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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

December 18, 2001

The Oshtemo Township Board held its regular meeting at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 7:00 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, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott Township Engineers, Bob Horton, Building Official, and approximately 6 interested people.

Trustee Brodasky noted a correction to the December 11th minutes, paragraph regarding liquor licenses, 5th sentence should say, "if" after "clarify". Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to approve the minutes as corrected. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $3,437.25 and disbursements of $127,394.03 and income to the Fire Fund of $4,796.07 and disbursements of $31,642.22 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Worline to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

REPORT FROM BUILDING PERMIT FEE STUDY COMMITTEE

Trustee Bushouse thanked Building Official Bob Horton, the Home Builders Association and Township Auditor Mike Crandall for their work on this issue. A new fee schedule was presented that would be effective January 1st and reviewed in six months.

Bill Dykhuis, 2036 North 10th Street distributed a letter from the Home Builders Association thanking all involved for their work on the issue and requested the language regarding additional inspections.

Consensus was to place re-inspection at the rate of $42.00 per hour on the fee list.

Attorney Mason noted there was also language in the resolution addressing issuing permits until all fees and/or assessments are paid, any applicant who has two or more permits outstanding for 90 days with no inspections, any applicant with a stop work order in effect or any applicant who has not corrected a correction notice outstanding for ten or more days.

Mike McGreal, of Firedyne Engineering, commented the fees as recommended are very low. Supervisor VanDyke advised Mr. McGreal has the certification and experience to review plans that might otherwise be sent to ICBO.

Motion by Brodasky, second by Worline to adopt the resolution establishing Building Department fees, effective January 1, 2002 and retain the committee of Trustee Bushouse, Supervisor VanDyke, Building Official Bob Horton, Auditor Mike Crandall and representatives of the Home Builders Association to handle future reviews. Roll call vote showed Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes.

LIQUOR LICENSE - PROPOSED MORATORIUM

A resolution to place a six-month moratorium on the issuance of the two liquor licenses received after the 2000 census was presented.

Discussion included the drawbacks and merits of establishing a moratorium and what process would be used if more than two applicants were received.

The guidelines used in the past, referred to by Trustee Brown at the previous meeting, had been located and distributed to the Board. Consensus was they were still in effect and appropriate and were reviewed with some suggested changes. It was noted the guidelines require a notice be published that liquor licenses are available and deadline for accepting applications set. There was discussion that a notice date and application deadlines could be established at the January 8th meeting when the revised guidelines could be reviewed.

Brian Molony, owner of Rollerworld, advised he is currently working on a plan for a banquet hall and a delay would be a hindrance.

Scott Machan commented he is also interested in pursuing a liquor license for a locally owned business and is considering a location in front of Meijer or Menards.

The Board also received a letter from Steve Buszka who is interested in pursuing a liquor license for a locally owned brewpub/restaurant.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Worline to table action on the resolution, request the Attorney revise the guidelines as discussed and review the matter at the January 8th meeting. Carried.

COUNTRY CLUB VILLAGE SEWER CHANGE ORDER

Engineer Snell presented a change order for the Country Club Village sewer project in the amount of $2,300.00 for an additional manhole.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to approve the change order. Carried.

RESOLUTION REGARDING TAX STATUS OF HOPE WOODS

Attorney Mason advised a resolution had been prepared at the request of the Treasurer clarifying that for the 2001 tax year the property which had been granted payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) status in January, 2001 would be subject to ad valorem taxation for tax year 2002 since the development has not been commenced.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to adopt the resolution. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes.

PARK COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION - FLESHER FIELD

Clerk Everett advised the proposal for this item had not been finalized would be brought to the Board on January 8th.

Motion by Everett, second by Worline to table the item to the January 8th meeting. Carried.

EMPLOYEE SEMINAR

A recommendation from the Personnel Committee to conduct a "Workplace Harassment" seminar for all Township employees was presented. Trustee Worline advised the committee will be recommending topics in the future, would like this to be a monthly program, and they will seek topics of interest from employees.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to approve holding the employee seminar January 24th and 25th with notification to be provided to employees by Township Administration. Carried.

2001 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

Adjustments to the 2001 budget as prepared by Clerk Everett and Township Auditor Mike Crandall were presented.

Motion by Culp, second by Worline to approve the adjustments to 2001 budget. Roll call vote showed Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes, Brown-yes.

FINANCIAL, LEGAL, & ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS & DEPOSITORIES FOR 2002

Clerk Everett commented she appreciated the support and assistance received from Township Auditor Mike Crandall, the attorneys at Reed, Stover and engineers at Prein & Newhof this year.

Motion by Everett, second by Brown to appoint for 2002 Siegfried, Crandall, Vos & Lewis as Township financial consultants, Reed, Stover as Township attorneys, Prein & Newhof as Township engineers and approve the list of depositories as presented by Treasurer Culp. Carried.

2002 MEETING DATES

Meeting dates for 2002 were presented using the current schedule, 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and 4th Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. with the exception being December; the second meeting date would be December 17th.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to approve the meeting date schedule. Carried.

OTHER BUSINESS

Fire Commissioner Worline advised Firefighters Matt Wilton and Kevin Putman have been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

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Clerk Everett advised a letter has been requested from the City of Kalamazoo formally appointing Trustee Brodasky to the Metro Transit Advisory Committee.

Motion by Culp, second by VanDyke to appoint Trustee Brodasky as Township representative to the City of Kalamazoo ADA Local Advisory Committee. Carried.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:30 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT

Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke

Supervisor