport, Michigan, as written.

This constitutes the second and final reading of Ordinance No. 826.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Fichtel
Nays: Hulka

NEW BUSINESS:

21-088 Auditor presentation of 2020/2021 fiscal year audit
Eric VanDop from Brickley DeLong shared the annual audit report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

The Township had a successful audit with a positive change to fund balance, ending the fiscal year with a $100,630.00 surplus in revenue over expenditures.

The Township’s OBEB liability has improved and is currently 55.9% funded.

21-089 IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement
Andrea Anderson moved, seconded by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to go into closed session at 7:26pm per Section 8(c) of the Open Meetings Act, at the request of the IAFF Union President, to discuss collective bargaining for IAFF labor agreement.

Ayes: Fichtel, Hulka, Dillon, Dunham, Anderson, Knoll, Markgraf
Nays: None

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to return to open session at 7:31pm.

Terry Knoll moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED to ratify the IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement as presented.

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: Anderson

21-090 Payment of Bills
Jim Fichtel moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $27,030.13; Public Safety $6,237.83; Water $117,730.20; Sewer $22,129.29; Trust & Agency $0.00; Street Lights $14,542.01
Totaling: $187,669.46

Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Rose Dillon shared the Park’s Commission meeting minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Troy Lanore thanked the Public Safety Committee and Public Safety Director for negotiating the contract and thanked the Board members who voted in approval.

The motion by David Markgraf, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:40pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 10/25/21

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

OCTOBER 25, 2021

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: 10/11/21
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    none
  8. New Business
    A. Resolution for Charitable Gaming License for Fruitport Youth Wrestling
    B. Resolution to Authorize Issuance of Downtown Development Bonds
    C. Restated and Revised Development and Funding Agreement
    D. Request to Transfer Parks Employee to Cemetery for Winter
  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 27, 2021

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, September 27, 2021, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: Rose Dillon, excused

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 17- residents; 0- employees; 4- guests; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada; Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Jim Fichtel, seconded by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of September 13, 2021 as presented.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada reported that annual hydrant flushing is almost complete; the backhoe transmission needs repair but will be covered under warranty.
  2. Brian Michelli shared that a house has been offered to the fire department for training; the departments are experiencing extended response times from ambulance companies.
  3. Andrea Anderson shared a report from the Treasurer stating that the township’s TCF accounts will officially become Huntington accounts.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

21-082 Second Reading: Floodplain Management Provisions of the State Construction Code Amendment Ordinance
Andrea Anderson moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED to adopt the Floodplain Management Provisions of the State Construction Code Amendment Ordinance.
This constitutes the second and final reading of Ordinance No. 825.
Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

NEW BUSINESS:

21-083 Eagle Scout Project Presentation: Christopher & Jacob Kotkowicz
Jacob’s project includes painting and making minor repairs to the garage building and installing a Veteran’s honor roll.
Christopher’s project includes the installation of signs at the cemetery entrances to post rules and contact information along with a map to be included by the Veteran’s wall.
Jacob and Christopher have discussed the projects and made adjustments with the cemetery Sexton and Clerk prior to presenting to the board.
The projects will be funded by fundraising done by the individual scouts.
The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Todd Dunham was carried unanimously, to support both projects presented by Jacob and Christopher Kotkowicz.

21-084 Public Hearing: 2021 Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan
(a.) The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to open the Public Hearing at 7:14pm.
(b.) Public Hearing: The Supervisor announced the purpose of the public hearing was to hear public comment in regard to the DDA Plan and TIF Plan.

Comments:

  1. Larry Hall, 333 Washington Ave, Grand Haven is the DDA Chair and shared that the plan will set the rules and design of the DDA.

(c.) The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 7:18pm and return to open session.

21-085 First Reading: Ordinance for Adoption of the 2021 Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan of the Downtown Development Authority for the Charter Township of Fruitport, Michigan
This ordinance would adopt the 2021 DDA Plan and TIF Plan of the DDA for the Charter Township of Fruitport, MI.
This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on October 11, 2021.

21-086 Payment of Bills
Jim Fichtel moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $34,031.18; Public Safety $35,371.81; Water $12,963.45; Sewer $41,373.50; Trust & Agency $30,651.00; Street Lights $3,993.57
Totaling: $158,384.51
Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Todd Dunham shared an article from the Tribune about the Community Day Slip ‘n Slide; a letter was shared from Health West praising Officer Rob Atkinson for his positive assistance on a call; Todd praised the treasurer, department heads, and other staff for a successful audit and for working to stay on budget and build the general fund.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

  1. Floyd Dodd, 3207 Raffie, asked if any appeals have been filed for the Kuis Drain since the Board of Determination deemed the recent petitions unnecessary. He also asked if the issue of senior millage funding was investigated to see if there are any more funds left for this year.

The motion by Jim Fichtel, seconded by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:42pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 10/11/21

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

OCTOBER 11, 2021

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: 9/27/21
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Second Reading: Ordinance for Adoption of the 2021 Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan of the Downtown Development Authority for the Charter Township of Fruitport, Michigan
  8. New Business
    A. Auditor presentation of 2020/2021 fiscal year audit
    B. IIAF Collective Bargaining Agreement
  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 13, 2021

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, September 13, 2021, in the township board room.

Members Present: Todd Dunham, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Jim Fichtel, Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, David Markgraf
Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Todd Dunham opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also Present: 25- residents; 3- employees; 0- guests; Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Steve Biesiada.

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Rose Dillon was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of August 23, 2021 as presented.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, seconded by Terry Knoll was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions requested by the DPW Director and Supervisor:

Add item 8-D: Resolution Approving Refunding Contract
Add item 8-E: First Reading Floodplain Management Provisions of the State Construction Code Amendment Ordinance

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS:

  1. Steve Biesiada shared that the new administrative assistant started September 7th and is doing well; the West Michigan Regional Water Authority is having upgrades done on the Smiley water tower to comply with EGLE and the cost is approximately $14,500.
  2. Brian Michelli would like to remind the community to lock their vehicles to avoid unlawful entries; the water department found a water leak underground and the fire department staff is working to remedy the situation.
  3. Todd Dunham shared that the Board of Determination regarding the Kuis Drain determined further work is not necessary to resolve the problem petitioned for; the Lion’s Club mint street corner mint sale will be September 17th.
  4. Rose Dillon reported that 163 Fruitport Township seniors benefited from the Senior Power of Produce program at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market and that the program has been funded by the City of Muskegon to be able to run through the end of September.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. Susan Halter shared information regarding the success of the Dancing into Sunset events and requested future senior millage funding to support the events. She also shared photographs of the events and positive written comments from participants.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

21-075 Performance and Indemnification Resolution
The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by Todd Dunham, was carried unanimously, to TABLE this topic until response is received from the Muskegon County Road Commission.

NEW BUSINESS:

21-076 Deliver Oath to Part-Time Firefighter
Brian Meister was sworn in by the Clerk.

21-077 Senior Funding Request for Dancing into Sunset
Susan Halter, creator of Dancing into Sunset, is requesting an allocation of $500-$5,000 from the 2022 senior millage funding to support the Dancing into Sunset events. Approximately 20 guests were in attendance to support Susan’s efforts.

The board was thankful for the information and expressed that they will take it into consideration at the time of 2022 funds allocation when all presented options have been presented and considered.

21-078 Request for Kiwanis Peanut Sales
The Kiwanis International Club has requested permission to have their street corner peanut sale fundraiser on September 24th and 25th at Dangl/Sternberg. They will provide proof of liability insurance.
The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to approve the request.

21-079 Resolution Approving Refunding Contract with West Michigan Regional Water Authority
Bendzinski & Co., Municipal Finance Advisors, have advised the township that the current conditions in the bond market could permit a portion of the 2014 Water Supply System bonds to be refunded at a significant interest savings. The DPW Director shared that the township could see a savings of approximately $20,000.

Terry Knoll moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution approving the Refunding Contract.
Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

21-080 First Reading: Floodplain Management Provisions of the State Construction Code Amendment Ordinace
This ordinance would revise the designation of regulated flood prone hazard areas.

This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on September 27, 2021.

21-081 Payment of Bills
Terry Knoll moved, David Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $29,052.25; Public Safety $38,319.52; Water $164,666.90; Sewer $21,294.48; Trust & Agency $1,200.00; Street Lights $13,153.43
Totaling: $267,686.58
Ayes: Markgraf, Knoll, Anderson, Dunham, Dillon, Hulka, Fichtel
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

  1. Rose Dillon shared the deadline to pay property taxes without penalty is tomorrow, September 14, 2021.
  2. Todd Dunham shared that roadway flags will be ordered soon and hopes to have them up for Veterans Day.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none

The motion by Terry Knoll, seconded by David Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:53pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
TODD DUNHAM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda – 09/27/21

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

SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

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: 9/13/21
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Second Reading: Floodplain Management Provisions of the State Construction Code Amendment Ordinance
  8. New Business
    A. Eagle Scout Project Presentation: Christopher & Jacob Kotkowicz
    B. Public Hearing: 2021 Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan
    C. First Reading: Ordinance for Adoption of the 2021 Downtown Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan of the Downtown Development Authority for the Charter Township of Fruitport, Michigan
  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