October 25, 2005

The Oshtemo Township Board public comment session was held at the Township Hall. Supervisor VanDyke called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PRESENT: Supervisor John VanDyke
Clerk Deb Everett
Treasurer Nancy Culp
Trustee Dave Bushouse
Trustee Ted Corakis
Trustee Neil Sikora
Trustee Stan Rakowski

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

There was no public comment.

Board member comments included:

Trustee Rakowski commented he had concerns regarding the design of the development proposed at Stadium Drive and South 8th Street in that the architectural style did not seem to fit the vision of the Village Commercial or DDA. It was noted the current Village Commercial ordinance does not specifically address architecture. It was suggested this be discussed at the next joint meeting.

Trustee Bushouse requested items regarding the building addition be placed on the November 8th agenda including door lock systems and a change in the meeting room doorway. He also requested a proposed Township facilities maintenance review be placed on the next agenda for consideration.

Mr. Bushouse also expressed concerns regarding the installation of the fire suppression system being halted after approval was discussed with the Building Official and the lengthy of process of the plan review.

Trustee Bushouse reported on work of the Sewer/Water Committee requesting the proposed water rates for 2006 be placed on the November 8th agenda, and suggested the committee hold another meeting with the residents of West Port Plat concerning the proposed sewer extension.

Engineer Snell advised the City of Kalamazoo is no longer using cost averaging for calculation of water main construction pricing.

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

Also present were James Porter, Township Attorney, Bob Snell and Marc Elliott, Township Engineers, Fire Chief Ken Howe, Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock and 6 interested people.

Motion by Corakis, second by Sikora to approve the minutes of the October 11th regular and October 13th special meetings. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $125,419.80 and disbursements of $77,631.78 were reported. Motion by Rakowski, second by Sikora to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.


Rosalie Novara, 5069 Beech and Eric Larch commented on behalf of the Friends of Transit advising they would be working toward the effort of a county wide transit program and seeking Township assistance in contacting local citizens groups.


Engineer Elliott presented a request for approval of two change orders regarding the Meijer/West Port sanitary sewer pump station in the amount of $7,061.42. He advised the first item was for abandonment and restoration of the current pump station located on North 9th Street. He noted the price of $6,000.00 was the same as bid by the contractor, Balkema, Inc. in the original project bid, however, the Township did not incorporate this work in the contract due to the necessary easement across the property owned by Ken Patel not being in place, however, the Township has since obtained and recorded the required easement.

Mr. Elliott advised the second item in the change order was for installation of an additional transformer at the pump station; the City of Kalamazoo has requested that all future pump stations be provided with a separate transformer and is providing the transformer at its cost.

Motion by Culp, second by Corakis to approve the change order in the amount of $7,061.42. Carried.


Clerk Everett noted the agenda should be corrected to indicate the item was before the Board for First Reading. At the October 11th meeting, a proposed ordinance amendment with a revised schedule of parking fines was presented; six current fees would be increased; parking in violation of a no parking sign from $5.00 to $10.00, parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant from $20.00 to $25.00, parking in a marked fire lane from $35.00 to $50.00, parking within 25 feet of a corner from $5.00 to $10.00, parking in violation of any other ordinance from $5.00 to $25.00, and parking in a handicap space without a valid permit from $75.00 to $250.00. Attorney Porter had advised $250.00 is the maximum by State statute for handicap space violations. There was discussion regarding the higher fine on handicap tickets would be difficult to collect and the expense of taking an issue to court. The motion to move the item forward included increasing fees as proposed and applying stickers to the handicap signs advising of the fine, with the business owners permission.

Motion by Corakis, second by Bushouse to accept First Reading and set Second Reading for November 8th.

There was lengthy discussion with Ordinance Enforcement Officer Scott Paddock and Fire Chief Ken Howe concerning the intent of the ordinance to be a deterrent in keeping handicap parking spaces and fire lanes open, procedures for issuing tickets, the amount of the handicap space fine, the logistics of applying the stickers as previously discussed, and the need to address the issue of initial ticket amounts not being upheld by the magistrate.

Ms. Novara and Mr. Larch indicated their interest groups would be willing to address the issue of the fines being upheld.

Trustee Corakis withdrew the motion.

Motion by Corakis, second by Bushouse to table Second Reading of the item to the November 8th meeting in order to gather more information. Carried.


Fire Chief Ken Howe presented a request for approval in amount of $22,615.00 for installation of a communication tower at Fire House No. 2. He advised the project would include a 120 foot tower donated by Kalamazoo Township, crane rental with labor being donated by Steve Kurtz, excavation for the base being donated by Little John Excavating, and concrete done by Fire Department staff. He further advised the project would include installation of a base radio system to be utilized as back up. He noted the tower would also serve as a component in any future wireless communication network.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to approve the expenditure in the amount of $22,615.00. Carried.


Trustee Bushouse presented a proposal for purchase of pick up truck and snow plow for maintaining Township facilities.

Board discussion included that current Township small pick up trucks were in use by the Building Department and Ordinance Enforcement Officer and the current car would be used by the Assessing Department to allow employees to approach sites in a marked vehicle. There was also discussion of the need for a definite snow removal plan.

Treasurer Culp advised she would not support to the proposal feeling it was being rushed. Clerk Everett commented the truck is needed for routine year round maintenance purposes.

Motion by Bushouse, second by Corakis to approve the purchase of a pick up truck and snow plow in the amount of $27,750.58. Carried.


Trustee Corakis advised the Community Access Center will provide a demonstration of proposed new video equipment prior to the November 8th meeting at 3:30 p.m.

Trustee Rakowski advised he would not be present for the November 8th meeting.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:10 p.m.

Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke