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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 10/02/13
Oakland sets time limits
for meetings, comments
by STACY SOBOTKAThe Oakland Township Board of Trustees announced changes for future meetings at their meeting Sept. 24.
Observer Special Writer
Township Supervisor Terry Gonser announced that the length of Board of Trustees meetings would be no more than three and a half hours unless otherwise approved by the board. This was due to the Sept. 10 meeting not ending until after midnight.
"That does not produce effective board meetings," he said.
The board will also be adding a digital timer on the podium where citizens go to speak to the board. Citizens are allowed a maximum of three minutes to speak. Those speaking will be warned when they have 15 seconds left to speak.
The board also approved the planting of six redwood trees on their property.
Parks and Recreation Commission Treasurer Roger Schmidt gave a short presentation on the metasequoia, or dawn redwood trees that will be planted in the greenbelt next to the Township Hall parking lot.
"These bright green trees grow four to seven feet a year to a height of 130 to 160 feet," said Schmidt.
The trees were donated to the township by Schmidt and Ray Waite, both of Oakland Township.
Township Trustee Judy Keyes said she was very excited about the trees being planted on township property.
"It is a stunning tree. It's difficult to describe because of the way it grows, it's almost like intertwining trunks. (The leaf) is like a fern, it's so soft, and it gives such a beautiful shade," she said.
The board also approved a motion to send the Goodison Plan back to the Planning Commission with a list of objections from both trustees and Goodison business owners. The board is asking the Planning Commission to consider the listed objections and revise them. The Goodison Plan is a design recommendation and implementation strategy for the Goodison area of Oakland Township.
Township Treasurer Jeanne Langlois said the objections may pose a challenge for the Planning Commission but hopes the two boards can work together.
"I think that sending it back to the Planning Commission this evening begins the give and take that needs to happen before we get a Goodison Plan to which we can all agree and we need to see what the consensus of the Planning Commission is," she said. "But I also think there needs to be guidance from the board in terms of the planner's role in this because, certainly, the Planning Commission, based on what they've done historically, could just ask their planner to take this document and make some revisions to the Goodison Plan for review."
The board also requested that the Planning Commission ask Township Planner Larry Nix to give an estimate on how much the proposed changes to the plan would cost the township.
In other business, the Board of Trustees:
• Heard a short review and presentation of the township's audit and financial statements by independent auditor PSLZ, L.L.C.
• Approved a recommendation for setting the December 2013 tax levy.