SMBA Regular Board Meeting

January 28, 2021 |  8:30 AM |  Via Zoom
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Southwest Michigan Building Authority January 28, 2021 The SMBA regular meeting was held via Zoom. Chair Dusty Farmer called the meeting to order at 8:33 a.m. Present: Dusty Farmer, Board Chair, Oshtemo Representative Jeff Sorensen, Cooper Representative Larry Stehouwer, Citizen at Large Representative Carol DeHaan, Cooper Representative Also present were Insurance Representative Geoff Lansky, Building Official Garrett Reitenour, Administrative Assistant El Oropeza, Attorney Jim Porter, Oshtemo Board Trustee and SMBA Board Appointee Cheri Bell, and Board Secretary Kyle Gibson. Citizen Comments on Non-Agenda Items No public comment was provided. Amendment of Bylaws as Requested at December 10, 2020 Regular Meeting Chair Farmer presented the proposed amendment to the SMBA bylaws to allow for each member jurisdiction to appoint one member from among the full-time elected staff, and one member from among any elected official. A motion was made by Jeff Sorensen and supported by Larry Stehouwer to approve the amendment as presented. A roll call vote was taken showing: Yes: Dusty Farmer, Jeff Sorensen, Larry Stehouwer, Carol DeHaan The motion was carried 4-0, with 1 vacancy. *Having already been appointed to the position by Oshtemo Township as a representative on the SMBA board, Cheri Bell became a voting member upon the approval of the bylaw amendment.* Discussion of the bylaws continued with Larry Stehouwer raising concerns over compliance with the bylaws as they pertain to the at-large board member position. Board consensus was to further amend the bylaws to have the at-large board member hold a four-year term, staggered one year from the rest of the board members. A motion was made by Dusty Farmer and supported by Jeff Sorensen to direct Office Manager Gibson to work with Attorney Porter to develop a draft amendment to that effect for consideration at the next regular board meeting. A roll call vote was taken showing: Yes: Dusty Farmer, Jeff Sorensen, Larry Stehouwer, Carol DeHaan, Cheri Bell The motion was carried 5-0. Mr. Stehouwer also mentioned that the board might consider the manner of its composition at future meetings to allow for additional at large members while still maintaining an odd number of members. Chair Farmer requested that the topic be added to the February 25, 2021 regular meeting agenda. No further board action was taken. 2 Consent Agenda Meeting Minutes – December 10, 2020 Regular Meeting Two-Year Permit Lookback Report December2020 Financial Reports Budget Amendments and Adjustments A motion was made by Larry Stehouwer and supported by Carol DeHaan to approve the consent agenda as presented. A roll call vote was taken showing: Yes: Dusty Farmer, Jeff Sorensen, Larry Stehouwer, Carol DeHaan, Cheri Bell The motion was carried 5-0. Board Chair’s Report Discussion was held amongst board members regarding an ongoing matter of non-compliance with a property owner. No board action was taken. Other Business (Item 1) Office Manager Gibson noted that a decision was needed regarding the employer contributions to employee’s HSA accounts. Mr. Gibson noted that in the past that amount has been $2,100, but also that he was unsure where that number came from. Attorney Porter and Insurance Representative Geoff Lansky provided input regarding the legality of such contributions. Mr. Gibson recommended that the employer contribution be raised to $3,500 per employee, to match the single member HDHP deductible amount. A motion was made by Jeff Sorensen and supported by Dusty Farmer to raise the employer contribution to $3,500 per employee. A roll call vote was taken showing: Yes: Dusty Farmer, Jeff Sorensen, Larry Stehouwer, Carol DeHaan, Cheri Bell The motion was carried 5-0. Chair Farmer Adjourned the meeting at 9:20 a.m. Next Regular Meeting – February 25th – 8:30 a.m
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