OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

February 24, 2004

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge, Deputy Fire Chief Paul Karnemaat, and one interested person.

2004 Sewer Projects - Engineer Elliott reviewed recommendations from the Sewer/Water Committee for 2004 sewer projects. They include a gravity sewer, pump station and force main in H Avenue, from Drake Road to US 131 with an estimated cost of $777,810 and a gravity sewer, pump station and force main which would extend public sewer availability in the area of Meijers, M-43 and future service into the West Port Plat with an estimated cost of $550,000. It was noted if residents in the plat wished to connect the petition process would have to be initiated by them.

Motion by Corakis, second by Bushouse to approve the proposed sewer projects for 2004. Carried.

7th Street Water Installation - There was discussion of installing water main in South 7th Street and requirements of the Fire Department concerning the proposed construction of Marketing Technology. Deputy Fire Chief Paul Karnemaat provided information regarding requirements for fire protection of the building. Consensus was there should be additional discussion with the owner and Fire Department.

Sidewalk Ordinance - Planner Bugge provided information concerning language for a sidewalk ordinance. Discussion included means of financing repairs and responsibility for day to day maintenance, i.e., snow removal. Consensus was to consider special assessment districts where sidewalks are installed and not require snow removal. A draft ordinance will be prepared for Board consideration.

Earnie Best, representing the Home Builders Association commented he was concerned that sidewalks would be required in new developments and felt more leeway should be given for alternatives.

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge, and 3 interested people.

Clerk Everett noted the minutes of the February 10th minutes required a correction under DDA Appointment that Bruce Betzler was appointed to replace Roy Betzler. Motion by Corakis, second by Culp to approve the minutes of the February 10th regular meeting as corrected and the February 12th special meeting minutes as presented. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $14,790.33 and disbursements of $214,104.74 were reported.

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

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

TEXT AMENDMENT - LAND DIVISION ACT

A proposed text amendment to the Land Division Ordinance, to allow access through an easement over other property was before the Board for Second Reading. Current language prohibits direct access to a county primary road or major thoroughfare as defined in the Land Use Plan for platted lots, therefore the State will not approve a platted lot on a major road with shared access over an easement. The proposed language would allow access to platted lots by way of an easement for public use over and across private drives on adjacent property when the lots are located in a commercial or industrial zoning district and abut a county primary road or major thoroughfare.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to adopt the proposed text amendment. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes.

9TH STREET VENTURE PLAT
TENTATIVE & FINAL APPROVAL OF A PRELIMINARY PLAT

Planner Bugge presented the 9th Street Venture Plat for tentative and final approval of a preliminary plat subject to certain conditions. She advised it is a one lot plat, consisting of the remainder portion of the parcel being developed by Belle Tire in front of Menard's. She further advised no direct access to North 9th Street is proposed, no infrastructure construction is required, and any development is subject to site plan approval.

Motion by Culp, second by Brown to grant tentative and final approval of the preliminary plat of 9th Street Venture Plat to Bright-Alford Kalamazoo, L.P. subject to access and storm water easements being in place and with direct access to 9th Street prohibited. Carried.

MASTER LAND USE PLAN UDATE
TRANSPORTATION/NON-MOTORIZED FACILITIES MAP

A Planning Commission recommendation for updating the Transportation section of the Master Land Use Plan reflecting amendments made to the Access Management Plan and addition of language and map addressing Non-Motorized Facilities Plan adopted in September, 2003 was before the Board for First Reading.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to accept First Reading and set Second Reading for March 9th. Carried.

AMENDMENT TO ZONING ORDINANCE
SIDEWALK LANGUAGE

A Planning Commission recommendation for amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to facilitate placement of sidewalks in future development, including definition of sidewalks, a requirement to include sidewalks in uses requiring site plan review, and sidewalks along entry drives in multi-family developments was before the Board for First Reading.

Treasurer Culp inquired if the Home Builders Association had been aware of this proposed language. Planner Bugge advised they received the information prior to the Public Hearing at the Planning Commission and had made no comment.

Motion by Corakis, second by Everett to accept the recommendation for First Reading and set Second Reading for March 9th. Carried.

TEXT AMENDMENT - PLANT GROWTH CONTROL ORDINANCE

A proposed text amendment to the Plant Growth Control Ordinance to clarify existing language, allow uniform enforcement and provide more reasonable requirements for mowing of vacant lots/parcels was before the Board for Second Reading.

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

DDA BOARD APPOINTMENT

Planner Bugge advised the Board that Kathy Zanoni who had been appointed to the Downtown Development Authority Board would not be able to serve. She recommended the appointment of Leo Zanoni to replace Mrs. Zanoni.

Motion by Corakis, second by Brown to appoint Leo Zanoni to the DDA Board. Carried.

BOARD OF REVIEW APPOINTMENTS

Treasurer Culp advised Board of Review members Barb McCall and Gordon McKinney had resigned for health reasons. She advised due to the time element between their notification and the Board of Review dates in March there would be no opportunity to send new appointments for training, and recommended the appointment of Fred Gould and Marcia Husted to fill the vacancies. She advised both had served previously, are familiar with the procedures and would not require training; the terms would expire December 31, 2005.

Motion by Brown, second by Corakis to appoint Fred Gould and Marcia Husted to the Board of Review.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Treasurer Culp advised resolutions authorizing the payment of the bonds for the N Avenue and 90-5&6 water/sewer special assessment districts would be presented at the March 9th meeting.

She also advised an IFT revocation would also be presented.

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Supervisor VanDyke advised a resolution supporting the townships currently in litigation with the Drain Commission Office was received and had been distributed to the Board.

He also advised a meeting would be held on March 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall with all parties involved in the ambulance agreement.

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In response to questions from Trustee Corakis, Trustee Bushouse advised the placement of the exhaust vents for the Oshtemo Community Building had been addressed and a punch list had been compiled for completing the building renovation.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:25 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk Supervisor

Attested: John VanDyke