August 10, 2004

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 Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, and one interested person.


James Glidden, 1700 Bronson Way, commented on the recent problems at the Sterling University Centre apartments; he commented on the need for stop signs at the driveways in the complex and urged the Township to pursue having stop signs installed.

Sewer/Water Committee Recommendation - Trustee Bushouse reviewed the discussions the committee held concerning the opportunity to install sewer and water lines during the Kalamazoo County Road Commission's North 6th St/West H Ave project and the City of Kalamazoo's pending construction of a water tower on North 6th Street.

Board discussion included keeping residents informed regarding the project and incorporating a bike path/lane into the project. Board consensus was to support the opportunity of intergovernmental cooperation and directed the Supervisor to forward correspondence to the Kalamazoo County Road Commission and City of Kalamazoo describing the Township's interest in the project and request their commitment.

Trustee Bushouse reported Kalamazoo Public Schools are interested in connecting Chime Street Elementary to sewer which they would install in Chime Street with a reimbursement agreement.

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Marc Elliott, Township Engineer, and 5 interested people.

Motion by Corakis, second by Rakowski to approve the July 27th minutes. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $252,878.79 and disbursements of $345,561.99 were reported. Motion by Corakis, second by Brown to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.


Glen Steig, owner of 6011 Stadium Drive inquired if the Township had any knowledge of development for the former nursing home and billiard properties on Stadium Drive. Clerk Everett advised the Planning Commission had recently approved a site plan for the nursing home property and the former billiard property was being actively marketed.

Bob Janssen, 8670 Almena Drive, commented that he approves of the flag at the corner of West Main and 9th Street.


A recommendation from Assessor Cathy Harrell to adopt a resolution to revoke the Industrial Facilities Tax certificate issued to Engineered Packaging due their closure on December 31, 2002 was before the Board.

Motion by Culp, second by Brown to adopt a resolution revoking the IFT for Engineering Packaging. Roll call showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, VanDyke-yes. Carried.


Supervisor VanDyke presented proposed changes in the previously approved language for contracting an electrical inspector. He advised the contractor he and Building Official Bob Horton had selected, Paul Rigozzi, requested the language be changed to reflect that the contracted inspector would be directed by the Township Building Official and/or Personnel Director, and the plan review fee be set at $50.00/hour. Mr. VanDyke advised the Township Attorney had reviewed and approved the changes.

Motion by Corakis, second by Corakis to approve the electrical inspector contract as changed and approve the contract with Paul Rigozzi. Carried.


A resolution granting an easement to the Kalamazoo County Road Commission for drainage purposes for KL Avenue was before the Board for consideration. In response to a question from Trustee Bushouse, Engineer Elliott advised this would not change the status of the Township regarding the Phase II Stormwater requirements.

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


Engineer Elliott advised since Stadium Drive was widened the sanitary pump station located on Township owned property requires a permanent easement be granted for access for service of the station. Attorney Porter provided the required resolution.

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



Trustee Rakowski presented three bids for exterior painting of the Old Township Hall:

Kite Decorating - $5,270.00
West Michigan Painting - $3,900.00
Jake Alphenaar & Son - $9,860.00
Lee Cagle - $1,295.00

Mr. Rakowski noted all bidders indicated the work could be completed this year except Alphenaar & Sons. There was also discussion that Mr. Cagle's bid was for six gallons of primer and paint and whether this would be adequate.

Trustees Brown and Bushouse commented they both had knowledge of and could recommend Mr. Kite's work.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to accept the bid from Kite Decorating in the amount of $5,270.00. Carried.


Trustee Corakis commented he had received many comments regarding the flag at West Main and North 9th Street. He further commented he was on the Planning Commission at the time the language addressing flagpole height was adopted, there was no input at the public hearings held and the Planning Commission consists of seven citizens attempting to do the right thing, but he now feels the 30 foot limit is too short and the language should be revisited. Supervisor VanDyke commented that he agreed and had also received many comments. Trustee Brown commented the slant of the story in the newspaper was not favorable. Trustee Rakowski commented there is a fine line to be drawn as to whether the flag is being used commercially.


Trustee Rakowski advised the problems experienced with engine 521's brakes as previously advised by Chief Howe were being addressed by the manufacturer.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Township Clerk