Township Board Minutes

August 25, 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.


Supervisor Ron Fleckenstein
Clerk Elaine Branch
Treasurer Lois Brown
Trustee Norman Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee David Bushouse
Trustee Fred Johnson

Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney, and Robert Snell, Township Engineer along with 4 interested people.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to approve the minutes of our last two meetings, August 11 and August 18, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $3,493.78 and disbursements of $59,258.92 were reported. Fire Fund income was $540.00 with disbursements of $27,848.76. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.


There were no citizens comments.


Fire Chief Howe was present to explain the Fire Departments request for a Thermal Imaging Camera. The camera would be purchased in conjunction with the City of Portage, which would result in a savings of approximately $3,000. The cost would be $15,500.

He explained that because the camera can detect heat, it can be an aid to locate the origin of a fire behind the walls or eaves. It would further, enhance the ability to saves lives by locating people who may be trapped by smoke or a missing person who may be disoriented and lost in the area.

After all questions were answered, motion made by Johnson, seconded by Brown to authorize the purchase of the Thermal Imaging Camera for $15,500. Carried.


The Kalamazoo-Metro Transit System proposed a three year agreement, through the year 2000. The cost will be calculated on the number of miles traveled. The rate will be based upon our 1997 contribution plus a three percent inflationary factor each year.

Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that it should be a savings to the Township because we had budgeted $18,000 for 1998 and under the new structure we would pay $13,506.

In response to a question by Treasurer Brown, Attorney Reed assured the Board that it is a good agreement and that the Township is protected from liability.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to approve the agreement and authorize the Supervisor to sign it. Roll call showed: Anderson - yes Block - yes Johnson - yes Brown - yes
Branch - yes Bushouse - yes Fleckenstein - yes


Trustee Block, reporting for the Leaf Disposal Committee, commented that as they investigated the problem of burning leaves it became apparent there was no easy answer.

They met with two haulers and with Steve Leuty, Kalamazoo County Recycling Coordinator, to explore the options available. The haulers both offered pickup of bagged leaves. The cost was estimated to be $40,000.00 for pickup from our 2,600 residences three times per year.

The citizens would purchase the special bags at cost.

The fact that we have densely populated areas and rural areas creates a problem. The rural area does not have a problem with burning or disposal of leaves.

The idea of a special assessment district for the dense areas was also looked at.

The committee did not offer a recommendation at this meeting but asked the Board for their input. They will return to the Board with a recommendation in the near future.


The developers of the Stratford Hills project proposed an amendment to their Open Space Community, for which they were granted an amendment to their Special Exception Use/Site Plan. In order to accomplish the new plan, they purchased the north 1,250 feet of lot 16, Frie & Gibbs Plats. This required a lot split.

The Township Planning and Zoning Department reviewed the proposed split and found it to be in compliance with the Land Division Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson to approve the lot split as proposed. Carried.


Treasurer Brown reported that with respect to the new investment policy, she has received all of the necessary signed agreements for the various investments institutions.

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


Township Clerk


Date approved - Sept 22, 1998