Fruitport Township

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 07/10/17

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

JULY 10, 2017

6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARDMEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 6/26/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Fire Department hire
B. Downtown Development Authority (DDA) formation—initiate the formation of DDA, approve district boundaries

08. New Business
A. Accept resignation from Sgt. Rick McCabe
B. Approval to fill Police Department vacancy
C. Discuss new website possibilities

09. 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 – June 12, 2017

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF JUNE 12, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, June 12, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Greg Hulka (arrived at 7:50pm, tardiness excused), Jeff Jacobs, and Denise Winebarger. Members Absent: none

At 7:02pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 15– residents, 0 – employees, 0- guests, Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli, and Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of May 22, 2017 as presented with the following changes:

Item 17-077
WAS:
a) A DDA would be of benefit to property owners within the DDA district.
f) The school district would lose a portion of the tax dollars that would be captured by the DDA.

CORRECTED:
a) A DDA would be of benefit to the township and property owners within the DDA district.
f) The school district would lose the incremental growth of tax dollars that would be captured by the DDA.

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

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS

1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates of May 26 & June 9, 2017.
2) There will be a day of review for the drainage district boundaries for the Bussing Drain, Wednesday, June
21, 2017 from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner’s Office located at 141 E.
Apple Ave, 2nd floor, Muskegon, MI 49442
3) Population growth report for Muskegon County ranked the population growth for the Township and
Village of Fruitport at 3.4% with the rest of the county’s growth rates ranging between .2% and 1.7%.
4) Ron Langlois reported that the Vandenberg/Summit water main project is complete. The township will be accepting applications for connection immediately.
5) Ron Langlois reported that the Broadway Lift Station refurbishing will begin next week and should take approximately 3 weeks for completion.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS:

1) Dawn Diesel, 2958 Vandenberg, questioned when mailboxes will be replaced now that the water main project is complete. Ron Langlois said it would be done tomorrow.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

17-082 Review employment contract for Deputy Chief of Police
Brian Michelli asked that the Board review and bring the topic back at the next meeting.

17-083 Resolution for Mt. Garfield Rd road improvement
Project is in line to be completed over the summer.

Rose Dillon moved, supported by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution and authorize the Township Supervisor to execute the contract on behalf of the Township.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger Nays: None Absent: Hulka

17-084 Discussion on the formation of a DDA
Highlights of the discussion include:

a) A DDA committee would be appointed by the Township Board
b) The committee would formulate a plan that would require Township Board approval
c) DDA money could be spend on various degrees of property improvement
d) More tax dollars would be kept locally vs. trickling to other taxing authorities

Mr. Odell Ellis, 2339 Cress Creek Drive inquired on what a DDA is, will it be of benefit to the residents, and will it increase taxes.
Answer: a Downtown District Authority will benefit the area as a whole and will not increase taxes.

17-085 Rental Inspection status update
The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously to TABLE this topic until the next meeting.

17-086 Discussion on special assessment for Public Safety
Brian Michelli asked the board to determine how the assessment would be allocated, be it an assessment on a district as a whole or site specific and whether each entity would be allowed a predetermined number of calls per year before the assessment would take effect.

It was broken down that the cost of running calls for the police department is $142.50/hour.

It was requested that this topic be brought back in front of the Board at the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

17-087 Public Hearing- Special Assessment District Vandenberg/Summit road improvement

(a.) Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Jeff Jacobs MOTION CARRIED, to open the Public Hearing at 7:36pm.

Ayes: Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Becklin Nays: none Absent: Hulka

(b.) Public Hearing: The Supervisor announced that this hearing is to hear public comment and accept written objections regarding the setting of a special assessment district for road improvements on Vandenberg Rd and Summit Ave. The assessment amount would be divided equally and assessed per parcel per the request of the residents, totaling $3,976 per parcel on Summit Ave and $1,760 per parcel on Vandenberg Rd. The residents would have the option of paying up front or having the amount added in equal installments to their tax bill at 6% interest.

Kevin Sikkinga, 2875 Vandenberg, shared questions inquiring if the idea came from board resolution or resident petitions, what percent of residents signed in favor, what are the costs, how is it assessed, and are residents required to hook up to the newly completed water supply. Kevin shared his disapproval of the assessment.

Cindy Beckwith, 1931 E. Broadway, questioned why her property was included in the assessment district since Summit only runs on the backside of her property. She also inquired if there were any plans to force Walmart to pay for the water main project claiming that they are responsible for the high sodium level in the well water.

Molly Wahr, 2924 Vandenberg, inquired if the project would result in a new road or simply tar and gravel added on top. Also, what percent of the cost is the Muskegon County Road Commission covering?

The Pressey residence,1901 E. Summit Ave asked when the project would begin and how would homes be connected to the new water supply once the road is complete.

Written objections were received by the board from Kevin Sikkinga, Odell Elis, and Jeffery Beckwith.

(c.) The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously to close the Public Hearing at 8:30pm and return to open session.

Ron Becklin moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt Resolution to authorize procedures to set up a special assessment district for Vandenberg Rd/Summit Ave road improvements.

Ayes: Hulka, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Becklin Nays: Winebarger

Ron Becklin moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt resolution scheduling the public hearing on the setting of the assessment roll for Vandenberg Rd/Summit Ave road improvement special assessment district No. 2017-1.

Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Jacobs, Becklin Nays: none

Full text of said resolutions can be found on file in the Clerk’s office. Filed with documentation on SAD 2017-1

17-088 Approval of State Chemical Solutions agreement
This agreement is to provide solvents such as car wash, degreaser, glass cleaner, hand soap, and the like to the public safety department. It will be a cost savings to the department.

Rose Dillon moved, supported by Denise Winebarger, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize Brian Michelli to enter into the agreement and sign the contract.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: none

17-089 Approval of funds transfer for previously approved air packs for the Fire Department
Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to approve a transfer of not more than $80,000 from the General Fund to the Public Safety fund, effective March 31, 2017.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: none

17-090 New website discussion
Heidi Tice asked that, for the sake of time, this item be TABLED until the next meeting.

17-091 Adoption of MTA’s Principles of Governance
Board members expressed that the oath they took upon entering office declared similar sentiments, therefore did not see the need to make motion; topic was dropped.

17-092 Payment of bills
Ron Becklin moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $23,471.46; Public Safety $33,217.92; Water $199,918.84; Sewer $17,881.62; Street Lights $12,795.50; Trust & Agency $1,645.00     Totaling: $289,610.09

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

1)     Andrea Anderson announced that Fruitport Charter Township now has a Facebook page that will be used to share community happenings and such.
2)     Andrea Anderson shared that the Township is working on fundraising for the large 9-11 memorial flag flown at I-96 and US-31. Any donations can be made at Town Hall.
3)     Brian Michelli reported that new fire hose, boots, helmets, and gloves have been ordered and should come in under budget.
4)     Brian Michelli reported that the TV in the Chambers Board Room has been hooked up to allow its use for presentations.
5)     Brian Michelli reported that both the police and fire departments’ call volumes are ahead of last year.
6) Brian Michelli shared tax collection and disbursement numbers for Westshore Plaza
7)     Brian Michelli reported that Fruitport’s first Community Day was a success. Residents came out and enjoyed participating in stations from each of the township’s departments. Thank you to the Fruitport
Lions for providing food for the event.
8)     Heidi Tice announced that the next Community event will be a large slip ‘n slide at Pamona Park on July 22, 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

1) Rick Tice, 63 S. Eighth, commented on areas of Town Hall that need maintenance or repair.

The motion by Greg Hulka, supported by Ron Becklin was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:16pm.

 

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK         HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 06/26/17

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JUNE 26, 2017

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 6/12/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Employment contract for the Deputy Chief of Police
B. Discussion on the formation of a DDA
C. Rental inspection status update
D. Discussion on Special assessment for Public Safety

08. New Business
A. Public Hearing – Special Assessment District Vandenberg / Summit road improvement
B. Jim Spoelma retirement
C. Approval to fill Firefighter vacancy
D. Discuss new website possibilities
E. Budget Amendments

09. 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 Agenda – June 12, 2017

A G E N D A

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415
JUNE 12, 2017
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 5/22/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Employment contract for the Deputy Chief of Police
B. Adopt resolution for Mt. Garfield Rd road improvement
C. Discussion on the formation of a DDA
D. Rental inspection status update
E. Discussion on Special assessment for Public Safety

08. New Business
A. Public Hearing- Special Assessment District Vandenberg/Summit road improvement
B. Agreement with State Chemical Solutions for Public Safety
C. Approve transfer of funds for previously approved Fire Department air packs
D. Discuss new website possibilities
E. Adopt MTA’s Principles of Governance

09. 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 – May 8, 2017

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES: MEETING MINUTES OF MAY 8, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, May 8, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Greg Hulka, Jeff Jacobs, and Denise Winebarger. Members Absent: none

At 7:02pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 3– residents, 2 – employees, 1- guests, Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli, and Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of April 24, 2017 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Jeff Jacobs, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented, with the following addition:

ADD: Allow Lt. Andy Fias from WMET to speak at the beginning of the meeting on the topic of a growing drug problem and its link to retail theft.

PRESENTATION FROM LT. ANDY FIAS

Lt. Andy Fias is the Section Commander with WMET. He reported that Fruitport Township is seeing an increase in drug trafficking, 11 incidents so far this year and 41 in the past 3 years. He also mentioned that approximately 80% of retail theft is drug related. He briefed the Board on the timelines and costs that would incur should the Township be interested in adding an Officer to the WMET team.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS

  1. 1)  Michigan Townships Association legislative updates of April 28, 2017.
  2. 2)  Ron Langlois reported that the Vandenberg and Summit water main project has 1800 feet of main line inthe ground that is undergoing hydrostatic testing.
  3. 3)  Brian Michelli reported that from January to April, Heroin overdoses are on the rise. Local Med-controlhas set guidelines for first responders to administer opioid reversing medication.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS – none received UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

17-060 Adoption- Zone Change at 3350, 3254, & 3357 E Broadway Ave, Muskegon, MI
Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to amend the Township’s zoning map by changing the zoning classification from M-1 Commercial-Industrial Park to R-1 Residential District for parcel numbers 61-15- 101-100-0001-00 (vacant land on E Broadway), 61-15-101-100-0002-00(vacant land on E Broadway Ave), 61-15- 101-100-0003-00 (commonly known as 3350 E Broadway Ave), 61-15-101-100-0004-00 (commonly known as 3354 E Broadway), and 61-15-101-100-0008-00 (commonly known as 3357 E Broadway) as recommended by the Planning Commission.

At a public hearing on April 18, 2017, the Planning Commission gave the following reason supporting the zone change:

1. Fits the Master Plan that calls for this area to become residential zoning This constitutes the second and final reading of Amendment Ordinance No. 802. Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-061 Update and Discussion on IT RFP’s

The Board requested further information on how many hours of IT service did we use last year, how much was spent on IT service last year, and how much is budgeted for this year.

Interviews and discussions with IT providers will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017.

NEW BUSINESS:

17-062 Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week
Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution in which Fruitport Charter Township proclaims June 12-16, 2017 as Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week, encouraging citizens to bike, walk, carpool, and use public transportation rather than driving single occupant vehicles.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-063 Discussion of Contracted Services; Police Department

Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli, stated that Jeff Whelan is ready to move into the contracted roll of Deputy Chief for Fruitport Township Police Department. This position was budgeted for FY 2017-2018.

Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to request Brian Michelli to move forward in developing a contract for Mr. Whelan and bring to the Board for approval.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-064 Fire Department Equipment Purchasing Request

Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli, is requesting approval for the purchase of equipment that has been budgeted for and is due for replacement. Equipment is to include fire hose, boots, and helmets. Total cost approximately $39,000.

Rose Dillon moved, supported by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to approve Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli, to move forward with the purchase of Fire Department equipment.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-065 Odeno Project Street Lights
The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to TABLE the discussion of Odeno Project street lights until more information can be brought to the next meeting, May 22, 2017.

17-066 Culvert Replacement on Farr Rd.

The Muskegon County Road Commission had identified a culvert on E Farr Rd that is in need of replacement. The Board has requested to see a detailed invoice from the MCRC on the replacement of the above mentioned culvert. The Board would also like to revisit the policy on the amount that is covered by the MCRC.

17-067 Consideration of Petitions for Vandenberg & Summit Road Improvement
Rose Dillon moved, Greg Hulka supported, MOTION CARRIED, that the petitions for road improvement on Vandenberg and Summit Roads be received by the Township Board and move forward to schedule a public hearing to create an assessment district.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-068 Discussion of Land Use/Zone Change Fees

Land Use and Zone Change application fees were discussed as well as options for ensuring accuracy in the fee schedule.

17-069 Phone and Spending Policy Updates

The Board requested to TABLE this topic until old policies can be reviewed for comparison.

17-070 Administrative Assistant for the Township Supervisor

Discussion regarding Supervisor Tice’s request for an Administrative Assistant. The Board did not support the request for lack of budget.

A resident, Linda Corinti of 6th Street, Fruitport, shared questions on the topic.

17-071 Payment of bills
Ron Becklin moved, Jeff Jacobs seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $4,254.30; Public Safety $11,905.47; Water $384,706.36; Sewer $18,216.45; T&A $2,114 Totaling: $421,193.58

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS: PART II – None received

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

1. Recycling is now available for staff use at Town Hall.
The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:16pm.

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ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Agenda: May 22, 2017

A G E N D A 
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL

5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415
MAY 22, 2017

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 5/8/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business

A. Approval of I.T. service company
B. Odeno Project street lights
C. Culvert replacement on Farr Rd.
D. Discussion on contracted services for the Police Department
E. Spending & Phone Policy updates
F. Discussion on the formation of a DDA G. Rental inspection status update
H. Discussion on Special assessment for Public Safety

08. New Business

none

09. 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 24, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, April 24, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Greg Hulka, Jeff Jacobs, and Denise Winebarger.
Members Absent: none

At 7:02 pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer from Rose Dillon.

Also Present: 4– residents, 2 – employees, 1- guests, and Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Jeff Jacobs, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of April 10, 2017 with the following corrections:

Item 17-049 & Item 17-050
WAS: reason supporting the zone change: 1. Fits the 2003 Master Plan that calls for this area to revert to residential zoning.
CORRECTED: reason supporting the zone change: 1. Fits the Master Plan that calls for this area to become residential zoning.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS

1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates of April 24, 2017.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS – none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

17-056 Transunion Risk and Alternative Data Solutions (TLOxp) Agreement
Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to approve Fruitport Township Police Department to enter into a 12 month contract with Transunion Risk and Alternative Data Solutions, Inc. whose service will provide the Police Department with additional data search opportunities.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-057 Zone Change Request From M-1 to R-1 at 3350, 3254, & 3357 E Broadway Ave, Muskegon, MI
On April 18, 2017, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Township Board to approve the zone changes from M-1 to R-1 for parcel numbers 61-15-101-100-0001-00 (vacant land on E Broadway), 61-15-101-100- 0002-00(vacant land on E Broadway Ave), 61-15-101-100-0003-00 (commonly known as 3350 E Broadway Ave), 61- 15-101-100-0004-00 (commonly known as 3354 E Broadway), and 61-15-101-100-0008-00 (commonly known as 3357 E Broadway). This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled board meeting on May 8, 2017.

17-058 Closed Session
A. Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to go into closed session at 7:14pm per
Section 8A of the Open Meetings Act, per employees request to discuss specific personnel matters.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

B. The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously to go back into open session at 7:38pm.

17-059 Payment of bills
Denise Winebarger moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $25,106.85; Public Safety $23,810.59; Water $57,048.20; Sewer $1,583.85; Street Lights $12,753.49 Totaling: $120,302.98

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

1)  Chuck Whitlow, 6625 Mt Garfield Rd, inquired about the newly adopted budget.

2)  Sgt. Mike Harvitt, Michigan State Police, shared that the MSP is always recruiting and will have several spots to fill in the coming years due to retirements. He also shared that we may see an increased presents of Troopers due to grants funding them to be in particular areas.

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

1)  Heidi Tice shared that petitions for road improvements in the areas of Vandenberg and Summit came in at 56% in favor for Vandenberg and 65% in favor for Summit. Total cost of the project will be $163,694; 25% of which will be covered by the Muskegon County Road Commission, 75% by the affected residents.

2)  Ron Becklin announced that changes may be coming to the Recreational Committee due to grants being suspended by President Trump.

3)  Andrea Anderson introduced the “MI Time Line” program through the Secretary of State, through which you now have the option to make an appointment when visiting an SOS office is necessary.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:11pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – May 8, 2017

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415
MAY 8, 2017
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 4/24/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Second reading and adoption of zone change request regarding parcel #’s 15-101-100-
0001-00; 15-101-100-0002-00; 15-101-100-0003-00; 15-101-100-0004-00; 15-101-100-
0008-00. Zoning Map Amendment Ordinance #802
B. Discussion on IT RFP’s

08. New Business
A. Muskegon Area Smart Commute Week
B. Discussion of contracted services; Police Department
C. Fire Department equipment purchasing request
D. Odeno Project Street Lights
E. Culvert replacement on Farr Rd.
F. Consideration of petitions for Vandenberg & Summit road improvement
G. Discussion of Land Use/Zone Change fees
H. Policy updates
I.  Administrative Assistant for the Supervisor

09. 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 Agenda – 04/24/17

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL

5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415
APRIL 24, 2017

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 4/10/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
None

08. New Business
A. Transunion Risk and Alternative Data Solutions (TLOxp) Agreement
B. 1st reading zone change request regarding parcel #’s 15-101-100-0001-00; 15-101-
100-0002-00; 15-101-100-0003-00; 15-101-100-0004-00; 15-101-100-0008-00
C. Closed session for reasons permitted under the Open Meetings Act

09. 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 Agenda – 04/10/17

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

APRIL 10, 2017

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 3/27/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Second reading and consideration of Zone change request regarding parcel #’s 61-15-102-200-0011-00, 61-15-102-200-0006-00, 61-15-102-200-0008-00, 61-15-102-200-0007-00, and 61-15-102-200-0004-00 going from M-1 to R-1
B. Second reading and consideration of zone change request regarding parcel #’s 61-15-630-026-0003-00, 61-15-630-026-0004-00, 61-15-630-027-0001-00, and 61-15-630-026-0001-00 going from R-4 to R-1
C. Emergency Operations Plan

08. New Business
A. Broadway lift station rehabilitation
B. Brass/Copper bids for service materials (Water/Sewer Dept)
C. Consider waiver of fees for Special Use application for Pine Park

09. 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 March 13, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Greg Hulka, Jeff Jacobs, and Denise Winebarger.
Members Absent: Andrea Anderson, excused.

At 8:50pm, Supervisor Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer.

Also Present: 1– residents, 2 – employees, 1- guests, Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; and Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of February 27, 2017 as presented.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda for March 13, 2017 with the following change: Removal of item B (Public Safety Director evaluation and contract renewal) that needs to be discussed with the Public Safety Committee before coming to the Board.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates of March 3 & 10, 2017
2) Heidi Tice Announced that the tire clean up event would be held on May 13, 2017
3) Brian Michelli reported that energy saving LED lights were installed at Fire Station #2 resulting in $125 savings on the first month’s electric bill. The fire budget will also be receiving a $1,200 rebate for the new radiant heating system that was recently installed.
4) Brian Michelli also reported that the Police Department has been busy with increased drug busts.
5) Ron Langlois announced that 2 new DPW trucks were ordered in February and will be arriving in May. Cost for both trucks is $66,000.
6) Heidi Tice shared Clean-Up Days will be May 5 & 6, 2017

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS – none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

17-033 Discussion of proposed 2017-2018 budget
Proposed budgets were discussed in detail. Continued discussion, budget public hearing, and adoption will take place at the next meeting on March 27, 2017.

17-034 Discussion of May 5 & 6, 2017 Clean Up Days
As Heidi Tice reported earlier in the meeting, Clean-Up Days will take place May 5 & 6, 2017. The City of Muskegon and the Village of Fruitport will donate use of front end loaders; Fruitport Township DPW will provide a backhoe.

17-035 Approve Supervisor to seek RFP’s for internet service
The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Ron Becklin, carried unanimously, to approve Supervisor Tice to go out for bids for Township internet services. It was asked that any recommendations for IT would be brought to her.

17-036 Approve water rate increase
Greg Hulka, supported by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to approve a water rate increase of $0.30 per 1,000 gallons to begin April 1, 2017. This includes $0.27 for Regional Water Authority infrastructure and system improvements and $0.03 increase from the City of Muskegon. The infrastructure and system improvements are covered 80% by the City of Norton Shores and 20% by Fruitport Township. The last increase in Fruitport Township’s water rate occurred in 2009. Upon completion of a water/sewer rate study being performed by Prein & Newhof Engineering results could potentially require another rate increase in the fall.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-037 Approve REU (Residential Equivalent Unit) transfer to Shoreline Promenade
Greg Hulka, supported by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to approve DPW’s recommendation to reduce Shoreline Promenade’s water and sewer REU’s from 9.309 to 6.5 leaving a transferable balance of 2.809 water REU’s and 2.247 sewer REU’s. A three year average was used when determining what REU’s should be reduced to.

Ayes: Becklin, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None
Abstain: Jeff Jacobs (due to his brother’s ownership of Shoreline Promenade) 

17-038 Payment of bills
Ron Becklin moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $6,263.34; Public Safety $17,931.28; Water $55,754.73; Sewer $20,378.29
Totaling: $100,327.64

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

PUBLIC COMMENTS: PART II – None received

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: 1) Ron Becklin gave report of no new happenings with the Muskegon Recreation Partnership.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:21pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 03/27/17

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

MARCH 27, 2017

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

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 3/13/2017
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    None
  8. New Business
    A. Fruitport Conservation Club
    B. Budget Public Hearing
    C. Budget amendments
    D. 2017-2018 budget
    E. Public Safety Director evaluation and contract renewal
    F. 1st reading zone change request regarding parcel #’s 61-15-102-200-0011-00, 61-15-102-200-0006-00, 61-15-102-200-0008-00, 61-15-102-200-0007-00, and 61-15-102-200-0004-00
    G. 1st reading zone change request regarding parcel #’s 61-15-630-026-0003-00, 61-15-630-026-0004-00, 61-15-630-027-0001-00, and 61-15-630-026-0001-00
    H. Closed session to discuss pending litigation with Township Attorney, exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act

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 Agenda – 03/13/17

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

MARCH 13, 2017

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 2/27/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
None

08. New Business
A. Discussion of proposed 2017-2018 budget
B. Public Safety Director evaluation and contract renewal
C. Discussion of May 5 & 6 Clean-Up Days
D. Approve Supervisor to seek RFP’s for internet service
E. Approve water rate increase F. REU (Residential Equivalent Unit) transfer for Shoreline Promenade

09. 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 Agenda – 02/27/17

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

FEBRUARY 27, 2017

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

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 2/13/2017
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Adoption of Michigan Vehicle Code Ordinance- 2nd reading
    B. Lease continuation options and update for cell tower located at 4345 S. Quarterline Rd.
    C. Discuss Articles of Incorporation of the Greater Muskegon Recreation Partnership
  8. New Business
    A. Presentation of new 561 Pumper Tanker fire truck
    B. Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) agreement
    C. Adoption of Emergency Operations Plan
    D. Amendments to Board of Review appointments
    E. Review bid to chip-seal Mount Garfield Road
    F. Approval of 2017 Local Road Brine Program with the Muskegon County Road Commission
    G. Approval of Fruitport Lions Old Fashioned Days Agreement
    H. Adopt Resolution to apply for State grant to fund voting equipment
    I. Adoption of Public Meeting Schedule for 2017-2018

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 Agenda – 02/13/17

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

FEBRUARY 13, 2017

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

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 1/23/2017 & 2/1/2017
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    a. Michigan Vehicle Code Ordinance- first reading
    b. Articles of Incorporation of the Greater Muskegon RecreationPartnership
  8. New Business
    a. Public Utilities Director contract
    b.Lease continuation options and update for cell tower located at 4345 S.Quarterline Rd.
    c. Lot Merger Agreement-Engle
  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 Agenda – 01/23/17

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

JANUARY 23, 2017

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

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 1/9/2017
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Information and discussion of Rental Inspection plan
    B. Discuss financing options for incoming fire truck 561
  8. New Business
    A. Discuss new Police and Fire service contract between the Township and Village
  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 Agenda – 01/9/17

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

JANUARY 9, 2016

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

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of board minutes: 12/12/16 & 12/20/16
  4. Approve / amend agenda
  5. Correspondence / reports
  6. Public comments regarding agenda items
  7. Unfinished Business
    A. Discussion regarding participation in the Recreational Authority
  8. New Business
    A. Authorize the sale of Fire Department asset
    B. Approval of Comcast contract for Town Hall
  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 Agenda – 12/12/16

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

DECEMBER 12, 2016

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 11/28/16 regular meeting
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Appointments to committees and boards
B. Approval of Vandenberg/Summit water main project
C. Recreational Authority information
D. Library agreement review

08. New Business
A. Reappointment of Board of Review members
B. Approval of Carol Hulka’s compensation

09. 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 Meeting Agenda – 11/28/16

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

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 – 6:00 P.M. WORK SESSION, 7:00 P.M.  BOARD MEETING

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Board Minutes: 10/24/16 Regular Meeting
  4. Approve / Amend Agenda
  5. Correspondence / Reports
  6. Public Comments Regarding Agenda Items
  1. Unfinished Business
  2. New Business
    A. Presentation by Attorney Nolan- Elected District Court Judge
    B. Resolution for Trustee Nash
    C. Resolution for Clerk Hulka
    D. Consider Appointments to Committees and Boards
    E. Consider Wastewater Appointments
    F. Consider West Michigan Regional Water Authority Board
    G. Informational Meeting 12-10-16
    H. Consider Asset Management Plan
    I. District Library Agreement
    J. Budget Amendments
    K. Approval of Requirements for Director of Public Utilities
    L. Vandenberg/Summit Water Main
    M. Approval of Sale of Space Heaters from Fire Department
    N. Closed Session to consider Township attorney’s written opinion, exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
  1. Approval of Bills
  2. Reports
  3. Public Comments
  4. 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 October 24, 2016

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash, and Chuck Whitlow. Members Absent: None

At 7:00 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer.

Also Present: 9 – residents, 3 – employees, 1 – guest, Public Safety Director, Michelli; DPW Director, Farrar, and Attorney Bultje

The meeting minutes of October 10, 2016, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The motion by Dave Markgraf, seconded by Carol Hulka, was Carried Unanimously, to approve the meeting agenda for October 24, 2016 with the following addition: Establishment of an application and license fee for Medical Marihuana.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates
2 )Fruitport Township Planning Commission meeting minutes dated October 18, 2016
3) /Fruitport Library Information

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Steve and Kristy Jones, 5703 Fairview Ct. (Stillwater Springs) and Dr. Watkins, from Calvary Christian School, Kendra Road, continued the discussion regarding repair of Kendra Road.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
16-091 Fury FC / Fruitport Soccer / Sheringer

The motion by Ron Becklin, seconded by Dave Markgraf, was Carried Unanimously, to table the matter regarding Fruitport Soccer (Fury FC) on Sheringer.

NEW BUSINESS
16-092 Air Pack Demonstration
Public Safety Director, Michelli, and part time Fruitport firefighter, Shane Ingersoll, gave a demonstration of the new air packs.

16-093 Medical Marihuana License and Application Fee
Dave Markgraf moved, seconded by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to establish the Medical Marihuana license and application fee at $250.00.

Ayes: Markgraf, Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Hulka, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays: None

16-094 Payment of Bills
Dave Markgraf moved, Carol Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $3,738.32; Public Safety $111,301.78; Water $226,085.81 and Sewer $2,156.83 Totaling: $343,282.74

Ayes: Markgraf, Hulka, Whitlow, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Werschem
Nays: None

REPORTS
Utility Director, Matt Farrar, announced his upcoming departure from Fruitport Township in December. Director Farrar will become the Director of Public Works for the County of Muskegon. Ron Langlois, Fruitport Township Utility Supervisor, will be the interim Utility Director.

Director Farrar also acknowledged Utility Serviceman, Matt Vallee, working for the Township for a total of 26 years.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: PART II – None received

The motion by Dave Markgraf, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m.
CAROL HULKA, CLERK

BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Planning Commission Meeting–October 18, 2016

Regular Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

Regular Planning Commission Meeting
Fruitport Charter Township
5865 Airline Road

Date: October 18, 2016

Chairman Jacobs brought the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

01. Roll Call:
A. Members Present: Jeff Jacobs, Mike Michelli Jr., Randy Lee, Brett Suchecki, Kyle Osterhart, & Geoff Newmyer.
B. Members Absent: Chuck Whitlow.

02. Approval of the September 20, 2016 Special Planning Commission Meeting Minutes:
A. The minutes were accepted by Chairman Jacobs as presented.

03. Approve / Amend Agenda:
A. Motion by Michelli Jr. to amend item #6 to a Special Use with a Site Plan for Building Addition. Supported by Newmyer.
1. Ayes: All in favor.
2. Nays: None.

04. Correspondence / Reports: None.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics: None. Chairman Jacobs explained the Public Hearing Process

New Business:
06. Special Use: Varney’s Fab. & Welding LLC
Parcel: 61-15-027-200-0003-00
Purpose: Special Use and Site plan for building addition to be used for storage
A. Osterhart motioned to open the public hearing with support by Lee
–1. Ayes: All in favor.
–2. Nays: None.
B. Scott Varney & Dave Whitlow, owner of the parcel: They have existing pole barns and are looking to add on to an existing building. All of the buildings are currently pole barn buildings with metal siding.
C. The new materials will match the existing materials.
D. All site lighting will remain on site.
E. Jacobs said the outside storage has to be moved inside. Scott said all outside materials will be stored inside as part of this project.
F. Osterhart suggested shifting the building two foot to the south (if possible) because it would then meet our ordinance because it would provide a break in the façade.
G. Osterhart motioned to close the public hearing with support by Newmyer.
–1. Ayes: All in favor
–2. Nays: None

1. Motion made by Michelli Jr. to grant the special use request for parcel 61-15-027-200-0003-00 for the following requested special use: building addition for storage.

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-157 of the Zoning Chapter.
a. The special use will not be harmonious with and in accordance with the general objectives or with any specific objections of the Master Plan. This finding is based upon the following fact: Pre-Existing.
b. The special use will be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained so as to be harmonious and appropriate in appearance with the existing or intended character of the general vicinity, and it will not change the essential character of the same area. This finding is based upon the following fact: Varney’s Fab and Welding is pre-existing and new addition matches existing.
c. The special use will not be hazardous or disturbing to existing or future uses. This finding is based upon the following facts: Pre-Existing.
d. The special use will be a substantial improvement to property in the immediate vicinity and to the Township as a whole. This finding is based upon the following fact: It moves the outside storage inside and improves safety.
e. The special use will be served adequately by essential public facilities and services, or have them adequately provided by the applicant; facilities and services include highways, streets, police and fire protection, drainage structures, refuse disposal, and schools. This finding is based upon the following fact: Pre-Existing.
f. The special use will not create excessive additional requirements at public cost for public facilities and services and will not be detrimental to the economic welfare of the Township. This finding is based upon the following fact: Pre-Existing.
g. The special use will not involve uses, activities, processes, materials, and equipment and conditions of operation that will be detrimental to any persons, property, or the general welfare by reason of excessive production of traffic, noise, smoke, fumes, glare, or odors. This finding is based upon the following fact: Pre-Existing.
h. The special use will be consistent with the intent and purposes of the Zoning Chapter. This finding is based upon the following fact: Pre-Existing.
i. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the proposed special use: None.

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established as authorized by Section 42-158 of the Zoning Chapter.
j. The special use must comply with the site plan, dated 9/9/2016, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.
k. The special use must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.
l. The special use must be acquired, developed, and completed in conformance with the Zoning Chapter, as amended, and the rest of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances.
m. The construction of the special use must be completed within 1 year. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.
n. If the special use approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the special use may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.
o. A financial guarantee is required as allowed by Section 42-158(d) of the Zoning Chapter. The details of the financial guarantee are: None.
p. A digital copy of the site plan as approved shall be provided to the Fire Inspector at brian.michelli@mcd911.net, or such other e-mail address as the Fire Inspector may designate.
q. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the special use:
–a. South wall to be offset 2’-0” from existing building.
–b. Lighting to remain on-site.
–c. No outside storage.

4. Supported by Lee.
r. Roll Call:
–a. Ayes: Michelli Jr., Lee, Newmyer, Osterhart, Suchecki, & Jacobs.
–b. Nays: None.

07. Site Plan: Vandermale Builders Inc. (owner – Hackett)
Parcel: 61-15-135-400-0064-00
Purpose: Site Plan for Private Road – Willis Drive
1. Brandon Simon, Nederveld Engineering, is speaking on behalf of Vandermale Builders. The plan is a realignment of an existing drive. The purpose is the owner wants to create a private entrance to his house while providing separate access to neighboring properties. There is adequate fire access within the drives. All utilities will be placed underground instead of overhead. All slopes are at or below 10%.
2. There will be a private road maintenance agreement for all residences served. Hackett has set himself up as the maintainer of the property.

B. Motion made by Michelli Jr. to approve the information provided by the Zoning Administrator with the following conditions:
1. The maintenance agreement is subject to the approval by the township attorney.

C. Supported by Lee.
1. Roll Call:
–a. Ayes: Michelli Jr., Lee, Newmyer, Osterhart, Suchecki, & Jacobs.
–b. Nays: None.

Unfinished Business:
08. New Ordinance Review: No discussion.

09. Public Comments:
A. Steve VerMerris, 3983 Woodlawn Street:
–1. Would like the board to consider backyard chickens in an R-1 district. It seems to be the trend with neighboring communities and he feels like it would be beneficial for Fruitport.
–2. Supervisor Werschem said it’s currently restricted & that he will get some neighboring ordinance language on the matter for us to review.
–3. The planning commission was open to the idea.

B. Werschem said all municipalities are now required to do rental inspections. We need to take a look at the language of rental inspections in the Ordinance.

10. Adjournment: There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 7:53 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kyle D. Osterhart, Secretary

Fruitport Charter Township Board Meeting – Agenda –October 24, 2016

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

10/24/2016

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

    1. Pledge of Allegiance
    2. Roll Call
    3. Approval of Board Minutes: 10/10/16 Regular Meeting
    4. Approve / Amend Agenda
    5. Correspondence / Reports
    6. Public Comments

Unfinished Business

  1. Fury FC / Fruitport Soccer / Sheringer

New Business

  1. Air Pack Demonstration
  2. Approval of Bills
  3. Reports
  4. Public Comments
  5. 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: Carol Hulka, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Planning Commission Meeting — October 18th, 2016

AGENDA — PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
5865 AIRLINE RD
FRUITPORT, MI 49415

October 18th, 2016 at 7:00 PM

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: September 20, 2016
  3. Approve / Amend Agenda
  4. Correspondence / Reports
  5. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics

New Business

  1. Site Plan: Varney’s Fab. & Welding LLC
    Parcel:      61-15-027-200-0003-00
    Purpose:   Site Plan for building addition to be used for storage
  1. Site Plan: Vandermale Builders Inc (owner-Hackett)
    Parcel:      61-15-135-400-0064-00
    Purpose:   Site Plan for Private Road – Willis Drive
  1. New Ordinance Review
  2. Public Comments
  3. Adjournment

 

The township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the Township Clerk: Carol Hulka, Fruitport Charter Township, 5865 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151.

Fruitport Charter Township Board Of Trustees–October 10, 2016

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF OCTOBER 10, 2016

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 10, 2016, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, and Marjorie Nash. Members Absent: Trustee Chuck Whitlow

At 7:00 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer.

Also Present: 22 – residents, 0 – employees, 0 – guests, and Public Safety Director, Michelli

The meeting minutes of September 26, 2016, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The meeting agenda for October 10, 2016, was approved as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1)Michigan Townships Association legislative updates
2)Fruitport Township Parks and Recreation meeting minutes dated August 23 and September 27, 2016
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Kristy and Steve Jones, 5703 Fairview Ct., spoke on the Kendra Road road problem. Many other residents of Stillwater Springs were also in attendance supporting the need to have Kendra Road repaired.

REPORTS—none received

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

16-087 Reclamation of Cemetery Plots
Clerk Carol Hulka gave a report on the reclaiming of cemetery burial spaces in Pine Hill Cemetery. After a thorough investigation of forfeiture of unused and neglected burial spaces, 249 sites are able to be reclaimed. In addition, 90 additional grave sites are being added to unoccupied land located behind the mausoleum in Pine Hill Cemetery.

16-088 Fruitport Soccer / Sheringer
Chris Belasco, from the Fruitport Soccer Club, spoke on making some changes to the current Fruitport Soccer Club License Agreement. There was discussion with no action taken.

16-089 Retail Fraud Ordinance – Second Reading and Adoption
Dave Markgraf moved, Carol Hulka supported, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of the Retail Fraud Ordinance #798 that will protect the public health, safety, and general welfare by prohibiting certain defined behavior in the Charter Township of Fruitport, and to provide for an effective date which is 30 days after its publication in the Muskegon Chronicle.

This constitutes the second and final reading.

Ayes: Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Werschem         Nays: None

 NEW BUSINESS

16-090 Payment of Bills
Dave Markgraf moved, Marjorie Nash seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $8,384.14; Public Safety $17,955.99; Water $;85,240.86 and   Sewer $588.81.         Totaling:  $ 113,384.68

Ayes: Markgraf, Nash, Becklin, Dillon, Hulka, Werschem  Nays: None

 REPORTS
Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli, reported that inquiries have been coming up regarding whether charitable organizations may solicit contributions in public roadways. In the past, the Township didn’t get involved in this issue. Director Michelli presented a ruling dated July 29, 2016, from Attorney General Bill Schuette, on this matter. The ruling was summed up stating that Rule 713, of the Uniform Traffic Code, prohibits a person in the improved portion of a roadway from soliciting contributions in support of a civic or charitable organization from the occupant of any vehicle.   Mich Admin Code, R 28.1713.

After discussion, the Board agreed to follow the Attorney General’s ruling.

Resident Chuck Larson, Stringer Road, presented a newspaper picture that appeared on the front page of the local Clipper newspaper dated February 11, 1970. The picture was of a Fruitport Township board meeting where officials exchanged views on various issues including combining water supply efforts with the Fruitport Village.

 PUBLIC COMMENTS: PART II –   None received

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Dave Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:09 p.m.

_______________________________           ______________________________

CAROL HULKA, CLERK                              BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees — September 26, 2016

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash, and Chuck Whitlow. Members Absent: None

At 7:00 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer.

Also Present: 5 – residents, 0 – employees, 1 – guest, Public Safety Director, Michelli, DPW Director, Farrar, and Attorney Bultje

The meeting minutes of September 12, 2016, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The motion by Chuck Whitlow, seconded by Dave Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to approve the meeting agenda with the following additions under new business:

  1. Evidence Tech
  2. Soccer Club Contract

 

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1)Michigan Townships Association legislative updates
2)Fruitport Township Planning Commission meeting minutes dated September 20, 2016
PUBLIC COMMENTS—   none received

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

16-081 Public Works Service Agreement – Odeno Development
Chuck Whitlow moved, Ron Becklin supported, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Public Water and Sanitary Sewer Extension Agreement dated September 19, 2016, between Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Fruitport Charter Township, and authorize the Supervisor and Clerk to sign the Agreement.

Ayes: Whitlow, Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Hulka, Markgraf, Werschem   Nays: None

 

16-082 Muskegon County Prosecutors Agreement

Chuck Whitlow moved, Dave Markgraf supported, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Muskegon County Prosecutors Agreement dated September 22, 2016,between Fruitport Charter Township and Muskegon County Prosecutor, and authorize the Supervisor and Clerk to sign the Agreement substantially as drafted. The purpose of this Agreement is to provide for the prosecution by the Prosecutor’s office of ordinance violations cited by the Township through its Police Department.

Ayes: Whitlow, Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Werschem         Nays: None

 

16-083 Retail Fraud Ordinance – First Reading

The Township Board made a recommendation to adopt the Retail Fraud Ordinance that will protect the public health, safety, and general welfare by prohibiting certain defined behavior in the Charter Township of Fruitport.

This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular meeting scheduled on October 10, 2016.

 

NEW BUSINESS
16-084 Hiring of an Evidence Tech
Dave Markgraf moved, supported by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Safety Director to hire a part time Evidence Tech at a cost not to exceed $16.00 per hour. The recommendation was made by the Public Safety Committee.

Ayes: Markgraf, Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Hulka, Whitlow, Werschem     Nays: None

 

16-085 Soccer Club Contract – there was discussion with no action taken

 

16-086 Payment of Bills

Dave Markgraf moved, Carol Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $34,895.55; Public Safety $32,952.99; Water $19,627.28; and   Sewer $15,745.09.         Totaling:  $103,220.91

Ayes: Nash, Markgraf, Whitlow, Hulka, Dillon, Becklin, Werschem  Nays: None

 

REPORTS – none received

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS: PART II –   None received

 

The motion by Chuck Whitlow, supported by Dave Markgraf, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:24 p.m.

 

_______________________________            ______________________________

CAROL HULKA, CLERK                              BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of June27, 2016

The regular meeting of the Fruitport Charter Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Brian Werschem at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016, in the township board room.

Supervisor Werschem opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

Members Present:  Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash, and Chuck Whitlow.  Members Absent:  Trustee Dave Markgraf–excused

Also Present:  3 – residents, 1 – employee, 2 – guests, Public Safety Director, Michelli and DPW Director, Farrar.

The board meeting minutes of June 13, 2016, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Marjorie Nash, was carried unanimously to approve the meeting agenda of June 27, 2016, with following addition: Village Tax Collection Agreement

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS     
1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Collene Lamonte, candidate for State Representative, introduced herself and announced that she is running for office again.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: 

NEW BUSINESS:
16-058  Street Light Millage Rate
The Township previously established a streetlight special assessment district to cover the costs of various street lights in the Township, which authorizes the township to levy up to .5 mill.  The township has levied a millage rate of .45 mill to cover the costs of various street lights.  Because of the corrected inventory and installation of high efficiency lighting, the Township currently does not need to levy .45 mill in order to cover the costs of the various street lights.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of a Resolution to reduce the street light millage rate from .45 to .40 mill effective with the property tax bills sent out in December 2016.

Ayes: Dillon, Becklin, Nash, Hulka, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays: None

16-059  Lead Level Test Results for Fruitport Schools
DPW Director Matt Farrar and Mike G , Superintendent of the City of Muskegon Filtration Plant, related the lead level testing that was done for Fruitport Schools resulted in being 100% safe. Fruitport DPW Utility Foreman Ron Langlois, was involved in the testing.

16-060  Village Tax Collection
Ron Becklin moved, Chuck Whitlow seconded, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of an Agreement, pending the township attorney’s review, between the Village of Fruitport and the Township of Fruitport, for the Township, by and through its Treasure to collect the Village’s property taxes.

Ayes: Becklin, Whitlow, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Werschem
Nays: None

16-061   Payment of Bills
Carol Hulka moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $23,912.11; Public Safety $39,162.07; Water $43,908.51; Sewer $4,416.45 Totaling: $111,399.14

Ayes: Hulka, Becklin, Dillon, Nash, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays: None

REPORTS –
Public Safety Director, Michelli, presented a 2015 year end event activity summary that resulted in 11,125 services responded to by police officers in Fruitport Township.

PUBLIC COMMENTS – PART II
Sam Cramblet, 3075 West Fruitport Road, commented on ordinance violations.

The motion by Chuck Whitlow, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:02 p.m.
CAROL HULKA, CLERK

BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 8/8/16

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

8/8/2016

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

01.   Pledge of Allegiance
02.   Roll Call
03.   Approval of Board Minutes: 7/25/16 Regular Meeting
04.   Approve / Amend Agenda
05.   Correspondence / Reports
06.   Public Comments
07.  Unfinished Business
A. Greenway Crossings PUD Zoning Map Amendment Ordinance – Second Reading / Consideration
B.  Greenway Crossings Preliminary Development Plan
C. Metal Arc Contract Zoning Map Amendment Ordinance – Second Reading / Consideration
D. Metal Arc Amendment to Contract Zoning Agreement

08.  New Business
A. Rezoning Parcels 61-15-126-300-0001-00 & 61-15-126-100-0003-00   from R4 to R1 – First Reading
B.

09.  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:  Carol Hulka, Fruitport
Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of April 25, 2016

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash, and Chuck Whitlow.      Member Absent: None

Also Present: 6- residents; 2-County guests; Public Safety Director, Michelli and DPW Director, Farrar

At 7:00 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer.

The meeting minutes of March 28, 2016, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Marjorie Nash, was Carried Unanimously, to approve the meeting agenda of April 25, 2016, with the following addition to the Agenda, under New Business, Item D:
“Recreational Partnership”

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates
2) 3) Notice of a second prehearing for customers of Michigan Gas Utilities (Case No. U-17940)
concerning requesting a gas cost recovery.

Tim Burgess, 6336 Walker Road and Jon Meeuwenberg, 6908 Anita Court, who are both on the Fruitport Schools Citizens Committee, told about the upcoming November millage request to renovate the Fruitport High School.

PUBLIC COMMENTS  –  PART 1  

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS
16-046  CEMETERY ORDINANCE- FIRST READING
The Township Board made a recommendation to adopt a cemetery ordinance which will establish regulations relating to the operation, control, and management of cemeteries owned by Fruitport Charter Township.

This constitutes the first reading.  Final action will take place at the next regular scheduled meeting on May 9, 2016.

16-047  Catalina Shores Street Lights
The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Rose Dillon, was Carried Unanimously, to authorize five street lights be added into the street lighting contract, per the site plan presented, with Consumers Energy for the Catalina Shores Condominiums development and authorize the Supervisor and Clerk to sign the necessary paper work. The motion is contingent upon the developer installing and paying for the street lights.

Ayes:  Becklin, Dillon, Nash, Hulka, Markgraf, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-048  Public Safety Sale of Fixed Asset / Capital Purchase
Ron Becklin moved,  supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to sell or trade a Suburban police vehicle and combine that money with the $16,500 from the totaled police vehicle that was damaged beyond repair in an accident on Airline Road and purchase an all-wheel drive / 4 wheel drive SUV for the Police Department. The purchase price of the SUV shall not exceed the combined price of the trade in for the Suburban and the $16,500 from the totaled police vehicle.

Ayes:  Becklin, Dillon, Nash, Hulka, Markgraf, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-049  Recreation Partnership
County Administrator, Mark Eisenbarth and Jonathan Wilson, Economic Development Coordinator, gave an overview of a Comprehensive Community Development plan: Recreational Partnership.  Twenty-seven municipalities are included.  Local investment priorities/improvements are submitted.  Grants will be utilized.  County-wide planning developed by local public input.

The motion by Dave Markgraf, supported by Rose Dillon, Carried Unanimously, to complete a letter of interest/support and to appoint Trustee Ron Becklin as liaison to the steering committee for the Recreation Partnership.

16-050   Payment of Bills
Dave Margrave  moved, Carol Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts:  General Fund & Parks $48,794.74;  Public Safety $198,186.53; Water $129,983.77;  Sewer $37,127.14
Totaling:  $414,092.18

Ayes:  Markgraf, Hulka, Whitlow, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Werschem
Nays:  None

REPORTS
Township clean-up days—May 6 and 7th behind the Fruitport Township Hall
County-wide (FREE) tire clean-up on Saturday, May 14th behind the Fruitport Township Hall. No tractor tires accepted.

PUBLIC COMMENTS – PART II
Nelda Hornyak, 2317 Judson Road, will have a culvert put in because of water problems.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

CAROL HULKA, CLERK
BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 04-25-16

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

4/25/2016

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

01.   Pledge of Allegiance
02.   Roll Call
03.   Approval of Board Minutes: 3/28/16 Regular Meeting
04.   Approve / Amend Agenda
05.   Correspondence / Reports
A.    Tim Burgess – Muskegon Land Bank
06.   Public Comments

07.  Unfinished Business
A.    None

08.  New Business
A.    Cemetery Ordinance – First Reading
B.    Catalina Shores Street Lights
C.    Public Safety Sale of Fixed Asset / Capital Purchase
D.

09.  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:  Carol Hulka, Fruitport
Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 03-14-2016

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

3/14/2016

6:15 WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll Call
03. Approval of Board Minutes: 2/22/16 Regular Meeting
04. Approve / Amend Agenda

05. Correspondence / Reports
A. Tim Burgess – Muskegon Land Bank
06. Public Comments

07. Unfinished Business
A. March Budget Adjustments
B. Payoff Fire Truck 562
C. New Fire Truck to replace outgoing Fire Truck
D. 2016 – 2017 Budget
E. 2016 – 2017 Capital Allocations
F. West Star Management Liquor License Amended Application
G.

08. New Business
A. Muskegon Bike Time Agreement
B. 2016 – 2017 Planning and Zoning Fees
C.

09. 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: Carol Hulka, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Board Meeting Agenda – 03-28-2016

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

3/28/2016

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll Call
03. Approval of Board Minutes: 3/14/16 Regular Meeting
04. Approve / Amend Agenda
05. Correspondence / Reports
A. Tim Burgess – Muskegon Land Bank

06. Public Comments
07. Unfinished Business
A. Final Budget Adjustments
B. 2016 – 2017 Budget
C. Platinum Pines LLC Development Agreement

08. New Business
A.

09. 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: Carol Hulka, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Board Meeting Agenda – 2/22/2016

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

2/22/2016

5:30 PUBLIC SAFETY
6:00 WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll Call
03. Approval of Board Minutes: 2?8?16 Regular Meeting
04. Approve / Amend Agenda
05.Correspondence / Reports

06. Badge Presentations

07. Unfinished Business
     A. Consideration of Township Superintendent
B. 2016-2017 Budget
C.

08. New Business
A. Fruitport Lions OFD Event Agreement
B. Truth in Taxation Public Hearing
C. Liquor License Application West Star Management LLC
D. Payoff Fire Truck 562
E. New Fire Truck to Replace outgoing Truck
F.

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

The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meetiing to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the following Township Clerk: Carol Hulka, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 — (231) 856-3151

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 02-08-2016

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

2/8/2016

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll Call
03. Approval of Board Minutes: 1/25/16 Regular Meeting
04. Approve / Amend Agenda
05. Correspondence / Reports
06. Public Comments

07. Unfinished Business
A. Ken Doctor Retirement Resolution
B. Public Safety Director Contract
C. Fire Department Battalion Chief
D. Fire Department Vacancy
E. Cemetery Rates – 2nd Reading and Consideration
F. 2016 – 2017 Budget

08. New Business
A. Local Library Millage
B. 2016-2017 Board Schedule
C. Consideration of Township Superintendent
     1. Supervisor Salary
     2. Employment Agreement
     3. Supervisor Resignation

09. 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: Carol Hulka, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of February 22, 2016

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, and Marjorie Nash

Member Absent: Trustee Chuck Whitlow–excused

Also Present: many residents; Public Safety Director, Michelli and DPW Director, Farrar

At 7:00 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer.

The meeting minutes of February 8, 2016, regular meeting, were approved as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Carol Hulka, was carried unanimously, to amend the meeting agenda of February 22, 2016, by adding Public Comments after Badge Presentations.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1) Michigan Townships Association legislative updates
2) Planning Commission minutes dated February 16, 2016
3) Muskegon County Chapter of Michigan Townships Association quarterly meeting will be held at Fruitport Township on February 29th
4) Bike Time is scheduled for July 16 – 18

16-023  Badge Presentations
Badges were presented to three Township employees in their new positions during a badge presentation.  Brian Michelli, Public Safety Director, was presented his badge from Supervisor Werschem; David Mayette, Battalion Chief, was presented his badge from Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli; and Adam Morse, full time fire fighter, was presented his badge from Public Safety Director, Brian Michelli.

PUBLIC COMMENTS  –  PART 1
The following residents voiced their opinions concerning the township superintendent issue-

Linda Corinti, Oak Street

Mac McKenna, Silver Birch

Ron Cooper, E. Pontaluna

Greg Dillon, Josephine

Marty Hulka, East Broadway who also gave an overview of a legal opinion on this issue of a township superintendent written by resident and Attorney James Waters

Mariann Cooper, E. Pontaluna

Laura Oldt, 1st Street

Sandra Engle, E. Ellis

Greg Hulka, Romedius

Mark Carmean, E. Fruitport

Kim West, N. Point Drive

Ruth Vanderstelt, 6th. Street

Julie Wright, Vandenberg

Bruce DeVries, Pontaluna

County Commissioner, Marv Engle, Sheridan, handed out statutory duties of Township Supervisor, Township Clerk, Township Treasurer, and Township Board

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
16-024  Consideration of Township Superintendent
(a.)  Marjorie Nash moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to un-table the consideration of a township superintendent.

Ayes: Nash, Markgraf, Becklin, Dillon, Hulka, Werschem
Nays: None

(b.)  Marjorie Nash moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to remove the topic of township superintendent from the agenda for good with no further discussion.

Ayes: Nash, Markgraf, Becklin, Dillon, Hulka  Werschem
Nays: None

16-025  2016-2017 Budget
Further discussion took place concerning the 2016-2017 budget with adjustments added including new voting machines and a new cemetery map.

NEW BUSINESS:
16-026   Fruitport Lions OFD Event Agreement
Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Dave Markgraf, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the Fruitport Lions Old Fashioned Days agreement as presented.

Ayes: Dillon, Markgraf, Hulka, Nash, Becklin, Werschem
Nays: None

16-027   Truth in Taxation Public Hearing
(a.) Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Dave Markgraf, MOTION CARRIED, to open the Truth in Taxation hearing at 7:57 p.m.

Ayes: Dillon, Markgraf, Hulka, Nash, Becklin, Werschem
Nays: None

(b.)  Public Hearing: The Supervisor announced the proposed millage rates as follows: General Fund at the millage rate of .9965, Public Safety at 1.50 mills, Police at 1.00 mills and street lighting at .45 mills. Supervisor Werschem added that the rates are the lowest in Muskegon County.

Sandra Engle, E. Ellis, questioned the police and fire percentages on the budget.

Marty Hulka, East Broadway, commented on the street lights.

The Board discussed the police and fire renewal millage and the police renewal millage that will be on the May ballot.

No further discussion was heard. Budget adoption of the 2016-2017 townships budgets will be done at the next meeting on March 14, 2016.

(c.)  The motion by Dave Markgraf, supported by Ron Becklin, was Carried Unanimously, to close the public hearing at 8:05 p.m. and return to open session.

16-028  Liquor License Application West Star Management LLC
Brian Werschem moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to deny the application from West Star Management, LLC for a Class C and Specially Designated Merchant license to be located at 1720 E. Sternberg Road, Suite 80, Muskegon, MI 49444. It was recommended that the business owner further talk with officials regarding potential building and fire code violations.

16-029  Payoff of Fire Truck 562
The motion by Ron Becklin, seconded by Marjorie Nash, was Carried Unanimously, to table this issue until the next board meeting.

16-030  New Fire Truck to Replace Outgoing Truck
The motion by Ron Becklin, seconded by Marjorie Nash, was Carried Unanimously, to table this issue until the next board meeting.

16-031   Payment of Bills
Dave Markgraf moved, seconded by Carol Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $15,995,73; Public Safety $24,939.12; Totaling: 40,934.85

Ayes: Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Werschem
Nays:  None

REPORTS – None

PUBLIC COMMENTS – PART II
Ruth Vanderstelt, 6th Street, expressed the desire to have a Citizens Committee in Fruitport Township.  Resident Chuck Larson agreed and offered to be on the committee.

Laura Oldt, 1st Street, commented on a use for the township marquee located in front of the township hall, would be to post when meetings are held.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

CAROL HULKA, CLERK
BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of January 25, 2016

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016, in the township board room.

Members Present: Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Beck and Marjorie Nash

Members Absent: Trustee Dave Markgraf and Trustee Chuck Whitlow–excused

At 7:05 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

Also Present: 0– residents; 0–guests; 0–employees; DPW Director, Farrar; Public Safety Director, Doctor and Deputy Fire Chief, Michelli

The December 14, 2015 meeting minutes—regular meeting—were approved as presented.

The January 25, 2016 meeting agenda was approved as presented

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1) Michigan Townships Association (MTA) legislative up-dates
2) Fruitport Township Parks & Recreation meeting minutes of August 25th
3) Notice of Hearing—DTE Gas Company.  DTE requests Michigan Public Service Commission approval to increase its annual natural gas distribution revenues.  A typical residential customer’s average natural gas distribution bill may increase by about $7.63 per month.
4) Notice of  Hearing—Michigan Gas Utilities.  Michigan Gas Utilities requests Michigan Public Service Commission approval to implement a gas cost recovery plan to compute its natural gas customers’ bills.
5) Fruitport Drinking Water, Lead Information Sheet, supplied by Matt Farrar, Fruitport Township Utility Director

PUBLIC COMMENTS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS–  None

NEW BUSINESS
16-001  Purchase of Police Vehicles
2016-2017 is the year to cycle out old police vehicles and bring in new replacement vehicles.

Ron Becklin moved, supported by Marjorie Nash, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the purchase of three police cruisers and one police SUV from Borgman Ford Motor Leasing and dispose of the three older cruisers in form of a trade-in when the new cruisers come in. The recommendation came from the Public Safety Committee, Chief Doctor, and Supervisor Werschem.

Ayes: Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Hulka, Werschem
Nays: None

16-002  Revision of Cemetery Rates for Pine Hill Cemetery, Fruitport Township
Discussion took place on revision of cemetery rates for Pine Hill Cemetery as prices have not been increased since 1998.  This constitutes the first reading.  Final action will be taken at the February 8, 2016 board meeting.

16-003  Budget Adjustments
Carol Hulka moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the budget adjustments as presented.

Ayes:  Hulka, Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-004  Retirement Request from Public Safety Director, Ken Doctor
The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to accept the retirement of Ken Doctor as Public Safety Director, effective end of business day February 12, 2016.

16-005  Public Safety Director
With the retirement of Ken Doctor as Public Safety Director, discussion lead to Deputy Chief Michelli, who has been in training for several years as the next Public Safety Director for the Township.

Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Supervisor to negotiate a potential contract with Deputy Chief Michelli and present it as a possible contract for approval at the February 8, 2016 board meeting, with the effective date of the contract being February 15, 2016.  The recommendation came from the Public Safety Committee and Supervisor Werschem.

Ayes: Becklin, Dillon, Nash, Hulka, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-006  Vacancy in Fire Department
In the event that Deputy Chief Michelli accepts a contract as the next Public Safety Director, this will create a vacancy in the fire department.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to (1) promote a Battalion Chief from within the fire department and present a candidate and (2) authorize the fire department to do an internal posting to the paid on call firefighters to fill a full time fire fighter vacancy. The promotion and candidate are to be presented at February 8th meeting.

Ayes: Dillon, Becklin, Nash, Hulka, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-007  Public Safety Millage Renewals
Marjorie Nash moved, supported by Carol Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to request the County Clerk to place the following two millage propositions on the May 3, 2016 Election ballot.

PUBLIC SAFETY RENEWAL MILLAGE PROPOSITION
Shall a renewal of the present voter-approved increase in the statutory limitation on taxes levied on all property in the township be approved in the amount of 1.5 mills ($1.50 per $1,000) on the taxable values for a five year period with the levy to commence on December 1, 2016, to provide police and fire protection services? The Township estimates that it would receive approximately $664,568.00 each year.  This proposed millage is a renewal of an existing millage.

POLICE DEPARTMENT RENEWAL MILLAGE PROPOSITION
Shall a renewal of the present voter-approved increase in the statutory limitation on taxes levied on all property in the township be approved in the amount of 1 mill (1.00 per $1,000) on the taxable values for a five year period with the levy to commence on December 1, 2016, to provide police protection services and maintaining the Township police department?  The Township estimates that it would receive approximately $443,045.00 each year.  This proposed millage is a renewal of an existing millage.

Ayes: Nash, Hulka, Dillon, Becklin, Werschem
Nays: None

16-008  Public Works Ordinance Update
Ron Becklin moved, seconded by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of the Revised WATER Rate Resolution and the Revised SEWER Rate Resolution that will establish various water system charges and fees which are authorized by the Fruitport Charter Township Water System and Administration Ordinance.

Ayes: Becklin, Dillon, Hulka, Nash, Werschem
Nays: None

16-009  MADL Agreement
Rose Dillon moved, Ron Becklin supported, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of the Intergovernmental Agreement and authorize the Supervisor and Clerk to execute the Agreement.  The Agreement is entered into by the Village of Fruitport, the Charter Township of Fruitport, the Muskegon Area District Library, the Clerk of Muskegon County, and the County of Muskegon.

Ayes: Dillon, Becklin, Nash, Hulka, Werschem
Nays: None

16-010  2016-2017 Budget
Discussion took place on the 2016-2017 Budget. The Truth in Taxation hearing will tentatively take place at the meeting held on February 22, 2016, with adoption of the budget on March 14, 2016.

16-011  Reappointments on Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Carol Hulka, was carried unanimously, to reappoint the following positions:
Jeff Jacobs to another 3-year term on Planning Commission
John Winskas to another 3-year term on Zoning Board of Appeals
Joe DeMarco to another 3-year term on Zoning Board of Appeals

16-012  Payment of Bills
Marjorie Nash  moved, seconded by Carol Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks: $62,029.25; Public Safety 63,224.21$ Water: $19,167.73; and Sewer: $3,639.00 – Total:  $148,060.19

Ayes: Nash, Hulka, Becklin, Dillon, Werschem
Nays:  None

PUBLIC COMMENTS / REPORTS #2 – None

ADJOURNMENT:  At 7:22  p.m.

CAROL HULKA, CLERK
BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda 09-28-2015

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

09/28/2015

5:45 Public Safety Committee
6:30 WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01.   Pledge of Allegiance
02.   Roll Call
03.   Approval of Board Minutes: 09/14/15 Regular Meeting
04.   Approve / Amend Agenda
05.   Correspondence / Reports
06.   Public Comments

07.  Unfinished Business
A.None

08.  New Business
A.Fiber Technologies L.L.C. METRO Act Permit
B.Zone Change for Parcel 61-15-630-028-0006-00 from R4 to R1 – 1st Reading
C.Resignation Request from Morris Dadd from Planning Commission Effective October 31st , 2015
D.Resolution of Recognition – Morris Dadd
E.Recommendation to fill Planning Commission Vacancy
Engineer: Brett Suchecki Effective November 1st , 2015

09.  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:  Carol Hulka, Fruitport
Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda

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

3/14/2016

6:15 WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01.   Pledge of Allegiance
02.   Roll Call
03.   Approval of Board Minutes: 2/22/16 Regular Meeting
04.   Approve / Amend Agenda
05.   Correspondence / Reports
A. Tim Burgess – Muskegon Land Bank
06.   Public Comments

07.  Unfinished Business
A.    March Budget Adjustments
B.    Payoff Fire Truck 562
C.    New Fire Truck to replace outgoing Fire Truck
D.    2016 – 2017 Budget
E.    2016 – 2017 Capital Allocations
F.    West Star Management Liquor License Amended Application
G.

08.  New Business
A.    Muskegon Bike Time Agreement
B.    2016 – 2017 Planning and Zoning Fees
C.

09.  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:  Carol Hulka, Fruitport
Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Agenda

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

2/8/2016

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

01.   Pledge of Allegiance
02.   Roll Call
03.   Approval of Board Minutes: 1/25/16 Regular Meeting
04.   Approve / Amend Agenda
05.   Correspondence / Reports

06.   Public Comments

07.  Unfinished Business
A. Ken Doctor Retirement Resolution
B. Public Safety Director Contract
C. Fire Department Battalion Chief
D. Fire Department Vacancy
E. Cemetery Rates – 2nd Reading and Consideration
F. 2016 – 2017 Budget

08.  New Business
A. Local Library Millage
B. 2016-2017 Board Schedule
C. Consideration of Township Superintendent
1. Supervisor Salary
2. Employment Agreement
3. Supervisor Resignation

09.  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:  Carol Hulka, Fruitport  Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 – (231) 865-3151

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of January 25, 2016

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016, in the township board room.

Members Present:  Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Beck and Marjorie Nash

Members Absent:  Trustee Dave Markgraf and Trustee Chuck Whitlow–excused

At 7:05 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

Also Present:   0– residents;   0–guests; 0–employees;   DPW Director, Farrar;  Public Safety Director, Doctor and Deputy Fire Chief, Michelli

The December 14, 2015 meeting minutes—regular meeting—were approved as presented.

The January 25, 2016 meeting agenda was approved as presented

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1)  Michigan Townships Association (MTA) legislative up-dates
2)  Fruitport Township Parks & Recreation meeting minutes of August 25th
3) Notice of Hearing—DTE Gas Company.  DTE requests Michigan Public Service Commission approval to increase its annual natural gas distribution revenues.  A typical residential customer’s average natural gas distribution bill may increase by about $7.63 per month.
4) Notice of  Hearing—Michigan Gas Utilities.  Michigan Gas Utilities requests Michigan Public Service Commission approval to implement a gas cost recovery plan to compute its natural gas customers’ bills.
5) Fruitport Drinking Water, Lead Information Sheet, supplied by Matt Farrar, Fruitport Township Utility Director

PUBLIC COMMENTS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS–  None

NEW BUSINESS
16-001  Purchase of Police Vehicles
2016-2017 is the year to cycle out old police vehicles and bring in new replacement vehicles.

Ron Becklin  moved, supported by Marjorie Nash, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the purchase of three police cruisers and one police SUV from Borgman Ford Motor Leasing and dispose of the three older cruisers in form of a trade-in when the new cruisers come in.   The recommendation came from the Public Safety Committee, Chief Doctor, and Supervisor Werschem.

Ayes:  Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Hulka, Werschem
Nays: None

16-002  Revision of Cemetery Rates for Pine Hill Cemetery, Fruitport Township
Discussion took place on revision of cemetery rates for Pine Hill Cemetery as prices have not been increased since 1998.  This constitutes the first reading.  Final action will be taken at the February 8, 2016 board meeting.

16-003  Budget Adjustments
Carol Hulka moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the budget adjustments as presented.

Ayes:  Hulka, Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-004  Retirement Request from Public Safety Director, Ken Doctor
The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to accept the retirement of Ken Doctor as Public Safety Director, effective end of business day February 12, 2016.

16-005  Public Safety Director
With the retirement of Ken Doctor as Public Safety Director, discussion lead to Deputy Chief Michelli, who has been in training for several years as the next Public Safety Director for the Township.

Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Supervisor to negotiate a potential contract with Deputy Chief Michelli and present it as a possible contract for approval at the February 8, 2016 board meeting, with the effective date of the contract being February 15, 2016.  The recommendation came from the Public Safety Committee and Supervisor Werschem.

Ayes:  Becklin, Dillon, Nash, Hulka, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-006  Vacancy in Fire Department
In the event that Deputy Chief Michelli accepts a contract as the next Public Safety Director, this will create a vacancy in the fire department.

Rose Dillon moved, seconded by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to (1) promote a Battalion Chief from within the fire department and present a candidate and (2) authorize the fire department to do an internal posting to the paid on call firefighters to fill a full time fire fighter vacancy.  The promotion and candidate are to be presented at February 8th meeting.

Ayes:  Dillon, Becklin, Nash, Hulka, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-007  Public Safety Millage Renewals
Marjorie Nash moved,  supported by Carol Hulka,  MOTION CARRIED, to request the County Clerk to place the following two millage propositions on the May 3, 2016 Election ballot.

PUBLIC SAFETY RENEWAL MILLAGE PROPOSITION
Shall a renewal of the present voter-approved increase in the statutory limitation on taxes levied on all property in the township be approved in the amount of 1.5 mills ($1.50 per $1,000) on the taxable values for a five year period with the levy to commence on December 1, 2016, to provide police and fire protection services? The Township estimates that it would receive approximately $664,568.00 each year.  This proposed millage is a renewal of an existing millage.

POLICE DEPARTMENT RENEWAL MILLAGE PROPOSITION
Shall a renewal of the present voter-approved increase in the statutory limitation on taxes levied on all property in the township be approved in the amount of 1 mill (1.00 per $1,000) on the taxable values for a five year period with the levy to commence on December 1, 2016, to provide police protection services and maintaining the Township police department?  The Township estimates that it would receive approximately $443,045.00 each year.  This proposed millage is a renewal of an existing millage.

Ayes: Nash, Hulka, Dillon, Becklin, Werschem
Nays:  None

16-008  Public Works Ordinance Update
Ron Becklin moved, seconded by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of the Revised WATER Rate Resolution and the Revised SEWER Rate Resolution that will establish various water system charges and fees which are authorized by the Fruitport Charter Township Water System and Administration Ordinance.

Ayes: Becklin, Dillon, Hulka, Nash, Werschem
Nays: None

16-009  MADL Agreement
Rose Dillon moved, Ron Becklin supported, MOTION CARRIED, for the adoption of the Intergovernmental Agreement and authorize the Supervisor and Clerk to execute the Agreement.  The Agreement is entered into by the Village of Fruitport, the Charter Township of Fruitport, the Muskegon Area District Library, the Clerk of Muskegon County, and the County of Muskegon.

Ayes: Dillon, Becklin, Nash, Hulka, Werschem
Nays: None

16-010  2016-2017 Budget
Discussion took place on the 2016-2017 Budget.  The Truth in Taxation hearing will tentatively take place at the meeting held on February 22, 2016, with adoption of the budget on March 14, 2016.

16-011  Reappointments on Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals
The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Carol Hulka, was carried unanimously, to reappoint the following positions:
Jeff Jacobs to another 3-year term on Planning Commission
John Winskas to another 3-year term on Zoning Board of Appeals
Joe DeMarco to another 3-year term on Zoning Board of Appeals

16-012  Payment of Bills
Marjorie Nash  moved, seconded by Carol Hulka, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts:   General Fund & Parks: $62,029.25;  Public Safety 63,224.21$  Water: $19,167.73; and Sewer: $3,639.00        Total:  $148,060.19

Ayes:  Nash, Hulka, Becklin, Dillon, Werschem
Nays:  None

PUBLIC COMMENTS / REPORTS #2 – None

ADJOURNMENT:  At 7:22  p.m.

CAROL HULKA, CLERK
BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of November 23, 2015

The regular meeting of the Fruitport Charter Township Board was called to order by Supervisor Brian Werschem at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015, in the township board room.

Supervisor Werschem opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

Members Present:  Brian Werschem, Supervisor; Carol Hulka, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees  Ron Becklin, Dave Markgraf, Marjorie Nash and Chuck Whitlow.  Members Absent:  No one

Also Present:    0 -township residents; 0-employees; Public Safety Director, Doctor, Attorney Ron Bultje, Muskegon County Equalization Director, Donna VanderVries and Assessor, Annette Messenger

The board meeting minutes of November 9, 2015—regular meeting—was approved as presented.

The board meeting agenda for November 23, 2015, was approved as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1) Michigan Township Legislative up-dates
2) Fruitport District Library–annual maintenance expenses report for Oct 2014 to Sept 2015

PUBLIC COMMENTS—none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS–none

NEW BUSINESS
15-106  Part Time Firefighters Wage Increase
Dave Markgraf moved, seconded by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to increase the wages of part time firefighters from $11.59 to $12.05 per hour, effective December 1, 2015.  A wage increase of 2% for 2014 and 2% for 2015 was recommended by the Public Safety Committee.

Ayes:  Markgraf, Dillon,  Becklin, Hulka, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays:  Nash

15-107  Amendments to Master Plan
The Supervisor reported that Planning Commission is working on amendments to the master plan using current census data for future use.

15-108  Assessing Contract with County of Muskegon
Ron Becklin moved, supported by Marjorie Nash, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Muskegon County Equalization Contract Agreement.  The Agreement is for five years at the cost of $60,000 annually.  The Agreement will provide for a property assessment administration program to be administrated by the County Equalization Director, or designated representative, which will list, appraise, and maintain a complete set of records for all real and personal property.

Ayes:  Becklin, Nash, Dillon, Hulka, Whitlow, Werschem
Nays:  Markgraf

15-109  Payment of Bills
Carol Hulka  moved, supported by Dave Markgraf , MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts:   General Fund and Parks: $71,924.28;  Public Safety: $118,655.21;  Water: $50,743.64;   Sewer $20,253.29       Total: $261,576.42

Ayes:  Hulka, Markgraf, Dillon, Nash, Whitlow, Becklin, Werschem
Nays:  None

PUBLIC COMMENTS / REPORTS
On Thursday, December 3rd, the Township Board of Trustees will host  the Township employees Christmas party.

ADJOURNMENT
The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Marjorie Nash, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

CAROL HULKA, CLERK
BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR