Township Board Minutes

July 28, 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 Larry Stehouwer, Township Engineer along with 3 interested people.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to approve the minutes of our last meeting, June 23, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $81,341.40 and disbursements of $74,497.07 were reported. Fire Fund income was $12,556.55 with disbursements of $30,104.45. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.


There were no citizens comments.


Wilfred Dennie, Chair of the Planning Commission, was present to explain their recommendation to amend the text for our Setback Standards. The need to review the setbacks came to them as a result of the number of variance requests heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals and their interpretation of the measurement points for setbacks.

Their recommendation affected four sections of the Zoning Ordinance.

Section 11.550 Setback (Definition) - The definition was rewritten to require the measurement to be taken from the leading edge of the building or structure to the property line. In the past, the setback had been measured from the foundation, which did not take into account a roof overhang, deck or other projection.

Section 64.100 Designated highways - There were some corrections needed, as a result of new roads or name changes. This was more of a housekeeping item.

Section 64.400 Service Station equipment - This amendment dealt with the detached gasoline pump canopies and other service station equipment. The setback was increased from 15 feet to 20 feet.

Section 64.500 Outside toilets - The change provides for a setback distance to be the same as required for buildings. In the past, it was worded shall not be closer than 15 feet to the side line.

There was a discuss regarding the concerns voiced by Building Official Robert Horton to the Planning Commission and to Clerk Branch. Mr. Dennie stated they had considered his concerns about the problems of measuring from the leading edge and his suggestion to just require a 15 foot setback from the foundation, on all buildings.

They felt that with the building plans available, an adjustment could be made for any overhang at the time of measuring. Additionally, they felt it would not be fair to all property owner to add five feet to the setbacks, when some would not have an overhang.

In response to a question by Treasurer Brown, Mr. Dennie stated that our list of Designated Highways is in agreement with the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.

After some additional questions and clarification, a motion was made by Block, seconded by Anderson to accept the Planning Commission=s recommendation and set the Text Amendment for First Reading on July 28. Carried.


Treasurer Brown reviewed a proposal to purchase a new software package to administer tax collections. The change will be necessary due to the year 2000 and a change in support of the current tax program.

She recommended the purchase of the Equalizer Tax Administration System. This program will work well with our current Assessing program. The total cost would be $5,596.00.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to approve the purchase of the Equalizer Tax Software. Carried.


Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that the City of Kalamazoo has increased their rates for water main construction and connections by approximately 12%. In order to adjust our connection fees, a resolution had been prepared.

The increases would be as follows:

Assessable Front Foot from $18.68 to $20.92

Lineal Foot                 from   26.35 to   29.51

Motion made by Branch, seconded by Brown to adopt the resolution establishing the new rates. Roll call showed: Branch - yes Brown - yes Anderson - yes Johnson - yes Block - yes Bushouse - yes Fleckenstein - yes

 There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.


Township Clerk Supervisor

Date approved - August 11, 1998