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OSHTEMO CHARTER TOWNSHIP

TOWNSHIP BOARD

September 12, 2003

Special Meeting

The Oshtemo Township Board held a special meeting at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.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 Township Attorney Patricia Mason, Assessor Cathy Harrell, and 1 interested person.

PUBLIC HEARING - INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

A public hearing was held on the application of James and Elizabeth Hanson, owners of Marketing Technology Service, 4100 South 7th Street, requesting the establishment of an Industrial Development District. Mr. Hanson was present and advised the Board he would like to expand his business with a new building and additional equipment, which he estimated, would cost $7,000,000 and would add approximately 9 new employees.

In response to Board members questions, Mr. Hanson advised the business conducts research and development of product for companies such as Kimberly Clark and Proctor & Gamble, the machinery involved has a life span of 25 years, emits no noise or pollutants, and without a tax abatement he would be forced to reduce the size of any expansion.

Trustee Bushouse requested the Assessor provide information concerning the affects of a tax abatement prior to any hearing on such.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Culp to adopt a resolution to create an Industrial Development District at 4100 South 7th Street. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes.

UPDATE OF MOTOR VEHICLE CODE

Attorney Mason advised the State has amended the Uniform Traffic Code; therefore it is necessary to readopt the code by reference for ordinance purposes.

Motion by Brown, second by Corakis to accept the update for First Reading and set Second Reading for September 23rd. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes, Brown-yes.

DISCUSSION - 2004 BUDGET

The Board held discussion of the 2004 budget, reviewing department and line item expenditures, and agreed to meet with Accountant Mike Crandall to discuss anticipated revenues.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12.00 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT
TOWNSHIP CLERK

Attested: JOHN VANDYKE
SUPERVISOR