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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

December 23, 2003

The Oshtemo Township Board held its work session at the Township Hall. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 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 were James Porter, Township Attorney, and Marc Elliott, Township Engineer.

Metro Transit Presentation

William Schomisch, director of Kalamazoo Metro Transit provided the Board with an overview and history of the system, current routes, methods of funding and their efforts to combine with the current Kalamazoo County Care-A-Van system.

Employee Handbook Variance

A resolution to permit a variance for Planning Director Jodi Stefforia to establish office hours other than those permitted in the Employee Handbook was considered. Attorney Porter advised this allows the Board to consider such requests on a case by case basis.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to adopt the resolution. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

Fire House No. 1 Roof Project

Trustee Rakowski expressed concern regarding the roof project for Fire House No. 1 not being completed. Consensus was to arrange a meeting with contractor Mike Ahrens, Fire Chief Ken Howe,

Fire Commissioner Rakowski and Attorney Porter to resolve the concerns.

Midwest Aluminum Property

Supervisor VanDyke advised he had been informed the State of Michigan has completed the paperwork necessary to transfer ownership of the former Midwest Aluminum property on Stadium Drive to the Township. It was noted that resident Carl Benson, member of the Township EDC Board, was instrumental in accomplishing this project and should be recognized for his time and effort, and the project should be referred to the EDC Board for study of development opportunities.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:50 p.m.

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 were James Porter, Township Attorney, and Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers.

Motion by Brown, second by Corakis to approve the minutes of the December 9th regular meeting. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $119,913.01 and disbursements of $144,166.41 were reported.

Motion by Corakis, second by Brown to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

INTERVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION DDA CONSULTANT

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) interview committee, consisting of Trustees Bushouse and Rakowski, Clerk Everett, and Planner Mary Lynn Bugge presented a recommendation to contract with Williams & Works as the consultant for the DDA plan. It was noted presentations were also provided by Gove Associates and McKenna Associates and the committee felt Williams & Works would best suit the needs of the proposed DDA project.

Motion by Corakis, second by Culp to contract with Williams & Works as consultant for the DDA plan. Carried.

2003 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

Adjustments to the 2003 budget as prepared by Clerk Everett and Township Auditor Mike Crandall were presented.

Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to approve the adjustments to the 2003 budget. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Supervisor VanDyke inquired if the Board would consider further participation in funding of the proposed tunnel project for the Kal-Haven Trail. He advised he had learned at a recent KATS meeting additional funding may be needed. Board consensus was a willingness to consider further participation but requested information regarding current level and sources of funding to be reviewed.

Mr. VanDyke advised he attended the Kalamazoo County Road Commission meeting and presented a letter indicating the Township's position that the cost of relocation of the water line during the Stadium Drive reconstruction project is not a Township expense. He advised his letter was accepted without comment.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:50 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor