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October 23, 2001

The Oshtemo Township Board held its regular meeting at the Township Hall. Clerk Everett called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

PRESENT: Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Tom Brodasky
Trustee Lois Brown
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Jim Worline

Also present was Patricia Mason, Township Attorney, Bob Snell, Township Engineer, Planner Mary Lynn Bugge, Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock, and approximately 11 interested people.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to approve the minutes of the October 9th meeting. Carried.

Income to the General Fund of $11,172.84 and disbursements of $93,347.31 and income to the Fire Fund of $1,898.72 and disbursements of $24,632.34 were reported. Motion by Culp, second by Worline to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.


Brian Molony, owner of Rollerworld, expressed concerns about soil erosion from adjoining property, which is currently being developed. Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock advised he would investigate.


Planner Mary Lynn Bugge presented the plat of Rose Arbor #3 for final plat approval. She indicated two issues remaining were final approval of the sanitary sewer by the Engineer and installation of streetlights. Attorney Mason she had reviewed the title insurance and was satisfied with the legal description. It was noted the Township must hold a street light hearing to establish the assessment district but could approve the plat prior to the hearing. Engineer Bob Snell commented the sanitary sewer video was yet to be viewed but would recommend approval subject to the review.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to grant final plat approval subject to review by the Engineer of the sanitary sewer. Carried.


Dennis Merchant and Howard Linnabary from Consumers Energy were present to request an easement for electrical transmission lines across Genesee Prairie cemetery. The request also included removing one tree they feel is a danger to the lines due to the proximity and condition of the tree. They would provide six replacement trees to be planted at a location chosen by the Township. Clerk Everett concurred regarding their assessment of the tree to be removed and commented she would like to see the replacement trees planted in the new section of the cemetery currently being established.

In response to questions and concerns from the Township Engineer and Board members, the Consumer representatives advised the easement could be specified as aerial only with a condition they notify the Township to enter the property if and/or when tree trimming is needed. They advised they would have their attorney correct the easement to reflect the desired changes.

Motion by Everett, second by Brodasky to approve the easement and authorize the Clerk and Supervisor to sign the document subject to review by the Township Attorney. Roll call vote showed Bushouse-yes, Worline-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Brodasky-yes, Brown-yes, VanDyke-yes.


A public hearing was held on the establishment of a special assessment district for the installation of municipal water in the Skyview Estates development. The district would be part of the larger water project previously approved by the Board on September 13th.

Dan Wilkinson, developer commented while he is not overly pleased with the proposal it at least lets his project go forward. He advised he had information from the EPA that the chemical found in his development was the same as the landfill and felt if this fact is proven he should be reimbursed for the expense he will incur.

Attorney Mason advised the Township is still pursuing the issue and any reimbursement available would be returned.

Motion by Brown, second by Brodasky to adopt the resolution to approve creation of Skyview Estates Water Main Extension District No. 2001-02. Roll call vote showed Brodasky-yes, Worline-yes, Culp-yes, Everett-yes, Bushouse-yes, Brown-yes, VanDyke-yes.

Motion by Brown, second by Everett to set the assessment roll hearing for November 13th. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Bushouse-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes, Worline-yes, Brodasky-yes, VanDyke-yes.

SNOW PLOW BIDS 2001-2002

Five bids were solicited for snow plowing for the 2001-2002 season. Two were received:

Corakis Heating & Cooling - $10,800 for the season

Hadaway & Sons - $11,625 for the season or prices for per time basis

In response to Board member questions, Mr. Corakis advised he currently has three contracts and four trucks, access to a bobcat and other equipment.

Supervisor VanDyke and Trustee Bushouse were critical of the job Hadaway & Sons had done this past winter and felt it was time for a change. Trustee Brown felt Hadaway & Sons had done a good job.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Culp to accept the bid from Corakis Heating & Cooling. Carried with Brown voting no.


Six bids were received for the extension of sewer on Club View drive as approved at the October 9th meeting. Engineer Snell advised the bids had been reviewed and recommended the low bid from Bailey Excavating. Mr. Snell indicated substantial completion is expected by November 15th.

Bailey Excavating 76,330.00
Brigham Excavating 76,790.00
Peters Construction 81,962.50
Hoffman Brothers 88,470.00
Balkema Excavating 93,355.00
Cripps Fontaine Excavating 113,521.50

Motion by Culp, second by Brodasky to accept the bid from Bailey Excavating. Carried.


The proposed ordinance prohibiting providing false information to a police or ordinance enforcement officer was before the Board for Second Reading.

Motion by Everett, second by Brown to adopt the ordinance. Roll call vote showed Brown-yes, Brodasky-yes, Bushouse-yes, Worline-yes, Everett-yes, Culp-yes, VanDyke-yes.


Information was provided regarding Governor Engler's veto of the critical bridge funding which would be lost for repair of three bridges, two on Sprinkle Road and one on D Avenue. Consensus was that although they are not located in the Township, the potential effect is county wide.

Motion by Brown, second by Bushouse to direct the Supervisor to write a letter on behalf of the Township Board expressing concern and support for the funding. Carried.


Fire Commissioner Worline advised both Fire Department cars had recently been damaged in accidents, one by a car/deer accident, and the other in a broadside collision. There were no injuries in either accident.

Trustee Brown inquired as to the status of the speed trailer. Officer Paddock advised he has reports from each location it has been stationed at and will share those with the Board.

Trustee Bushouse advised help is needed for the community Halloween Party to be held on October 31st at Chime School.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:25 p.m.

Township Clerk

John VanDyke, Supervisor