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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

June 10, 2003

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 Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, and Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, and 3 interested people.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

Committee Reports -

Park Committee - Trustee Bushouse advised plans for the Parkview Building renovation should ready for review in approximately two weeks.

Mr. Bushouse also advised the Board of the discussion he has been conducting on behalf of the committee concerning the acquisition of the Frays property. He advised the original offer from the current owner, Dinnerstein Co., was the Township could acquire the house, outbuildings, and 4 acres of property for $200,000. In subsequent discussion the owner agreed to a price of $100,000. He further advised he provided information to them concerning the value of the development, once complete and the potential they have with property to be developed in the future. There was discussion of current Township financial resources; past and possible future cuts in State revenue sharing, and the necessary investment to restore the property,

Motion by Everett, second by Corakis to authorize Trustee Bushouse to offer the Dinnerstein Co. a purchase price of $100,000, which would consist of $50,000 cash and documentation recognizing a $50,000 donation to the Township. Carried.

Road Committee - Clerk Everett advised there are additional PAR funds available; consensus was the road budget for 2003 has been committed.

Personnel Committee - Trustee Brown advised the committee is continuing their work on the position descriptions.

Other Business -

Attorney Mason advised the language for a sidewalk ordinance is in process.

Attorney Mason reviewed recommendations concerning a text amendment to the Anti-Noise and Public Nuisance Ordinance which make a violation a misdemeanor and the adoption of a Public Disturbance Ordinance. She felt these would provide additional tools to the Sheriff's Department. Consensus was to discuss these in length at the June 24th work session.

Engineer Elliott requested Board direction concerning a request from the developer of the Savannah project that the pump station be connected for the home in the development scheduled to be in the Parade of Homes. Consensus was this could be allowed for the duration of the Parade of Homes only with a release of liability to the Township of any faults in the system.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

PRESENT:
Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge, and approximately 7 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to approve the minutes of the May 27th meeting. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $51,764.50 and disbursements of $159,360.24 were reported. Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to accept the report as presented. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Bob Janssen, 8670 Almena Drive, commended the Board concerning the June 4th meeting with the Department of Community Health concerning the KL Landfill.

PUBLIC HEARING - POLICE DISTRICT EXPANSION

The proposed expansion of the police protection special assessment district was before the Board for public hearing on setting the assessment roll.

The following public comment was offered:

Jodi Thornton and Jeff Schaub representing Goodrich Theatres inquired what the increase in the district would mean to their premises. They commented there have been break ins of automobiles and other problems; they appreciate the deputies responding and understand the demand on them to answer calls. Treasurer Culp advised their premise is in the current police district. Supervisor VanDyke advised the Township hopes to acquire additional deputies.

Trustee Bushouse commented he would vote yes to continue the process but still feels the district should include the entire Township.

Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to adopt the resolution confirming the assessment roll for Police Protection Special Assessment District No. 2003-1. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

REZONING - SECTION 26 - R-4 TO R-3 - SECOND READING

A recommendation from the Planning Commission to rezone 212 properties in the Quail Meadows and Quail Cove Drive area from R-4 Residential to R-3 Residential was before the Board for Second Reading.

Approval would also require an amendment to the Master Land Use Plan reclassifying the area as transitional.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to approve the rezoning and amend the Master Land Use Plan. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes.

TEXT AMENDMENT - I-1 DISTRICT SUBSTANDARD PARCELS - SECOND READING

A recommendation from the Planning Commission to adopt a text amendment to allow office buildings in the I-1 Industrial district as a Special Exception Use on legal, non-conforming parcels that do not meet the minimum area criteria was before the Board for Second Reading.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to approve the text amendment. Roll call showed Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse.

TEXT AMENDMENT - SIGN ORDINANCE- SECOND READING

A recommendation from the Planning Commission to adopt two text amendments regarding the Sign Ordinance in response to observed deficiencies with or a need to change the existing language was before the Board for Second Reading.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to approve the text amendment. Roll call showed Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes.

TEXT AMENDMENT - RENUMBER SECTION IN R-4 DISTRICT - FIRST READING

A recommendation from the Planning Commission to adopt a text amendment correcting the numbering in Section 24 was before the Board for Second Reading.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to approve the text amendment. Roll call showed Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes.

TEXT AMENDMENT - HOME OCCUPATIONS

A recommendation from the Planning Commission for text amendments to the Home Occupations Ordinance, that would broaden the criteria to include more zoning districts, allow the home occupation to occur in an attached garage, increase the interior gross floor space area, allow off site employees, and by special exception use allow home occupations in accessory buildings, a larger area of the dwelling and/or attached garage, and employ one nonresident employee on-site at any one time, was before the Board for First Reading.

Motion by Everett, second by Corakis to set Second Reading for June 24th. Roll call showed Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes.

MTA DUES 2003-04

Dues to the Michigan Townships Association in the amount of $4,847.38 for 2003-04 were presented for consideration. Clerk Everett advised there was no increase from 2002-03.

Motion by Culp, second by Brown to approve the expenditure. Carried.

TOWNSHIP HALL/FIRE HOUSE #1 PARKING LOT REPAIRS/STRIPING

Board action at the May 13th meeting requested other bids for the parking lot project. Trustee Corakis secured one other bid from Pavement Restoration that totaled $6,412.16. The total cost of the project as proposed by Heystek & Sons is $6,020.00.

Supervisor VanDyke commented he had inquired about the chip seal process and learned it takes more material to seal, the cracks will show through and the color is different. Trustee Bushouse commented his church has used the chip seal process and found it satisfactory. Trustee Brown commented she found it difficult to compare the bids.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to accept the bid from Heystek & Sons. Carried with Bushouse and Corakis voting no.

OTHER BUSINESS

A request from the Fire Department to purchase twelve sets of protective gear in the amount of $12,780.00 was presented by Chief Howe. He advised the gear has a use expectancy of 5 years and no new gear was purchased last year.

Trustee Bushouse inquired if there would be a benefit in a countywide bid. Chief Howe advised other items such as hose and some equipment is purchased in that manner, and there would be a savings on the gear, as another department's specifications would be used.

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

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Chief Howe presented a request to contract with VanderWeele Design Consultants for consultation on the roof structure at Fire House #1. He advised a review is needed to determine the necessary repairs.

Treasurer Culp commented while she supported the project she would vote no to be consistent with previous votes concerning not having more than one bid. Trustee Corakis commented he would like to see more bids. Trustee Bushouse commented after working with someone over time, knowing their work, and for the amount of the expenditure, the relationship should be able to continue without bidding.

Motion by Rakowksi, second by Everett to approve a contract with VanderWeele Design Consultants in the amount of $5,200.00 for structural review of Fire House #1 roof. Carried with Culp voting no.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor