THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO

Township Board Minutes

February 15, 2000

The Oshtemo Township Board held its regular meeting at the Township Hall. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Fleckenstein, at 7:00 p.m.

PRESENT:
Supervisor Ron Fleckenstein
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee David Bushouse
Trustee Fred Johnson

Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney, Rom Vuddagiri, Township Engineer, and 3 interested people.

Clerk Everett noted two corrections to the minutes of February 8th. The amendment to the Noise Ordinance was before the Board for First Reading not Second as indicated by the minutes and the budget referred to under Road Projects should have said year 2000. Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to approve the minutes of the February 8th meeting as corrected. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $22,949.00 and disbursements of $121,029.71 were reported. Income to the Fire Fund of $2,895.00 and disbursements of $78,065.95 were reported. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

ONE DAY LIQUOR LICENSE

Supervisor Fleckenstein presented a request from the Irish American Club of Kalamazoo for a one day liquor license for March 16th at the National Guard Armory. Since the event is being held at a military installation, it requires local approval.

Margaret Strezelecki, 6923 Oak Highlands was present representing the club and responded to Board Members questions that this annual event has been held for several years but has outgrown the facility, the club has an open membership policy with approximately 250 members, monthly meetings with speakers and educational programs and they will provide liability insurance for the event.

Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block to adopt the resolution approving the license. Roll call vote showed Bushouse-yes, Johnson-yes, Block-yes, Brown-yes, Everett-yes, Fleckenstein-yes.

DEFINITION OF A DWELLING

Supervisor Fleckenstein advised this item was back before the Board after being returned to the Planning Commission at the November 23, 1999 meeting.

Attorney Reed reminded the Board that correction of Section 11.250(3) of the Zoning Ordinance is needed so as not to discriminate against mobile homes by referring to a bearing wall.

Previous concerns addressed type of materials that could be used as a perimeter wall. The proposed recommendation from the Planning Commission states the perimeter wall must be constructed to be comparable to the foundation of a site built home and prohibits metal, plastic or vinyl skirting. These standards would apply to mobile homes placed outside a mobile home park.

Treasurer Brown commended the Planning Commission for their work on this item.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to set Second Reading for March 14th. Carried.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT-COMMUNICATION TOWERS ORDINANCE

The proposed amendment to the Communications Tower Ordinance, was before the Board for Second Reading.

Trustee Block commented the changes to the ordinance will benefit the township, particularly co-location, necessitating fewer towers.

Trustee Bushouse commented favorably on streamlining the processing of applications.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Everett to adopt the ordinance. Roll call vote showed Block-yes, Bushouse-yes, Johnson-yes, Everett-yes, Brown-yes, Fleckenstein-yes.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT-NOISE ORDINANCE

The proposed amendment to the Noise Ordinance that would exempt snow removal as a violation was before the Board for Second Reading.

Trustee Block commented he works in the office complex the original complaint concerned, and felt the snow removal contractor has made an effort to clear the sidewalks later.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Brown to adopt the ordinance. Roll call vote showed Johnson-yes, Bushouse-no, Everett-yes, Brown-yes, Block-yes, Fleckenstein-yes.

REPLACEMENT OF ELECTRICAL PANEL

Supervisor Fleckenstein advised this item had been postponed at the February 8th meeting, information regarding an upgrade to a three phase electrical system was not yet available, but felt the information would be available for the March 14th meeting.

Motion made by Everett, seconded by Johnson to postpone this item until March 14th. Carried.

OTHER TOWNSHIP BUSINESS

Supervisor Fleckenstein presented a request from Brelsh Properties, L.L.C. for an easement on Township property at the site of the new fire station on South 6th Street to allow construction of a water main.

In response to Board Members questions, Supervisor Fleckenstein advised that the easement would be through a portion of the property yet to be landscaped and Brelsh Properties has granted the Fire Department permission to have an emergency access through their parking lot to Stadium Drive.

Treasurer Brown advised this property was in a special assessment district a number of years ago, therefore, would have already paid the front foot assessment charges.

Attorney Reed advised a change should be made in the language of the agreement concerning liability during construction of the water main.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Bushouse to approve the easement as corrected by the Attorney. Roll call vote showed Block-yes, Brown-yes, Everett-yes, Bushouse-yes, Johnson-yes, Fleckenstein-yes.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Trustee Bushouse advised he would not be present at the March 28th meeting.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT                                                  Attested: RON FLECKENSTEIN
Township Clerk                                                                                     Supervisor