Township Board Minutes

June 9, 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 James Porter, Township Attorney, and Robert Snell, Township Engineer along with 8 interested people.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to approve the minutes of our last meeting, May 26, as prepared. Carried.


Income to the General Fund of $14,138.76 and disbursements of $71,800.85 were reported. Fire Fund income was $1,774.18 with disbursements of $26,560.54. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.


Richard Schramm addressed the Board on two issues. The first, dealt with his request to rezone the east and west corner of South 7th and Stadium to "C" Local Business. He was reminded by Supervisor Fleckenstein that his request had been acted on by the Planning Commission and had been held up for Township Board action by his request. If he was now ready for the item to be moved on to the Township Board, it would be put on the agenda for the June 23 meeting. Mr. Schramm stated that was his desire.

The second item concerned the flooding problem in that intersection. Mr. Schramm, along with some other property owners had worked out a solution to the problem. He claimed Ron Reid, from the Kalamazoo County Road Commission, likes the plan and is willing to participate. It will require an easement from Rollerworld's owner, Brian Malony, who was present and supported the plan. Mr. Malony would have to relocate his driveway and an underground drain field would be established. They asked that the Township also participate in this solution.

Supervisor Fleckenstein stated that the Township is also interested in resolving the problem. He felt the Township would be involve if the driveway was relocated because a revised site plan would be required.

He also stated that he had been in contact with the Mr. Reid, who was out of town. It appears that the Road Commission has some concerns about the plan, the cost of which had not been determined. He would be in touch with Mr. Reid in the near future to discuss the problem.

There were no other comments from the public.


In order to relieve the workload of our clerical staff, it was recommended that the Township purchase a voice mail system from Telewave Communications. The cost would be $3,844.00.

It was not the intention to have a full automated answering system. The telephone would continue to be answered by our staff, however, if the person called was not available, the person calling would be given a choice. They would leave a message with the attendant or go into the voice mailbox for the person. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Anderson to approve the purchase of the voice mail system. Carried.


Treasurer Brown presented a revision to the Township Investment Policy, explaining that due to legislation adopted in 1997, there had been a need to make some revisions. She also provided the Board with a report showing the financial facilities and the type of investments she currently uses. It was explained that she can not invest more than 60% of township funds in any one institution.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Branch to approve the revised Investment Policy. Carried. (Copy filed in "Supplements to Minutes")


An invoice, in the amount of $9,420.00, for the annual dues for the newly formed Kalamazoo Regional Water and Wastewater Commission was presented for approval. In response to a question by Trustee Anderson, Supervisor Fleckenstein explained that the funds will be used for engineering costs, rate consultants, legal fees, director fees and supplies.

It was felt that in the future this Commission could have an impact on the rate structure for these utilities.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to approve the payment of the dues from our General Sewer Fund. Carried.


The Park Committee had been asked to review the request for funding support of the new Markin Glen Park. Treasurer Brown reporting for the Committee, explained that the Township had adopted a very aggressive five year Park Development Plan. Our development plans, as well as operations, are supported by a $40,000.00 transfer from the General Fund. It was felt that we may not have enough funds to obtain our development goals. Therefore, it was the Committee's recommendation that our park funds be directed to the Township's Park Plan.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Johnson to approve the Park Committee=s recommendation. Carried.

Trustee Anderson suggested that the Supervisor review the General Fund budget for funding that could be made available for support of Markin Glen. The Supervisor agreed and would report back to the Board.


A request was received from the Fire Department for the purchase of replacement hose. The order would be for 1,800 feet of 5 inch hose. The liner in the old hose had started to separate and would plug up the pump intake. The cost would be $10,244.00 and would come from the Capital Equipment Fund.

There was a question regarding the couplings, from Trustee Bushouse, who then moved to approve the purchase, using the old couplings is they can. Motion seconded by Brown and carried.




Supervisor Fleckenstein sought approval to implement a temporary compensation increase of $105.00 per week for the Acting Planning Director. This would take effective the week of June 22. The additional compensation is provided for in Section 5.5 of the Township's Personnel Policies and Procedures.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to approve the additional compensation for the Acting Planning Director. Carried.


The Board was informed by Supervisor Fleckenstein that the Township had received a grant check from the State in the amount of $10,937. This was toward past costs for the KL Avenue Landfill Cleanup.


Clerk Branch reported that the Park Fund had received a check in the amount of $377.00 from our local McDonald's. They held a fund raiser with their re-grand opening. She explained that the Park Committee would be using the money to purchase a small spring riding toy for Flesher Field Park.

Trustee Bushouse offered, on behalf of the Oshtemo Rotary, to provide additional money to purchase a more expensive rider or to purchase a second rider.

Appreciation was expressed to both McDonald's and the Rotary for your interest and support of our parks.


The Clerk also informed the Board that our Web Site now had a section map of the township. This would be linked at various times for reference.


Trustee Bushouse voiced concern over the lack of noticing of all property owners involved, when a parcel is split. There was concern that the selling party could be left with a non-buildable parcel.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Township Clerk Supervisor

Date approved - June 23, 1998