SMBA Regular Board Meeting

February 25, 2021 |  8:30 AM |  Via Zoom
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1 Southwest Michigan Building Authority February 25, 2021 The SMBA regular meeting was held via Zoom. Chair Dusty Farmer called the meeting to order at 8:32 a.m. Present: Dusty Farmer, Board Chair, Oshtemo Representative Jeff Sorensen, Cooper Representative Larry Stehouwer, Citizen at Large Representative Carol DeHaan, Cooper Representative Also present were Building Official Garrett Reitenour, Administrative Assistant El Oropeza, Attorney Jim Porter, and Board Secretary Kyle Gibson. Joined Late: Cheri Bell, Oshtemo Representative (Arrived at 8:40 a.m.) Citizen Comments on Non-Agenda Items No public comment was provided. Roll Call A roll call was taken to comply with the provisions of MCL 15.263(2)(a)(ii) regarding remote meeting attendance by board members. Name Status Location Dusty Farmer Present Oshtemo Township Hall Jeff Sorensen Present Cooper Township Hall Larry Stehouwer Present Cooper Township, Kalamazoo County Carol DeHaan Present Cooper Township Hall Cheri Bell Absent Consent Agenda Meeting Minutes – January 28, 2021 Regular Meeting January 2021 Financial Reports Budget Amendments and Adjustments Memo Re: Electrical Permit Application Fee Change Request A motion was made by Jeff Sorensen and supported by Larry Stehouwer to approve the consent agenda as presented. Opposed: None The motion was carried 4-0, with 1 absent. 2 Approval of Proposed Bylaw Amendments Mr. Gibson provided the board with a summary of the proposed amendments. Brief discussion was held by the board. A motion was made by Jeff Sorensen and supported by Larry Stehouwer to approve the amendments as presented. Opposed: None The motion was carried 4-0, with 1 absent. Consideration of Board Composition Board discussion was held regarding the possibility of adding additional at-large board members. Consensus was that this was not desired at this time. *Cheri Bell joined the meeting at 8:40 a.m.* No board action was taken. Board Chair’s Report Chair Farmer shared a request with the board to enter closed session to discuss a personnel matter at the employee’s request. A motion was made by Jeff Sorensen and supported by Dusty Farmer to adopt a resolution to enter closed session to discuss a personnel matter at the employee’s request. A roll call vote was taken showing: Yes: Dusty Farmer, Jeff Sorensen, Carol DeHaan, Larry Stehouwer, Cheri Bell. The motion was carried 5-0, and the board adjourned to closed session at 8:42 a.m. A motion was made by Jeff Sorensen and supported by Larry Stehouwer to return to open session. Opposed: None The motion was carried 5-0, and the board returned to open session at approximately 8:57 a.m. No further board action was taken. Other Business (Item 1) Mr. Sorensen spoke with Mr. Reitenour regarding an ongoing property issue in Cooper Township. Mr. Stehouwer asked a question regarding permit and activity and Mr. Reitenour responded. Chair Farmer Adjourned the meeting at 9:04 a.m. Next Regular Meeting – March 25th – 8:30 a.m.
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