OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

Joint Meeting

May 17, 2005

TOWNSHIP BOARD
PLANNING COMMISSION
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

The quarterly meeting of the Township Board, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals was held at the Township Hall. Supervisor John VanDyke called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

TOWNSHIP BOARD:
Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Neil Sikora

PLANNING COMMISION:
Mike Smith
Kathleen Garland-Rike

ZBA:
Millard Loy, Chairman
Duane McClung
Grace Borgfjord

Also present was Planner Mary Lynn Bugge.

FLAG POLE HEIGHT

This item had been returned to the Planning Commission by the Township Board after the commission previously recommended denial of a text amendment request. The Planning Commission then recommended a text amendment regulating flag pole height related to setback and flag size based on research obtained from several flag etiquette sources and manufacturers. The Township Board approved sending the recommended text amendment back to the Planning Commission for a public hearing; which was held on April 28th with no public comment. The item will be on the Township Board agenda for consideration on May 24th.

There was considerable discussion with differing viewpoints on the matter. There was also discussion that the Township Board needs to set policy on how ordinance violations are handled.

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Trustee Sikora commented he is disappointed more board members do not attend the joint meetings as they could be very worthwhile. Clerk Everett suggested each board submit topics of interest for the agenda.

There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:20 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor