Township Board Minutes

JULY 22, 1997


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 Norm Anderson
Trustee Marvin Block
Trustee Fred Johnson


Trustee David Bushouse


Also present was Richard Reed, Township Attorney and Robert Snell, Township Engineer, along with 39 interested people.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson, to approve the minutes of our last meeting, July 8th, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $89,466.92 and disbursements of $68,925.58 were reported. Fire Fund income was $.00 with disbursements of $42,710.15. Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson to approve the report and pay the bills. Carried.


RE: Twilingate - parking problem

Fred Druckenbrodt, 6057 Twilingate, addressed the Board about a safety problem on their street. The problem is caused by cars and service vehicles blocking their road. The staff employed at the Adult Group Home located at the corner of North 10th and Twilingate, park their cars in the street. He reported that there are many delivery or service vehicles that arrive during the day and stay a period of time. There has been as many as 14 vehicles at a time there.

The residents on the street are concerned because it is difficult to impossible to drive down that short road and get out of their driveways.

He suggested that one solution would be to have the staff park on the site, in the driveway at the rear of the house. They have been asked to do that and are not apparently willing to.

Gerald Marsh, 6030 Twilingate, added that there have been up to 5 cars double parked in the road. He has been unable to get out of his drive at times. In the winter, the snow can not be properly removed because of cars parked in the street. They felt if the staff cars could be parked on site it would help.

Supervisor Fleckenstein had been advised of the problem and wrote to the Kalamazoo County Road Commission seeking their assistance with the problem. He will follow up with them and with the owners of the house.

RE: Drain at Greystone Plat

A large group of residents from the Greystone Plat were again present at the meeting. Those that spoke included:

John & Pam Adams
Mike Crabill
Bob Swain
Bill Hahn
Robert Peter
Ann Schulz
Al Anderson
Mike Dix
Chris Klage

They inquired about the status of the special meeting that was discussed at our June 24 Township Board meeting and were advised by Engineer Snell that he was in the process of obtaining prices from contractors. Once the cost of the remedy is known, Drain Commissioner Kleiman will set the meeting date and notify the residents.

Many wanted to know what their rights were as property owners. Most merchandise purchases have a guarantee or warranty. They felt that the drainage basin never has worked correctly and why should they have to pay to fix it. They were seeking legal advise, to which Attorney Reed responded, he could not represent them. He could only represent the Township and it would not be appropriate for him to advise them. They need to ask their own attorney.

A letter from Al and Karen Anderson was presented for the record. They dispute the fact that the City’s employee claims he did not open the manhole. (Copy filed in "Supplements to Minutes")

Supervisor Fleckenstein agreed to continue to contact the City regarding relief for the claims of damage resulting from sewage in basements. He further stated the Drain Commissioner is the person responsible for the drain and how well in operates.


A request had been received to split lot No. 3 of Whitegate Square into two equal sized lots. The resulting lots would not however, comply with our minimum width/frontage and area requirements of Section 66.201, Zoning Ordinance. It was pointed out that any Township Board approval would be subject to a variance approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Treasurer Brown stated this was unusual, in that she felt the ZBA should act on the variance before the Township Board would be asked to take action. She felt if the Township Board gave approval, it would give the wrong impression to the ZBA.

Trustee Block agreed, stating he felt this could be difficult to get an approval on and it should go to the ZBA first.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson to table until after ZBA action. Carried.



An application had been received to split lot No. 16 and combine the rear 224.94 feet to lot No. 14. Each lot will continue to have direct access on to a public road and would comply with the other requirements of the Land Division Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance.

Marv Van Dyke, owner of lot No. 14, was present and stated he planned to purchase the rear portion of lot No. 16, provided the balance of that lot would be legal and buildable. He was told it would be.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to approve the request because it does comply with our ordinance. Carried.



Al and Nancy DeVries were present requesting Board approval of a partial release from their P.A. 116 Farmland Agreement. It is their desire to sell one farmhouse and 1.13 acres to their son.

Their Agreement expires in December 1997 and they intend to resign the balance of the 78 acre farm for another 7 years. The sale of this house will relieve them of a serious financial hardship and will allow them to continue farming.

There was no Board objection and a motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Johnson to approve the request and adopt the resolution prepared. Roll call showed:

Anderson - yes Johnson - yes Brown - yes Block - yes Branch - yes Fleckenstein - yes

The resolution and request will be forwarded to the State for their review and final approval.


The Park Committee had received a proposal from Larry LaBond, President of the Kalamazoo Basket K’Aces, for the installation of a Disc Golf Course at our Oshtemo Township Park. After reviewing the proposal and visiting a course located at the Coldbrook County Park, it was the Committee’s recommendation to begin a course in Oshtemo. They felt it would appeal to a wide range of ages and would be a nice family activity.

A short video, introducing the sport, was shown and Larry was present to answer questions. He explained that the baskets are galvanized steel and require very little maintenance. The course would be constructed by volunteers from his disc golf league.

The Committee recommended starting out with a 9 hole course, with plans to expand to the full 18 holes, as the course becomes popular.

The cost for the 9 Disc Pole Hole Baskets, signs and trash cans, would be approximately $4,000.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to approve the purchase of the needed equipment to a maximum of $4,000.00. Carried.

There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.


Township Clerk Supervisor