Township Board Minutes

March 23, 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 Elaine Branch
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 12 interested people.

The following correction was made to the March 9 minutes, in the second paragraph under Physical Exams for Fire Personnel: change from , to come to our station for testing to read, to come to our station for the physical examinations and air mask testing. Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to approve the minutes as corrected. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $499,985.72 and disbursements of $67,936.33 were reported. Fire Fund income was $936,139.53 with disbursements of $19,571.56. Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.




An amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that would move schools, both public and private, from a permitted use to a special exception use, was presented for First Reading. There was no additional discussion or public comment.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson to accept the Ordinance for First Reading and set the Second Reading for April 13. Carried.


Supervisor Fleckenstein opened the public hearing on the application from Lake Michigan Mailers for an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption. David Rhoa, President of the mail processing company, was present to answer questions about their new facility, that will move 37 jobs from Comstock Township and add up to 20 new jobs.

Their plan includes a new building of approximately 19,840 square feet along with new equipment. It was explained that our policy allows for a maximum of 12 years on the building and 6 years on the equipment.

After the reports from the Planning Department and Treasurer were reviewed, motion made by Branch, seconded by Brown to adopt the resolution approving the IFT for Lake Michigan Mailers. Roll call showed: Branch - yes Brown - yes Bushouse - yes Block - yes Anderson - yes Fleckenstein - yes


Robert Snell reviewed the letters from the various agencies who reviewed the Wendalyn Woods Plat. It was his recommendation that we grant step 1 approval, after approving a variance from the 660 ft street length requirement in our ordinance. Their street would be 1,450 ft to a temporary cul-de-sac at the east end.

Attorney Bill Maybee was present for the developers, answering questions and urging the Board to grant the street variance.

In response to a question from Treasurer Brown, Mr. Snell explained that the retention basin near the south property line would have to be constructed so that the stormwater would not flow to the adjacent property.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Brown to grant the variance from the 660 ft requirement. Carried.

Motion was then made by Brown, seconded by Block to give step 1 approval. Carried.


Engineer Snell recommended that we revise our sewer main connection rates. The new rates would reflect the current costs for sewer construction. The increases would be for the front foot cost, the connection fee and the benefit unit cost.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Brown to approve the concept and direct the attorney to prepare a resolution for our April 13 meeting. Carried.


The Cable System Regulatory Ordinance was presented for Second Reading. There were no public comments and a motion was made by Branch, seconded by Block to adopt the ordinance. Roll call showed: Branch - yes Block - yes Brown - yes Anderson - yes Bushouse - yes Fleckenstein - yes


An ordinance adopting the 1996 National Electrical Code was presented for Second Reading. There was no new discussion.

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

The need to update our electrical permit fees was addressed and a resolution with new proposed fees was presented. There was concern voiced about how the fees may have changed. The information was not available and a motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Brown to table action on the resolution until April 13 to obtain additional information for comparison. Carried.


The request from Jack Siegel to enter into an agreement to share our parking area at the Parkview Fire Station had been referred to the Supervisor and Clerk (as member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee). The Supervisor reported that after careful consideration of a number of issues including the advise of our attorney, it was concluded that for the best interest of the Township, we should not enter into a shared parking arrangement with Warehouse Distributors.

It was recommended that we offer the property for sale to Mr. Siegel and seek a parking agreement for our occasional use. When presented with this alternative, his reaction was favorable.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Branch to approve the concept and authorize the Supervisor to prepare a proposal, that would come back to the Board for approval. Carried.


The Park Committee had reviewed a request from the Oshtemo Rotary to use Flesher Field for a summer fair and swap meet on Saturday, August 21, 1999. It was their recommendation that the township support their community project by allowing them to use the park for this event. It was further stated that we have no procedure for reserving the park facilities for this group or any others. Motion made by Branch, seconded by Brown to support the Rotary event at Flesher Field on August 21. Carried.



The placement of a streetlight on 4th Street on the west side of the road across from Hathaway Road, as directed by the Board on February 23, will not be possible due to a driveway at that location. Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that there does not appear to be a good site for a light on the west side of the road.

The suggestion was made to located the light on the northeast corner of the intersection above the stop sign. The comment was made that the streetlights shine down more than out, therefore it would not shine directly into the home to the west. Motion made to change the location to the northeast corner. Carried. 5 to 1 with Bushouse voting no.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

Township Clerk



Date Approved:
April 13, 1999