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Minutes - February 16, 2017

HOLLAND CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Regular Meeting
February 16, 2017

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

Present: Supervisor Terry Nienhuis, Clerk Michael Dalman, Treasurer Vince Bush and Trustees Doug Becker, Elliott Church, Norm Nykamp, and Russell TeSlaa. Also present was Township Manager Don Komejan.

Absent: None

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Mr. Komejan gave the invocation.

Citizen’s Comments: Mr. Dave DeYoung was present to discuss a proposed street abandonment at 592 Lawn Avenue. Rick Walters, representing his parents Al and Esther Walters, presented a letter on the issue. One other citizen said she would like to hear Mr. DeYoung’s proposal. Mr. Nienhuis adjourned the citizen comment period until Mr. Dave DeYoung’s attorney could be present to give his proposal.

17-16  A motion was made by Mr. Becker, supported by Mr. Church, to approve the consent agenda including communications (letters re. Lawn Avenue matter), operational reports (Monthly Building Report for January 2017, January Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Report on Monthly Calls), and the minutes of February 2, 2017 as written.

All supported the motion
Motion declared adopted

The next agenda item was consideration of a request to split a platted lot for property located at 517 Pinecrest Dr. The owner, Mrs. Cassandra Potter, was present to update the Board on the reason for the request and answer questions from the Board.

17-17  Mr. Bush made a motion, supported by Mr. TeSlaa, to approve the request to split a platted lot at 517 Pinecrest Dr.

All supported the motion
Motion declared adopted

At this time Mr. Nienhuis continued citizen comments. Mr. William Sikkel, representing the Erin K DeYoung Trust, appeared before the Board requesting support for its abandonment petition with the Ottawa County Road Commission to abandon a portion of Lawn Avenue. Mr. Sikkell commented that his client would be submitting a petition to the Road Commission. He presented an overview of the proposed abandonment. Mr. Nienhuis stated the Board would not provide any vote on this matter at this meeting.

Ms. Karen VanEss presented her point of view and letter regarding this issue.

Mr. John Rogers spoke to the Board about his views of the proposed project. He stated that the proposed public walkway has become privatized with items blocking the public right-of-way. Mrs. Robin Rogers also spoke about the structure Mr. DeYoung had built.

Mr. TeSlaa asked if there were plans for developing the public right-of-way. Mr. DeYoung stated he was not trying to prevent citizens from walking through the right-of-way and had cleared the walkway.

Mr. Walters made one final comment about the shed that Mr. DeYoung constructed and referred to the letter his parents had written.

The Public Comment period ended at 7:37.

The Board then reviewed several operational and capital improvement expenditures. The first item was various Ottawa County Road Commission project estimates for street maintenance and improvements. The estimate include 5.80 miles of various subdivision streets ($1,283,255.60), and local road estimates including 128th Avenue from Riley St. North to Cul-de-sac and Greenly Street from US-31 West to Cul-de-sac ($348,899.10), Beeline Rd. from Greenly St. North to Cul-de-sac ($164,034.20), and Gordon St. from 104th Ave. to City/Twp. Line ($78,339.80) for a total on local roads of $591.273.10. The third OCRC project estimate was the cost to construct an additional 1 foot of paved shoulder width (4 feet total) along both sides of Quincy Street from 136th Ave. to 120th Ave. for a cost of $68,387.00.

17-18  Moved by Mr. Nykamp and supported by Mr. Bush to approve the OCRC estimates for 2017 street resurfacing projects of various subdivision streets.

Roll call vote: Yes-7, No-0, Absent-0
Motion declared adopted

17-19  Moved by Mr. Becker and supported by Mr. Church to approve the OCRC estimates for 2017 street resurfacing projects of local roads.

Roll call vote: Yes-7, No-0, Absent-0
Motion declared adopted

17-20  Moved by Mr. Dalman and supported by Mr. Nykamp to approve the OCRC estimates for Quincy Street additional paved shoulder width.

Roll call vote: Yes-7, No-0, Absent-0
Motion declared adopted

The next capital improvement expenditure was for replacement of two new pickup trucks. The recommendation is to approve the purchase of two new pickup trucks from the low bidder Elhart GMC of Holland to replace two existing pickup trucks at a combined new vehicle purchase price of $47,372.00 and a combined net purchase price of $30,372.00 after allowances for trade-in of two old vehicles.

17-21  A motion was made by Mr. TeSlaa, supported by Mr. Church, to approve the purchase of two new pickup trucks from Elhart GMC of Holland.

Roll call vote: Yes-7, No-0, Absent-0
Motion declared adopted

Mr. Nienhuis reviewed an appropriation request from the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway for support of Project Clarity. The request if for a financial investment of $50,000.00.

17-22  A motion was made by Mr. Becker, supported by Mr. Nykamp, to approve a $50,000.00 appropriation request to support Project Clarity.

Roll call vote: Yes-7, No-0, Absent-0
Motion declared adopted

Mr. Bush initiated one rezoning request to the Planning Commission: 0 Ransom Street (Vacant) – Agricultural (A) to Light Industrial (I-1).

Mr. Komejan reviewed several additional informational updates.

The meeting adjourned at 8:09 P.M.

Michael Dalman, Clerk
Terry Nienhuis, Supervisor

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