May 10, 2005

Township Board work session was held 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 Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Stan Rakowski
Trustee Neil Sikora

Also present was James Porter, Township Attorney, and Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers.

Board Discussion - 2005 Goals - Goals set for 2005 were reviewed including the police protection contract which is being reviewed with Kalamazoo County, possible expansion of the police assessment district, the ongoing discussion regarding sewer and water agreements with the City of Kalamazoo, exploring installation of equipment for taping and televising board meetings, and updates the parks committee is working on.

The work session was adjourned at approximately 6:45 p.m.

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell, Township Engineer, and 9 interested people.

Motion by Corakis, second by Sikora to approve the April 26th Regular, and April 28th Special meeting minutes. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $39,546.92 and disbursements of $105,767.09 were reported. Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.




An application from Harrison Packing for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate was before the Board for public hearing. There was no public comment. Attorney Porter advised the application was in order.

Motion by Culp, second by VanDyke to adopt a resolution approving the IFT application for Harrison Packing. Roll call showed Bushouse-yes, Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, Sikora-yes, VanDyke-yes.


Pfizer Corporation, represented by Alan Zetterberg and Bill Gerke along with Steve Finn of Golder Associates, technical consultants to Pfizer, were present to discuss the KL Landfill situation; the EPA and DEQ requirements of a cap.

Mr. Zetterberg commented he understands the Township's position opposing the cap, however, the company is at a point they wish to put this matter behind them. He commented that over the last year or so other methods for remedy had been proposed by the KL Group, however, Pfizer feels the EPA will not be persuaded regarding their position on the cap. He noted the EPA had recently proposed to amend the record of decision removing the requirement for pumping and treatment of groundwater.

Mr. Finn presented information regarding the impermeable cap ordered by the EPA and DEQ. He presented a current photo of the landfill as viewed from KL Avenue and an "after" rendering showing how they perceive it would look. He noted the original design has been significantly changed to a thinner cap, less fill required, less site grading with more natural, variable slopes which will result in less visible impact on and off the landfill property. He advised trees could remain on the perimeter of the site and grasses and wild flowers could be planted on the cap area. He also commented the "borrow area" across the street where the fill would be obtained, is 60 acres in total with 8.5 acres to be excavated which will be sculpted to fit natural topography, all disturbed areas would be restored and re-vegetated and any future use of the property should not be impacted. He further commented during the cap construction, safety and quality of work methods would be closely monitored.

There was lengthy discussion with Board members concerning the merits of the cap in light of the fact most of the contaminants have disappeared, no one is being exposed to the contaminants with the installation of municipal water, it will not guarantee the complete clean up of the landfill, and concerns about the appearance of the site.

Bob Janssen, 8670 Almena Drive, commented the presentation from Mr. Finn was very informative and inquired as to the level of dust that will be generated during construction, noting a past presentation by the Department of Community Health indicated people in the immediate area would require masks. Mr. Finn commented close oversight of the construction would address this concern.



The Planning Commission recommendation to approve a request to rezone the rear property at 8128 and 8178 West Main from "RR" Rural Residential to "C" Commercial was before the Board for Second Reading.

Motion by Corakis, second by Sikora to approve the rezoning. Roll call showed Corakis-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Rakowski-yes, Sikora-yes, VanDyke-yes, Bushouse-yes.


Mechanical Inspector Scott Paddock presented two bids for the installation of heat in the vehicle storage building:

A-1 Refrigeration - $3,773.00

Suburban Mechanical - $4,906.00.

He advised the third company contacted had not submitted a bid.

Trustee Corakis felt the item should be delayed until the Township Hall addition brings natural gas closer to the site.

Mr. Paddock commented his concern on delaying was the price of the heating unit had increased within the past couple of months. There was discussion of installing the unit but waiting until the natural gas is available for connection.

Treasurer Culp inquired why heat in the building was needed. Mr. Paddock advised ice and snow from the vehicles does not currently melt. He commented the temperature would be held at a maximum of 60 degrees.

Supervisor VanDyke commented he asked Themi Corakis of Corakis Heating & Cooling for a bid that day (of the meeting). Mr. Paddock noted with all due respect to Mr. Corakis it would inappropriate for him to bid after the others had been made public.

Trustee Corakis commented he would abstain from voting since his son had been asked to bid.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Sikora to accept the proposal from A-1 Refrigeration in the amount of $3,773.00 with the unit installed with no gas hook up at this time. Carried with Culp and VanDyke voting no and Corakis abstaining.


Clerk Everett advised a request had been received from Steve Visser concerning expanding the no discharge of firearms area to include the properties west of Drake Road and south of H Avenue to the east and south boundaries of the current restricted area. His concern stems from the number of housing units he intends to build in the area. It was noted the DNR has final authority on this matter and a request to include that area in 2000 was denied. The request was referred to the attorney to initiate the required process.


Treasurer Culp presented a proposal from Hadaway & Sons Facility Maintenance offering a discount for prepayment of the lawn maintenance contract. Consensus was not to accept the proposal.


Clerk Everett advised the voter turnout for the May 3rd election was 13.5%.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:35 p.m.

Township Clerk