Regular Meeting
March 21, 2019

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

Present:  Clerk Michael Dalman, Treasurer Vince Bush, and Trustees Doug Becker, Elliott Church, and Russell TeSlaa. Also present was Township Manager Steve Bulthuis.

Absent:  Supervisor Terry Nienhuis and Trustee Norm Nykamp

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

Citizen’s Comments:  County Commissioner Al Dannenberg updated the Board on Ottawa County happenings. The County is working on the budget. We will hear more about the census in the next year. Commissioner Dannenberg answered questions from the Board. State Representative Bradley Slagh introduced himself to the Board. This is his first term in Lansing. He announced that his first bill relating to not splitting a parcel of property before the taxes are paid has passed and updated the Board on additional work with his goal being the use of smart legislation.

Board members reviewed the consent agenda including communications (Good Samaritan Ministries Report), operational reports (Steve thanked the Parks Department for their work this winter), and the minutes from the regular meeting held on March 7, 2019.

19-45  A motion was made by Mr. Church, supported by Mr. Becker, to approve the consent agenda.

All supported the motion
Motion declared adopted

Ms. Debbie Albert, Board President, Zeeland Historical Society, gave a presentation on current activities. She introduced Mary Christopher who works on fund raising. Debbie talked about the decision to raise funding for a full-time director. The Society has also made a request for a financial appropriation from the Board that will be considered at a later date.

Mr. TeSlaa introduced and the Board held a first reading on a rezoning request for 12685 James Street – Moderate Density Residential (R-2) to Community Commercial (C-2).

Mr. TeSlaa introduced and the Board held a first reading on a rezoning request for 168 Aniline Ave. – Agricultural (AG) to Low-Density Residential (R-1).

The next item for consideration was an operational and capital improvement expenditures. Mr. Bulthuis reviewed a lawnmower bid request from the Parks Maintenance Director Dan Zwick. The recommendation is to purchase two 72” Toro mowers at a cost of $24,078.72. The trade in for one mower is $4,600 which makes the total cost of the new mowers at $19,478.72. The recommendation is to purchase the mowers from low bidder Westenbroek’s.

19-46  A motion was offered by Mr. Becker­ and supported by Mr. Church to approve the request for the lawnmower purchase from Westenbroek’s.

All supported the motion
Motion declared adopted

Mr. Bulthuis reviewed some informational and project updates. Board members gave committee reports and shared comments.

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 P.M.

Michael Dalman, Clerk                                 
Vince Bush, Treasurer