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January 21, 2003

The Oshtemo Township Board held its work session 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 Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present was Township Engineer Bob Snell, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, and Planner Mary Lynn Bugge.


Discussion was held concerning sidewalks and a proposed maintenance ordinance. Planning Director Stefforia advised she had received information from the Kalamazoo County Road Commission that if sidewalks are existing, they will relocate them if road work necessitates such, a permit for sidewalks would be required for each project, and they recommend sidewalks be constructed according to MDOT specifications.

There was discussion as to whether sidewalks should be required in new developments, if so, installed as each lot is built or required throughout initially. Consensus was it would be more advantageous to require all sidewalks installed initially.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to direct the Planning Department and Township Attorney to draft language for review by the Township Board to amend the land division and zoning ordinances to require sidewalks in new developments subject to Planning Commisison review. Carried.


Planner Bugge presented a request for release of temporary easements granted to the Township when the Whitegate Plat was established in 1971 and 1975. She advised due to the development of the Oshtemo Woods Plat, the retention areas have been reconfigured and Coddington Lane extended, and a permanent easement granted to the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.

Motion by Brown, second by Everett to release the temporary easements subject to confirmation that sewer and water easements exist and are recorded. Carried.

There was discussion of establishing a revolving improvement fund for better management of township funds.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Everett to direct the Treasurer to work with the Township Auditor and Attorney to establish a revolving improvement fund. Carried.

Clerk Everett advised since two board members will be absent for the February 25th meeting, she would recommend moving the Second Reading of the proposed rental housing registration ordinance to March 11th. Consensus was a full board was needed for this issue.

Supervisor Vandyke adjourned the work session at 6:40 p.m.