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February 21, 2001

The Oshtemo Township Board held a special meeting at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Norm Anderson
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Barry Steadman

Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney, and approximately 30 interested people.

Motion by Everett, second by Brown to adopt a resolution to adjourn to closed session for discussion of a personnel issue. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes, Steadman-no, Anderson-yes, VanDyke-no.

The Board adjourned to closed session at approximately 4:10 p.m.

The Board reconvened at approximately 6:10 p.m.

The following public comment was offered:

Kadir Mohmand, 7147 Old Log Trail, inquired who is in charge of the Board, commented that the meeting was being held in violation; had asked for copy of petition, and had been told Clerk Everett and Treasurer Culp have immediate family members on the Fire Department.

Tom Brodasky, 6392 Buckham Wood Drive, inquired what the topic of discussion was.

Brian Molony, owner of Rollerworld, 7491 Stadium Drive, inquired if the meeting was an open meeting.

Ed Sharp, 379 West Ridge Circle, commented he had no idea what the topic is other than references to the authority of the Supervisor as Personnel Director; there must be one person ultimately responsible, the Board should offer advice but the Supervisor has the privilege to accept or not, he has the ultimate decision of hiring and firing.

Helen Brodasky, 6392 Buckham Wood Drive, felt that from comments being made this is a very political issue.

Dr. William Fales, 6509 West H Avenue, commented he was present as a citizen, has worked with the fire service since 1976, has confidence in Chief Howe, this appears to have a lot of small town politics involved, is concerned about the safety of the community when politics manifest themselves in this way, Chief Howe is revered by firefighters and other chiefs, need to move forward and get things back on track; Chief Howe has served well and made many contributions to the community.

Laura Anderson, 1399 Cadet Lane, commented as a resident, wants the truth to be spoken from all, believes Chief Howe is very responsible, in October she called 911 for an emergency with her husband and believes the response was due to the effective leadership and management of Chief Howe.

Medhi Pourazrang, 7132 West ML Avenue, commented as a resident he is concerned about safety.

Brian Molony, commented he has been a member of the Township for a long time, government goes on, everyone has likes and dislikes, and the last election had a lot of politics played in the Fire Department.

Trustee Bushouse commented that he believes the Board does not find sufficient evidence for the suspension and due to lack of proper personnel policy procedures not being followed, moved to reverse the suspension and reinstate the Fire Chief with back pay and no permanent record of the suspension be placed in the Fire Chief's personnel file. Trustee Brown seconded the motion.

Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes, Steadman-no, Anderson-yes, VanDyke-no.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:30 p.m.