OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

November 9, 2004

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 Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers and Terry Schley, Architect.

Mr. Schley reviewed for the Board the preliminary design and recommendations concerning an addition to the Township Hall for more office and storage space.

Work session adjourned at 6:00 p.m. A retirement reception was held for Trustee Lois Brown as this was her last meeting. State Senator Tom George presented Lois with a resolution from the Michigan Legislature honoring her for her 32 years of service to the Township.

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, and approximately 60 interested people.

Motion by Corakis, second by Brown to approve the October 26th Regular and November 4th Special meeting minutes. Carried

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $386,284.30 and disbursments of $114,420.83 were reported. Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried

CITIZENS COMMENTS

The following citizens commented on the proposed sewer/water/road project on West H Avenue between 9th and 6th Streets

Tim Mallett, 7404 West H Avenue
Steven & Gayle Zientek, 2751 North 6th Street
Barbara Johnson, 7863 West H Avenue
Doug Wood, 8031 West H Avenue
Doug Bishop, 3019 North 6th Street
Peter & Cynthia Sullivan, 7538 West H Avenue
Michelle Hayes, 7001 West H Avenue
Matthew Tomlinson, 7356 West H Avenue
Kevin Travis, 6780 JR Drive
Jean Bourner, 2090 North 6th Street
Jim Elliott, 7588 West H Avenue
Jeanette Garrison, owner of vacant property on H Avenue
Eleanor Siegfried, 6775 West H Ave
Mel Valkner, 2400 North 6th Street
Eric Weeldreyer, 2473 North 6th Street
Karen Irvine, 7655 West H Ave

Their comments include:

Project will not benefit them, rather future development which they feel developers should pay for.

Expense is to great and burden is unfair for current property owners

Too many trees and natural beauty of the area will be destroyed.

Residents were not given any prior notice or input.

Sewer and water are not currently needed in the area.

Township has poorly planned for development.

Township is more concerned with development of tax base than current residents.

Residents moved to area for rural character; project will destroy that.

Residents will be forced to sell due to assessment costs.

What will affect of water tower be on area residential wells?

Supervisor VanDyke advised the project was initiated due to the City of Kalamazoo installation of a water main to serve the water tower currently under construction on 6th Street; the City will not be drilling any wells in the area. He further advised the proposed project would be returned to the Sewer / Water Committee, consisting of himself, Treasurer Culp, and Trustee Bushouse for further study. In response to residents questions, he advised the committee would be meeting on Thursday, November 11th at noon.

Trustee Rakowski extended an apology to the residents saying they should have been notified months ago that the committee was studying this proposed project.

Treasurer Culp concurred and commented she felt the project should be scrapped.

TRANSFER LIQUOR LICENSE - HUNAN GARDENS

Clerk Everett advised a notice had been received from the State regarding a request to transfer a liquor license to Hunan Gardens from AMF Bowling Centers. Attorney Porter advised the information required by ordinance was in order.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve the liquor license transfer. Carried.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT - TRAFFIC CODE

Attorney Porter reviewed a proposed amendment to the traffic code ordinance to clarify the definition of liquor and a work zone.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to set Second Reading for November 23rd. Carried.

2005 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS
STREET LIGHT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PUBLIC HEARING

There was no public comment.

Motion by Corakis, second by Everett to adopt the Streetlight Special Assessment Resolution. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

FIRE PROTECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PUBLIC HEARING

There was no public comment.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to adopt the Fire Protection Special Assessment Resolution. Roll call showed Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes.

POLICE PROTECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PUBLIC HEARING

There was no public comment.

Motion by Brown, second by Culp to adopt the Police Protection Special Assessment Resolution. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes.

GENERAL FUND PUBLIC HEARING

There was no public comment.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to adopt the 2005 General Fund Budget. Roll call showed Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes.

Resolutions establishing the elected official salaries were presented.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to adopt the resolution restablishing the Supervisor salary at $57,891.00 for 2005. Roll call showed Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, VanDyke-abstain.

Motion by Rakoski, second by Brown to adopt the resolution restablishing the Clerk salary at $57,891.00 for 2005. Roll call showed Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-abstain.

Motion by Brown, second by Rakowski to adopt the resolution restablishing the Treasurer salary at $57,891.00 for 2005. Roll call showed Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-abstain.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to adopt the resolution establishing the Trustee salary at $1800.00 per year plus $50.00 per meeting. Roll call showed Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

All board members wished Trustee Brown well on her retirement. Ms. Brown commented it has been her honor and privilege to serve.

Trustee Bushouse commented the Board represents over 19,000 residents as stewards of taxpayer dollars; as such he does not wish to waste money and felt the proposed H Avenue project was a cooperative effort of several governmental units and he is most willing to talk to anyone.

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

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
Supervisor