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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

February 12, 2002

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 Tom Brodasky
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Jim Worline

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, and 1 interested person.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

The City Commission from the City of Kalamazoo had been invited to attend the meeting. Mayor Robert Jones and Commissioner Linda Teeter were present. Discussion was held regarding items of mutual interest including connecting recreation areas throughout the area, mutual and initial aid agreements of Fire Departments and how to achieve intergovernmental cooperation that benefits the overall area, not just the Township and City.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:05 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, and approximately 4 interested people.

Neil Sikora, 2378 Fairgrove, requested to comment prior to the Board acting on approval of the January 22nd minutes. He requested that the record reflect that he does support Martin Luther King Day as a holiday but disapproved of the process used by the Board in designating it as one. Motion by Worline, second by Brodasky to approve the January 22nd minutes noting Mr. Sikora's comments and the January 29th special meeting. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $17,938.53 and disbursements of $389,970.04 were reported. Motion by Brodasky, second by Worline to accept the report as presented. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

LIQUOR LICENSE TRANSFER - HOLIDAY BOWL, INC.

A request from NFV, Inc. for a transfer of the liquor license currently held by Kami, Inc. and Mika Corp. was received from the Liquor Control Commission. The purchaser, Richard Feaster was present and advised no changes were anticipated for the business which is McGinnis Landing.

Motion by Culp, second by Brodasky to approve the liquor license transfer. Roll call vote showed Brodasky-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes.

FALSE ALARM ORDINANCE

Attorney Mason presented the proposed changes to the False Alarm Ordinance to include security alarms as well as fire alarms. Charges for services would be imposed at the occurrence of a fifth false alarm. Board Members felt notification should be provided to property owners at the first incident of a false alarm so they will be aware of the ordinance. It was also noted this information can be provided in the newsletter and alarm companies could also be notified.

In response to Board Members questions, Attorney Mason clarified that the ordinance would not impose charges for alarms caused by conditions beyond the control of the property owner and charges imposed would be the incentive for property owners to require their alarm companies to address problems.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to accept the ordinance for First Reading and set Second Reading for February 26th. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes.

WATER/SEWER NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Engineer Snell presented a proposal to conduct a water/sewer needs projection for the next 20 years, which has been requested by the City of Kalamazoo as they are updating their "201 study". Items included in the study would include mapping all current lines, calculating future needs based on zoning and future land use. Mr. Snell commented that some of this information already exists and can be easily updated.

It was noted this information addresses the goals and can assist in discussions of a capital improvement plan and land use planning.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to approve an expenditure up to $5,500 for the water/sewer study by the Township Engineer. Carried.

MEIJER SANITARY PUMP STATION

Engineer Snell presented a proposal to upgrade the sanitary sewer collector, pump station and force main on the Meijer property, which is currently private, to public standards and be accepted as part of the public system. He indicated this would facilitate the development of the parcels along West Main in front of Meijer currently for sale. One parcel has received site plan approval. He also indicated an easement has been requested along the Meijer east driveway to West Main to provide for a line east from the property for future connection.

Attorney Mason advised she would draft a resolution stating that the private system would be accepted into the public system conditioned upon the upgrade of the private system as may be required by the City of Kalamazoo and the Township Engineer, at no cost to the Township, and final conversion of the station and private system shall not occur until all required improvements have been completed to the satisfaction of the Township Engineer.

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

OTHER BUSINESS

Treasurer Culp advised the copy machine in the Township Office had suffered severe damage during a power surge in November. A loaner machine from Ikon is currently being used at no charge, and an insurance claim has been filed for replacement of the damaged machine which is 6 years old has made over 1 million copies. While the dealer has indicated any repairs would not be guaranteed to make the machine operable due to the damage, the insurance company is still not satisfied it needs to be replaced and the loaner machine needs to be returned. Mrs. Culp indicated three machines had been considered and quotes received. She requested Board approval for purchase of a new Canon copy machine from Ikon in the amount of $14,909.00, with the understanding that the insurance claim will be pursued.

Motion by Worline, second by Brodasky to approve the purchase as requested. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Clerk Everett advised one liquor license application had been received for public hearing on March 12th.

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Trustee Brodasky advised it was his understanding that MDOT would be vacating their property on West Main and the Township could acquire it. Mr. Brodasky look into the matter and report back to the Board.

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Trustee Bushouse commented that the notice of public hearing for the Hope Woods project indicated a project loan of $13 million while the developer indicated to the Board a cost of $7-$9 million.

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Trustee Brown advised she has received the new federal testing requirements for schools from Rep. VanderRoest.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:10 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor