THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO

Township Board Minutes

MARCH 24, 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
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee David Bushouse
Trustee Fred Johnson

ABSENT:

Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson

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, March 10, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $476,681.91 and disbursements of $104,864.03 were reported. Fire Fund income was$872,461.68 with disbursements of $26,477.08. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block, to approve the report and pay the bills. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

NONE

INTERSOURCE RECOVERY SYSTEMS
INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES EXEMPTION EXTENSION

Attorney Reed explained that when we granted Intersource Recovery Systems an IFT Tax Exemption in September 1995, they had planned to have all their equipment installed by June 1997. They were unable to have the equipment installed by that deadline and requested a one year extension, until June 1998.

He pointed out that if we approve the extension, their exemption would be for six (6) years beginning December 1998.

Trustee Bushouse questioned if the Township can require a fee to cover the costs involved with these requests. He was advised, yes, the Board can establish a policy and a fee schedule. He felt we should be doing this.

Supervisor Fleckenstein stated the Board can review the issue before we have another request but we should act on this one first. Motion made by Bushouse, seconded by Johnson to adopt the resolution granting the one year extension. Roll call showed: Bushouse - yes Johnson - yes Block - yes Branch - yes Fleckenstein - yes

LANDFILL COST-SHARE GRANT

Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that this item would need to be postponed, probably until the April 14 meeting. More information was requested by our attorney.

COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT DUES

The 1998 Dues for the Council of Governments (C.O.G.) was presented for payment. Our portion would be $2,000.00.

Clerk Branch stated she appreciated receiving the report on the activities of C.O.G. and was glad to see they have been successful with some projects, i.e.,Waste Reduction, HazMat and Court consolidation. She then moved to support C.O.G. and pay the 1998 Dues of $2,000.00. Motion seconded by Johnson. Carried.

OTHER TOWNSHIP BUSINESS

Clerk Branch read a thank you note that was received from the West Oshtemo Grange #1630. They were grateful for the many improvements that have been made to the Grange Hall building.

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Trustee Bushouse suggested we show the date the minutes are approved on our Web Site.

He also commented that he has heard positive feedback about Supervisor Fleckenstein's visit to the Oshtemo Business Assoc. meeting. It was a good opportunity to share information and for the OBA to gain an understanding of township policies, etc.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

ELAINE J. BRANCH, CMC Attested: RON FLECKENSTEIN
Township Clerk Supervisor
Date approved - April 14, 1998