Southwest Michigan Building Authority
January 23, 2020
The SMBA regular meeting was held at the Oshtemo Township Hall, Chair Dusty Farmer called
the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.
Dusty Farmer, Oshtemo Representative
Grant Taylor, Oshtemo Representative (arrived 9:30 a.m.)
Jeff Sorensen, Cooper Representative
Carol DeHaan, Treasurer, Cooper Representative
Larry Stehouwer, Citizen at Large
Also present were Building Official Garrett Reitenour, Attorney Jim Porter (arrived 9:30 a.m.)
and Board Secretary Deb Everett.
There was no public comment.
Meeting Minutes – December 4, 2019 Regular Meeting
Receipts & Disbursements Report
Motion by Sorensen, second by Stehouwer to approve the consent agenda. Carried 4-0.
Motion by Sorensen, second by DeHaan to approve current part time Administrative Assistant
position be increased to full time and amend the budget as needed. Carried 4-0.
Discussion – Change in Use Certificate of Occupancy
Building Official Reitenour recommended an application process for change of use in an existing
space to insure new uses are in compliance for the site. He will provide sample form and
recommendation of fee at the February meeting.
Discussion – Plan Review Fees
Building Official Reitenour recommended evaluating plan review fees; he will provide
information for the February meeting.
Chair Farmer commented Oshtemo has been conducting bi-weekly Ordinance Enforcement
review meetings which has been helpful on follow up of issues. Member Sorensen expressed
interest in Cooper doing the same.
Discussion regarding expired permits follow up and updating demo checklist to include
sewer/water connections, well/septic closures.
Building Official Reitenour recommended raising the contract inspectors per inspection pay to
Motion by Sorensen, second by Farmer to approve the increase. Carried 5-0.
Meeting adjourned at 9:35 a.m.
Next Regular Meeting – February 27, 2020 – 8:30 a.m.