April 12, 2005

Township Board work session was held at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

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

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

Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority - John Sych, Kalamazoo County Planning Director reviewed the opportunity for the township to join with the County in a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority along with other units of government. This would provide the benefits of having a program without each unit having to establish an authority.

Motion by Sikora, second by Corakis to adopt a resolution to participate with Kalamazoo County the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, Sikora-yes, VanDyke-yes.

Discussion - Sidewalk Assessment Districts - Planning Director Stefforia provided information regarding sidewalks along West Main between Drake Road and US-131, due in part to the recent Ordinance amendment requiring sidewalks and frequent developer requests to postpone construction of sidewalks until they connect to another. She advised Planning Staff suggests the Board consider pursuing establishment of special assessment districts.

Consensus was to direct the Planning Department to prepare proposed districts including both sides of West Main, Maple Hill Drive and the west side of Drake Road north of West Main.

Villas of Stonehenge - Public Sewer Project - Planning Director Stefforia advised the force main work to be done in the public right of way on South 9th Street must be executed as a contract between the contractor, Balkema Excavating, and the Township; the Township will require the developer prepay the entire cost of the contract plus an administration fee and the contract with Balkema not signed until payment is received.

Motion by Sikora, second by Culp to authorize the Supervisor and/or Clerk to sign the contract with Balkema subject to receiving payment from the Villas of Stonehenge in the amount of $39,051. Carried.

Phase II Stormwater Update - Engineer Elliott provided an update on the issue and lengthy discussion ensued concerning the program and unfunded mandates placed on local units. Attorney Porter advised Kalamazoo Township is challenging the participation requirement.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Rakowski supporting Kalamazoo Township in challenging the Phase II Stormwater program mandated by the State of Michigan.

The work session was adjourned at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, and 3 interested people.

Motion by Sikora, second by Culp to approve the March 22nd Regular, March 24th Special and April 7th Special meeting minutes. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $94,590.47 and disbursements of $122,501.54 were reported. Motion by Corakis, second by Sikora to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.




Planning Director Stefforia advised the Planning Commission held a public hearing on March 10th regarding a request to rezone the rear property at 8128 and 8178 from "RR" Rural Residential to "C" Commercial.

She advised the front 660 feet of both parcels are zoned commercial; the rear 557 feet on the western parcel and 140 feet on the eastern parcel are zoned RR Rural Residential. The request would rezone the balance of the eastern parcel and all but the northern 200 feet of the western parcel.

Ms. Stefforia advised the Planning Commission concluded the rezoning, while not consistent with the Master Land Use Plan, was appropriate based, in part, upon the historical use of the front 660 feet for commercial purposes since 1973, and that it would be reasonable to allow the long standing business to expand without setting an undesirable precedent in this area of West Main where mixed land uses exist.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to accept the recommendation and set First Reading for April 26th. Carried.


Planning Director Stefforia advised the Planning Commission is considering amendments to the Future Land Use Map in the general area of West H Avenue, west of 9th Street, due in part, to the recent decision by the Township Board not to extend sanitary sewer to the area. She advised that while the Future Land Use Map classifies the area as residential, the Planning Commission believes the designation of rural residential would now be more appropriate. Ms. Stefforia further advised that rezoning of the properties in the subject area from R-2 Residential back to RR Rural Residential would be undertaken so the Zoning Map reflects the Master Plan, therefore, the Planning Commission requests permission to pursue an amendment to the Future Land Use Map to reclassify the area along West H Avenue between 9th and 6th Streets from Residential to Rural Residential.

Board discussion included future development of the area. Trustee Bushouse noted the area between the Savannah development and North 9th Street could be served by sewer; a pump station had been constructed in the area anticipating such growth.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to grant permission for the Planning Commission to pursue an amendment to the Future Land Use Map to reclassify the current R-2 Residential area west of the Savannah Development on West H Avenue. Carried.


Clerk Everett presented the Road Committee recommendations for 2005 projects:

     Project Cost Par Funds Twp Funds

Chip Seal

ML Avenue - 8th St to 6th St  18,920  9,460  9,460

South 6th - ML to Stadium  18,898  9,449  9,449

H Avenue - 2nd to 3rd  9,744  4,872  4,872

H Avenue - 3rd to 6th  29,320  14,660  14,660

North 7th - West Main to end  14,082  7,041  7,041

Holiday Terrace  3,942  1,971  1,971


Whitegate Plat  47,720  23,860  23,860

Quail Run Drive  42,568  21,284  21,284

Pondview Drive  20,354  10,177  10,177

Forest River Way  9,381  51  9,330

Totals  214,929  102,825  112,104

Total Project Costs 214,929

Total 2005 Road Budget 222,825 (PAR Funds 102,825/Twp Budget 120,000)

Motion by Corakis, second by VanDyke to approve the road projects for 2005. Carried.


A bid from Greg Nichols was presented for consideration for restoration/refinishing of the Grange Hall wooden floor.

Trustee Corakis commented he would like to conduct a walk through with the contractor to confirm the bid in all inclusive.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve the proposal in the amount of $6,500.00 with no add ons.


Trustee Bushouse advised nine bids were received for the Township Office addition and would be reviewed by the committee and architect for placement on the April 26th agenda. He commended architect Terry Schley for his work on this project.

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

Township Clerk