SMBA Regular Board Meeting

February 27, 2020 |  8:30 AM |  Oshtemo Township Hall
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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. Present: 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. Consent Agenda Meeting Minutes – January 23, 2020 Regular Meeting Receipts & Disbursements Report Permits/Inspection 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. Fee Schedule 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. Inspector Contracts 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 Report 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.
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