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Fruitport Township Michigan | Official Website

04-15-2014 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

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03-10-2014 Board Meeting Minutes

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FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MEETING MINUTES OF MARCH 10, 2014

 

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, 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 7:24 p.m., Supervisor Werschem opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed with a prayer.

Also Present: 1– resident; 3– employees; Public Safety Director, Doctor; DPW Director, Farrar; and

1-guest, Muskegon County Clerk, Waters

The February 24, 2014 meeting minutes—regular meeting—were approved as presented.

The March 10, 2014 meeting agenda was approved as presented.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, passed out 2014 Muskegon County Directories to board members.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1) The Muskegon Area District Library proclaims March 2014 as Michigan Reading Month encouraging all residents of the County of Muskegon and across the State of Michigan to actively participate in the literary services and activities offered to its residents.

2) Michigan Townships Association (MTA) legislative up-dates

3) West Michigan Regional Water Authority March 5, 2014 special meeting up-date.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
14-032 Township Hall Project Update

The next step will be painting, then floor covering and lighting.

14-033 2014-2015 Budget Update

The Supervisor reported that because the move into the new township hall may be sooner than planned, he needed to revise the following budget line items under building and grounds- cleaning service, electricity, and gas heat.

NEW BUSINESS

14-034 Budget Truth in Taxation Public Hearing

(A.) Dave Markgraf moved, Carol Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to open the Truth in Taxation hearing at 7:42 p.m.

Ayes: Markgraf, Hulka, Dillon, Nash, Becklin, Whitlow, 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 reduced to. 45 mills.

No further discussion was heard.

Budget adoption of the 2014-2015 township budgets will be done at the next meeting on March 24, 2014.

(C.) The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Ron Becklin, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to close the public hearing at 7:45 p.m. and return to open session.

 

14-035 Firefighters Association I.A.F.F. Local #2352 Union Contract

Chuck Whitlow moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Fruitport Township Firefighters Association I.A.F.E. Local #2352 Union Contract, dated April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2018, with all minor changes mutually agreed upon during work session.

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

14-036 Fruitport Township Police Officers Union Contract

Dave Markgraf moved, Marjorie Nash seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Fruitport Township Police Officers Union Contract, dated April 1, 2014 – March 32, 2018, with all minor changes mutually agreed upon during work session.

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

 

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 14-037 Service Employees International Union Local 517M Union Contract

Rose Dillon moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Fruitport Township Service Employees International Union Local 517M Union Contract, dated April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2018, with all minor changes mutually agreed upon during work session.

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

14-038 Public Utility Director Review

Chuck Whitlow moved, seconded by Ron Becklin, MOTION CARRIED, to increase the salary of DPW Director, Matt Farrar, by 2% and extend his contract for one year as provided within his contract.

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

14-039 Alternate to the Construction Board of Appeals

The motion by Chuck Whitlow, seconded by Dave Markgraf, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSY, to concur with Supervisor Werschem’s appoint of Major Metcalf as alternate to the Construction Board of Appeals.

14-040 Payment of Bills

Marjorie Nash moved, Carol Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks: $41,912.41; Public Safety $20,908.54; Water: $15,714.85; Sewer: $7,584.80 Total: $86,120.60

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS #2 – None received

 

ADDITIONAL REPORTS -- None received

14-041 Meeting Adjourned

The motion by Chuck Whitlow, seconded by Dave Markgraf, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to adjourn the meeting at 8:14 p.m.

 

CAROL HULKA, CLERK                  BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02-24-2014 Board Meeting Minutes

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FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 24, 2014

 

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014, in the township board room.

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

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

Also Present: 0-township residents; 0 -employees; Public Service Director, Doctor; DPW Director, Farrar; and township attorney, Bultje

The February 10, 2014 meeting minutes—regular meeting—were approved as presented.

The motion by Marjorie Nash seconded by Dave Markgraf, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to amend the meeting agenda for February 24, 2014, by amending Agenda Item 12 as follows:

12-A Approve Bonding Financial Advisor for Muskegon Water Connection

12-B Approve Bond Council for Muskegon Water Connection

PUBLIC COMMENTS—none received

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS Received

1) West Michigan Regional Water Authority—minutes of 01-23-14

2) Legislative updates from Michigan Township Association

3) E-mail from Prein & Newhof regarding the schedule for the Pontaluna sewer
4) Township 2014 clean-up days are Friday, May 2 and Saturday May 3

OLD BUSINESS-

14-022 Town Hall Project Update

The Supervisor up-dated the Board on how the project is coming. To date, financials were also provided.

14-023 2014-2015 Budget Update

As discussed at the board meeting, a few minor adjustments will be done to the proposed 2014-2015 budget. The budget public hearing is scheduled for the next board meeting on March 10th.

NEW BUSINESS

14-024 Construction Board of Appeals and Fee Schedule

(I) Supervisor Werschem’s appointments to the Construction Board of Appeals (2 year term) are-

Andy Stroup – Engineer
George Manning – Developer
Travis Nadeau – Electrician
Kyle Osterhart – Architect / City Planner
Geoff Newmeyer – Plumber


The motion by Dave Markgraf, seconded by Rose Dillon, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to concur with the Supervisor’s appointments to the Construction Board of Appeals (CBA) as follows: Andy Stroup, George Manning, Travis Nadeau, Kyle Osterhart, and Geoff Newmeyer.

(II.) Supervisor Werschem recommended the following fees for Construction Board of Appeals (CBA):

Rose Dillon moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize a fee of $350 to convene the CBA plus actual costs of any notifications, postings, legal opinions or any other costs associated with the CBA appeal, as recommended by the Supervisor.

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

14-025 Muskegon Water Contract-A Bid Award - Pumps

Three bids were received for pumps needed for the high service pump station project in order to connect to the City of Muskegon.

Dave Markgraf moved, Marjorie Nash seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Resolution awarding the bid for the Regional Water High Service Pumps to the low bidder, Kennedy Industries, Inc. of New Hudson, MI in the amount of $499,510.00 contingent on approval from the City of Norton Shores and the West Michigan Regional Water Authority. The bid award was recommended by the engineering firm of URS Corporation, Southfield, MI. and the DPW Committee.

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

 

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14-026 Muskegon Water Contract-B Bid Award - Main Piping Connection

Bids were received for the Regional Water System Transmission Main Contract B, BP-14-01 in order to connect to the City of Muskegon.

Dave Markgraf moved, Carol Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Resolution awarding the bid for the Regional Water System Transmission Main Contract B, BP-14-01 to the low bidder, Jackson Merkey Contractor of Muskegon, in the amount of $5,764,376.10 contingent on approval from the City of Norton Shores and the West Michigan Regional Water Authority. The bid was recommended by the engineering firm of URS Corporation, Grand Rapids, MI and the DPW Committee.

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

14-027 Bonding Financial Advisor and Bond Council for Muskegon Water Connection

In order to sell bonds to finance the improvements necessary to connect to the City of Muskegon, a financial advisor and a bond council are needed.

I. The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Carol Hulka, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to approve Bendzinski & Co., municipal financial advisors, as the financial advisor for the West Michigan Regional Water Authority, as recommended by the township staff and the Public Works Board.

II. The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Marjorie Nash, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to approve Miller Canfield as the bond council for the West Michigan Regional Water authority, as recommended by the township staff and the Public Works Board.

 

14-028 Re-appointment of Board of Review Members

Supervisor Werschem’s recommendation of appointments to the Board of Review (2 year term) are as follows:

Dave Jacobs
Jim Fett
George Manning
E. David Farhat (alternate)

The motion by Dave Markgraf, seconded by Marjorie Nash, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to concur with the Supervisor on re-appointing Dave Jacobs, Jim Fett, George Manning, and E. David Farhat (alternate) for a two year term on Board of Review.

*These re-appointments were unnecessary and will be considered again in 2015.

14-029 2013-2014 Budget Adjustments

Dave Markgraf moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the 2013-2014 budget adjustments as presented.

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

14-030 Cemetery / Building and Grounds Capital Purchase

Marjorie Nash moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to purchase a No. 3650 Bobcat with two attachments—a sweeper and a snow blower--for cemetery, bike paths, and building and grounds use. The purchase cost is $28,111.00.

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

14-031 Payment of Bills

Carol Hulka moved Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills for payment in the following amounts: General Fund and Parks: $108,946.56; Public Safety: $28,278.74; Water: $57,040.79; Sewer $15,342.93 Total: $209,609.02

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

ADDITIONAL REPORTS -- None

PUBLIC COMMENTS -- None

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

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CAROL HULKA, CLERK          BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02-10-2014 Board Meeting Minutes

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FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES FEBRUARY 10, 2014

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014, in the township board room.

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

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

Also Present: 0-employees; 0-residents, DPW Director, Farrar; Public Safety Director, Doctor

The meeting minutes of January 13, 2014, regular meeting were approved as presented.

The meeting agenda for February 10, 2014, was approved as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS

The Board received the following:

1. Planning Commission meeting minutes of January 21, 2014.

4. MTA Legislative updates

PUBLIC COMMENTS – none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

14-012 Town Hall Project Update
The dry walling will start on 2-13-14.

 14-015 Capital Purchases Update

Purchasing a vehicle for the cemetery and building & grounds departments that will do multiple jobs (including snow blowing sidewalks and bike paths) was discussed.

14-016 2014-2015 Budget Update

The budget public hearing is scheduled for the first township board meeting in March—March 10, 2014.

NEW BUSINESS --

14-017 Consumers Energy Contract Revision
Chuck Whitlow moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Supervisor and Clerk to execute the revised standard lighting contract with Consumers Energy covering the replacement and conversion of streetlights. The lights have been changed to high pressure sodium, etc.

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

14-018 Resolution approving the Contract with West Michigan Regional Water Authority and Publication of Notice of Intent

Chuck Whitlow moved, Dave Markgraf seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt a Resolution approving the contract with West Michigan Regional Water Authority and the publication of Notice of Intent as prepared by the township attorney.

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

14-019 Muskegon County Road Commission 2014 Road Brining Authorization

Dave Markgraf moved, seconded by Marjorie Nash, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to authorize Muskegon County Road Commission of the Township’s intention on road brining which will include 50/50 cost for MCRC and for Fruitport Township for the first brining, plus any private roads with approved special assessment districts.

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

 

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14-020 Fire Department Captain Vacancy

With the departure of a fire fighter with captain status, a vacancy for a fire fighter with captain status was created.

Marjorie Nash moved, seconded by Chuck Whitlow, was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY, to move Dave Mayette, fire fighter lieutenant, to the status of captain effective January 1, 2014.

The recommendation was made by the Public Safety committee.

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

14-021 Payment of Bills

Dave Markgraf moved, Carol Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills in the following amounts: General Fund (including Parks) $113,655.59; Public Safety $45,202.13; Water $60,189.96; Sewer $20,394.52; Grand Total $239,442.20

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

PUBLIC COMMENTS / REPORTS—

Public Safety Director, Ken Doctor, reported that all fire trucks are now equipped with a computer.

Meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

 

CAROL HULKA, CLERK           BRIAN WERSCHEM, SUPERVISOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01-21-2014 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

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PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP

January 21, 2014

 

 

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

01. Members present: Jeff Jacobs, Mike Michelli Jr., Kyle Osterhart, Morrie Dadd, Randy Lee,

Geoff Newmyer, Chuck Whitlow

Members absent: None

02. Approval of December 17, 2013 minutes as amended. Under item 8, two spelling corrections and add "acting" to secretary.

Motion by Dadd, supported by Newmyer, to amend minutes as changed.

Ayes: Jacobs, Michelli Jr., Dadd, Lee, Newmyer, Whitlow, Osterhart Nays: None

03. Approval of meeting agenda for January 21, 2014.

04. Correspondence / Reports

05. Public Comments - None

06. New member Kyle Osterhart volunteered to be the secretary.

Motion by Lee, supported by Whitlow, to accept Osterhart as new secretary of Planning Commission.

Ayes: Jacobs, Michelli Jr., Dadd, Lee, Newmyer, Whitlow, Osterhart Nays: None

07. England has signed a lease, but it has not been executed. It will be, once approval from Planning Commission is given.

Dan Olson has questions as to 1) What happens if someone brings to England an unlicensed vehicle to be restored or repaired? Answer: Provide a work order for said vehicle that is on site. There needs to be a trail of work. i.e.: parts ordered, insurance results, etc. 2) 15.470 - B 1 & 2. Can a car be behind the fence if being repaired? Answer: Yes – as long as they are being worked on and moving toward being moved off the lot. 3) Can salvage vehicles be delivered to site? Perhaps stay for 10 days outside or be offsite or inside building? Answer by Jeff & Chuck: This is where the concern is. Not allowed on site per special use. Drop to alternate site, review vehicle and bring to shop once evaluation is complete and can be put inside garage and work on the car.

Chuck Whitlow stated that the lot today looks great. Right now. The problem was with the five previous months where there were 22 salvaged vehicles and parts on site.

Mike Sandberg of 917 Jones. Motor vehicle repair facility act should be reviewed by Planning Commission and the Township and have guidelines to follow. One being that he has the right to pull parts from a salvaged vehicle. Answer: We allow that in the Township – just not stored on site.

Ron Bultje explained and clarified a proposed resolution. Paragraph C: Instead of reading "maintained with the Township", it needs to read "maintained with the Township Attorney".

Motion by Whitlow, supported by Dadd, to adopt the resolution as written by Township Attorney.

Ayes: Jacobs, Michelli Jr., Osterhart, Dadd, Lee, Newmyer, Whitlow Nays: None

Meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.

 

 

Mike Michelli Jr., Acting Secretary

 
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