THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO

Township Board Minutes

JANUARY 27, 1998

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 Elaine Branch
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee David Bushouse
Trustee Fred Johnson

Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney and Robert Snell, Township Engineer, along with 2 interested people.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to approve the minutes of our last meeting, January 13th, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $10,282.91 and disbursements of $63,135.25 were reported. Fire Fund income was$16,134.48 with disbursements of $58,953.85. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Anderson, to approve the report and pay the bills. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None

UNIFORM TRAFFIC CODE - SCHOOL BUSES

An amendment to our Uniform Traffic Code Ordinance, section 5.97 was presented for Second Reading. This change would make our ordinance consistent with the Motor Vehicle Code so that passing a stopped school bus would be a civil infraction rather than a misdemeanor.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Brown to adopt the amendment to the Uniform Traffic Code. Roll call showed: Block - yes Brown - yes Johnson - yes Anderson - yes Bushouse - yes
Branch - yes Fleckenstein - yes


COMMERCIAL CENTERS

The Planning Commission had recommended the addition of a definition for Commercial Centers to our Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance amendment was presented to the Board for First Reading. The amendment also addressed the parking requirements for a Commercial Center.
If the proposed uses for the Center were not defined, than the parking requirements would be calculated based on the assumption of 50% retail and 50% restaurant.

Motion made by Branch, seconded by Block to accept the ordinance for First Reading and set the Second Reading for February 10. Carried.


OTHER BUSINESS

Robert Snell, Township Engineer, reported that the Drain Commissioner had received the bids for Greystone Plat Drain Project. The bids were under estimated costs by 10% to 11%.


CLOSED SESSION

Attorney Reed provided a resolution authorizing the Board to move to Closed Session for the purpose of consulting with its attorney regarding a written legal opinion subject to the attorney/client privilege regarding the franchise renewal process involving Cablevision of Michigan, Inc.
Motion made by Brown, seconded by Johnson to adopt the resolution for Closed Session. Roll call showed: Brown - yes Johnson - yes Branch - yes Bushouse - yes Block - yes
Anderson - yes Fleckenstein - yes

Moved to Closed Session at 7:24 p.m.

Reconvened to Open Session at 8:12 p.m.


There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:13 p.m.


ELAINE J. BRANCH, CMC
Township Clerk

Attested:
RON FLECKENSTEIN
Supervisor