September 28, 2004

The Oshtemo Township Board work session was cancelled. 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, Planning Director Jodi Stefforia, Fire Chief Ken Howe, and 3 interested people.

Motion by Rakowski, second by Culp to approve the minutes of the September 14th meeting. Carried.

Income to the General and Fire Funds of $76,920.29 and disbursements of $140,286.31 were reported. Trustee Rakowski noted he had asked for itemized invoices from Moses Fire Equipment. Trustee Brown inquired as to the maintenance person's role in apparatus repair. Chief Howe advised two problems were caught earlier than they would have been had the maintenance person not been checking the apparatus. Motion by Corakis, second by Culp to accept the receipts and disbursements report. Carried.




Trustee Bushouse reviewed the West H Avenue from 9th Street to 6th Street, and North 6th Street south to the water tower currently under construction by the City of Kalamazoo, sewer/water project outlining the funding as discussed with the Sewer/Water Committee and Township Accountant Mike Crandall. He noted funding of $1,632,625 was available from the sewer and water funds, the Kalamazoo County Road Commission had indicated they would utilize safety funds totaling $200,000 from their 2004 and 2005 budget and were willing to dedicate the road participating funds totaling $250,000 for 2005 and 2006. He also indicated the City of Kalamazoo had indicated willingness to participate in the project; the estimated contribution to be $168,000. He also noted a savings due to the road project on 6th Street providing fill dirt for H Avenue.

Trustee Brown commented she would like some assurances from the Road Commission and City of Kalamazoo of their participation.

There was also discussion of the need to hold a public informational meeting for residents and property owners in the proposed project area and this should be done as soon as possible with representation from the Township, Kalamazoo County Road Commission and City of Kalamazoo.

Motion by Corakis, second by Bushouse to proceed with the project. Carried.


Trustee Brown presented a recommendation from the Personnel Committee to change agents for health insurance and Delta Dental coverage. She advised the committee had completed a lengthy review process and had met with the current agent of record, Geoff Lansky, from Burnham & Flower Group and Chip Schelb, representative of the Nulty Agency. It was the committee's recommendation based on service and monitoring of costs, to change the agent of record to Mr. Schelb and the Nulty Agency. The committee further recommended the board meet annually with the agent and the Clerk meet quarterly with the agent and a letter from the Supervisor and Clerk be sent to current agent Mr.Lansky advising him of the change.

Treasurer Culp commented she felt Mr. Lansky should have been made aware of the agenda item. Ms. Brown advised he was aware the committee had concerns regarding service.

Motion by Brown, second by Rakowski to change agent of record for health and dental insurance to Chip Schelb of the Nulty Agency and direct the Supervisor and Clerk to send a letter to Mr. Lansky. Carried.



Chief Howe advised the repairs to the hydraulic system of apparatus 541 as he had indicated at the September 14th meeting as needed have been completed with a total invoice of $9,879.00. He further advised apparatus 511 required a heater core replacement at a cost of $3,302.24.

In response to Board members questions, Chief Howe advised he had requested itemized invoices from Moses Fire Equipment, they are certified to do the work and he has trust in Mr. Moses.

Motion by Culp, second by Everett to approve payment of the invoices. Carried.


Carmela Tomasselli requested the Board reconsider their condition placed upon the approval of a lot split and combination of Lot 322 in West Port #6 and Lot 393 in West Port #9. The Board approved the split and combination at the September 14th meeting contingent upon approval by the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Department and receipt of revised legal descriptions by recorded deeds. Ms. Tomasselli advised KCEH would not approve the site for a septic system due to the steep topography and requested the Board remove the restriction.

It was noted the Township could not knowingly create an unbuildable lot. Attorney Porter advised no Board action was necessary for the previous decision to stand. The Board concluded to let their previous decision stand.


Treasurer Culp presented the recommendations from the Board Appointment Committee for the following:

Appointment of Fred Gould. 10130 West J Avenue, to fill the remainder of Neil Sikora's term ending December 31, 2006, due to Mr. Sikora's pending election as Township Trustee.

Appointment of Mike Smith, 9340 Greystone, to fill a term on the Planning Commission expiring December 31, 2004. Mr. Smith's first term would run from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2007.

Reappointment of Grace Borgfjord to a second term on the Zoning Board of Appeals from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2007.

Motion by Culp, second by Corakis to accept the committee recommendation and affirm the appointments. Carried.

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Township Clerk

Attested: John VanDyke