OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

January 13, 2004

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 Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, Deputy Fire Chief Paul Karnemaat and 5 interested people.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

Becky Russon, representing Pride Care Ambulance commented they are opposed to the dispatch procedure under the recently approved contract with Life EMS for ambulance service to Township residents. She felt there would be a delay in their company being dispatched to a resident who requests their service since under the terms of the contract all 911 calls would go to Life EMS then be transferred to Pride Care if they were requested.

Deputy Chief Karnemaat and Deputy Chief George Sheets from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety felt the terms of the contract would not deprive any resident from getting their ambulance of choice.

There was lengthy discussion on the issue including current procedures, concerns of liability, reasons that delays can occur. Trustee Brown suggested a meeting with the other parties involved, i.e., Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department, Life EMS and other partners in the contract noting they should have been included in the discussion.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

Also present were Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge, Building Official Bob Horton, and 8 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Rakowski to approve the minutes of the December 23rd regular meeting. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $20981.92 and disbursements of $697,596.05 were reported. In response to a question from Trustee Rakowski regarding the Consumers Energy bill for the Parkview Building, it was the increased amount was due to heat loss during the building renovation. Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Bob Janssen, 8670 Almena Drive, commented he felt the 6:00 p.m. meeting should not run over into the regular meeting time.

Jim Britvec, 5081 Beech Avenue, commented on the condition of the intersection of Beech and Drake Road. Engineer Elliott advised the repairs would be done when the water installation project on Beech is completed in the spring. Mr. Britvec also commented he had been told by the City of Kalamazoo there would be no charge to residents for pressure reduction valves needed due to the installation of the new water line.

PUBLIC HEARING - TRANSFER OF IFT - PRECISION DIAL

Application for the transfer of an Industrial Facilities Tax exemption for Precision Dial was received from new owners, R & R Precision, Inc. Attorney Mason advised the application provided all necessary information; the current certificate has five years remaining for the real property and 4 years remaining for personal property. Treasurer Culp advised taxes for current year are paid.

Motion by Brown, second by Corakis to adopt a resolution approving the transfer of the IFT noting current taxes are paid and upon payment of the application fee. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

ESTABLISH FEE FOR DIGITAL PRODUCTS

Planner Bugge advised a fee for CAD files was not included when a resolution was adopted in December, 2002 establishing fees for providing enhanced access to public records. She recommended a charge of 50 cents per parcel with a minimum charge of $35.00 and a fee of $2,800.00 for the entire Township advising the charge is based on the cost the Township would incur from the Township Engineer and provision for reimbursement for expenses incurred.

Ms. Bugge also recommended reducing the fee for Digital Orthophotography of the entire township in .tiff format to $450.00 and increase the minimum charge for shapefiles to $35.00 and establish a maximum fee of $2,800.00 for shapefiles of the entire township.

Motion by Everett, second by Rakowski to adopt a resolution approving the recommended changes in the fee schedule for enhanced access information. Roll call showed Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes.

BUILDING PERMIT FEES - MANUFACTURED HOMES

IN MANUFACTURED HOME COMMUNITIES

Building Official Horton advised the Board there were changes from the State regarding standards for installation and fees for manufactured homes placed in manufactured home communities, there will also be additional inspections required. He further advised the new fee is to be one half of a site built home. In response to Board members questions, he advised slabs for homes placed in parks will now be required to meet the same standards as those placed on private land, current homes in parks will be grandfathered and he will contact the park owners and managers to advise them of these new regulations.

Trustee Brown suggested Mr. Horton conduct a seminar to educate and inform the park management.

Motion by Everett, second by Rakowski to adopt a resolution amending the building permit fee schedule to reflect the changes in manufactured home permits. Roll call Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Corakis-yes.

METRO TRANSIT AGREEMENT - 2004

The Metro Transit agreement approved for one year rather than three as requested by the City of Kalamazoo was discussed with the Board noting that William Schomisch from Metro Transit presented an informative program at the previous work session, however there were still concerns regarding the number of residents using the service and observations of mostly empty buses. Consensus was to leave the approval at one year and review the available data at the end of that term.

PARKVIEW BUILDING - RULES FOR USE

The Parks Committee presented rules of use for the community building currently under renovation at the former fire station on Parkview. It was noted there will be two rooms available for residents to rent. Construction is progressing and the building will be ready for use March 1st. (Copy of rules available from Clerk's Office)

Motion by Brown, second by Everett to adopt the rules as recommended by the Parks Committee. Roll call showed Corakis-yes, Rakowski-yes, Culp-yes, VanDyke-yes, Everett-yes, Brown-yes.

EASEMENT AGREEMENT - FLESHER FIELD DRIVEWAY

Attorney Mason presented an easement agreement to allow the driveway from Chime Street to Flesher Field across an AT&T right of way.

Motion by Corakis, second by Everett to adopt the resolution approving the easement agreement. Roll call showed Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes.

HEALTH INSURANCE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

Trustee Brown advised an amendment to the health insurance ordinance was necessary to clarify the retiree benefits are available only if the retired employee is not eligible for other health insurance from another employer.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Brown to accept the ordinance amendment for First Reading and set Second Reading for February 10th. Carried.

POVERTY GUIDELINES - 2004 PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS

A resolution allowing exemption from property taxes for persons or families meeting Federal and State guidelines was presented. Local units are required to adopt a resolution each year setting the standards.

Motion by Brown, second by Corakis to adopt the resolution establishing poverty guidelines for 2004. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

OTHER BUSINESS

GENERATOR FOR NEW FIRE TRUCK

Trustee Rakowski presented a request from the Fire Department for purchase of a generator for the new fire truck at a cost of $2,918.83.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to approve the expenditure. Carried.

BOND PAYMENT - SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT 90-5&6

Treasurer Culp requested approval to make early final payment of the bonds for special assessment district 90-5&6 in the amount of $652,275. She advised the Township would save $21,000 in interest payments.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve paying off the bonds in the amount of $652,275. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Trustee Corakis advised he attended the Texas Township Board meeting the previous evening where they approved their recreation plan.

Clerk Everett noted the deed for the former Midwest Aluminum property on Stadium Drive has been received by the Township.

She also advised a meeting to gauge community interest in the Drake House would be held on January 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Engineer Elliott advised he had surveyed the work on the 8th Street/LaSalle drainage problem and felt it was satisfactory.

He further advised the State has issued a certificate of coverage regarding the storm water management plan, the next step is to implement the program and the collective group will be working on this effort.

Treasurer Culp inquired if another Board member would be available to replace her on the Community Access Center Board. Trustee Corakis advised he would be willing to do so.

Trustee Brown commented there was lively discussion with the area legislators at the last COG meeting.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:45 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor