Township Board Minutes

July 13, 1999

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 Deb Everett
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 9 interested people.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson to approve the minutes of our last meeting on June 22, 1999, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $50,023.91 and disbursements of $72,900.84 were reported. Fire Fund income was $5,231.27 with disbursements of $31,839.42. Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.


Kadir Mohmand, 6147 Old Trail, addressed the Board regarding his property on South 9th Street and his attempt to have it rezoned.

Chis Hopper, 150 North 2nd Street, addressed the Board with questions/concerns about the water contamination problem in the Springwood Hills area.

County Commissioner Ray Wilson advised the Board that the County Commission had received a presentation at their last meeting from experts regarding the gypsy moth problem in the county; the County Board will consider instituting a suppression program next spring and would like residents to notify the County Extension Office if they have a problem with gypsy moths.


Supervisor Fleckenstein advised the Board that all the necessary information to take action on this item was not available and recommended tabling the matter to a future meeting.

Nelson Nave, Architect, advised the Board that he had been retained by Dr. America Nelson to assess the needed repairs to the structure. He indicated that he had toured the house and felt it was in pretty good shape overall; the lower level had been steam cleaned and bleached, the upper levels are very soiled and need to be cleaned. He felt it is basically a solid house.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Johnson to table the matter to a future meeting. Carried.


An ordinance amendment addressing storm water management, soil erosion and sedimentation control was presented for Second Reading. There was no new discussion or public comment.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to adopt the ordinance. Roll call showed: Johnson-yes, Bushouse-yes, Everett-yes, Brown-yes, Block-yes, Anderson-yes, Fleckenstein-yes.


An amendment to the Park Regulation Ordinance was presented for Second Reading. There was no new discussion or public comment. Roll call vote showed: Anderson-yes, Block-yes, Brown-yes, Everett-yes, Bushouse-yes, Johnson-yes, Fleckenstein-yes.


Attorney Reed presented to the Board a proposed loitering ordinance. He advised the Board he felt the wording of other ordinances of this type in other municipalities would be difficult to regulate and enforce, therefore, the proposed ordinance had been written in a manner he felt would pass legal scrutiny.

Discussion centered on the fact that there is a state statute in place to address the same concerns as the proposed loitering ordinance would, the difference being that the state statute requires a property owner or agent to make a complaint; the proposed ordinance would allow our Ordinance Enforcement Officer or Kalamazoo County Sheriff Deputy to take action when a violation is observed.

Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock advised the Board that he had been approached by the County deputies for the need for this type of ordinance and had encountered situations himself that he could not act upon since he lacks authority to enforce a state statute.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson to table this item to the August 24th meeting, to seeking opinions from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney on the proposed ordinance and the ability to enforce it. Carried.


Supervisor Fleckenstein presented to the Board a request for an additional Parking Ordinance Enforcement Officer to be appointed. All available time slots are not currently being filled.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to appoint Steve Hippensteel as a Parking Ordinance Enforcement Officer. Carried.


Fire Commissioner Anderson presented to the Board a request from Fire Chief Ken Howe for the purchase of a replacement of one of the two Jaws of Life tools. Trustee Bushouse questioned the need for two units when three neighboring fire departments also have them. Trustee Johnson felt cost can=t be compared to saving a life.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to approve the purchase in the amount of
$4, 995. Carried.


Trustee Johnson inquired as to the status of the Westmain Mall demolition. Supervisor Fleckenstein advised that some inside demolition has begun and the Fire Department had done some training in the building. Demolition is set to begin sometime in July.


Trustee Bushouse was pleased to see the favorable ISO report for the Building Department and inquired as to the same for the Fire Department. Supervisor Fleckenstein advised that the Fire Department is currently having their ISO inspection process which would be completed by the end of the week. The report will be forwarded to the Board when received.


Treasurer Brown presented to the Board a change made in the reappointment letter sent to board and committee members. It will now inquire if they would like to be considered for appointment to a different board or committee.


There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

DEBORAH L. EVERETT                              Attested: RON FLECKENSTEIN
Township Clerk                                                                Supervisor