THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF OSHTEMO
Township Board Minutes
FEBRUARY 10, 1998
The Oshtemo Township Board held its regular meeting at the Township Hall. The meeting was called to order by Supervisor Fleckenstein, at 7:00 p.m.
Clerk Elaine Branch
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee David Bushouse
Absent:Trustee Fred Johnson
Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney and Robert Snell, Township Engineer, along with 6 interested people.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion made by Block, seconded by Brown to approve the minutes of our last meeting, January 27th, as prepared. Carried.
Income to the General Fund of $30,380.05 and disbursements of $39,696.08 were reported. Fire Fund income was$.00 with disbursements of $27,972.08. Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block, to approve the report and pay the bills. Carried.
DISC GOLF -
Dan Mautte, 6132 Torrington, referring to his letter to the Board dated February 4, 1998, urged the Board to reconsider their decision to approve the Disc Golf course at the Oshtemo Township Park on W. Main. He reviewed his concerns, which in part included, the flying discs would be a danger/liability and the area would be ruined for wildlife. He also stated that the southern portion of the park was intended to remain natural, according to the State grant application.
Aaron Humphreys, a Kalamazoo Township resident, felt that Disc Golf is a good safe sport, one that can be enjoyed by all ages, even children. He stated he liked being outdoors in nature and felt Disc Golf was compatiable with nature.
Larry LaBond, President of the Kalamazoo Disc Golf League, reported that at a recent tournment at Coldbrook Park there were 94 people participating on an eleven acre course with no injuries. Like regular golf, players would not throw until the course is clear and the course would not interfer with walking trails anyway.
Brian, 642 S. Drake, has been playing for three years and stated the sport is catching on in this area. One benefit he pointed out was that the league would help maintain the course and keep it litter free.
Supervisor Fleckenstein reminded everyone that this issue will be on the agenda for February 24th.
LIQUOR LICENSE -
Matthew Rosendaul, owner of the Billiards Playground at 6040 Stadium Drive, introduced himself. His application for a liquor license for his establishment will be on the Board=s February 24th agenda. He urged the Board members to stop by to see his business.
The Planning Commission had recommended the addition of a definition for Commercial Centers to our Zoning Ordinance. The amendment also addressed the parking requirements for a Commercial Center and was before the Board for Second Reading and adoption.
If the proposed uses for the Center were not defined, than the parking requirements would be calculated based on the assumption of 50% retail and 50% restaurant.
There was no public comment or Board discussion.
Motion made by Branch, seconded by Block to accept the ordinance for Second Reading and adoption. Roll call showed: Block - yes Branch - yes Bushouse - yes Anderson - yes Brown - yes Fleckenstein - yes
INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES TAX EXEMPTION
Inter-Source Recovery was granted a IFT exemption in December of 1995 and had planned on having their new equipment in place by June 1997. Due to "economic conditions beyond our control" the major equipment was still not installed.
Therefore, they requested an extension until June 1998. Attorney Reed reviewed three options for the Board. 1.) Deny the request. 2.) Approve the request with no change of the certificate as issued. 3.) Approve the extension of time for completion of the project and a revised ending date on the certificate.
During the discussion, there were questions raised concerning the actual equipment already installed and problems this would create for the Treasurer. A new certificate would be created for the equipment or some equipment would receive seven years exemption rather than six.
Attorney Reed agreed to work with the property owner and Treasurer Brown, in order to clarify the situation. Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to table the request until the needed information is available. Carried.
Clerk Branch reported that there had been significant movement toward an agreement on the franchise renewal, therefore, the Consortium had granted an extension until March 12th. There would be no need of Board action at this meeting.
1998 POLICE PROTECTION AGREEMENT
Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department had provided an addendum to our Police Protection Agreement showing the contract amount for 1998 to be $270,312.
He explained that we pay 50% of the costs for six Deputies with the County paying the balance.
Motion made by Bushouse, seconded by Block to approve the 1998 Police Protection Agreement. Carried.
PAINT BIDS FOR GRANGE & FIRE STATION #3
The Building Committee had sought bids for painting the interiors of the Grange Hall and Fire Station #3, on North 3rd Street. Two bids were received, as follows: Deaner Decorating - $5,175.70 and Burgess Painting - $7,425.00.
Treasurer Brown informed the Board that Mr. Deaner was a personal friend of their family, however, she felt that would not influence her vote.
It was reported that Deaner had painted the interior of Station #1 and we were pleased with his work. Motion made by Branch, seconded by Bushouse to approve the bid of Deaner Decorating. Carried.
POVERTY THRESHOLD UPDATE -
Attorney Reed provided the Board with a resolution adopting new guidelines for poverty exemption toward property taxes. Each year the income amounts need to be adjusted to federal guidelines.
Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to adopt the resolution setting the new Poverty Threshold for 1998. Roll call showed: Brown - yes Block - yes Branch - yes Bushouse - yes Anderson - yes Fleckenstein - yes
Trustee Bushouse inquired about the guidelines for approval of a liquor license and asked for a report from the Deputies regarding incidents reported at other establishments with liquor licenses.
He further commented about what good Deputies we have working in Oshtemo and suggested an article be written in the Hometown papers about them.
Treasurer Brown reported that she will in the office on Saturday, February 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the payment of property taxes.
There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
ELAINE J. BRANCH, CMC