OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

April 13, 2004

Public Comment session was held at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PRESENT:
Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott and Bob Snell, Township Engineers, and 5 interested people.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mike Ahrens of Ahrens Construction advised the Board he was ready to begin the roof project for Fire House No. 1.

Elaine Branch, Kay Oppliger, and Rosamond Robbert were present to update the Board on the activity of the proposed Oshtemo Historical Society. Mrs. Branch advised the group was in the process of establishing by-laws and selecting officers, with their initial project being the Drake House. She also advised that approximately 15-20 people had expressed interest in the group and project.

The Board thanked Mrs. Branch for her willingness to undertake the project and commended the group for their efforts.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Also present were Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott and Bob Snell, Township Engineers, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge, Deputy Fire Chief Paul Karnemaat, and 4 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Rakowski to approve the minutes of the March 23rd Regular and March 24th Special meetings. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $2,011,462.85 and disbursements of $123,720.07 were reported. Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

REZONING REQUEST - SECTION 34 RR RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO I-1 INDUSTRIAL

Trustee Corakis advised the item concerned property owned by his son and requested he be excused from voting. Motion by Everett, second by Brown to excuse Trustee Corakis from voting on the item. Carried.

Planner Bugge presented a Planning Commission recommendation to rezone three parcels located on Stadium Drive from RR Rural Residential to I-1 Industrial. She advised the original request had been expanded to include two additional properties and the Planning Commission did not hear any objection to at their public hearing; with one property owner requesting clarification on the tax implications from the proposed rezoning.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Brown to accept the Planning Commission recommendation and set First Reading for April 27th. Carried.

SET PUBLIC HEARING - DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT PLAN (DDA)

Planner Bugge distributed the DDA Plan for the Board's review and requested the public hearing for the Plan be set for April 27th.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to hold a public hearing on the DDA Plan on April 27th. Carried.

AMBULANCE AGREEMENT

Trustee Rakowski advised the Board that Life EMS had not received the proposed dispatch agreement as discussed at the March 24th Special Meeting in time to review it and recommended the item be tabled.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to table the item to the April 27th meeting. Carried.

UNIFORM FIRE CODE

Deputy Chief Karnemaat recommended adoption by ordinance of the Uniform Fire Code for maintenance of existing buildings. In response to a question from Trustee Rakowski, Deputy Chief Karnemaat advised the code is updated every three years.

Trustee Bushouse commented he would vote no on the recommendation citing not enough information and requested to meet with Deputy Chief Karnemaat for an explanation of the difference between the Building Code and the proposed Fire Code.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to accept the proposed ordinance and set First Reading for April 27th. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-no, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR KL GROUP

Supervisor VanDyke provided a letter to be sent to Kalamazoo County in support of a new groundwater restricted zone to be established in connection with the KL Landfill as provided for in the EPA's amendment to the 1990 Record of Decision calling for the establishment of a zone of restricted groundwater access.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to send the letter of support. Carried.

OTHER BUSINESS

RESOLUTION FOR PURCHASE OF VOTING EQUIPMENT

Clerk Everett provided the Board with a resolution authorizing the Clerk to purchase optical scan voting equipment. She advised that federal funding is provided by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to the State which is requiring a grant application and authorization resolution from each municipality.

Motion by Corakis, second by Brown to adopt the resolution authorizing the Clerk to purchase optical scan voting equipment. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes.

6TH STREET/STADIUM DRIVE STUDY GROUP

Trustee Brown advised a group consisting of herself, Supervisor VanDyke, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge, and EDC Chairman Carl Benson has been meeting concerning the redevelopment of the former Midwest Aluminum property on Stadium Drive acquired by the Township. She also advised Attorney James Porter had recommended the EDC Board not be used for the project, therefore the group was requesting Board approval to officially establish the work group under the name of The 6th Street/Stadium Drive Land Study Committee and appoint those currently working on the project.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Everett to establish the work group and appoint members as indicated by Trustee Brown. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Supervisor VanDyke advised the Board that Bill Nederhoed, current contracted Electrical Inspector will be retiring at the end of August and has recommended a replacement. Trustee Bushouse commented the position should be advertised and Trustee Brown concurred noting the Personnel Committee was reviewing language for contract workers.

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Trustee Bushouse advised the sign for the community building had been installed.

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There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:00 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor