OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

May 11, 2004

Public Comment session was held at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 6:00 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 was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott and Bob Snell, Township Engineers, and 2 interested people.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

Board Discussion

Board members discussed topics covered at the Michigan Townships Association series of Township Governance Academy classes.

Other items discussed included that the KL Group will meet next week, the Beech Street water installation is in process, the short time allowed for left turns at West Main and 9th Street, and the traffic study for Green Meadow/Drake Road will be conducted this fall.

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

Also present were Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott and Bob Snell, Township Engineers, Captain William Timmerman from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department, Kalamazoo County Commissioner Bob Brink, and 3 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Rakowski to approve the minutes of the April 27th Regular and May 4th Special meetings. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $38,506.35 and disbursements of $190,059.97 were reported. Motion by Corakis, second by to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Henry Bonnes, 2648 Plainview, commented he received two citations for cars he had parked at Stadium Drive and Plainview for sale. He felt the tickets had been issued in error and he should be given a refund. The matter was referred to the attorney for review.

Bob Brink, 6314 Killington, commented he will be running for reelection as County Commissioner.

KALAMAZOO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT PRESENTATION

Captain William Timmerman from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department presented statistics concerning their service in the Township for 2003. He reported there were a total of 5,870 calls for service. He noted the total number does not reflect the number hours spent on each call or that one call can include more than one offense. He commented having the satellite station at the Township Hall allows the deputies to spend more time in the Township. He also advised he would plan on presenting reports to the Board more often.

There was discussion with Captain Timmerman and Commissioner Brink regarding the desire to have more deputies in the Township, the need for central dispatch and more jail personnel.

REZONING REQUEST - SECTION 34
RR RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO I-1 INDUSTRIAL

Trustee Corakis advised the item concerned property owned by his son and requested he be excused from voting. Motion by Everett, second by Brown to excuse Trustee Corakis from voting on the item. Carried.

A Planning Commission recommendation to rezone three parcels located on Stadium Drive from RR Rural Residential to I-1 Industrial was before the Board for Second Reading. The original request had been expanded to include two additional properties and the Planning Commission did not hear any objection to at their public hearing; with one property owner requesting clarification on the tax implications from the proposed rezoning.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Everett to accept the Planning Commission recommendation and approve the rezoning. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

PAVING BIDS - FLESHER FIELD/TOWNSHIP VEHICLE STORAGE BUILDING

Trustee Bushouse presented proposals for paving the additional parking area added at Flesher Field and the vehicle storage building located at the Township Hall. He advised the project at Flesher Field includes work to be done by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission and Kalamazoo Public Schools concerning Chime and Erie Streets and there would be advantages to using the same contractor, C. L. Moberly. He noted there were two other bids received from J. Allen and Heystek & Sons.

Treasurer Culp commented she felt businesses located in the Township should be utilized.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Everett to authorize Trustee Bushouse to negotiate with C. L. Moberley for paving at Flesher Field and the Township vehicle storage building. Carried with Culp voting no.

OTHER BUSINESS
FIRE DEPARTMENT INVOICES

Fire Chief Ken Howe presented two invoices to the Board for emergency repairs to two pieces of fire apparatus. He advised one was to Moses Fire Equipment for $4,500.00 for pump repair on truck 512 and the other to Williams Detroit Diesel for $7,755.00 for repair of a major oil leak on truck 541.

Motion by Brown, second by Rakowski to approve $12,255 for the necessary emergency repairs. Carried.

Chief Howe also advised the Board he wished to meet with the attorney to draft correspondence to Pierce Manufacturing regarding the replacement of the air compressor and brakes on truck 521 three times. He advised he has attempted to deal with the company but gotten no response. Trustee Bushouse suggested Chief Howe also contact federal agencies who should be alerted to a potential problem.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Clerk Everett advised the Oshtemo Historical Society was now an official group with an elected Board of Trustees and bylaws. She also advised they would hold an outside clean up day at the Drake House on Saturday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m.

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Trustee Rakowski commented he felt the Township had taken a historical step in establishing the Downtown Development Authority and while the changes will be gradual everyone will recognize the benefit.

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There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:35 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor