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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

August 12, 2003

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
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director, Mary Lynn Bugge, Planner, and 1 interested person.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

Planning Director Stefforia presented the Board with information regarding the formation of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Discussion included reasons for creating a district, possible boundaries, and other elements of such a project. There was discussion that the presentation should be made to the Oshtemo Business Association; Trustee Corakis would contact the group to schedule a meeting. Consensus was to hold a special board work session on August 28th at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the idea in depth and receive further information from Ms. Stefforia and the attorney prior to presenting to the OBA.

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

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

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director, Mary Lynn Bugge, Planner, and 5 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Corakis to approve the minutes of the July 22nd meeting. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $274,766.78 and disbursements of $339,738.00 were reported. Motion by Corakis, second by Culp to accept the report as presented. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

AMENDMENT TO CONSENT JUDGEMENT

Special Counsel Mike Ortega advised the Board that the EPA is requesting approval of an amendment to the 1992 Consent Decree to create a new municipal water service zone. He further advised the creation of the zone will require the group pay for the water service extension and related connection charges. In response to Board members questions, he advised he will be working with the group to address details of future payments, reimbursement for past expenses, etc.

Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to authorize the Supervisor to execute the first amendment to the consent decree. Carried.

REZONING - SECTION 14 - R-2 & R-3 to C

A recommendation from the Planning Commission to deny a rezoning request for 17 properties on both sides of West Main Street between North 10th and North 9th Streets from R-2 Residential and R-3 Residential to C Local Business was presented.

Trustee Bushouse commented a Planned Unit Development option is more than adequate and would allow a mixed use for the properties.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Culp to accept the Planning Commission recommendation and deny the rezoning request. Carried.

NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL OVERLAY ZONE - FIRST READING

A Planning Commission recommendation to establish a Neighborhood Commercial overlay zoning district to implement the neighborhood commercial future land use classification of the Master Land Use Plan was before the Board for First Reading.

Motion by Everett, second by Corakis to set the proposed ordinance for Second Reading on August 26th. Carried.

TEXT AMENDMENTS - LANDSCAPING ORDINANCE

A Planning Commission recommendation of text amendments to the Landscaping Ordinance based on experience gained while administering the requirements for the past two years since its adoption was before the Board for First Reading.

Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski, to set the text amendments for Second Reading on August 26th. Carried.

SEWER EXTENSION - STADIUM DRIVE

Engineer Elliott presented a recommendation for construction of sanitary sewer on the south side of Stadium Drive to service seven parcels immediately west of South 6th Street. He advised the total cost for sewer installation including laterals to the property lines would be approximately $57,500. Trustee Bushouse felt it would be prudent to include the next two parcels to the west also.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Culp to approve the engineer's recommendation to install sanitary sewer in Stadium Drive and laterals to nine parcels. Carried.

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION -EXTERNAL SECURITY

Trustee Brown advised the committee had received requests from staff for further discussion of this item. She advised the committee would meet on August 14th at 1:00 p.m. to hear those concerns.

Motion by Brown, second by Everett to table this item to the August 26th meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS

Clerk Everett advised the reprinting of the General and Zoning Ordinances has been completed and are now available on the Township web site.

Ms. Everett commented that August 16th is Oshtemo Day at Flesher Field.

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Trustee Bushouse commented on a meeting he and Engineer Elliott attended at the Kalamazoo County Road Commission concerning two issues - the driveway into Flesher Field off Chime Street; concerns with additional parking in the area are close to being resolved, and the road project for North 8th Street which will include cutting the hill down, there is further engineering to be done and there will be some additional cost.

Mr. Bushouse also advised a bid for paving the gravel section of the parking lot at Flesher Field and for patching the existing parking lot would be coming to the Board.

He also commented that he and Trustee Rakowski recently attend the MTA Legislative Conference and heard a lot about the State Land Use Council's work. They both felt the result will be state mandates concerning local land use.

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Trustee Rakowski commented he had an opportunity to observe the children participating in Camp 911 at Fire House No. 2.

Mr. Rakowski also commented that firefighters Scott Paddock and Sam Wiley are now certified in child safety seat inspection.

He also commented a letter was received from a gentleman electrocuted in a construction accident which occurred across the street from Chief Howe's residence. Chief Howe was able to revive the victim with an AED.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:55 p.m.

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk