THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO

Township Board Minutes

July 27, 1999

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 Deb Everett
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee Fred Johnson

Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney and Robert Snell, Township Engineer along with 5 interested people.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to approve the minutes of our last meeting on July 13, 1999, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $78,991.19 and disbursements of $87,480.44 were reported. Fire Fund income was $7,451.36 with disbursements of $31,644.92. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

KALAMAZOO COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS

Peter Battani of the W. E. Upjohn Institute presented a proposal inviting the Township to become a partner with the Kalamazoo Communities in Schools Program, a program which promotes the connection of community needs and resources with schools to help young people stay in school, learn, and prepare for life. They are currently working with Kalamazoo Public Schools. Supervisor Fleckenstein will bring to the board at a later date specific ways in which the Township might be able to participate.

   WATER EXTENSION ON WEST MAIN

Supervisor Fleckenstein requested that this item be tabled to the August 10th meeting since all parties involved could not be in attendance this date.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to table this item to the August 10th meeting.
Carried.

WATER CONNECTION ASSESSMENT CHARGES

Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that the City of Kalamazoo has increased their rates for water main construction. In order to adjust our connection fees, a resolution had been prepared.

New rates would be - Assessable front foot - from $20.92 to $21.97
                                             Per lineal foot - from $29.51 to $30.56

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to adopt the resolution establishing the new rates. Roll call showed: Johnson-yes, Anderson-yes, Block-yes, Brown-yes, Everett-yes, Fleckenstein-yes.

                                                        OTHER BUSINESS
Supervisor Fleckenstein requested that the Board set a special meeting for July 28th concerning the water contamination problem in the Springwood Hills area.

Motion made by Everett, seconded by Johnson to set a special meeting of the Township Board for July 28, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of considering board action to approve the water main construction project proposed by the KLA Group and direct that appropriate notices be posted. Carried.

BOARD MEMBERS COMMENTS

Supervisor Fleckenstein advised the Board has been invited to take a tour of the arboretum located on the K-College property on West Main.

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Trustee Anderson advised that the Hunting Control Committee was considering a proposal to change the boundary. They will bring a recommendation to the Township Board at a later date.

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Trustee Johnson advised he had received some calls about gypsy moth problems. Treasurer Brown adivsed that the County is mapping the problem and would like residents to call the extension office. Engineer Snell shared that he had called them, they sent an information packet and made note of his problem. Treasurer Brown suggested we put an informational item in the September newsletter.

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There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT                                          Attested: RON FLECKENSTEIN
Township Clerk                                                                            Supervisor

THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO
Township Board Minutes
SPECIAL MEETING
July 28, 1999

The Oshtemo Township Board held a special meeting at the Township Hall. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Fleckenstein, at 7:00 p.m.

PRESENT:
Supervisor Ron Fleckenstein
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee Fred Johnson

Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney and Robert Snell, Township Engineer along with approximately 60 interested people.

Supervisor Fleckenstein advised the reason for the meeting was a presentation regarding construction of municipal water in the Springwood Hills area which has been made necessary by contamination found in several wells in the area.

The following were introduced to those present:
Bill Whitlock, Attorney - Pharmacia & Upjohn
Kevin Walsh - Hydro geologist - Pharmacia & Upjohn
Bruce Minsley - Deputy Director, Public Utilities - City of Kalamazoo
Pat Krause - Kalamazoo County Human Services Department
Duane Triemstra - Kalamazoo County Legal Counsel
Ray Wilson - Kalamazoo County Commissioner, District 1

Mr. Whitlock advised that the KL Avenue Landfill Group (Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County, City of Kalamazoo and Pharmacia & Upjohn) is proposing construction of water mains to address recently discovered contamination in the Springwood Hills area. In order to determine the project zone, the KLA Group referenced existing data from wells in the area and the original area of service suggested by the State of Michigan. The KLA Group decided to expand the project zone to include properties where it is felt there is a reasonable possibility of future contamination. Properties within the zone with existing wells or construction in progress will be connected to municipal water at no assessment or connection fee. Existing wells are required to be taken out of service. Vacant properties and those property owners who choose not to be connected at this time will be charged assessment and connection fee at the time it occurs.

Properties outside the project zone with direct access to the water line may elect to connect at this time at their own cost. If existing contamination appears to be spreading outside the project zone, the KLA Group will respond appropriately at that time. If properties outside the zone elect to connect at this time and there appears to be contamination under that property at a future date, the owner will not be reimbursed for assessment and connection fees.

The following people spoke regarding this matter:

Paul McGuire - 270 South 2nd Street
Mike Kwiatkowski - 9861 Oak Forest Circle
Mike VanDam - 193 South 2nd Street
Tim Jones - 165 South 2nd Street
Carolyn Bernard - 522 North 2nd Street
Elisa Jarbo, Manager - 9920/9922 Brekke Lane
Ken Stuut - 180 North 2nd Street
Wendi Verlin - 317 South 2nd Street
Mike Enzinger - 9836 Oak Forest Circle
Beth VanDam - 193 South 2nd Street
Tony Nelson - 199 Laguna Circle
Janna Boven - 9810 Almena Drive
Scott Rhuland - 289 South 2nd Street
Al Ferguson - 10147 Rosemary Lane
Tom McGrath - 9875 Oak Forest Circle
Eldon Cattell - 10 North 2nd Street

Comments/questions/concerns included:

When was contamination first found in Springwood area?
If new contamination is found, how quick will response be?
How long do homeowners have to decide if they wish to be connected?
Entire area including all homes on 2nd Street, West Main and Almena should be included.
How often are monitoring wells tested?
Has Dustin Lake been tested?
Why has plume surfaced in Springwood area?
Residents were not noticed of testing being done.
Will funds be available if others need to be connected in the future?
How was boundary drawn if all test results are not known?
Where would water line be extended from if more contamination is found?
Would be cheaper to connect everyone in entire area now.
What size is the water main?
How much does water main cost per foot?
If wells outside project area become contaminated, will it be handled by case or would area be extended?
Will testing continue north of M-43?
Has Springwood Lake been tested?
How would communication be handled if lake is found to be contaminated?
How much is this project going to cost?
What will happen to landscaping and/or sprinklers that will have to be moved?

Information provided regarding the aforementioned comments/questions/concerns included the following:

Contamination was first found in wells in the Springwood area in October, 1998. The matter was brought to the KLA Group in March, 1999 after it was determined that the contaminate found was a compound found in the landfill. The KLA Group feels they have responded quickly. The area being included is beyond what would have been required.

The timetable for construction and connections is anticipated to be water mains installed during August, service lines in September and connections beginning in October through December. Information will be distributed to homeowners and there will be close coordination with homeowners concerning landscaping, sprinkler locations, mailboxes, restoration, etc. Water mains are 12 inch pipe, service lines are approximately 5 feet in depth, 1-1/4" line to homes.

Monitoring wells will be added in new locations on 2nd Street, Almena and KL Avenue. Testing has also been done north of M-43. Testing of current wells is done every 6 months in accordance with State standards. New wells will be tested quarterly, if clean for a period of years, then every 6 months. Dustin Lake has been tested and is not being impacted. The DEQ plans on testing Springwood Lake in the near future. Results are available on the Kalamazoo County Human Services Department web site.    http://www.kalcounty.com/hsd/springwood.jpg.

The KLA Group feels the landfill is cleaning itself. The original plume from the landfill seems to have collapsed, the plume in Springwood is a fringe and not anticipated to travel much further. New contamination would be handled as needed, either on an individual basis or expanded area as testing deemed necessary.

All estimates are not in but costs for the project will be approximately 1 million dollars.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to authorize the Township Supervisor to sign the water main construction agreements with the City of Kalamazoo for Phases 1 through 4 of the Springwood Hills area water main project as proposed by the KLA Group. Carried.

OTHER BUSINESS
Supervisor Fleckenstein adivsed the Board that the opportunity had arisen to extend the 10thStreet sewer project as far north as possible. The additional funds needed for this would be $75,000. Engineer Snell recommended this extension.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson to fund the cost of extending the 10th Street sewer line an additional 900' for a cost of $75,000. Carried.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT                                          Attested: RON FLECKENSTEIN
Township Clerk                                                                            Supervisor

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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