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July 22, 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 Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present were Geoff Lansky from the Burnham & Flower Agency, and four interested people.

Mr. Lansky provided the Board with information regarding long-term care insurance.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Supervisor VanDyke called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski

Also present were Township Attorney Patricia Mason, Township Engineers Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, and Planner Mary Lynn Bugge.

Motion by Brown, second by Rakowski to approve the minutes of the June 24th meeting. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $890,604.99 and disbursements of $335,639.12 were reported. Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.


Wes Vandestreek, 5220 Beech, commented on the problem of low water pressure in his neighborhood, thanked the Board for their efforts and asked that the matter be followed. Engineer Snell commented he had been advised by the City of Kalamazoo that a new high-pressure water line would be installed to alleviate the problem; they hope to schedule the work this year. It was noted that fire protection provided by a different water line is adequate for the area.


Planner Stefforia presented a Planning Commission recommendation to establish a Neighborhood Commercial overlay zoning district to implement the neighborhood commercial future land use classification of the Master Land Use Plan, which now recognizes the small commercial developments at Almena and West Main, KL Avenue and Drake Road, and Stadium Drive and South 5th Street. She advised neighborhood commercial is defined as areas compatible with nearby residential development and reserved for uses designed to meet the frequent shopping needs of the area, and not designed to serve large businesses not appropriate abutting residential areas. Ms. Stefforia further advised the Township would not identify additional neighborhood commercial areas; each area would be initiated by a private individual, there would a one mile requirement between each existing/planned neighborhood convenience center, locations would be allowed on major and minor collector streets in close proximity to an arterial street, the area would be limited to two acres with total improvement not occupying more than 50% of the site, and building architecture would have a residential appearance compatible with the residential character of the area.

Doug Knibbe, 4628 Ravine Road, commented he supports the proposal and is interested in pursuing such a project.

Motion by Everett, second by Corakis to accept the recommendation and set First Reading for August 12th. Carried.


Planner Bugge presented a recommendation from the Planning Commission for text amendments to the Landscaping Ordinance based on experience gained while administering the requirements for the past two years since its adoption. She advised the amendments would include moving definitions for ease of use, requiring 20% of plant material be native to southwest Michigan, emphasizing use of parking lot landscaping to define safe circulation patterns, clarification of certain terms, i.e. height of plant material, and allow for reduced plant material for site plans utilizing stormwater design criteria.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to set the text amendments for First Reading on August 12th. Carried.


Engineer Elliott advised all work has been completed on the contract with Peters Construction for the Savannah sanitary sewer pumping station and force main project and waivers of lien and consent of surety documents received. The final payment amount is $26,210.24 and he recommended it be paid.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Corakis to approve the payment. Carried.



Clerk Everett advised a quote had been received from Pamela Hall O'Connor of Preservation Practices to prepare and submit applications for placement of the Old Town Hall and Drake House on the National Register of Historic Places. She advised the process is quite involved, Ms. O'Connor has significant experience in this field and is familiar with historical properties in the Township as she was involved in a historical inventory done a few years ago. The cost of the project would be $2,095.80.

Motion by Everett, second by Rakowski to approve the expenditure. Carried.


Trustee Rakowski commented he attended the graduation ceremony for the Fire Department Academy held at Fire House #2. He commented he was impressed with the caliber of the graduates and the program run by Chief Howe.

Mr. Rakowski also commented he would encourage the Park Committee to develop a long range plan for Flesher Field for soccer fields, baseball diamonds and a band shell.


Trustee Corakis commented the trees along 9th Street at Flesher Field need trimming.

Mr. Corakis expressed thanks for the recent honor he received for his work in the community from the Oshtemo Rotary and Oshtemo Business Association.


Supervisor VanDyke advised the development at the northeast corner of North 10th Street and West Main has been sold with the new owner advising he would spray the ponds for mosquitoes.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke