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Work Session / Public Hearings – March 24, 2015

Yesterday, there was a work session meeting and two public hearings, then the work session reconvened in order for the trustees to vote on some resolutions.  Items discussed were 2015 permanent appropriations, the possibility of creating a solid waste district, and also in part one of the work session meeting the trustees approved a resolution to allow township administrator Mike Hinnenkamp to sign a purchase agreement for a 3.3 acre piece of property on North Bend Rd.  During the work session they did not state how much the property cost, but after the first part of the work session meeting I asked and was told $147,500.  The money for this purchase is coming from the general fund, which saw reductions of 53% over the last few years and the reason our elected officials claimed we needed a JEDZ tax.  They hope to have the property sold within a year and a half, but my question is…  If we are so strapped for cash, why are we getting into the real estate business and purchasing properties?  Please watch the video and draw your own conclusions…

State of the Township Address – March 15, 2015

Here is the video from today’s “State of the Township Address” (or as Gwen McFarlin put it twice in her opening statement “State of the Address”) that took place today at the Grove Banquet Hall.  They went over everything from The JEDZ to today, and offered some insight on the current fiscal situation of the township.  Also discussed was the status of the township property tax levies and they mentioned the upcoming public hearing on March 24 to discuss the new solid waste district they are considering creating.  They also touched on plans to develop the old Warder Nursery property. Overall it was a pretty positive and upbeat event…

Trustee meeting – March 10, 2015

Here is the video from yesterday’s regular trustee meeting.  Topics discussed ranged from the new proposal to create a solid waste district to community events and permanent appropriations for 2015.  There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30PM to discuss the waste district and the appropriations.  The trustees also reminded everyone about the state of the township address that will take place, this Sunday, March 15 at 1:30PM at the Grove banquet hall behind the township offices. We hope you can make it!

Trustee Meeting, February 10, 2015

Sorry we are a little late getting this up, been busy and had some minor technical difficulties.  The video from Tuesday night’s trustee meeting is here.  Nothing earth shattering to report.  Apparently the township is looking to contract out trash removal rather than having residents choose which provider they want.  Sounds promising if the savings that they are projecting is realized…

Work Session / Reorganization meeting

This morning there was a work session / annual reorganization meeting.  Trustee Gwen McFarlin was elected as chairman of the board of trustees for 2015 and appropriations for 2015 were approved.  In addition to that, a resolution was passed approving employee salaries for 2015.  We are working on a public records request to get a list of the updated employee salaries…  Here’s the video from the meeting.

CIC Grant forms now available on Springfield Twp website…

Springfield Township has released the grant forms for residents who paid into the JEDZ to apply for the CIC residential incentive grant.  In order to qualify for the grant as an individual you must work and live in Springfield Township.  To apply for the grant as a business owner, your business must be at least 50% owned by a Springfield Township resident.  The deadline for filing an application is April 15, unless you file an extension (Form 20) with RITA and submit that form along with your grant application.  This extends the deadline for the business net profit grant to October 15.

Here is the link to the information on Springfield Twp’s website.

Giving credit where it is due…

After the CIC meeting Wednesday morning I raised some concerns with Trustee Mark Berning as well as Assistant Administrator Chris Gilbert about the filing deadlines for the CIC incentive grant.  This afternoon I received a call back from Chris and he informed me that they have decided to change the policy to allow for an extension of the deadline when an extension (Form 20) has been filed with RITA.

If we’re going to be critical of our government officials when we feel they are doing it wrong, I think it’s also important to give them props when they are doing it right.

Well done Springfield Twp, and thanks for taking our suggestions into consideration.

The forms are being revised and they will be made available to us when that process has been completed.  As soon as we receive the forms we will make them available here.

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