SMBA Regular Board Meeting

May 28, 2020 |  8:30 AM |  Via Webex
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Southwest Michigan Building Authority May 28, 2020 The SMBA regular meeting was held via Webex. Chair 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, Cooper Township Assessing Assistant Starr Adams, Cooper Township Assessor Kim Kars-Bos, and Administrative Assistant Kyle Gibson acting as board secretary. Citizen Comments on Non-Agenda Items No public comment was provided. Consent Agenda Meeting Minutes – April 23, 2020 Regular Meeting April Receipts & Disbursements Report April Permits/Inspections Report Motion by Grant Taylor, second by Larry Stehouwer to approve the consent agenda. A roll call vote was taken showing: Yes: Dusty Farmer, Carol DeHaan, Jeff Sorensen, Grant Taylor, Larry Stehouwer No: None Abstain: None The motion was carried 5-0. Board Discussion of Expired Permits Cooper Township representatives questioned how expired permit notices are processed by SMBA. Building Official Reitenour provided clarification on SMBA’s process and noted that the notices were hampered by the COVID-19 shutdown. No board action was taken. Board Discussion of COVID-19 Return to Work Plan Attorney Porter recommended that SMBA be rolled into the Oshtemo Township statemandated return to work plan (RTWP). Building Official Reitenour shared his concerns over a lack of communication regarding the Oshtemo RTWP. Chair Farmer provided insight and shared some basics of the draft plan. Building Official Reitenour was directed to coordinate directly with Oshtemo Township Staff regarding the development of the plan. A motion was made by Jeff Sorensen and seconded by Grant Taylor to adopt the Oshtemo Township RTWP once it is approved by the Oshtemo Township Board. A roll call vote was taken showing: Yes: Dusty Farmer, Carol DeHaan, Jeff Sorensen, Grant Taylor, Larry Stehouwer No: None Abstain: None The motion was carried 5-0. Chair Report Chair Farmer requested feedback from Building Official Reitenour regarding citizen complaints and working without permits relating to the COVID-19 shutdown. Building Official Reitenour shared that things have started to settle down now that SMBA has re-established a community presence. No board action was taken. Other Business Chair Farmer noted that she received an email from a citizen who had joined the meeting during the meeting. Board consensus was that the question was best suited to a Freedom of Information Act request. No board action was taken. Chair Farmer adjourned the meeting at 9:00 a.m. Next Regular Meeting – June 25th – 8:30 a.m.
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