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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

February 26, 2002

The Oshtemo Township Board held its work session 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 Tom Brodasky
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Jim Worline

Also present was Planner Mary Lynn Bugge.

Reports were given from Buildings & Grounds, Parks, Personnel, and Roads Committees and sub-committees studying the police district, housing code, and technology updates.

Planner Bugge presented information regarding the activity of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the previous two years.

The Board reviewed progress concerning items on the 2002 goals list.

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, Fire Chief Ken Howe, Deputy Fire Chief Paul Karnemaat, Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock and approximately 5 interested people.

Clerk Everett noted the date of the joint meeting minutes should be corrected to February 19th. Trustee Brodasky requested the item under Other Business of the February 12th minutes be corrected to add the word "will" after Brodasky. Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to approve the minutes of the February 12th meeting and the February 19th joint meeting as corrected. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $17,938.53 and disbursements of $118,780.26 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Worline to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

FIRE DEPARTMENT PURCHASE -

RADIO FREQUENCY RECORDER

Deputy Chief Paul Karnemaat presented a request from the Fire Department to purchase a digital radio frequency recorder. He advised the current system records on a cassette tape, records overlapping radio traffic and stops when the tape is full. The total cost for the digital system would be $7,114.00.

In response to Board members questions, Deputy Chief Karnemaat advised the digital system would be compatible with a centralized 911 system, it can record several frequencies but isolate them for review, and most incident traffic is conducted on the radio system even though cell phones may be available.

Motion by Worline, second by Brodasky to approve the expenditure. Carried.

FALSE ALARM ORDINANCE

A proposed amendment that would change the False Alarm Ordinance to include security alarms as well as fire alarms was before the Board for Second Reading.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to adopt the ordinance amendment. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes.

PARKING EASEMENT AGEEMENT WITH KALAMAZOO PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Building & Grounds committee presented an easement agreement with the Kalamazoo Public Library for a 10-foot parking easement along the east property line of the Township Hall and Fire Station #1. This would accommodate straightening the east driveway to align it with the service drive to the Library, and allow for additional parking. The fuel pumps would be relocated providing for easier access to fire apparatus.

Motion by Everett, second by Brodasky to approve the parking easement agreement. Carried.

PILOT ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

In accordance with previous Board discussions, Attorney Mason presented a proposed amendment to the ordinance for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT). The current ordinance allows for low income and senior housing and collects a fee of 4% of rental revenue less utility costs. The proposed amendment would change the class of housing to low-income elderly and the fee to 10%. There was discussion regarding the current developments established under the PILOT ordinance and the cost of services versus fees received.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to accept the amendment and set Second Reading for March 12th. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes.

SEWER EXTENSION/LEADS - STADIUM DRIVE ROAD PROJECT

Engineer Snell presented a proposal for extension of sewer leads on Stadium Drive, which will be necessary due to the Kalamazoo County Road Commission's widening project. The proposal also included an extension of sewer across two parcels being developed. This portion would be funded by the developer. Mr. Snell also requested that the Engineer be authorized to negotiate with the contractor doing the road work to complete the sewer work as well. He commented having the same contractor provides for a more coordinated effort. The Engineer's estimate for the total cost of the project is $139,000 less the developer's portion.

Motion by Brodasky, second by Brown to approve the Engineer's proposal. Carried.

OTHER BUSINESS

Chief Howe provided information to the Board concerning a recent fire at Seville Apartments commending the firefighters on their professionalism and effectiveness in containing the damage to one unit of the building.

Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock recommended the Township institute a program, similar to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department vacation property checks, for checking on elderly residents utilizing employees who routinely circulate throughout the Township. There was discussion that this could pose a liability problem and there are many services available already. Consensus was to publicize what is available through the newsletter and direct mail to elderly residents.

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Trustee Brown suggested the Kalamazoo County Road Commission be invited to our April 9th 6:00 p.m. meeting.

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

DEBORAH L. EVERETT Township Clerk Supervisor Attested: John VanDyke