The August 14, 2023, General Board Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm at the Newberg Township Fire Department. Minutes from the July 10, 2023, general meeting were approved as written.
Assessor: Nothing to report
Ordinance: Report was shared for the month of July. The Newberg Township Enforcement Officer was present and reported they are ready to move forward with some cases that have not progressed with cleaning up their blight issues. Board requested having more information given regarding these properties so that the board can discuss what cases they want to move forward with.
Ambulance: Director Schrader reported nineteen calls for the month of July; seven Newberg, seven Porter, two mutual aid Porter, one mutual aid Mason and one mutual aid LaGrange Township.
Fire: Chief Forrester reported two calls for the month of July; one Newberg and one Porter.
Sexton: Rifenberg reported two cremation burials for the month of July. Rifenberg also shared Larkin, a resident who has bordering property to Harwood Lake Cemetery, offered to do property improvements to the corner of Harwood Lake Cemetery to fill in a large unusable low area. By filling in this low area, around twenty cemetery plots would be made. In return for the work, Larkin would like to have six cemetery plots. Rifenberg will bring this up to the board when it gets closer to finalizing decisions.
Building: Clerk Duff read the building report for July
Treasurer: Report for the month of July is available by contacting the Treasurer.
County Commission: Not present.
Public Comment: None at this time.
Correspondence: Noted misc. correspondence.
Unfinished Business: none
Newberg Ambulance: Ambulance Director Schrader shared information about a new/used 2000 Ford Ambulance that the department is looking at purchasing. Schrader reported the cost to purchase the ambulance and equipping for use would cost around $98,000.00. Motion made by VanHuekelum, supported by Blackburn, to move forward with purchasing the 2000 Ford Ambulance from Three Rivers Fire Department along with all the repairs and equipment to outfit the ambulance for use, including the Stryker power cot and power loader. Roll Call Vote: Aye-Duff, VanHuekelum, Blackburn and Harvey. Absent- Covey. Motion carried upon roll call vote. Motion made by VanHuekelum, supported by Harvey, to amend the Newberg Ambulance budget to move $98,000.00 from the Newberg Ambulance Savings Account to the Newberg Ambulance Capital Outlay. Roll Call Vote: Aye- Harvey, Blackburn, VanHeukelum and Duff. Absent-Covey. Motion carried upon roll call vote.
Newberg Bank Accounts: Motion made by Duff, supported by VanHuekelum, to close the checking account for Newberg Township Fire Department at Southern Michigan Bank and Trust. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Motion made by Duff, supported by VanHuekelum, to remove Jill Blackburn and add Leeah Duff on the savings and checking accounts for Newberg General accounts along with the Ambulance checking account at Southern Michigan Bank and Trust. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote. Motion made by Duff, supported by VanHuekelum, to remove Jill Blackburn and add Leeah Duff on the savings account for Newberg Fire and Newberg Ambulance at Sturgis Bank and Trust. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
Treasurer VanHuekelum presented a plaque to James Rifenberg for his service as Newberg Trustee for over 17 years on the board.
Bills to Pay: Motion made by Duff, supported by Harvey, to pay the bills for the month of August in the amount of $70,159.85. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
Comments from the floor: None
Adjournment: Motion made by Blackburn, supported by VanHuekelum, to adjourn the August General Meeting at 7:57pm. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.