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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

July 10, 2001

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 Tom Brodasky
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Jim Worline

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell, Township Engineer, Steve Hudson, Assessor, Mary Lynn Bugge, Planner and 3 interested people.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

Assessor Steve Hudson presented an informative program explaining the assessing process.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 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, Township Engineer, Jodi Stefforia, Planning Director, Mary Lynn Bugge, Planner, and approximately 12 interested people.

Clerk Everett noted a correction to the June 26th minutes. The heading for the item regarding approval of the Rose Arbor Plat was incorrect and should read "Final Approval of a Preliminary Plat - Rose Arbor No. 3. Motion by Culp, second by Brodasky to approve the minutes of the June 25th meeting as presented and the June 26th meeting as corrected. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $18,746.42 and disbursements of $94,823.61 and income to the Fire Fund of $391.00 and disbursements of $32,826.47 were reported. Motion by Brown, second by Worline to accept the report as presented. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

PRIDE CARE AMBULANCE

Becky Russon, General Manager of Pride Care Ambulance, formerly Mall City Ambulance, presented information to the Board regarding the company's reorganization after being sold.

She thanked Supervisor VanDyke and Fire Chief Ken Howe for the opportunity to continue to provide service to the Township on a rotation basis with Life EMS.

REZONING - SECTION 25 - R-2 TO R-3

Planner Mary Lynn Bugge presented a Planning Commission recommendation to approve the rezoning of 5787 Stadium Drive, Lot 1 of the Plainview Plat, from R-2 to R-3. The recommendation also includes amending the Master Land Use Plan to show Lots 1 and 14 as transitional.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to set the rezoning for First Reading on July 24th. Carried.

SEWER/WATER MORTGAGE AGREEMENTS

A recommendation from the Sewer & Water Committee was presented that would change the current policy regarding sewer and water mortgage agreements. The recommended change would allow property owners with less than 200 feet of road frontage to have a 5-year mortgage rather than 2 years currently allowed, and those with 200 feet of road frontage or more to have 10 years rather than 5 years currently allowed.

Trustee Brown felt a public hearing should be held on this item.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to hold a public hearing at the July 24th meeting regarding any change in the current sewer/water mortgage agreement policy. Carried.

CHANGE ORDER - 9TH STREET SEWER PROJECT

Engineer Snell presented a change order for the 9th Street Sewer Project consisting of additional costs for an emergency generator for the pump station, an additional manhole for the proposed Rosewood Plat, the cost of which will be reimbursed by the developer, and estimated additional cost for road signage due to the project. Total cost of the change order is $28,413.50.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Brodasky to approve the change order subject to additional negotiations by the Engineer. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes, VanDyke-yes.

"WEST SIDE" LAND USE PLAN STUDY

Planning Director Jodi Stefforia presented a proposal for a "west side" land use plan study to be conducted jointly with Kalamazoo Township and the City of Kalamazoo. She advised the proposal arose from discussions with the City of Kalamazoo Planning Director and Planning Commission Chairman regarding the Mt. Everest property on North Drake, which has been the subject a rezoning request.

Ms. Stefforia advised such a study would probably not be completed prior to any action the City may take on the rezoning issue. Discussion on governmental cooperation resulted in a request that Ms. Stefforia set up a meeting with the City Manager, Mayor, Supervisor VanDyke, Trustee Bushouse and herself.

OTHER BUSINESS

COG REPRESENTATION

The Board approved membership in the Council of Governments at the June 12th meeting. COG President Tom Swiat has requested a letter stating such intent and indicating who the primary representative and alternate will be.

Supervisor VanDyke indicated he would like to be the primary representative and Trustee Brown expressed in interest in being the alternate.

Motion by Everett, second by Brodasky to appoint Supervisor VanDyke as primary representative to COG and Trustee Brown as alternate. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Supervisor VanDyke thanked Assessor Hudson for his presentation. Trustee Brown suggested Cable Access be asked to film it and add it to the tape for this meeting.

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Trustee Brodasky commented on the new concealed weapons law and that although the legislation restricts where weapons may be carried, inquired if that extends to local municipalities or does the Township have to adopt its own policy. Supervisor VanDyke advised he is working on a policy and will bring it to the Board.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:05 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor