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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

December 11, 2001

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 Tom Brodasky
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Jim Worline

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, approximately 10 interested people.

PUBLIC COMMENT

DISCUSSION ITEMS

PILOT - Payment in Lieu of Taxes - The current ordinance was reviewed with information provided by Attorney Mason along with discussion regarding changes that could be made to the ordinance including increasing the percentage collected, limiting the categories of housing allowed, and requiring an annual review of the mortgage status of any development receiving the PILOT exemption. It was concluded that data regarding services provided would need to be reviewed in the process. Clerk Everett and Treasurer Culp will work with Auditor Mike Crandall to provide this information and report back to the Board in January.

Liquor Licenses - The current ordinance and process for granting a license was reviewed. It was noted the Township was granted two additional licenses due to the 2000 census. Trustee Bushouse felt there should be a six-month moratorium on granting any new licenses while the Board reviews the current ordinance and consider further guidelines; Trustee Brodasky concurred. Attorney Mason will contact the Liquor Control Commission to clarify this would be permitted and prepare a resolution for the December 18th meeting. Clerk Everett advised there are two prospective applicants preparing to apply for the licenses available.

Concealed Weapons Ordinance - Attorney Mason advised current legislation does not exempt municipal offices from the list of public places where concealed weapons are not allowed; an Attorney General opinion has been requested. She further advised if an ordinance prohibiting concealed weapons was adopted by the Board, there would responsibility to enforce it, i.e., metal detectors, etc. Consensus was to wait for the Attorney General opinion and discuss the item again.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:20 p.m.

PRESENT:
Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Tom Brodasky
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Jim Worline

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock, and approximately 13 interested people.

Motion by Brodasky, second by Brown to approve the minutes of the November 27th meeting. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $42,968.62 and disbursements of $87,405.04 and income to the Fire Fund of $6,421.07 and disbursements of $38,414.89 were reported. Motion by Worline, second by Brodasky to accept the report as presented. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Bill Dykhuis, 2036 North 10th Street, presented a letter on behalf of the Home Builders Association regarding the ongoing discussions concerning building permit fees. Trustee Bushouse advised there would be meeting of the committee studying the issue on December 13th and they expect to present a recommendation at the December 18th meeting.

STEVE LEUTY - KALAMAZOO COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR

Steve Leuty, Kalamazoo County Recycling Coordinator presented an informational program of the history and current status of recycling in the Township and throughout the County.

8th STREET/LASALLE DRAIN KALAMAZOO COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION

A recommendation from the Kalamazoo County Road Commission was presented regarding a project to correct flooding that has occurred at times in the LaSalle Plat off South 8th Street. The proposal would install tubes under 8th Street, ditching on the east side of 8th Street and blocking off the current drywells on St. Charles from taking water from 8th Street. The cost would be $9, 250.00 and the proposal indicates the Township would pay for the project. It was noted that in previous discussions with the Road Commission, the understanding was PAR funds would be used. The Township has approximately $4,800.00 in PAR funds remaining for this year and they must be committed to a particular project by year-end to retain them.

Trustee Brown felt the developer and the Road Commission share some of the responsibility for the problem. There was also discussion that the Drain Commission office should be involved in solving the current problems with the drainage. Trustee Bushouse requested the Planning Department be instructed to investigate the status of the Emberly Acres project, which is south of the LaSalle Plat, for status regarding their site plan approval and management of erosion.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Worline to approve the Road Commission project with the following conditions:

1. The remaining PAR funds be used, with the difference paid by the Road Commission.

2. The drawing be revised to show the drywells on St. Charles not be blocked off.

Roll call vote showed Brodasky-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes.

REZONING - SECTION 25 - R-2 TO R-3

A recommendation from the Planning Commission for the rezoning of property located on the west side of South 11th Street between Stadium Drive and Parkview Avenue from R-2 to R-3 was before the Board for Second and Final Reading

Motion by Everett, second by Brodasky to adopt the rezoning and amend the Master Land Use Plan. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes.

POLICE PROTECTION AGREEMENT

An addendum to the police protection agreement with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department for 2002 was presented in the amount of $305,370 for 6 deputies.

Motion by Worline, second by Culp to approve the addendum for 2002. Roll call vote showed Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes, Brown-yes.

OTHER BUSINESS

Ordinance Enforcement Officer Paddock presented a proposal to amend Ordinance No. 150 that addresses false alarm response from the Fire Department. His proposal would also include false alarm responses by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department deputies assigned to the Township. He advised there were 17 false alarms received from one location in the Township since January of 2000. The ordinance language would allow fines after 3 false alarms and would be a tool to encourage alarm companies and their customers to address problems with alarm systems.

Ed Sharpe, 379 West Ridge Circle, felt some allowance should be given in the event of a power failure that could cause an alarm system to malfunction.

Trustee Bushouse commented the ordinance worked very well when instated by the Fire Department and he would support the proposal. Officer Paddock will work with Attorney Mason to draft language for a proposed amendment for the December 18th meeting.

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Officer Paddock also presented a proposal to install lighting in the new parking area at Flesher Field. Trustee Brown felt the Park Committee should review this proposal at their next meeting.

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Officer Paddock also presented a new format for the speed trailer reports and advised he does relay pertinent information regarding consistent speeding situations to the Sheriff's Department.

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Trustee Brown presented an invoice for Kalamazoo Council of Government dues for 2002 in the amount of $300.00. She advised she and Supervisor VanDyke have been attending the meetings and she finds them informative.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to pay COG dues in the amount of $300.00 for 2002. Carried.

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Supervisor VanDyke presented a proposal to replace the sound system in the meeting room. There have been many complaints on the ability to hear those speaking and during a recent power problem in the building, the system sustained damage.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Brodasky to approve expenditure up to $7,000.00 to replace/repair/upgrade the sound system in the meeting room. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Trustee Worline advised the Safe Kids Coalition would be using Station 2 January 12th-15th for training to certify people to inspect car seat installation. He further advised two firefighters will be participating in the training and will be certified. Trustee Bushouse felt this was a worthwhile project but advised the group sponsoring the event should provide liability insurance.

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Clerk Everett advised Fire Chief Ken Howe has received 40 siren/weather monitor surveys. He plans to collect them through the end of the month, and then begin compiling the data.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:20 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor