Township Board Minutes

MAY 26, 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 Richard Reed, Township Attorney, along with 10 interested people.

Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block to approve the minutes of our last two meetings, May 12, regular meeting and May 19, joint meeting, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $16,339.80 and disbursements of $58,178.64 were reported. Fire Fund income was $6,998.62 with disbursements of $11,767.95. Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.




Tom Swiat, who is a member of the Park Foundation Board of Trustees, made a presentation regarding the fund raising campaign for development of Markin Glen Par- Phase II. The Board was shown a video highlighting the future park.

Owned by the Kalamazoo County Park System, this park is located south of the Kalamazoo Nature Center and is accessed by N. Westnedge Avenue, which divides the park. The west side was opened in 1994. The eastern portion, will open in 1999 and will provide a lake for swimming, one for fishing, tennis courts, camping and a canoe launch on the Kalamazoo River.

Mr. Swiat explained that the campaign has successfully raised 50% of the needed funding to make this park a reality. He pointed out that this facility will be available to all county residences and will enhance the general community. Because of this, they are approaching all the municipalities in the County for a contribution.

Cooper Township has made the initial contribution, because the park is located in their township. The following formula was suggested, based on their participation:

.46022% of the assessed value of the township

Based on the formula, our contribution would be $24,880. This amount could be paid over a three (3) year period.Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Block to refer this matter to the Park Committee for their review and recommendation. Carried.


Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) application was presented by Tom House for 45 acres situated between North 2nd and North 3rd Street, north of W. Main. See MapIt is his desire to keep the property in farming for the future generations. Realizing that the State has limited funding and can not grant all of the requests, Mr. House has offered to accept 15% less than the appraised value. He encouraged the Township to also participate, in order to farther support the preservation of farmland.

It was explained that the application must be reviewed by the Soil Conservation Office and Township Planning Department, followed by the adoption of a resolution by the Township Board. Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to adopt the resolution approving the PDR request. Roll call showed: Block - yes Johnson - yes Bushouse - yes Branch - yes Anderson - yes Brown - yes Fleckenstein - yes (copy filed in Supplements to Minutes)


An ordinance amending the text of the Open Space Ordinance was presented for Second Reading. The amendment provided for many changes, two of which included; eliminating the minimum area requirement and expanding the permitted dwellings to include two-family units.

There were no comments and a motion was made by Block, seconded by Branch to accept the Planning Commission recommendation and adopt the ordinance amendment. Roll call showed: Block - yes Branch - yes Johnson - yes Brown - yes Anderson - yes Bushouse - yes Fleckenstein - yes


An ordinance amendment, rezoning approximately 3.5 acres of land, situated north of and adjoining Park Village Pines on /Crystal Lane in Section 25, See Map from AR-2" to AR-4", was presented for Second Reading. This rezoning would allow for an Alzheimer/Dementia facility to be built there.

There were no comments and a motion was made by Brown, seconded by Block to accept the Planning Commission recommendation and adopt the rezoning. Roll call showed: Brown - yes Block - yes Bushouse - yes Anderson - yes Johnson - yes Branch - yes Fleckenstein - yes


The recommendation from the Planning Commission to establish the 9th Street Focus Area Overlay Zone was presented for Second Reading. The creation of the overlay zone would provide another option for development of the land along W. Main, between 9th Street and 10th Street and the area along West KL, between 9th Street and the Mobile Home Park. See Map

Supervisor Fleckenstein reported that Ed Sharp, representing the Country Club Village area, met with him and requested that the Township Board call a special meeting to allow the residents of his plat another opportunity to express their concerns. He also declared that he did not feel the terrain in the subject area was such that the 880' depth was needed, as the Planning Commission reasoned.

Trustee Block stated that this issue had been given a great deal of time by the Planning Commission and Township Board and the people had the opportunity to be heard, he then moved to adopt the ordinance. The motion was seconded by Clerk Branch.

Trustee Johnson commented that offices would use less water than a residential use. He did not understand why we needed sewers for offices. He stated he would like it to go back to the Planning Commission.

Trustee Bushouse had a problem with the design standards. He said ideas change with Boards and he felt this was too restrictive.

Treasurer Brown stated she would not support the motion for the reasons given in past meetings, basically, the overlay is too restrictive.

There were no further comments and the roll call showed: Block - yes Branch - yes Bushouse - no Johnson - no Anderson - yes Brown - no Fleckenstein - yes. Adopted 4 to 3


An ordinance that would grant a franchise to Nordic Electric to use the rights of way in Oshtemo Township was presented for Second Reading and adoption.

Trustee Anderson verified that they will use existing lines. In response to a question by Trustee Bushouse, Treasurer Brown stated that Nordic would not pay taxes but would probably pay a fee to Consumers Energy for the use of their lines.

Motion made by Anderson, seconded by Brown to accept the ordinance for Second Reading and adoption. Roll call showed: Anderson - yes Brown - yes Bushouse - yes Branch - yes Johnson - yes Block - yes Fleckenstein - yes


Our membership dues to the Michigan Township Association for the period of July 1, 1998 to June 30, 1999, would be $3,950 with another $237 for the legal defense fund. Motion made by Brown, seconded by Johnson to approve the payment of the dues and legal defense amount. Carried.


Don Bierens' annual request for approval of a fireworks display permit was presented. The application showed the needed insurance coverage, as in past years. Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson to approve the request. Carried.


Trustee Johnson commented about the flags that were flown for Memorial Day. Appreciation was voiced for Scott Paddock and those who helped him put the flags out.


Trustee Bushouse reminded everyone of the Rotary sponsored Oshtemo Fun Days to be held at Flesher Field on June 20.


Treasurer Brown reminded the Board of the meeting of the County Chapter of the Michigan Township Association that would be the next day at our township hall.


The Board was encouraged to attend the Fresh Start meeting on Saturday, May 30, at the Portage City Hall. Supervisor Fleckenstein planned to attend.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Township Clerk Supervisor

Date approved - June 9, 1998