OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

October 26, 2004

The Oshtemo Township Board held its work session at the Township Hall. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m.

PRESENT:
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, and Planning Director Jodi Stefforia.

Addendum to sales agreement with Harrison Packing LLC - Planning Director Stefforia presented a request from the proposed buyer of the Stadium Drive property to waive the difference in the sewer/water fees to be incurred by purchasing the rear property rather than the frontage on Stadium Drive as originally proposed; the sewer assessment and parcel fee would be $15,704.50 and the water front foot assessment would be $9,558.00; the request also included changing the closing date to no later than January 3, 2005.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to apply a sewer assessment and parcel fee of $15,704.50 and a water front foot assessment of $9,558.00 and change the closing date to no later than January 3, 2005. Carried.

General Electric property - Ms. Stefforia presented information that General Electric would be willing to discuss a donation of their property for parkland which would be adjacent to the planned park on Stadium Drive.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to pursue expansion of the parkland on Stadium Drive with a donation from General Electric.

Easement for sewer - Engineer Elliott advised an agreement had been reached with Ken Patel to obtain an easement to extend sewer across the center of his 10 acre parcel immediately north of the Meijer pond, which would be based on the sanitary sewer placed generally in the center of the 10 acre parcel, located in a 30 foot easement, the Township will pay $7,017.25 for the easement, approximately 24 sewer leads with an average length of 33 feet will be constructed at the time of the sewer installation, Mr. Patel will contribute $7,017.25 for installation of the leads, Mr. Patel will contribute $65,000 in the form of a special assessment against the 10 acre parcel spread over 5 years at 5% on unpaid balance with annual payments, and future connections located in the 10 acre parcel subject to current benefit rate at time of connection.

Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to approve the agreement with Mr. Patel. Carried.

Change order for West H Avenue utility project - Engineer Elliot advised Visser Construction has requested water installation and a center turn lane related to their proposed development on H Avenue be constructed along with the current sewer installation. Mr. Elliott further advised Visser Construction would be funding the additional work and would prefer to have the current contractor on the project complete the water installation and road improvements at this time.

Motion by Corakis, second by Culp to approve a change order to the West H Avenue project to include installation of water main and road improvements subject to payment received from Visser Construction including engineering fees, prior to signing the change order. Carried.

Clerk Everett called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. She advised Supervisor VanDyke would be absent. Motion by Everett, second by Corakis to appoint Trustee Brown as acting chairman. Carried.

PRESENT:
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Building Official Bob Horton, Fire Chief Ken Howe, and 4 interested people.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve the minutes of the October 12th Regular and October 15th Special meetings. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $90,001.57 and disbursements of $109,310.19 were reported. Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

None.

LIQUOR LICENSE TRANSFER - HOLIDAY INN

Clerk Everett advised a notice had been received from the State regarding a request to transfer ownership of the liquor license for Holiday Inn from Berkeley Realty Group to Greenleaf Ventures, Inc. She advised the applicant had provided the information required by ordinance.

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

BUILDING DEPARTMENT FEES

Building Official Bob Horton reviewed the proposed fees for building, electrical, and mechanical permits. Remodel permits for residential, commercial and industrial buildings will be based on valuation; permits for new construction of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings will be calculated using the Building Valuation Data, published by the International Construction Code. He also presented an increase of $15.00 in the base fee for electrical and mechanical permits and re-inspection fee to $144.23. (Copy in supplement to minutes)

Mr. Horton advised notice of the increase had been mailed to several builders who regularly work in the Township and the Home Builders Association. He advised as of this meeting he had received no inquiries.

Trustee Bushouse commented the Board had previously advised the Home Builders Association they would be notified of any increase ahead of time and have done so in this case.

Motion by Corakis, second by Everett to adopt the resolution establishing building, electrical, and mechanical fees effective January 1, 2005. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, Brown-yes.

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH RECEIVING BOARD

Clerk Everett advised the State now requires a resolution adopted by the local governing body to establish a receiving board for election materials from the precincts on election night.

Motion by Culp, second by Rakowski to adopt the resolution establishing a receiving board. Carried.

OTHER BUSINESS
OSHTEMO COMMUNITY CENTER

Trustee Bushouse advised the parking lot and sidewalk work at the Oshtemo Community Center was complete; there were adjustments necessary due to the direction of the water runoff to the east; the final invoice was in the amount of $20,004.00 from C. L. Moberly.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Everett to approve the expenditure. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Trustee Bushouse advised the Personnel Committee met with Geoff Lansky of Burnham & Flower concerning the change in agents for health insurance approved by the Board at the September 28th meeting. The committee stands by the recommendation that was approved.

Mr. Bushouse commented the Board has been holding work sessions on the 2005 budget, revenue sharing is down, but no increase in millage is being requested and feels citizens should participate in the process by attending the public hearing to be held on November 9th.

Engineer Elliott advised he has received the final easement for the Chime Street driveway at Flesher Field.

Clerk Everett advised 2,200 absentee ballots had been issued at this point.

Ms. Everett also advised the Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at the Township Hall on December 10th.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:25 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor