OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

March 8, 2005

Township Board work session was held 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 Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski
Trustee Neil Sikora

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, and Marc Elliott, Township Engineer.

Discussion - Police Protection Agreement - Supervisor VanDyke advised he would be meeting with the supervisors from Comstock, Ross and Texas Townships, who also have contracts for police protection, to discuss changes in the agreement.

Discussion with Road Commissioner Dennis Berkebile - Mr. Berkebile introduced himself to the board as the newly appointed road commissioner for the township. Discussion included KCRC policies and township projects.

The work session was adjourned at approximately 6:55 p.m.

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock, and approximately 12 interested people.

Trustee Sikora noted the February 8th Regular meeting minutes should be corrected to reflect he was absent. Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to approve the February 8th Regular, February 8th Special Meeting, and February 15th Joint Meeting minutes as corrected. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $103,722.43 and disbursements of $372,684.18 were reported. Motion by Corakis, second by Sikora to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

CONDOMINIUM PROJECT - VILLAS AT STONEHENGE

Planning Director Stefforia advised the Planning Commission had recently approved a 90 dwelling unit condominium project called Villas at Stonehenge to be located on South 9th Street between Stadium Drive and KL Avenue. She advised ordinance provisions are satisfied, noting all condominium projects are subject to final approval of the Township Board.

Motion by Everett, second by Rakowski to approve the condominium element. Carried.

CONDOMINIUM PROJECT - CASTLE ROCK BUILDERS

Ms. Stefforia advised the Planning Commission had recently approved a two unit site condominium project at 1750 North 10th Street and within each site condominium unit, a duplex will be established with each half becoming a separate condominium unit for a total of four dwelling units. She advised ordinance provisions are satisfied, noting all condominium projects are subject to final approval of the Township Board.

Elaine Branch, 7654 West Main, inquired if the additional driveway off North 10th Street had been approved by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission. Ms. Stefforia advised a permit had been granted.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Sikora to approve the condominium element. Carried.

DRAKE HOUSE - ROOF BIDS

Proposals from VanBeck Roofing and Ron Sagers Jr Roofing were presented. There was considerable discussion regarding the type of roof replacement needed and meeting historical criteria. Consensus was to request the Oshtemo Historical Society review the information and make a recommendation.

OTHER BUSINESS

DRAKE HOUSE - UTILITITES

Trustee Rakowski and Engineer Elliott presented information regarding utility installations for the Drake House. After considerable discussion, consensus was to request the Oshtemo Historical Society review the information and make a recommendation.

2005 COG DUES

Clerk Everett advised 2005 Council of Governments dues in the amount of $300.00 were due.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve payment of 2005 COG dues. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Trustee Sikora presented minutes from the March 3rd Park Committee Meeting and advised they will meet the first Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

Trustee Corakis advised he attended the MTA Capitol Conference in Lansing where discussion centered on the need for legislators to support local issues.

Trustee Rakowski noted the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department will present an informational program on meth labs on March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Hall.

Engineer Elliott advised details on the West H Avenue water main should be available soon.

He also commented the Phase II Stormwater Group will be requesting $1,540 as the Township's share in developing a watershed management plan.

Mr. Elliot also commented the easement agreement from Ken Patel for the Meijer/West Port sewer has not been received.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:50 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor