February 28, 2006

The Oshtemo Township Board public comment session was held at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Neil Sikora
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, and Marc Elliott, Township Engineer.

Martin Burch and Millie Lambert representing the Kalamazoo Citizens for Responsible Development presented information and discussed with the board their proposed growth plan focusing on education, jobs, tax structure, infrastructure, and quality of life issues.

Hannah McKinney, Mayor of the City of Kalamazoo, apologized she was not able to attend the February 14th meeting with the Board and commented she looked forward to working with the Township.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Fire Chief Ken Howe, and 11 interested people.

Motion by Sikora, second by Rakowski to approve the minutes of the February 14th regular and February 21st joint meetings. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $101,681.20 and disbursements of $136,036.31 were reported. Motion by Corakis, second by Sikora to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.


Jay Brown, 3667 South 9th Street, commented the Township should consider placing porta johns at Flesher Field during the winter as the park is still used during those months.



Terry Schley, DDA Chairman, introduced DDA Board Members Jay Brown, Jean Gagliardo, Dana Slocum, and Ron Zuiderveen. He advised they were present to recommend approval of the Village Theme Development Plan for the DDA, then introduced John Jackson of McKenna & Associates, consultant for the plan.

It was noted there have been several public presentations of the proposed theme plan.

Trustee Rakowski commented he would like to see the intersection of Parkview and Stadium developed as a right turn only. It was noted the Kalamazoo County Road Commission has indicated they plan to address the immediate safety concerns in the short term, however, a future development plan for the village theme would include the intersection.

Mr. Schley commented DDA discussion of priority items has included the need for a traffic study to be completed.

Clerk Everett advised she had received comment from Phil Hassing, 2952 Sunset Road, who expressed concern regarding the proposed future road network commenting he would be opposed to commercial traffic on the residential streets.

In response to questions from Trustee Corakis regarding the road layout, Mr. Jackson advised the plan is conceptual at this stage.

Motion by Sikora, second by Culp to accept the recommendation of the DDA to approve the Village Theme Plan, accept the plan for First Reading and set Second Reading for March 14th. Carried.


Planner Bugge presented a recommendation from the Planning Commission for approval of a rezoning request for property at 6132 West Main from "R-2" Residential to "R-3" Residential. She advised the commission determined the request was consistent with the Master Land Use Plan and 9th Street Focus Area Development Plan.

Motion by Sikora, second by Corakis to accept the Planning Commission recommendation and set First Reading for March 14th. Carried.


Trustee Bushouse presented the Road Committee recommendation for road projects for 2006. He noted actual costs have historically come in under bid, therefore, there could be further recommendations for more projects.

Clerk Everett advised an inquiry had been received regarding the paving of South 2nd Street from KL Avenue to L Avenue, therefore, adding it to the list of proposed projects, should it be accepted by petition, and suggested adding microseal of Wendalyn Way, Northstar, and Promenade if the paving project should not go forward.

Project Estimate PAR Funds Twp Funds Assessment

Chip Seal

G Avenue - 2nd St to Wolf Drive 3,912 1,956 1,956


Skyridge Plat 72,388 36,194 36,194

Forest River Way (from 2005) 9,170 3,857 5,313


Maple Hill Estates (petition received) 99,200 46,146 46,146 6,908

South 2nd St - KL to L 66,605 16,670 16,670 33,302

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to approve the road projects as recommended. Carried.


Trustee Sikora requested an update concerning the Council of Governments (COG) be placed on the March 14th agenda.

Mr. Sikora also felt there should be discussion of the February 23rd Planning Commission meeting. Attorney Porter advised it was a very difficult meeting, board members were threatened with litigation and a report was made to the board that a representative of the applicant was physically threatened.

There was discussion that safety procedures should be reviewed and the township's policy for public comment printed on the back of meeting agendas.

Clerk Everett advised the Southwestern Michigan Commission has requested a liaison for the Watershed Management Plan for the Paw Paw River Watershed. Engineer Elliott advised while a portion of the township is located in the watershed, it is not considered urban, therefore not required to participate by the State in the Phase II permitting program, but a contact person would be beneficial. Treasurer Culp commented she was willing to be the liaison.

Fire Chief Ken Howe advised the cost for annual maintenance for the self contained breathing apparatus equipment would be $2,127.79.

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


Trustee Bushouse commented the Sewer/Water committee would present bids for the North 6th Street sewer project at the March 14th meeting and also a request to seek bids for the West Port sewer project.

Trustee Rakowski advised he has a book from 1895 with historical information regarding the township.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:55 p.m.

Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke