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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

February 11, 2003

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 Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis

Also present was Patricia Mason and Mike Ortega, Township Attorneys, and Kalamazoo County Commissioner Bob Brink.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Commissioner Brink advised the new county board is working well together and will be working on some difficult issues, i.e., budget and continued concerns about the justice facilities.

Attorney Mason advised there were two issues of pending litigation she and Attorney Ortega wished to discuss with the Board.

Motion by Everett, second by Brown to adjourn to closed session for discussion of two pending litigation issues. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes.

Adjourned to closed session at 6:10 p.m.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

PRESENT

:
Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, 2 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to approve the minutes of the January 14th and January 21st meetings. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $370,115.53 and disbursements of $358,300.84 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Corakis to accept the report as presented. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Jim Worline, 3692 East Wembley Lane, sent a letter commenting he was disturbed with comments made by board members regarding not being aware of the rental housing study committee. He noted as a former trustee he was the board representative on the committee and provided updates on the committee's work. He also urged the board to move forward with the police protection issue and inquired if the special election to fill the county commission vacancy could be expanded to include this issue. He also commended the board and Treasurer Culp for providing tax and assessing information on the Township web site.

AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL RESIDENTIAL LAND USE

PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION - FIRST READING

Planning Commission recommendations regarding the Agricultural and proposed Rural Residential zoning districts was before the Board for First Reading.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to set the matter for Second Reading on February 25th. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes.

SEWER EASEMENT ACQUISITIONS - H AVENUE

Supervisor VanDyke advised agreements had been reached with two property owners, Visser Construction and William & Marlene Bussema, for acquisition of easements for future sanitary sewer on H Avenue between Drake Road and 9th Street in the amount of $1,300.00 each.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Brown to approve the purchase of two easements in the amount of $1,300.00 each. Carried.

POVERTY EXEMPTION GUIDELINES

Clerk Everett advised since adopting a resolution allowing exemption from property taxes for persons or families meeting Federal and State guidelines in January, the State Tax Commission had issued revised guidelines resulting from legislation enacted in December, 2002, therefore, a new resolution reflecting the changes would be necessary.

Motion by Brown, second by Brown to adopt the resolution establishing poverty exemption guidelines for 2003. Roll call showed Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AGREEMENT

An amendment for 2003 to the household hazardous waste agreement with Kalamazoo County was before the Board. Supervisor VanDyke commented the service is widely used by township residents and the amount budgeted for 2002 had been exhausted prior to the year-end. It was noted a budget adjustment could be made to accommodate the amount expended above the budgeted amount.

Motion by Everett, second by Brown to approve the agreement amendment for 2003 in the amount of $5,000 as budgeted. Carried.

REVOLVING IMPROVEMENT FUND

Board discussion at a previous work session resulted in a proposed resolution establishing a revolving improvement fund for capital projects.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to adopt the resolution establishing a revolving improvement fund. Roll call showed Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes.

RESOLUTION - WALK FOR WARMTH

A resolution supporting the 10th Annual Kalamazoo County Walk for Warmth to be held March 1st was presented. The event raises funds to provide emergency-heating assistance for those in need who do not qualify for aid from other sources.

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

OTHER BUSINESS

Trustee Brown provided copies of revised lawn mowing and snow plowing bid request specifications and requested any recommendations from the Board by February 13th.

Regarding a matter of pending litigation discussed in closed session, motion by Everett, second by Culp to approve the proposed consent judgment in the Geresy matter. Roll call showed VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Treasurer Culp commented she did not feel the issue of increased police protection was on the "back burner" as indicated in a recent newspaper article. Trustee Bushouse agreed and inquired of Supervisor VanDyke the status of his investigation into seeking other options. Mr. VanDyke advised he is continuing the process. There was discussion of revisiting expanding the special assessment district to those areas taxing the resources. Ms. Culp suggested this should be a topic for a board work session.

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There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:40 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor