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									Plainfield Charter Township
Regular Meeting
May 15, 2006

1.     The regular meeting of the Plainfield Charter Township Board was called to order
       at 7:30pm on May 15, 2006, at the Township Offices, 6161 Belmont Avenue NE,
       Belmont, MI by Supervisor Meek.

2.     Members present: Supervisor Meek, Treasurer Stover, Trustees Borek, Hagedorn,
       Heindrichs, and Parris. Absent: Clerk Morrow. Also present: Township Manager
       Robert Homan and Assistant to the Manager Priscilla Walden.

3.     Mr. Parris offered the invocation and Mrs. Borek led the Pledge of Allegiance.

4.     Mr. Stover moved, supported by Mr. Heindrichs that the agenda be approved with
       the correction of consent agenda item 5j, removing the Veterans Memorial
       Committee from the to-be-deleted list. Ayes: 6. Nays: 0. Motion carried.

5.     Mr. Parris moved, supported by Mr. Hagedorn that the consent agenda be
       approved as follows:
       a. Approve May 01 regular meeting minutes and May 08 special meeting minutes
       b. Receive Clerks Budget, Financial, Investment, Building, Fire, Ordinance
          Enforcement, Passport, Water, and Web Page Reports
       c. Approve use of the Community Center, at no charge, for International Student
          Exchange on July 24, 2006
       d. Recommend approval of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church 5k Run/Walk to
          KCRC
       e. Approve resolution #06-29 for State of Michigan Charitable Gaming License
          for Rotary Club Foundation of North Grand Rapids
       f. Approve final payment application #11 from Nugent Builders, Incorporated in
          the amount of $37,000.00 for Water Service Center
       g. Approve bid from Valley City Sign Company in the amount of $3,174.26 for
          Water Service Center wall sign
       h. Approve bid from Pleune Service Company in the amount of $3,950.00 for Fire
          Station #1 central air conditioning
       i. Approve request for short term lease on 10 Mile elevated water storage tank
          for Kent County Sheriff’s Department public safety communications equipment
       j. Approve committee changes (Exhibit 1 - Memo with changes described above
          in #4.)
       Ayes: 6. Nays: 0. Motion carried.

6a.    The public hearing to consider an Industrial Facilities Tax abatement for Wynalda
       Litho, 2775 Montana Trail was opened for comment. Mike Ottenwess, Controller
       for Wynalda Litho, explained the request for an IFT at 2775 Montana Trail.
       Wynalda Litho will be purchasing additional equipment to expand business,
       upgrade technology, and decrease their consumption of natural gas. There being
       no comments from the public, the hearing was closed and discussion returned to
       the board. Mr. Homan recognized Wynalda Litho as one of the township’s largest
       taxpayers, stating he is pleased with Wynalda Litho’s cooperation with regard to
       the Graphic Drive water and sewer project. Mr. Meek reiterated thanks on behalf
       of the Township. Mrs. Borek moved, supported by Mr. Heindrichs to approve
       Resolution #06-30 authorizing the IFT with review in three (3) years for a possible
       two (2) year extension. Ayes: 6. Nays: 0. Motion carried.

6b.    The public hearing to consider an Industrial Facilities Tax abatement for Wynalda
       Litho, 8221 Graphic Drive was open for comment. Mike Ottenwess, Controller for
       Wynalda Litho, explained the request for an IFT at 8221 Graphic Drive. Two
       pieces of equipment will be purchased which will allow Wynalda Litho to “beef up”
       capacity to allow them to service more local businesses in the Grand Rapids and
       West Michigan area. There being no comments from the public, the hearing was
       closed and discussion returned to the board. Mr. Homan stated that last October
       he and other township employees had the privilege of touring Wynalda Litho’s
       facilities. Mr. Hagedorn moved, supported by Mr. Parris to approve Resolution
       #06-31 authorizing the IFT with review in three (3) years for a possible one (1)
       year extension. Ayes: 6. Nays: 0. Motion carried. Mr. Meek stated there are plans
       for a new committee to be formed to study future IFT’s.

7.     Citizens were offered a chance to address the Board regarding subjects that were
       not on the agenda. There were no comments.



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8.     Margo Huver, on behalf of the Westwood at the Crossings (formally Westwood
       Ranch House), 5760 West River Drive, explained their application for a temporary
       outdoor liquor sales license to included the horseshoe pit area on the west side of
       their building for specified Wednesday’s and Thursday’s through mid-June. Due to
       time constraints, Mrs. Huver is requesting this temporary license, but is in the
       process of applying for a permanent outdoor license for this same area. The
       additional service area will be bordered temporarily by a snow fence, as permitted
       by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Mr. Hagedorn asked Mrs. Huver to
       address the amount of parking. Mrs. Huver said there has never been a problem
       with parking in the past. Mrs. Borek asked how players access the pits. Mrs. Huver
       explained that players would have to come in the front door and out to the deck
       area. The Westwood isn’t changing any procedure; they are clearing up a
       misunderstanding and making their current operation legal. Mr. Heindrichs would
       not like to see the snow fence become a permanent fence. Mr. Meek has a
       number of concerns. 1) Why do the horseshoe players need to have beer and
       wine? Mrs. Huver stated because they like to. This began back when Union Bank
       employees began a horseshoe league. 2) After five (5) weeks of horseshoes, what
       happens after that? Mrs. Huver stated that leagues run April - August. It’s a
       summer affair and it’s the Westwood’s intention to approach the board soon for a
       permanent permit. 3) There is currently a restriction to not allow deck patrons to
       take alcohol back to ball fields in the back. There have been ongoing problems
       with facilities in the back. Mr. Meek feels that if alcohol is permitted outside like
       this, it could be a real problem. Mr. Hagedorn is concerned with loss of control
       over drinking patrons. Mrs. Huver said that the area is will monitored, and that they
       have never had a problem in this area in the past. Mr. Stover moved, supported by
       Mrs. Borek, to approve Resolution #06-32 allowing the temporary permit for
       outdoor service of alcohol. This temporary basis gives the Board the ability to
       gauge the situation prior to the Westwood’s request for a permanent outdoor
       license. Citizen Howard Friar is concerned about hours of operation. Mrs. Huver
       said that horseshoe leagues run until about 10:00pm. Roll call vote. Ayes: Borek,
       Hagedorn, Heindrichs, Parris, Stover. Nays: Meek (5-1). Motion carried.

9.     Bids were received on May 10, 2006 for various paving projects at Plainfield
       Township facilities and the Comstock Park Library parking lot expansion. Prein &
       Newhof recommends Team Excavators, the low bidder. Mr. Heindrichs moved,
       supported by Mr. Stover, to accept the bid and award the contract for various
       paving projects at Plainfield Township facilities and the Comstock Park Library
       parking lot expansion to Team Excavators in the amount of $179,900.50. Ayes: 6.
       Nays: 0. Motion carried.

10.    Bids were received on May 10, 2006 for the Vinton/Hayes water main
       improvements project. Prein & Newhof recommends the low bidder, Jen-Kel
       Construction. Mr. Hagedorn moved, supported by Mr. Stover, to accept the bid
       and award the contract for the Vinton/Hayes water main improvements project to
       Jen-Kel Construction in the amount of $845,975.00. Ayes: 6. Nays: 0. Motion
       carried.

11.    A resolution establishing a Health Care Insurance Advisory Committee was
       considered. Mrs. Borek indicated no bargaining unit employees are included in
       the committee, but they should, since they are covered. Union employees will be
       encouraged to participate in the committee meetings. Mr. Homan stated that this
       resolution does not show the relationship of this committee to other existing
       committees. This may impinge on the Finance Committee. Mr. Meek suggested
       the addition, in “3b”, the end of the first line, have “and the budget committee”. Mr.
       Stover moved, supported by Mr. Heindrichs to approve Resolution #06-33
       establishing a Health Care Insurance Advisory Committee with the above-
       mentioned changes to 3b. Ayes: 6. Nays: 0. The motion carried.

12.    Mr. Parris moved, supported by Mr. Stover, that the accounts payable in the
       amount of $827,159.60 be approved and authorized for payment. Roll call vote.
       Ayes: Borek, Hagedorn, Heindrichs, Meek, Parris, and Stover. Nays: 0. Motion
       carried.

13.    There were no Manager’s comments.

14.    Mr. Stover informed the board of a group he’d heard about at the Treasurers’
       conference he attended the previous week. The group is TABOR - “SOS” (Stop
       Our Spending). They are collecting signatures to place a bill on the November
       ballot that would require a vote by the people for any increase in municipal rates
       and charges. Mr. Meek said that the Cable Franchise issue is heating up and it
       looks like we may be loosing the battle to AT&T.
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15.    The meeting adjourned at 8:32pm.


_________________________________                      ___________________________
Pricilla Walden, Assistant to the Manager              George K. Meek, Supervisor
Plainfield Charter Township                            Plainfield Charter Township


                                         - CERTIFICATION -

I, the undersigned, Susan L. Morrow, the duly qualified and elected Clerk for the Charter
Township of Plainfield, Kent County, Michigan, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the forgoing
is a true and complete copy of the proceedings taken by the Township Board of said
Township at a regular board meeting held on the 15th day of May, 2006.


____________________________
Susan L. Morrow, MMC, Clerk
Plainfield Charter Township




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