Southwest Michigan Building Authority
February 27, 2020
The SMBA regular meeting was held at the Oshtemo Township Hall, Chair Dusty Farmer
called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.
Dusty Farmer, Board Chair, Oshtemo Representative
Carol DeHaan, Cooper Representative
Jeff Sorensen, Cooper Representative
Grant Taylor, Oshtemo Representative
Larry Stehouwer, Citizen at Large Representative
Also present were Building Official Garrett Reitenour, SMBA Attorney Jim Porter, and Board
Secretary Deb Everett.
Meeting Minutes – January 23, 2020 Regular Meeting
Receipts & Disbursements Report
Motion by Sorensen, second by Taylor to approve the consent agenda. Carried 5-0.
Discussion – Plan Review Fees
Discussion was held regarding fees for plan reviews; SMBA fee and Code Source fee.
Motion by Sorensen, second by Farmer to reimburse difference between SMBA fees
and Code Source fees to Cornerstone Construction for the Jager Werks project and
provide a list to the Board of other projects reviewed by Code Source. Carried 5-0.
Building Official Reitenour provided an updated fee schedule for commercial plan
reviews using the same fee calculation as the ICC and State of Michigan
Construction Code. He advised he had not yet received feedback from the fire
suppression plan reviewer.
Motion by Taylor, second by Sorensen to adopt the proposed fee schedule and
authorize the Building Official to amend, if needed, the fee for fire suppression
review. Carried 5-0.
Change of Use/Change of Occupancy
Building Official Reitenour presented a draft application for change of use and/or occupancy in
an existing space to ensure new uses are in compliance for the site. He advised he had not yet
received feedback from Oshtemo’s fire inspector.
Motion by Sorensen, second by Taylor to implement the requirement and authorize Board
Chair to amend, if needed, after fire inspector review. Carried 5-0.
A memo from staff requesting changes approved by the Board in January to increase the hourly
rate for the contracted inspectors be effective March 1st to provide time for all necessary forms
to be updated.
Motion by DeHaan, second by Sorensen that the change in the inspector contracts remain
effective January 1st
, make change in application forms effective March 1st and pay the
inspectors for all inspections done since January 1st at the new rate. Carried 5-0.
Chair Farmer advised a meeting with SMBA staff and staff from Cooper and Oshtemo
Townships was recently held and provided a good exchange of information.
Meeting adjourned at 9:25 a.m.
Next Regular Meeting – March 26th – 8:30 a.m.