Boards & Committees

Township Board

Meets Every 2nd & 4th Monday of the Month at 6pm

All Township Board Members are elected and serve for four years.  The terms are not staggered and the election is held the same year as the Presidential election.  All meetings are held at the Township Hall, located at 7110 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. 

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Township Board Members

Board Members

Supervisor | John Hinkle | 269.599.4333
Clerk | Linda Kerr | 269.668.7263
Treasurer | Trish Roberts | 269.375.1591
Trustee | Wendy Mazer | 269.372.7198
Trustee | Tim Brown | 269.217.5177
Trustee | Don Boven | 269.330.2044
Trustee | Nick Loeks | 269.207.1744

2018 Meeting Dates

All Township Board Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm (unless otherwise noted). A Committee of the Whole meeting is held prior to the second meeting of the month at 5:00pm.
Jan 8
Jan 22
Feb 12
Feb 26
Mar 12
Mar 26
Apr 9
Apr 23
May 7
May 21
Jun 11
Jun 25
Jul 9
Jul 23
Aug 13
Aug 27
Sep 10
Sep 24
Oct 8
Oct 22
Nov 12
Nov 26
Dec 10

Planning Commission

Meets on the 2nd Tuesday (5pm) & 4th Tuesday (6pm) of the Month

The Planning Commission is made up of six members from the community and one Township Board Member. The Planning Commission receives staff support from the Planning Department. The Planning Commission is responsible for maintaining the Master Land Use Plan, a living document that expresses the community’s vision for the future of Texas Township.

The Zoning Ordinance is the tool to implement the Master Land Use Plan. Accordingly, all land use proposals and rezoning requests are reviewed to ensure consistency with both the Zoning Ordinance and the Master Land Use Plan. Occasionally it is appropriate to amend the Master Land Use Plan to ensure that is still reflects the type of community Texas Township residents enjoy now and/or desire for the future.

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Committee Members

Planning, Zoning and Development Administrator: Steve Deisler
Email: sdeisler@texastownship.org.
Phone: 269-375-1591

Chairperson: Dennis Berkebile | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Vice Chair: Mike Corfman | Term Exp. Dec 2019
Secretary: Larry Loeks | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Steve Bosch | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Richard Craven | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Linda Kerr | Term Exp. Nov 2019
Edward Planeta | Term Exp. Dec 2019

2018 Meeting Dates

All Planning Commission Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday (5pm) and 4th Tuesday (6pm) of the month (unless otherwise noted).

PC Workshop Jan 9
PC Meeting Jan 23
PC Workshop Feb 20
PC Meeting Feb 27
PC Workshop Mar 13
PC Meeting Mar 27
PC Workshop Apr 10
PC Meeting Apr 24
PC Workshop May 1*
PC Meeting May 22
PC Workshop Jun 5*
PC Meeting Jun 26
PC Workshop Jul 10
PC Meeting Jul 24
PC Workshop Aug 14
PC Meeting Aug 28
PC Workshop Sep 11
PC Meeting Sep 25
PC Workshop Oct 9
PC Meeting Oct 23
PC Workshop Nov 13
PC Meeting Nov 27
PC Workshop Dec 11
PC Meeting Dec 18*

Please note that the submission deadline is 28 days prior to the PC Meeting.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Meets on the 4th Wednesday of the Month at 6pm

The basic responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) includes: variance requests, site plan review of permitted uses, ordinance interpretation, and appeals of administrative decisions. The ZBA is made up of five members, one of which is a liaison from the Planning Commission.  All meetings are held at the Township Hall, located at 7110 West Q Avenue.

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Committee Members

Planning, Zoning and Development Administrator: Steve Deisler
Email: sdeisler@texastownship.org.
Phone: 269-375-1591

Chairperson: Frank Machnik | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Vice Chair: Michael Bakker | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Brett Cummings | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Greg Opdycke | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Mike Corfman | Term Exp. Dec 2019
Jane Waldeck, Alt. | Term Exp. Dec 2018

2018 Meeting Dates

All ZBA Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6pm (unless otherwise noted).
Jan 24
Feb 28
Mar 28
Apr 25
May 23 – CANCELED
Jun 27 – CANCELED
Jul 25 – CANCELED
Aug 22 – CANCELED
Sep 26
Oct 24
Nov 28
Dec 19*

NOTE: Deadline is 28 days prior to meeting

Public Safety Committee

Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the Month at 4:30pm

The purpose of the Texas Township Public Safety Committee is to:

  1. Advise the Township Board of Trustees on operations and recommend policies for Police/Sheriff services, Fire / Rescue services, and Emergency Medical Services.
  2. Review operations and performance standards for Police, Fire / Rescue and EMS services.
  3. Address other public safety issues that may arise within the Township.

The Committee is composed of five members: One Township Board member, one member with emergency medical experience, one member with law enforcement experience, one member with fire service experience, and one citizen at large.

Members are appointed by the Township Board to serve varying terms of service.

The Texas Township Public Safety Committee meets monthly, on the first Tuesday of every month, 4:30pm, at the Township Hall. Special meetings may be called occasionally to discuss time sensitive issues, and will be posted in advance at the Township Hall and online.

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Committee Members

Chairperson: Paul Cutting | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Gerard Alexander | Term Exp. Dec 2019
Richard Ives | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Dr. Mark Kerschner | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Don Boven | Term Exp. Nov 2019

2018 Meeting Dates

All Public Safety Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 4:30pm (unless otherwise noted).
Jan 2
Feb 6
Mar 6
Apr 3
May 1
Jun 5
Jul 10*
Aug 14*
Sep 4
Oct 2
Nov 13*
Dec 4

* July meeting date changed due to Independence Day Election
* August meeting date changed due to Election
* November meeting date changed due to Electtion

Parks & Trails Committee

Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the Month at 5pm

The Park Committee consists of two Township Board members, two Citizen Representatives, and Township Staff.  They oversee the development of the Townships two parks, by responding to public interest and use of the Recreation Plan. Yearly development plans are created and a budget is prepared with monies transferred from the General Fund. There is no direct millage for Park development and maintenance. When a project is identified and estimates are obtained, a recommendation is sent to the Township Board.

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Committee Members

Chairperson: Greg Dobson | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Linda Kerr – PC Representative | Term Exp. Nov 2020
Trish Roberts – Board Representative | Term Exp. Dec 2019
James Whittaker | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Larry Loeks – PC Representative | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Jennifer Bussies, Alt. | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Tricia Keala, Alt. | Term Exp. Dec 2020

2018 Meeting Dates

All Parks & Trails Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5pm (unless otherwise noted).
Jan 23
Feb 27
Mar 27
Apr 24 – CANCELLED
May 22
Jun 26
Jul 24
Aug 28
Sep 25
Oct 23
Nov 27
Dec 18*

Board of Review

Meets Annually in March

The Board of Review meets in March to review the property assessment roll that has been prepared by the Township Assessor, to hear appeals from property owners, and to correct the assessment rolls if necessary.  Appointed by the Township Board, they serve for two (2) years.  The dates listed below provide a total of at least 12 hours during the week of March 9, with at least 3 hours held after 6 p.m. as required by statute.

The tentative multipliers for each class of real property for 2015 are:  Agriculture 1.02083, Commercial .99227, Industrial 1.03542, and Residential 1.03221.

The Board of Review will be held at Texas Township Hall, 7110 West Q Avenue. Please call the Assessor’s Office at 269-375-1591 for an appointment, or send an email to tedg@texastownship.org.

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Committee Members

Kathy Buckham | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Robert Smith | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Jim Caporale | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Tim Peters, Alternate | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Dan Bowman, Alternate | Term Exp. Dec 2018

Farmers' Market Committee

Meetings scheduled on a Quarterly Basis

The Farmers’ Market Committee manages the operations of the Texas Township Farmers’ Market, which exists to create a sense of community for Texas Township and surrounding areas, promote local businesses and creates economic development around local food, and raise awareness about the rich and diverse agricultural areas in southwest Michigan. The Committee is made up of members of the community, including representatives from the Board, Planning Commission, DDA and Parks and Recreation Committee, as well as residents and vendors.

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Committee Members

Emily Beutel (Market Manager, Chair)
Tim Brown | Term Exp. Dec 2019
Linda Kerr | Term Exp. Dec 2019
Larry VanderBeek | Term Exp. Dec 2020
Larry Loeks | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Vicki VanderHeyden | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Bill Schultz | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Shari Groendyk | Term Exp. Dec 2019
Anna Bowman | Term Exp. Dec 2019
Rebecca Steele | Term Exp. Dec 2019

Downtown Development Authority

Meetings are Scheduled for the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 9am

The Downtown Development Authority in Texas Township works to make Texas Corners a thriving, walkable activity center in our traditionally rural community.

The boundaries of our DDA area are shown on the following map:

DDA Boundary Map

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Committee Members

Alexandra Copeland | Term Exp. Apr 2022
Natalie Fuller | Term Exp. Apr 2022
Chad Kerwin | Term Exp. Apr 2022
Dave Groendyk | Term Exp. Feb 2020
Supervisor John Hinkle
Larry Loeks | Term Exp. Feb 2019
Jeremy Spinney | Term Exp. Feb 2020
Andrew Schultz | Term Exp. Feb 2020

2018 Meeting Dates

The Downtown Development Authority meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Their meeting schedule is as follows:
– Jan 25
– Feb 22 – CANCELLED
– Mar 22
– Apr 26
– May 24
– Jun 28
– Jul 26
– Aug 23
– Sep 27
– Oct 25
– Nov 29*
– Dec 20*
*Meeting date adjusted from normal rotation

Road Committee

The Road Committee Meets on an As-Needed Basis

The road committee reviews and makes recommendations to the township board for road improvements.  They do not hold regular meeting dates. You may contact Supervisor Hinkle for additional information at jhinkle@texastownship.org or Superintendent VanderWiere at julievw@texastownship.org.

Based on need and road condition, the Texas Township Road Committee and the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County have determined the road projects to be completed in 2018. Please click here to view the 2018 projects. 

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Committee Members

Supervisor, John Hinkle
Nick Loeks – Board Representative | Term Exp. Nov 2018
Rusty Stafford | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Jeff VanderRoest | Term Exp. Dec 2018
Charles Minor | Term Exp. Dec 2018

Design Review Committee

The Design Review Committee Meets on an As-Needed Basis

The design review consists of members of the Corners Business District, Planning/Zoning and Development Administrator Steve Deisler, members of the Planning Commission and Township Board.  The purpose of the committee is to review design plans for new developments within the DDA to ensure conformity for the district.

The committee meets by request only. For additional information, please contact info@texatownship.org

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Committee Members

Planner, Zoning and Development Administrator Steve Deisler
Treasurer Trish Roberts
Richard Craven
Steve Bosch
Shari Groendyk
Jim Kerwin
Larry Loeks