City Commission Minutes 10-10-2017

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     CITY OF MUSKEGON
       CITY COMMISSION MEETING
          OCTOBER 10, 2017 @ 5:30 P.M.
   MUSKEGON CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS
  933 TERRACE STREET, MUSKEGON, MI 49440


                                  MINUTES

The Regular Commission Meeting of the City of Muskegon was held at City Hall,
933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Pastor
Jennifer Wheeler, Crestwood United Methodist Church, opened the meeting
with prayer, after which the Commission and public recited the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag.
ROLL CALL FOR THE REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING:
Present:    Mayor Stephen J. Gawron, Vice Mayor Eric Hood, Commissioners
Ken Johnson, Byron Turnquist, Willie German, Jr., Debra Warren, and Dan
Rinsema-Sybenga, City Manager, Frank Peterson, City Attorney John Schrier,
and City Clerk Ann Meisch.
2017-81     CONSENT AGENDA:
      A. Approval of Minutes City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the minutes of the September 26, 2017
Regular City Commission Meeting.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        None
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:         None
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:           Approval of the minutes.
      B. Approval of a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Certificate – 309 Terrace
         Point Circle   Planning & Economic Development
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: An application for a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone
(NEZ) certificate has been received from Donald and Jennifer Hammond for the
new construction of a home at 309 Terrace Point Circle. This unit is already being
constructed and the State Tax Commission allows applicants to apply for a
certificate up to six months after construction commences. Construction started
in September with an estimated cost of $310,000. The applicant has met local
and state requirements for the issuance of the NEZ certificate.

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FINANCIAL IMPACT:       Taxation will be 50% of the State average of new
homes for the next 12 years.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:        None
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:          Approval of the NEZ certificate.
      C. Approval of a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Certificate – 317 Terrace
         Point Circle   Planning & Economic Development
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: An application for a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone
(NEZ) certificate has been received from Krista Abbott for the new construction
of a home at 317 Terrace Point Circle. This unit is already being constructed and
the State Tax Commission allows applicants to apply for a certificate up to six
months after construction commences. Construction started in September with
an estimated cost of $272,632. The applicant has met local and state
requirements for the issuance of the NEZ certificate.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:       Taxation will be 50% of the State average of new
homes for the next 12 years.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:        None
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:          Approval of the NEZ certificate.
      D. Approval of 2017-2018 Procurement Contracts for CNS         Community
         and Neighborhood Services
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the Trades-Services procured through
sealed bid proposals producing the lowest responsible bidder and proved an
extension* to four Trades-Services where no bids were received.
      Appraisal:                            Midwest Real Estate
      Architect:                            Michael Clark
      Asbestos Assessment:                  Environmental Resources Group
      *Building:                            Mike Murphy
      *Electrical:                          Belasco Electric
      House Building Spec Writer:           Hager Consulting
      Property Maintenance:                 Walker Handyman Enterprises
      Lead Assessment & Clearance:          Environmental Resources Group
      Mechanical:                           Jewett Heating
      Painting:                             Pro Cleaners
      *Plumbing:                            Brett Noordhoff Plumbing
      Realtor:                              Greenridge Realty
      *Structural Engineer/Surveyor:        Westshore Consulting
      Title Service:                        Midstate Title
      Vinyl Installer:                      Mark N. Tucker, LLC
      Vinyl Supplier:                       Keene Lumber



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FINANCIAL IMPACT:          None
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:           None
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:          To approve the procured and extended* Trade
Contractors-Service Providers for the Community and Neighborhood Services
through December 31, 2018.
      E. Grant Agreement with MDEQ            DPW – Engineering
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Authorize staff to enter into a grant agreement with
MDEQ to construct a new 8” water main in Madison between Keating &
Holbrook to provide city water to the residents in that area. The grant of
$75,775.22 requires a city match of $48,865 which will need to be incorporated
into the city’s budget during the first quarterly reforecast.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:          $48,865.00
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:           A budget adjustment needs to be made through
the first quarterly reforecast.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:         Authorize staff to enter into the agreement with
MDEQ to construct a new water main in Madison and incorporate the project
and cost into the 2017/18 budget via the first quarterly reforecast.
      F. Community Relations Committee Recommendations City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To concur with recommendations from the Community
Relations Committee regarding resignations and appointments for the Zoning
Board of Appeals and the Board of Review.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:          None
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:           None
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:      To accept the recommendations made by the
Community Relations Committee at their meeting on October 9, 2017.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:            To accept the resignation of Tammy
Halterman from the Zoning Board of Appeals and to appoint Tom Frens to the
Zoning Board of Appeals. Also, to accept the resignation of Tracie Webb from
the Board of Review and to appoint Mary Jamieson to the Board of Review.
Motion by Commissioner Warren, second by Vice Mayor Hood, to approve the
consent agenda as presented.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: German, Rinsema-Sybenga, Turnquist, Johnson, Gawron,
           Hood, and Warren
             Nays: None
MOTION PASSES



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2017-82    NEW BUSINESS:
     A. Proclamation Opposing Racism       Commissioner German
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To adopt a proclamation proposed by Commissioner
German to affirm the City Commission’s position of opposing racism.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:       None
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:        None
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:          Adopt the proclamation.
Motion by Commissioner German, second by Commissioner Johnson, to adopt
the proclamation.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Rinsema-Sybenga, Turnquist, Johnson, Gawron, Hood, Warren,
           and German
           Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Public comments were received.
2017-83    CLOSED SESSION:
     A. Discuss Legal Opinion of Property Transaction City Manager
Motion by Commissioner Warren, second by Commissioner Johnson, to go into
closed session to discuss a legal opinion regarding a property transaction.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Turnquist, Johnson, Gawron, Hood, Warren, German, and
           Rinsema-Sybenga
           Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
Motion by Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga, second by Commissioner Johnson
to come out of closed session. ALL AYES.
MOTION PASSES
ADJOURNMENT: The City Commission Meeting adjourned at 6:41 p.m.


                                           Respectfully Submitted,




                                           Ann Marie Meisch, MMC, City Clerk


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