City Commission Worksession Minutes 06-08-2015

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                                        City of Muskegon
                                  City Commission Worksession
                                           June 8, 2015
                                   City Commission Chambers
                                             5:30 PM

2015-40 (2)
Present: Commissioners German, Hood, Rinsema-Sybenga, Gawron, Johnson, Turnquist, and
Absent: None.

Transmittal of 2015-16 Proposed Budget.
Four major street projects are budged with the assistance of one-time funds from the State. They

Completion of Muskegon /Webster
Getty Street – Apple to Evanston
Laketon – Lakeshore to Nevada
Musketawa Trail Connection

Staff is recommending an increase in sewer rates to 1.30 times the county's treatment rate.

Water fund has an anticipated increase in revenue. No rate increase is being recommended.

The other funds are balanced at this time.

The City Manager and Commission discussed the proposal for a Public Improvement Fund. This
fund will be used to begin a proposed housing improvement program focused at improving the
market-rate housing options in certain neighborhoods in the core city. The goal is to use the
funds allocated under capital outlays to acquire vacant/abandoned/blighted properties in clusters
and replace them with market-rate housing. The houses would be marketed/sold to buyers, and
the sales proceeds would be used to replenish the fund and ultimately build more homes in the
same manner. In addition to the funds budgeted here, city staff anticipates undertaking a
fundraising effort to acquire more capital and expedite the redevelopment process.

Commissioner Turnquist questioned charging customers a user fee to use a credit card. City
Manager Peterson explained the City currently pays $30,000 in fees annually for customers who
use a credit card.

Commissioner Johnson questioned the future use of the LC Walker Arena and fees/expenses
associated with it.

Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga asked about future street funding. Mr. Peterson forwarded
proposed language to the Commission asking the electorate to consider raising the tax levy to
twelve mills with two mills being used exclusively for the financing of street construction, repair,
and maintenance in the City of Muskegon.

Commissioner Turnquist inquired about the proposed city service fee for our three business-type
funds/ventures. The purpose of the fee is to account for the cost to provide (and/or make
available) city services to these operations. This should not be confused with reimbursements
these funds provide for special services like vehicle maintenance, billing, administration, etc., as
these are focused on the general city services that all tax payers typically enjoy. This fee would
be implemented during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014-2015 and carry into the new fiscal

Commissioner Johnson questioned the proposed special assessment for lighting. Will customers
be able to request new lighting by a special assessment. Mr. Peterson stated it is a possibility but
rules would need to be put in place and districts would need to be created for the special
assessment. The proposed budget requests that 50% of the lighting being assessed.

Mayor Pro Tem Spataro asked about the possibility of adding sidewalk on the Nelson road
project. There is no funds at this time, but if they do come to light, we would add it.

Discussion of future road funding. Several Commissioners voiced support for asking the voters
to consider a millage question. Mr. Peterson suggested having community meetings, but closer
to the election.

Put the graduated multiplier budget in sewer rate increase on tomorrow's meeting.

Future Road Funding.
Put question on tomorrow's agenda.

Motion by Commissioner Hood, seconded by Commissioner Johnson to adjourn at 6:53

                                                                             MOTION PASSES

                                                               Ann Marie Cummings, MMC
                                                                       City Clerk

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