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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

December 12, 2000

WORK SESSION MINUTES

Work session called to order at 6:30 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT:
Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Norm Anderson
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee David Bushouse
Trustee Barry Steadman

Also present were Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell, Township Engineer and approximately 15 interested people.

MEETING FORMAT

There was discussion of the parameters of what can be discussed at a work session. Attorney Mason advised general issues of concern and policy discussion can be held but no action taken. If a particular item is to known to be discussed, it can be placed on the agenda. Supervisor VanDyke felt the time should be used for public comment and input on any issue or concern.

Kadir Mohmand, 6147 Old Log Trail expressed concerns regarding the KL Landfill and felt further studies should be done.

Stan Rakowski, 5171 West G Avenue, inquired who would pay for the studies.

Engineer Snell advised there had been studies done and Mr. Mohmand should review the material available.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

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TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING

The Oshtemo Township Board held its regular meeting at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

PRESENT:
Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Norm Anderson
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Barry Steadman

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell, Township Engineer, Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director, Mary Lynn Bugge, Township Planner, Scott Paddock, Ordinance Enforcement Officer, and approximately 15 interested people.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the November 21st Joint Meeting and the November 28th meeting. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $35,459.86 and disbursements of $90,517.43 were reported. Fire Fund income was $247.50 with disbursements of $39,933.08. Motion made by Everett, seconded by Culp to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Marv Block, 9789 Springwood Drive, had questions regarding the meeting which began at 6:30 p.m., noting that one citizen was sitting at the board table and inquired if all citizens would be allowed to do so.

Neil Sikora, 2378 Fairgrove, member of the Planning Commission, noted that he missed the joint meeting on November 21st because he called the Township Office to find it closed due to weather and felt a policy should be established regarding scheduled meetings when weather closes the office.

Elaine Branch, 7654 West Main, suggested the meeting schedule should be amended to reflect the change in the meeting time for the first meeting of the month.

Clerk Everett apologized for the confusion created by the addition of a "work session" to the Township Board meeting and advised the new schedule would be posted and agendas will reflect the correct time.

Bob Janssen, 8670 Almena Drive, referring to the discussion at the work session, advised he had been previously employed at Eckrich Company and knew that they and the Upjohn Company had keys to the KL Avenue landfill when it was open.

REZONING REQUEST - STADIUM DRIVE

The Planning Commission recommendation for the rezoning of approximately 9 acres of land from R-3 to R-4 located on Stadium Drive, west of South 11th Street, was before the Board for Second and final reading.

Motion made by Everett, seconded by Culp to rezone the property from R-3 to R-4. Roll call vote showed Bushouse-yes, Brown-yes, Steadman-yes, Anderson-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes.

LANDSCAPING ORDINANCE PROPOSAL

The Landscape Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission was before the Board for Second and final reading.

Planner MaryLynn Bugge advised this issue has been in process for a year, discussed at every Planning Commission meeting and at two joint meetings.

Elizabeth Heiny-Cogswell, 6323 Winddrift Drive, advised she was speaking as a resident, Planning Commission member and landscape architect in support of the ordinance pointing out that it establishes minimum requirements to give developers direction and does encourage leaving natural features when possible.

Jim Hall, landscape architect for Edward Rose & Sons, commented he supports the ordinance as it gives developers direction and is environmentally beneficial.

Motion made by Culp, seconded by Everett to adopt the Landscape Ordinance. Roll call vote showed Steadman-yes, Anderson-yes, Bushouse-yes, Brown-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes, VanDyke-yes.

OPEN SPACE COMMUNITY - AMENDMENT

The amendment to the Open Space Community Ordinance was before the Board for Second and final reading.

Motion made by Everett, seconded by Brown to adopt the amendment. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes, Steadman-yes, Anderson-yes, VanDyke-yes.

DANGEROUS BUILDING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

The amendment to the Dangerous Building Ordinance was before the Board for Second and final reading.

Motion made by Everett, seconded by Anderson to adopt the amendment. Roll call vote showed Anderson-yes, Steadman-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Bushouse-yes, Brown-yes, VanDyke-yes.

HUNTING AREA CONTROL ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock presented a proposed amendment to the Hunting Area Control Ordinance that would clarify the description of "firearm". Attorney Mason advised our current ordinance is in line with State statute, however adding this section will make direct reference to the description without having to refer to the statute.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Everett to set the amendment to the Hunting Area Control Ordinance for Second reading on January 9th. Carried.

DEPOSITORIES FOR 2001

Treasurer Culp presented a list of banks and financial institutions she recommended for use as depositories for Township funds for 2001.

Motion made by Culp, seconded by Everett to approve the list of depositories as recommended. Carried.

APPOINT TOWNSHIP BOARD ZBA REPRESENTATIVE, BUILDING/FIRE CODE BOARD APPEALS REPRESENTATIVE, AND FIRE COMMISSIONER

Motion made by Culp, seconded by Anderson to appoint Trustee Bushouse as Township Board Representative to the ZBA and the Building/Fire Code Board of Appeals, and Trustee Anderson as Fire Commissioner. Carried.

BOARD COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Township Board committee assignments for 2001 will be as follows:

Board Appointment - Culp, Steadman, VanDyke

Building & Grounds - Anderson, Everett, VanDyke

Personnel - Brown, Bushouse, Steadman

Parks - Brown, Bushouse, Everett

Roads - Anderson, Bushouse, Everett

Water/Sewer - Culp, Bushouse, VanDyke

CANCELLATION OF DECEMBER 26TH MEETING

Motion made by Everett, seconded by Culp to cancel the Township Board meeting of December 26, 2000. Carried.

OTHER BUSINESS

Township Board Meeting Dates/Times-2001

Meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, the first meeting of the month will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a public input session for one hour with the regular meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Motion made by Everett, seconded by Brown to approve the Township Board Meeting schedule for 2001.

YEAR END BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

Adjustments to the 2000 budget as prepared by Clerk Everett and Township Accountant Mike Crandall were presented.

Motion made by Culp, seconded by Anderson to approve the adjustments to the 2000 budget. Roll call vote showed Bushouse-yes, Brown-yes, Steadman-yes, Anderson-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor