Township Board Minutes

November 10, 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, and Robert Snell, Township Engineer along with 4 interested people.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Anderson to approve the minutes of our last meeting, October 13, as prepared. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $38,554.96 and disbursements of $193,522.91 were reported. Fire Fund income was $6,136.51 with disbursements of $60,721.86. Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block, to acknowledge the receipts and pay the bills. Carried.


There were no citizens comments.


The Board was asked to consider a resolution proclaiming November as TMJ Awareness Month. It was reported that Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) affects millions of people in the United States, causing difficulty chewing and swallowing, headache, eye or ear pain and pain to the muscles throughout the body.

Even though, TMJ is difficult to diagnose and treat, it is thought to be preventable through programs of public awareness and education.

Motion made by Branch, seconded by Johnson to adopt the resolution proclaiming November TMJ Awareness Month in Oshtemo Township. Roll call showed: Branch - yes Johnson - yes

Anderson - yes Bushouse - yes Block - yes Brown - yes Fleckenstein - yes (Copy of Resolution filed in Supplements to the Minutes)


Joan Burke, Executive Director of the Community Access Center, was present to ask for the Board=s consideration of a resolution honoring the 15th Anniversary of the Community Access Center. She presented the Board Members with a packet of material, including a history of C.A.C., programs seen on their 4 channels and services offered.

The resolution recognized the growth of the Access Center since 1983, when there was just 20 hours of programming a week to over 230 hours a week in 1998. In addition, over 5,000 citizens have been trained in production and editing.

Motion made by Brown, seconded by Block to adopt the resolution honoring Community Access Center on the their 15th Anniversary. Roll call showed: Brown - yes Block - yes

Bushouse - yes Branch - yes Johnson - yes Anderson - yes Fleckenstein - yes (Copy of resolution filed in Supplements to the Minutes).


Vicki L. Shumaker, Director for Insight Educational Seminars, was present to explain their desire to be able to conduct fundraising raffles. In order to obtain a license from the State, they need a resolution from the township recognizing them as a nonprofit organization.

Attorney Reed stated he had reviewed the material provided to the Board and felt there was not sufficient information for the Board to determine the nonprofit status of this organization.

Motion made by Block, seconded by Johnson to table the item until November 24 and referred the matter to Attorney Reed for further investigation. Carried.


The agreement between Oshtemo Township and the Kalamazoo County Human Services Department, for the disposal of Household Hazardous Waste, was presented for annual renewal. The Supevisor reported that we had budgeted $6,000 for 1999, as we had for 1998.

Motion made by Johnson, seconded by Block to approve the Household Hazardous Waste Agreement. Roll call showed: Johnson - yes Block - yes Anderson - yes Brown - yes Branch - yes Bushouse - yes Fleckenstein - yes


Supervisor Fleckenstein advised the Board that all but five of our obsolete computers had been sold by a bid process. He requested authority from the Board to negotiate the sale of the reminding equipment to the best advantage of the township, per our Purchasing Policy.

Motion made Block, seconded by Anderson to authorize the Supervisor to seek the best offer to dispose of the remaining equipment. Carried.


Due to the need to replace our current AS 400 Computer system because it will not accommodate the year 2000, we sought new software for our accounting, budgeting, payroll and accounts payable needs.

Joanne Brown, along with Mike Crandall, from Siegfried, Crandall, Vos and Lewis, recommended Mirasoft ForFund. It will operation on our PC Network. The cost, including maintenance and record input, would be $7,344.00.

Motion made by Branch, seconded by Brown to approve the purchase of the Mirasoft ForFund software. Carried.


Trustee Anderson provided a report on the results of the leave drop off site on Saturday, November 7. There were 77 residents that participated, 54 from plats and 23 from the more rural areas. A total of 20 cubic yards of leaves were deposited in to a compactor truck located in the Oshtemo Township Park on W. Main Street.

The Committee will be meeting to determine if another drop off day should be arranged. The cost of one day is $675.00.


Clerk Branch reported on the results of the General Election held on November 3. The number of citizens who voted was slightly higher than in 1994, however, due to an increase in voter registration, the percentage went down, from 47% to 40%.


Supervisor Fleckenstein thanked everyone for their concern and well wishes during his recent illness. He appreciated the many cards, calls and plants he received.

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Township Clerk



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