Southwest Michigan Building Authority
January 12, 2017
The SMBA meeting was held at the Oshtemo Township Hall, Chair Jeff Sorensen called the meeting to
order at 8:30 a.m.
Jeff Sorensen, Chair, Cooper Representative
Deb Everett, Secretary, Oshtemo Representative
Libby Heiny-Cogswell, Oshtemo Representative
Carol DeHaan, Treasurer, Cooper Representative
Larry Stehouwer, Citizen at Large
Also present were Building Official Jerry Reitenour, Attorney James Porter, and Administrative
Operations Assistant Crystal Bartel.
Motion by Stehouwer, second by DeHaan to approve the minutes of the December 7th, December 16th
December 19th, and December 30th meetings. Carried 5-0.
Financial/Building Official Report
Mr. Reitenour presented financial reports with total number of building permits and revenue for 2016
and year to date for 2017. Cooper Township will compute the amount owed them by SMBA for
Administrative Assistant support from
Mr. Reitenour advised he and Ms. Bartel met with Mercantile Bank and recommend moving the SMBA
Motion by DeHaan, second by Heiny-Cogswell to move the SMBA account to Mercantile Bank. Carried
At Large Member
Motion by DeHaan, second by Everett to provide $30/meeting stipend to the at large board member.
Mr. Reitenour provided a list of organizations that would be beneficial for SMBA to have a membership.
Motion by Heiny-Cogswell, second by Stehouwer to approve the membership of $585.00 with the Home
Builders Association of Western Michigan.
By-Laws – Attorney Porter provided draft copy of proposed by-laws changes regarding make-up of the
Meeting Date/Time – Motion by Everett, second by Heiny-Cogswell to establish the regular meeting
schedule of the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Oshtemo Township Hall. Carried 5-0.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 a.m.
Next meeting – February 23, 2017 – 8:30 a.m.