THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO

Township Board Minutes

MARCH 10, 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 Robert Snell, Township Engineer, along with 2 interested people.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Anderson to approve the minutes of our last meeting, February 24, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $13,853.80 and disbursements of $70,077.14 were reported. Fire Fund income was$3,995.35 with disbursements of $29,885.73. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block, to approve the report and pay the bills. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Tom Edmonds thanked the Board for their approval of the 1998 Police Protection Agreement. He also stated he was impressed with Chief Ken Howe, who is a man of more action than words. He should be commended for working hard to keep the township’s liability down and for increasing the effectiveness of our Fire Department.

In response to a question from Supervisor Fleckenstein, the Sheriff said that the Public Safety Millage would be back on the ballot in August.

Trustee Bushouse questioned the progress of having medical screening by the dispatchers. The Sheriff responded that there is a study underway (Central Dispatch) that would improve dispatching. It was pointed out that Dr. Fales from Medical Control attends those meetings.

PURCHASE OF LAND FOR FIRE STATION

The Supervisor reported that this item would be pulled from the agenda because there was a change that needed to be worked out with the seller’s attorney, who was on vacation.

CONNECTION TO MUNICIPAL WATER

In 1997 the Township and the Library funded the extension of the municipal water main from 8th Street through our property. Bids were sought from three companies to proceed with the connection to the system. The proposals submitted were: Zimmerman - $6,300, Modern Sewer and Drain - $3,850, and Dan Wood Co.- $3,195.

Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that in addition to the cost for the meter pit, piping and disposition of the old well, there will be a connection charge from the City of Kalamazoo. He felt the total project should not exceed $5,000.

Motion made by Branch, second by Block to approve up to $5,000 to connect to the municipal water system and to grant the bid Dan Wood Co. Carried.

LAWN MAINTENANCE FOR 1998

Eight companies were invited to submit bid proposals for our lawn and ground maintenance for 1998. We received a total of five bids, as follows:

JP’s Outdoor Services - $385 per mowing
E. Niewoonder - $700
Earthworks - $690
Hadaway & Sons - $875
Naylor Landscape - $1,136

Lois Brown was concerned that the low bid might not be the best, because it was so low. She asked it we can cancel our contract if they do not do good work.? She questioned if they had contracts with other municipalities.

Clerk Branch was concerned about the difference in bids for the cemetery mowing, but felt they all had a chance to view the properties before bidding.

Trustee Block felt they may have bid low in order to get our business. He thought we should give them a chance and moved to award the bid to JP’s Outdoor Services. Carried 6 - 1, with Brown voting "no".

OTHER BUSINESS

LIFT STATION BILL -

It was reported by Robert Snell, Township Engineer, that during the problem with the retention basin flooding in the Greystone Plat, it was discovered that the sanitary sewer lift station seal was leaking in the wetwell and valve pit.

The necessary work to repair leak and pour a concrete base totaled $6,898.34. He explained that there are funds left in the original bond issue for construction of sewer and water in that area. It was his recommendation that the Board authorize the payment to be made by the County DPW.

Motion made by Bushouse, seconded by Block to authorize the bill to be paid from the Greystone Bond issue. Carried.

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BOARD OF REVIEW -

It was reported that the Board of Review was in session and that the appeals are down from past years.

The Board of Review members stated that the atmosphere with the taxpayers has improved, a condition they give credit to Assessor Marci Betts for.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

ELAINE J. BRANCH, CMC Attested: RON FLECKENSTEIN
Township Clerk Supervisor
Minutes approved - March 24, 1998