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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

October 28, 2003

The Oshtemo Township Board held its work session at the Township Hall. The meeting was called 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 were Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Mary Lynn Bugge, Planner, Kalamazoo County Road Commissioners Reed Youngs, Bill French, and Lara Meeuwse, and Managing Director Ron Reid, and 1 interested person.

Discussion was held with the commissioners and director concerning recent and future road projects, the need to coordinate sewer/water projects with road construction and issues of mutual concern.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:55 p.m.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 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 were Township Attorney Patricia Mason, Township Engineers Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge and 3 interested people.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve the minutes of the October 14th regular and October 23rd special meetings. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $50,550.63 and disbursements of $248,316.33 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Brown to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS

Bob Janssen, 8670 Almena, commented it is difficult to hear board members and speakers when they do not speak into the microphones.

2004 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS

STREETLIGHT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PUBLIC HEARING
There was no public comment.

Motion by Brown, second by Corakis 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 ASSESSEMENT PUBLIC HEARING
There was no public comment.

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

POLICE PROTECTION SPECIAL ASSESSEMENT PUBLIC HEARING
There was no public comment.

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

2003 TOWNSHIP BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
There was no public comment.

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

A resolution regarding routine expenditures and purchases, which authorizes the Supervisor, Clerk, or Treasurer to approve purchases in the amount of $2,000 or less was presented.

There was no public comment.

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

PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMEDATION
SECTION 13 - REZONING RQUEST - R-2 RESIDENTIAL TO C-1 LOCAL BUSINESS

A Planning Commission recommendation to approve a rezoning request from the owners of Westmain 2000 for the western 3.5 acre strip of their property from R-2 Residential to C-1 Local Business was before the Board for First Reading.

Motion by Culp, second by Everett to set Second Reading for November 4th. Roll call showed Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes.

PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION
VARIOUS ADMENDMENTS TO ORDINANCE

Planner Bugge presented a recommendation from the Planning Commission text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. She advised the amendments are based upon comments from all Boards as well as day-to-day implementation of the ordinance and a few were corrections of typographical errors.

The various issues addressed are setbacks, lighting of building exteriors, parking placement in the Village Commercial District, wall and freestanding signs in the Village Commercial District, condominium review by the Township Board, mobile home park review by the Planning Commission, deviation from dimensional requirements for parcels, temporary second dwelling on a parcel by Staff review, performance guarantees, and various text additions and typographical error corrections.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to accept the recommendation and set First Reading for November 4th. Carried.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Trustee Bushouse commented he enjoyed the discussion with the Road Commission and would like to see neighboring communities invited again to meet with the Board.

Trustee Rakowski commented on the debris behind Lowe's. He also inquired as to the status of the Frays/Drake House. Attorney Mason advised she is in contact with the seller's attorney. Mr. Rakowski also commented on information received at a recent seminar concerning new voting equipment requirements.

Supervisor VanDyke inquired if discussion of plans for a building to house Township vehicles should include heat. Trustee Bushouse commented he felt electric only would be adequate at this time.

Trustee Corakis commented the lights for the flags at Flesher Field are working.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:40 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke
Supervisor