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July 24, 2001

The Oshtemo Township Board held its regular meeting at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Tom Brodasky
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Jim Worline

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell, Township Engineer, Mary Lynn Bugge, Planner, and approximately 10 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to approve the minutes of the July 10th meeting. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $480,705.24 and disbursements of $89,099.35 and income to the Fire Fund of $4,565.34 and disbursements of $50,882.42 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Brown to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.




Planner Mary Lynn Bugge presented a Planning Commission recommendation to approve the rezoning of approximately one acre located at 552 South 8th Street, which also has frontage on KL Avenue in Section 22, from R4 to I-1. The balance of the parcel being considered is zoned I-1 and is currently being developed. Also recommended for rezoning is the westerly 20 feet of 7056 West KL from R-4 to I-1 to make the zoning of the parcel consistent.

Motion by Everett, second by Brown to set the rezoning for First Reading on August 14th. Roll call vote showed Brodasky-yes, Brown-yes, Worline-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, VanDyke-yes.


A Planning Commission recommendation to approve the rezoning of 5787 Stadium Drive, Lot 1 of the Plainview Plat, from R-2 to R-3 and amending the Master Land Use Plan to show Lots 1 and 14 as transitional was before the Board for First Reading.

Motion by Brown, second by Everett to set the rezoning for Second Reading on August 14th. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Brodasky-yes, Worline-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes, VanDyke-yes.


A public hearing was held regarding a recommendation from the Sewer & Water Committee that would change the current policy for sewer and water mortgage agreements to allow property owners with less than 200 feet of road frontage to have a 5-year mortgage rather than 2 years currently allowed, and those with 200 feet of road frontage or more to have 10 years rather than 5 years currently allowed. The interest rate would remain at 8% on the unpaid balance and the mortgage agreement would be applicable only to the front footage charge and not the benefit fee or connection fee for sewer.

Trustee Brown commented that while understanding the expense involved in connecting to sewer and/or water, her position is that the Township is not a financial institution and she would vote against the proposal.

Douglas Flemming, 7085 West Main, commented it is not without precedent for a Township to come to the assistance of their taxpayers in matters of this nature, the burden is substantial and it would make sound financial sense to be collecting interest and also provide cash flow to the Township and in fact costs are only recoverable if residents do hook up.

Trustee Worline commented he does not see the Township as a lending institution in assisting with a public service, however, the Township had recently approved an agreement with a developer for a similar time frame and he would support the proposal.

Trustee Brodasky inquired what motivated the committee to recommend this change in policy. It was noted that Mr. Flemming and others had made inquiries regarding connecting to sewer and/or water and under what circumstances they could receive assistance.

Clerk Everett advised she would support the proposal due to the fact that residents are required to connect if their well or septic system fails and the difference in cost is substantial, and as a taxpayer she does not object to assisting others in obtaining a necessity, i.e., sewer and/or water. She also pointed out that the mortgage agreement policy does not effect the sewer connection or benefit fee, only the front footage charge.

There was discussion of how much interest this change in policy could generate with regard to the number of residents who might wish to connect.

Motion by Culp, second by Worline to adopt a resolution approving the sewer/water mortgage agreement policy as set forth in the public notice. (Copy of public notice filed in Supplement to Minutes) Roll call vote showed Worline-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Brodasky-yes, Brown-no, VanDyke-yes.


Planner Mary Lynn Bugge presented the plat of Rosewood for final approval of a preliminary plat. She advised the Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner has approved construction plans subject to providing a drainage agreement and submission of fees and the Kalamazoo County Road Commission has approved the road construction plans subject to payment of inspection fees. Public sewer and water will serve the plat; the water agreement has been signed, the sewer agreement is pending, and street lighting must be located in accordance with Township requirements. She further advised on the status of the conditions upon which Step 1 had been previously approved and that the fees for this step of approval have been paid.

Motion by Everett, second by Culp to grant Final Approval of a Preliminary Plat to Rosewood Plat subject to the conditions of the Planning Department report. Carried.


There was Board discussion regarding a proposed County wide Soil Erosion Ordinance. Planning Director Jodi Stefforia had reviewed the ordinance and offered her comments in a memo to the Board. It was also suggested Engineer Snell review the ordinance and offer comments. Board consensus was to ask Ms. Stefforia and Mr. Snell to direct their comments on behalf of the Board to our County Commissioner, Deb Buckholtz-Hiemstra. Trustee Brown suggested soliciting comments from the Home Builders Association as well.


Trustee Worline advised the Fire Department would be making a presentation at the 6:00 p.m. portion of the September 10th meeting. Any questions/concerns the Board may wish to see addressed should be directed to either him or Chief Howe.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:40 p.m.

Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke