THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO

Township Board Minutes

March 9, 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 Elaine Branch
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee David Bushouse
Trustee Fred Johnson

Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney along with 4 interested people.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to approve the minutes of our last meeting, February 23, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $14,647.73 and disbursements of $60,606.99 were reported. Fire Fund income was $182.00 with disbursements of $29,530.24. Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

NONE

AMENDMENT RE: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The Planning Commission, following advice from our attorney, recommended an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that would move schools, both public and private, from a permitted use to a special exception use.

In light of past court cases, it was felt that the Township would have better control over school locations and improvements through our special exception use application.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson to set the Ordinance Amendment for First Reading on March 23. Carried.

CROSS PARKING/WAREHOUSE DISTRIBUTORS

A request had been received from Jack Siegel, owner of Warehouse Distributors, Inc., to enter into an agreement whereby he could use our unimproved parking area, located behind the Parkview Fire Station, to satisfy the parking requirements for his proposed store expansion.

His proposed building would facilitate the design concepts of the Village Focus Area, with parking located in the rear of the building. His property would not be adequate for the building expansion and the required parking spaces.

Attorney Reed cautioned the Board that we may not use public property for private uses.

There was general discussion followed by a motion by Brown, seconded by Block to allow the Supervisor and one member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee to meet with the Attorney to work out an acceptable agreement. The item will be returned to the Board on March 23. Carried.

BRECKENRIDGE ESTATES NO. 2

It was the recommendation of Engineer Robert Snell that Breckenridge Estates No. 2 was ready for Step 2 approval, Final Approval of a Preliminary Plat. Along with his letter were the reports or letters from the other reviewing agencies.

Trustee Block was concerned about the issues raised by the Planning Commission regarding the retention basin on lot 23 and lot 24 along with the one shown on lot 28. Their recommendation called for combining lot 23 and lot 24, as proposed by the applicant and eliminating the retention area in lot 28.

Supervisor Fleckenstein commented that he had not received a recent map for the plat and Engineer Snell was not able to come to our meeting. He suggested we take action subject to the revisions suggested by the Planning Commission. Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson to grant Step 2 approval subject to the confirmation that the plat is in compliance with the Planning Commissions recommendation dated June 11, 1998. Carried.

PHYSICAL EXAMS FOR FIRE PERSONNEL

Supervisor Fleckenstein reminded the Board that our Personnel Policy states that all Fire Department personnel shall have a medical examination every three years to determine whether they are physically able to perform the essential duties of their position.

In order to comply with our policy, as well as the new air mask test required by MIOSHA, Chief Howe has investigated a mobile testing unit, with state-of-the-art technology, to come to our station for testing. The company is Bio-Care from Holt, Michigan. The total cost would be $7525.00 to test our 32 fire personnel. The 1999 Budget included money for these exams.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to authorize the physicals as proposed. Carried.

AMEND 1999 ROAD BUDGET AND PROJECTS

Clerk Branch, reporting for the Road Committee, advised the Board that our Par Funds from KCRC had been increased to $108,669 from our original estimate of $70,000. Because we had budgeted $80,000 for 1999, they recommended the budget be increased by $28,669, in order to take advantage of the increased funding available to us.

The Road Committee identified two additional projects for the increased funding. They were, South 11th Street from Parkview to N Avenue and Quail Run (oldest section north off Stadium).

Motion made by Branch, seconded by Anderson to amend the 1999 Road Budget to $108,669 and approve the additional projects. Carried.

CABLE COMMUNICATIONS ORDINANCE

It was reported that the Local Cable Consortium had successfully negotiated the franchise renewal with Cablevision of Michigan. Clerk Branch reported that all of the municipalities would need to adopt a Cable Communications Regulatory Ordinance before acting on the Franchise Agreement. The townships involved would be publishing their notices together, for a cost savings.

The ordinance was presented for First Reading and reviewed by Attorney Reed and Clerk Branch. A motion was then made by Branch, seconded by Anderson to accept the ordinance for First Reading and set the Second Reading for March 23. Carried.

NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE

An ordinance adopting the 1996 National Electrical Code was presented for First Reading. There was no new discussion.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Anderson to set the ordinance for Second Reading on March 23. Carried.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

ELAINE J. BRANCH, CMC
Township Clerk

Attested:

RON FLECKENTEIN
Supervisor

Date Approved:
March 23, 1999