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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

June 24, 2003

The Oshtemo Township Board held its work session at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 5:00 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 were Township Engineers Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia and Planner Mary Lynn Bugge.

Police Protection - Supervisor VanDyke advised he had received costs from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department regarding three additional deputies. He advised the total cost would be $92,964.56 per deputy and the proposal calls for the Township to pay 90%.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to direct the Supervisor to reply with a "counter offer" of 60% paid by the Township for three additional deputies for the balance of 2003.

Village Focus Area Study - There was discussion of the study of the Village Focus Area as initiated at the May joint meeting. Consensus was to go forward with the study along with considering the merits of a Downtown Development Authority. Treasurer Culp and Trustee Bushouse will look into this avenue.

Frays House - Trustee Bushouse advised he had reached a verbal agreement with Dinnerstein Companies regarding acquisition of the Frays House and four acres of land. They had agreed to the Board's proposal of $50,000 cash and acknowledgement of a $50,000 donation.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to direct the attorney to prepare a sales agreement. Carried.

Newcomers Guide - Clerk Everett advised she had been contacted by the publisher of the Newcomers Guide for interest in the Township purchasing an ad.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to not purchase an ad in the Newcomers Guide.

KL Avenue Sewer Extension - The Sewer/Water Committee presented a recommendation to authorize the Township Engineer to prepare plans for sewer extension on KL Avenue east of 9th Street; the project would commence in conjunction with the proposed Kalamazoo County Road Commission project to upgrade KL Avenue to an all season road.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Brown to authorize the engineer to prepare plans. Carried.

Plainview Sewer Extension Change Order - Engineer Elliott presented a change order for the Plainview Sewer extension in the amount of $1, 004.00. He advised discovery was made of existing roadway payment in excess of two feet thick that had to be removed.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Everett to approve the change order. Carried.

Sidewalks/Oshtemo Woods Plat - Clerk Everett advised she had been contacted by Jeff Gardner of Oshtemo Investors, LLC regarding the agreement proposed by the Board at the April 22nd meeting for installation of sidewalks in the Oshtemo Woods Plat. Mr. Gardner's requested changes were to change all references to Ahrens Construction to Oshtemo Investors, LLC, indicate that after the purchase of each lot sidewalks be installed by the developer or purchaser within six months, and that the required performance guarantee could be in the form of a letter of credit.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to direct the Township Attorney to prepare the agreement. Carried.

Old Town Hall - Clerk Everett advised she had received a request from the Oshtemo 4-H to use the Old Town Hall as their meeting place since it has historical significance to the group. There was discussion of the building having no water, heat, or restroom facilities. Clerk Everett indicated the group is aware of the limitations of the building. There was discussion concerning the merits of making the building more usable or left as is.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to obtain estimates for upgrade of the building not to exceed $10,000. Carried.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:50 p.m.

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 were Township Attorney Patricia Mason, Township Engineers Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, and Planner Mary Lynn Bugge.

Trustee Corakis requested a change in the June 10th minutes to reflect the amount of the bid by Pavement Restoration as $5,523 for repairs and slurry of entire parking lot and $4,100 for repairs, seal coat of fire department lot and slurry of township lot. Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to approve the minutes with changes. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $54,651.36 and disbursements of $153,8573.02 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

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 Second Reading.

Trustee Bushouse commented this is a step in the right direction and should be reviewed in six months.

Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to adopt the ordinance. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

KALAMAZOO REGIONAL WATER & WASTEWATER COMMISSION

DUES - 2003/04

Annual dues in the amount of $11,260 were presented for consideration. Supervisor VanDyke commented the negotiations with the City of Kalamazoo concerning the wastewater agreement are experiencing difficulty.

Motion by Brown, second by Bushouse to approve payment of the dues. Carried.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:20 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk Supervisor

Attested: John VanDyke