HOLLAND CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Regular Meeting
July 18, 2019

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, Russ TeSlaa and Norm Nykamp. Also present was Township Manager Steve Bulthuis.

Absent:  None

Two scouts, Elliott and Isaac Kraker, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mr. Becker gave the invocation.

Citizen’s Comments:  Karen VanEss, property owner on Lake Macatawa, addressed the Board on concerns regarding damaged property due to high water levels and water damage due to boaters creating large wakes. Her request as she spoke for her neighborhood was to modify rules for no wake areas on the lake and ask for law enforcement patrol boats to spend time in their area. She asked for any support to help with this situation. Three other neighbors offered support to her position.

Manager Steve Bulthuis presented a response to Mrs. VanEss. The Township has reached out to Sgt. Westveer regarding this situation and asked for his help to start addressing this problem with education and enforcement.

The next item on the agenda was a request for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate submitted by Request Foods, Inc.

Mr. Nienhuis opened the public hearing to consider this request.

The request is for real property costs of $6,348,259.00. The district was established June 19, 1986. The request is for twelve years after completion. Mr. Gerald Nelson was present to provide an update and answer questions regarding the project. Mr. Church asked that Mr. Nelson return and report on the number of new jobs created within two years. He also asked Mr. Nelson to report on the number of volunteer firemen employed by Request Foods.

Mr. Nienhuis closed the public hearing.

19-70  A resolution was offered by Mr. Bush and supported by Mr. Nykamp to approve the request for the Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate from Request Foods, Inc.

All supported the resolution
Resolution declared adopted

19-71  A motion was made by Mr. TeSlaa, supported by Mr. Becker, to approve the consent agenda including communications (thank you notes and a letter from a resident requesting a change in our Fireworks Ordinance), operational reports (building activity for June & Sheriff’s Office Report), bills and financial transactions for June, and the minutes of the June 20, 2019 meeting as written.

All supported the motion
Motion declared adopted

The next item for consideration was a Local Governing Body Resolution for Charitable Gaming Licenses requested by the Zeeland Education Foundation. Rick VanDorp was present to describe the purpose of the foundation and answer questions.

19-72  A resolution was offered by Mr. Dalman and supported by Mr. Nykamp recognizing the Zeeland Education Foundation as a nonprofit organization operating in the community for the purpose of obtaining charitable gaming licenses.

All supported the resolution
Resolution declared adopted

The next item was the second reading and consideration of adoption of one rezoning - Quincy Street (Parcel 70-16-09-200-019) – AG Agricultural to R-2A Medium Density Residential. Kelly Kuiper from Nederveld was present to describe plans for the property.

19-73  Moved by Mr. Nykamp and supported by Mr. TeSlaa to hold a second reading and consideration for adoption of Ordinance #594 rezoning Quincy Street (Parcel 70-16-09-200-019) – AG Agricultural to R-2A Medium Density Residential

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

Mr. Becker introduced and the Board held a first reading on one rezoning request for 12749 Felch Street – O-S Office and Service to R-2A Medium Density Residential. The architect for Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity, Corri Sandwick, was present to describe plans for affordable housing. Board members asked questions.

Mr. Bulthuis reviewed the June 30, 2019 financial report prepared by former Finance Director Veldheer.

Mr. Bulthuis reviewed the 2020-2025 Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan. Mr. Bulthuis reviewed feedback received on the plan and changes in the plan following feedback. No citizen feedback was received at this meeting. The initial draft plan was distributed on June 1 and reviewed on June 7 with comments received at the June 21 Board meeting.

19-74  A motion was made by Mr. Becker, supported by Mr. Nykamp, to approve the 2020-2025 Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan.

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

Mr. Bulthuis reviewed his informational report. Board members shared committee reports.

The meeting adjourned at 8:01 P.M.

Michael Dalman, Clerk
Terry Nienhuis, Supervisor