OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

December 6, 2005

Township Board work session was held at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

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

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers.

Dan White, who has been consulting with the committee investigating video equipment for the meeting room was present and recommended the Board consider a "touch screen" system rather than the mouse/keyboard driven system previously demonstrated. Mr. White will have formal proposal prepared for the January 10th meeting.

The Board discussed the proposal from Southwest Michigan First to support a regional water/wastewater system. Engineer Snell provided history on the current wastewater plant and regional commission. Consensus was more information is needed to understand the objectives and desires of the proposal.

The work session was adjourned at approximately 6:40 p.m.

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, and Fire Chief Ken Howe.

Clerk Everett noted two corrections to the November 22nd regular minutes; discussion of board goals should say trail ways, not railways, and motion to approve sewer fees should reflect Treasurer Culp voted yes. Motion by Sikora, second by Corakis to approve the November 22nd regular minutes as corrected. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $149,687.46 and disbursements of $248,021.15 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

2005 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

Adjustments to the 2005 budget prepared by Clerk Everett and Accountant Joe Walls were presented.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve the 2005 budget adjustments. Carried.

RESOLUTION REGARDING STORM WATER PERMITTING

A resolution supporting opposition of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality storm water discharge permitting requirements was before the Board for consideration.

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

TOWNSHIP INVESTMENT POLICY

Treasurer Culp advised the Township Investment Policy had been certified by the Municipal Treasurers Association of the U.S. and Canada and requested the policy be adopted by resolution.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to adopt the Township Investment Policy by resolution.

Roll call showed Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, Sikora-yes, VanDyke-yes, Bushouse-yes.

CHANGE ORDER - BUILDING ADDITION

Trustee Bushouse advised the proposal for the lock system for the building addition had been reviewed and a push button lock system was being recommended in the amount of $9,688.00. He noted the system is compatible with current push button locks in place, is programmable and can be audited to review access.

Motion by Corakis, second by Sikora to approve the change order. Carried.

2006 MEETING DATES

Township Board 2006 Meeting Dates

2nd Tuesdays - 5:00 p.m. Board Work Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

4th Tuesdays -6:00 p.m. Public Comment Session, 7:000 p.m. Regular Meeting

January 10 February 14 March 14 April 11 May 9 June 13 July 11 August 22

February 28 March 28 April 25 May 23

September 12 October 10 November 14 December 12

September 26 October 24 November 28

Joint Meetings with Planning Commission and ZBA - 7:00 p.m.

February 21 May 16 August 15 November 21

Motion by Culp, second by Sikora to set the meeting dates for 2006 as presented. Carried.

OTHER BUSINESS

Fire Chief Ken Howe advised the Board Engine #521 had an incident in which the fuel tank came loose from the truck and a fuel spill occurred; he will provide reports as the claim process with the insurance carrier and discussion with the truck manufacturer proceed.

Chief Howe also advised the Board Engine #532 had been out service for warranty work for two months.

Motion by Sikora, second by Culp to cancel the December 20th Township Board meeting. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Trustee Sikora advised the Park Committee would not meet in January. Their next meeting will be February 2nd at 4:00 p.m. at the Township Hall.

Trustee Bushouse advised the Park Committee had been approached by a local service club to use the Oshtemo Community Center with a request the rental fee be waived. Consensus was to direct the Township Attorney to provide a list of organizations the Board could exempt from the fee.

Clerk Everett advised Bonnie Sytsma, Cooper Township Clerk has been ill and asked to the Board to keep her in their thoughts.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:40 p.m. with a wish for Happy Holidays to all!

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor