Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bridgeport Township DDA Meeting January 10th, 2018

On the agenda:
Election of Officers begins at 0:45
Old Business -
- Dixie Highway Road Project begins at 3:57
- Rolling Hills Property begins at 5:30
- Cass River Trail Head Update begins at 6:35
- Beautification Sub-Committee Update begins at 9:27
- Non-Motorized Trail Head begins at 13:57
DDA Coordinator's Report begins at 19:35
DDA Member Comments begin at 25:59
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I have missed so many of the township and school board meetings over the past 9 months or so and I think it is the DDA meetings I have missed attending the most. I did also miss attending the Township Trustee meetings.   Maybe because there are always so many good and positive things going on in this township and they are just a fun bunch of people.

First I would like to say Congratulations to Roberta Placher, Jim Baker and  Jeff McNalley on your election!

Now on to one of the good exciting things going on in our township.  The Dixie Highway Road Project.  I am going to love this after it is done!!  This is a project that has been in the works for quite awhile now.  I see that the Township Trustee board approved a resolution back in December 2016 in support of the project.  I found some DDA Board meeting minutes from September 2017 where they gave an update on this project.  I will include some screen shots from the minutes.  I don't know who originally started this plan, but Hats Off to you and everyone else that has been involved in all the planning and hard work put into it!!  I plan on attending all the future Trustee and DDA meetings so will keep posting updates for this.  Just click on the photos to see the larger version --

This is also a good time to remind Bridgeport residents that you can go to the Township Government website and find meeting agendas and minutes, news updates etc...  You can also sign up for the "constant contact" email and you will receive all the meeting agendas, news etc... right to your email inbox.

Next they talked about the property that has been donated by John & Betty Hoffman on Dixie Highway out by Junction Rd.  John Hoffman has done so much for this community, his is a legacy that will live on for a long time.  This property is in the Rolling Hills business area and will hopefully be used in the future for a community sports complex. Good plans for the future of our community.

Another project I am excited about is the restoration of the old Bridgeport Oil & Gas Station located in front of the Historic Bridge.  It is called the Cass River Trail Head project and will include the restored station and a park area.  You can follow updates on the station restoration and some history of the station on this Facebook page:

There are more updates in this meeting and in the DDA Coordinators report. 

Looking forward to 2018 in Bridgeport!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bridgeport Spaulding School Board Meeting January 8th, 2018

On the agenda:
- Election of new officers begins at 0:40
- Approval of 2018 board meeting schedule begins at 5:08
- Approval of 2018 board member compensation and various other organizational business begins at 8:15
- Agenda Adjustments begins at 16:37
- School Board Recognition begins at 18:06
- Discussion and approval of working with R. C. Hendrick & Son Co. for repairs from the sinking fund monies begins at 20:00
- Discussion of Superintendent search begins at 23:13
- Report from Curriculum meeting begins at 28:04
- Report from Finance meeting begins at 30:03
- Reading and approval of board resolution in Opposition To Senate Bills 584-589 and 366 begins at 39:18
- Consent Agenda - approval of check register and meeting minutes begins at 45:18
- Board and Superintendent Comments begin at 46:04 ( includes updates from Acting Superintendent Melissa Cabine on the refunds for school employees of the money being returned from the state for health care costs )
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The audio for this meeting is better than for the Finance Committee meeting, but you will still have to turn your volume way up.

I would like to say Congratulations to the board members on your election to the various posts.  I thought that Pat Nelson would have been the perfect fit for the Treasurer position.  I have seen over the last 4 years that I have been attending township board meetings his dedication and hard work that he has done for the township.  He is a very detailed person, very knowledgeable, very hard working, very dedicated.

There are many informative updates in this meeting that are worth listening to.  It sounds like I missed a good Curriculum Committee meeting.  I wanted to attend but didn't have the time.  Hopefully I will be able to make it to one in the future.

They passed a board resolution in Opposition To Senate Bills 584-589 and 366.  It is in opposition to several bills currently in the Michigan Legislature that involve allowing guns in schools basically.  This is a hotly debated issue right now, but I am not going to get into that on this blog.  Robin Johnson does read the resolution out loud in this meeting and I do have a copy of the resolution if there is anyone that would like to read it.

Of interest to current and former employees is the update that Acting Superintendent Melissa Cabine gives concerning the refund of health care costs from the State of Michigan. 

Bridgeport Spaulding School Board Finance Committee Meeting January 8th, 2018

- Meeting starts with some budget updates by Melissa Cabine, including discussion about the sinking fund money
- Discussion with R.C. Hendrick & Son Co. about repair plans for the monies received from the sinking fund that was passed in November 2017 begins at 2:15
- Discussion of other finance and building & grounds business starts around 47:30
- Discussion of the Superintendent search begins at about 1:02:00
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Sadly I will start off 2018 with again having to apologize for the poor sound quality of the school board meetings.  When you are standing in the room and cannot even hear all the conversation, there is almost no chance you will be able to pick it up on the video.  I uploaded this once to YouTube but you could not hear it.  I did spend hours and hours redoing the video and made some improvement to the sound quality.  This is the best I can do since they will not use microphones and a speaker.
I did also have to "alter" this video by cutting out the last two minutes.  I am not sure when the meeting was officially adjourned because other people started entering the room and so all you can hear is a variety of voices and the camera had gotten bumped and was not focused on the board members any longer.

I feel the most important part of this meeting was the meeting with Chip Hendrick and the discussion for plans for the repair work that needs to be done in our school district.  I was shocked in November 2017 when the sinking fund passed by only 4 votes.  I am still irritated at the result, but very thankful to all the residents that voted yes for our students!  I hope every Bridgeport resident will take the time and listen to this discussion about the plans for the sinking fund and all the needs that our schools have.  I believe it was back in 2013 that Mr. Hendrick said he had prepared an estimate for the needed repairs and it far exceeded the possible 8 million dollars that the sinking fund will bring in over the next 10 years.  Some of those repairs have possibly been done since 2013, but I imagine there are new repairs that are needed now and I imagine that those costs have also risen since 2013.

They do talk about the search for a new School Superintendent since Mrs. Carol Selby will be retiring after the end of this school year.

On a mischievous note:  I should remind Robert Lange and John Rhines that notes passed between board members are FOIAable.  :-)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bridgeport Township Trustee Board Meeting January 3rd, 2018

On the agenda:
New Business -
- Oath of Office for Police Officer Raymond Karpuk begins at 2:50
Board Member Comments begin at 7:15
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Welcome to the newest member of Bridgeport Township's Police Department, officer Raymond Karpuk!!
I hope that all our Bridgeport residents had a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I think that 2018 will be a great year for Bridgeport.  2017 saw many good things happening here in Bridgeport.  The canoe launch in Davis Park is one and the second canoe launch that will be going in along the Cass River out on Dixie Hwy. by Riverview will be fantastic!  The newly remodeled Speedway looks great!  The work is progressing on the restoration of the old Hamann Gas Station / Bridgeport Oil & Gas, next to the Historic Bridge.  That is going to really be nice when it is finished.  John and Betty Hoffman have donated land to Bridgeport and there is talk / dreams of it someday becoming a sports center.  And I just want to say how much I love our Christmas lights here in Bridgeport!! 
There was only 1 sad thing that I can think of from 2017 and that is the closing of the Gobeyn Marathon Station here in downtown Bridgeport.  That gas station has been here, under various owners, all of my life.  I can remember going in there as a small child with my father, back in the days when they pumped your gas and gave out those stamps and other items like glasses etc...  Stations like the old Hamann station and Gobeyn's, they weren't just a place to get gas and repairs, they were the local community meeting centers. 
Lets hope that 2018 brings much prosperity to our community, to our residents, and many fond memories for the future!!

2018 Bridgeport Township Government Meeting & Holiday Schedule

Here is the meeting schedule for 2018 for the Bridgeport Township Trustee Meetings and the Holiday Schedule for the Governmental Office.

Bridgeport Township Trustee Board Meeting December 19th, 2017

On the agenda:
- Public Comment begins at 2:44
New Business -
- FY2017 Budget Amendments begins at 3:45
- Designated Funds begins at 10:55
- Admin/Dept Head Wage Proposal begins at 15:38
Board Member Comments begin at 20:48
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bridgeport Spaulding School Board Meeting November 13th, 2017

I was able to attend Monday nights school board meeting and have the video here.  Sorry this is in 3 parts and I have not had the time to write the breakdown of when each agenda item starts at in the videos.  My video editing program refused to work with me last night so that is why it is in 3 parts.

The items on last nights meeting agenda were:
- Building & Grounds/Finance Committee Report
- Football Presentation with Coach Marshall and some of our Bearcats
- Middle School & High School Data Presentation.  You will hear from John Lagalo, Steve Baker and Jon Chapman
-  Discussion of the Career Technical Education (CTE) in Saginaw County.  This is a plan being put forth by the ISD.
- Board And Superintendent Comments

It was a good and informative meeting.  There will be another board meeting on Monday, November 27th.  

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Bridgeport Spaulding School Board Meeting August 14th, 2017

On the agenda:
- Student Growth Review begins at 1:17
- Blue Print Review begins at 22:41
- Blue Print Resolution And Discussion begins at 40:50
- High School Student Handbook Discussion begins at 47:23
- Consent Agenda begins at 56:46
- November 7, 2017 Special Election - Sinking Fund Resolution Discussion And Adoption begins at 1:01:01
- Emergency Seclusion And Restraint Policy Discussion And Adoption begins at 1:03:58
- Back To School Fun Fest begins at 1:09:32
- Board And Superintendent Comments begin at 1:13:44
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I shared this meeting video back in August on my Facebook page but never got it posted here on the blog. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Being A Team Player Redux

I originally posted this back in 2016 and thought it was worth sharing again.  If people would open their eyes, it would be easier to see the backstabbers.  There seems to be one in every team or group.

From October 2016:

"Most people think of sports teams when you talk about a team player but it also applies to any work setting, organizations, families, and society as a whole.  What is teamwork?  In the words of Vince Lombardi: "Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work."

What behaviors or characteristics make for a bad team player?  Here are a few that I can think of.

- A team member that shares confidential or sensitive information about other members of their team or situations going on within the team with someone that is not part of the team.  Especially if the goal for doing so is to undermine another member of the team.
- A team member that either cannot or makes no effort to hide their dislike of or frustrations with other members of the team.  When the disharmony becomes obvious to the public, perhaps it is time for that team member to step aside.
- A team member that would rather push aside, ignore, or drive out other team members instead of making the effort to get all members working together as a whole for the betterment of the organization.  Working together as a team requires dedication to the cause, if you can't step up to the task or are not willing to, then maybe you should not be a member of that team.

When looking for new members of a team, these are some characteristics in people that you may want to avoid.

- A person that thinks they are better or smarter than others. A braggart.  Know it all's and braggarts tend to never make good team players, they are a one man show, grandstanders.  If they do become part of a team, they most likely will never be content until they are the top dog, the one running the show.  And they tend to step on anyone who stands in their way.  Know it all's also tend to be some of the dumbest people in the world.  Braggarts also tend to exaggerate the truth especially about themselves.
- A person that says things about others like "We can't control him" or "He doesn't see things our way".  Also things like "I think we have him under control now" and "I think he is seeing things our way now".   Those are not the words of a team player, they are the words of a controlling person that will never be able to work together as a equal with others in a team setting.  It will always be their way or the highway.
-  A person that makes accusations against other people with no facts to back up the accusations, only speculation.  Maybe the basis for the allegations lies within their own goals?  What was their true goal?  If they are willing to make accusations against others with no proof, what will happen when they become part of a team?  Will they continue their ranting, grandstanding, accusation slinging ways within the team?
- A person that inflicts harm on others and then revels in watching their suffering.  Revels to the point that they brag about it to others and want others to join in the revelry in watching another suffer. 
- A person that will not admit when they are wrong or apologize for their actions that harmed others.
- A person that wants to be a team player, part of an organization, should be happy for any successes or benefits that come to the organization.  If they belittle or ignore any good events that benefit the entire organization, then it would appear that they don't really care about the betterment of the organization.  Is it  due to petty dislikes or petty jealousies? Is it because they are not the ones who will get the credit? 
- A person that belittles another's accomplishments or successes in any situation.  Petty shallow people never make good team players.
- A person that will participate in underhanded, backstabbing, backdoor dealing, ethic violating ways with a goal to undermine and destroy others that are members of a team. If they are willing to do those things from outside the team, imagine what they will do if they ever actually become part of the team?  Team members should be very wary of people like this!!
- A person that sees their own glory, their imaginary fame, rather than the truth about a situation as the main goal or result of their actions.  EX: "My video will go viral"  "I'm going to be on all the national news shows"
- A person that is dishonest.  A person that lacks morals and conscience.  A person that shows no remorse whatsoever for wrongs they have committed.  A person that shows no understanding, no empathy, no compassion towards others."

So Keep Your Eyes Open And They Won't Be Able To Back Stab You!! 

I Can See For Miles And Miles

Monday's Musings courtesy of The Who:

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

If you think that I don't know about the little tricks you play
And never see you when deliberately you put things in my way

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away
I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say

That you still want me
Well, that's as may be
But you gotta stand trial
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Beacuse all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles 
and miles and miles and miles and miles 

I can see for miles and miles x9