THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO
Township Board Minutes
August 11, 1998
The Oshtemo Township Board held its regular meeting at the Township Hall. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Fleckenstein, at 7:00 p.m.
Supervisor Ron Fleckenstein
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee David Bushouse
Trustee Fred Johnson
Also present was Deputy Clerk Deborah Everett, Richard Reed, Township Attorney, and Larry Stehouwer, Township Engineer, along with 4 interested people.
Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to approve the minutes of our last meeting, July 28, as prepared. Carried.
Income to the General Fund of $32,120.27 and disbursements of $55,399.16 were reported. Fire Fund income was $6,724.04 with disbursements of $159,308.95. Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.
There were no citizens comments.
SETBACK STANDARDS TEXT AMENDMENT
The Board received for Second Reading an Ordinance text amendment relating to Setback Standards. Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the text amendment. Roll call showed: Johnson - yes, Bushouse - yes, Fleckenstein - yes, Brown - yes, Block - yes, Anderson - yes.
PURCHASE OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
Supervisor Fleckenstein presented to the Board a proposal for new and upgraded computer equipment. He explained that we are rapidly outgrowing the capacity and speed of the equipment we currently have. Bids were received from three vendors with Secant being low at $24,586.80. This would replace our current file server, 10 PCs, and would include new software and network modem and hub.
In response to questions from Trustee Bushouse, Nancy Culp, Computer System Administrator advised that we currently have programs that will not run on PCs we now have and new programs cannot be added. He was also advised by Supervisor Fleckenstein that we have funds in reserve for this project.
Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Anderson to approve the purchase of computer equipment from Secant in the amount of $24,586.80. Carried.
A second proposal was presented for the upgrade and installation of wiring of the network system. Supervisor Fleckenstein advised the Board that our current wiring needs to upgraded to accommodate the new equipment.
Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to approve upgrading and installation of wiring from Secant in the amount of $8,710.40.
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE CONTRACT
The Board was presented with a proposal for renewal of the annual maintenance contract for the IBM computer equipment. The IBM equipment will be phased out next year, however, it will be in use until then.
Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson to approve renewal of the maintenance contract in the amount of $3,712.88.
FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT PURCHASE
The Board was presented with a request to purchase eight sets of protective gear at a cost of $7,160 or $895.00 per set. This is a continuation of a replacement program which ensures new gear every five years which is the accepted industry standard. Reusable older gear is put in "stock" for probationary firefighters and loaner gear when needed.
In response to questions from Trustee Bushouse, Chief Ken Howe advised that Moses Fire Equipment, where the gear would be purchased, is the only local vendor who supplies the particular brand we use.
Motion made by Brown, supported by Anderson to approve purchase of 8 sets of protective gear at a cost of $7,160.00.
The Board was also presented with a request to purchase eight pagers at a cost of $4,160 or $520.00 per unit. This is also a continuation of a replacement program. The new pagers have a repeat feature which replays the dispatch information.
In response to questions from Trustee Bushouse, Fire Chief Ken Howe advised that the pagers would be Motorola brand and come with a 2 year warranty.
Motion made by Brown, seconded by Anderson to approve purchase of 8 new pagers at a cost of $4,160.
BOARD MEMBERS COMMENTS
Treasurer Brown commented on the low voter turnout in the August primary and hoped the result would be better for November.
Supervisor Fleckenstein invited the board and any interested parties to attend the KATS meeting Wednesday, August 12th at 8:30 a.m. at the Township Hall. Congressman Fred Upton will be attending to speak on the new Federal Highway Bill.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Attested: RON FLECKENSTEIN
Date approved - August 25, 1998