City Commission Worksession Minutes 10-12-2015

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                                       City of Muskegon
                                 City Commission Worksession
                                        October 12, 2015
                                  City Commission Chambers
                                            5:30 PM


Present: Commissioners German, Hood, Rinsema-Sybenga, Gawron, Johnson, Turnquist, and
Absent: None.

Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement – 441 W. Western.
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, LLC, has requested to establish an Industrial Development
District at 441 Western Avenue.

Mike Franzak, Zoning Administrator, gave an overview. The State contacted Pigeon Hill and
the City indicating other forms are required to be filled out. The project has already commenced.
The State is aware of this and will manage the paperwork and forward a response once the
resolution is adopted.

This items will be on the October 13, 2015 Commission Meeting for consideration by the

Create City Wide Special Assessment for Street Lights.
A public hearing will be held by the Commission on October 13, 2015 to consider creating a
special assessment district for streetlights that encompasses the entire city.

Commissioner Johnson indicated he would not support the special assessment unless the amount
being asked per parcel is $26 instead of the $35 per year for five years that is currently being
asked. Commissioner Johnson indicated the July 1st budget indicates the Commission would be
asking for a special assessment to cover 50% of the lighting cost. The $35 per parcel would
generate 80% of the cost of electricity. Commissioner Johnson did indicate he would vote in
favor of the assessment if the $9 was spent towards making the community more energy

Commissioners indicated the wording of the letter sent to parcel owners is confusing. Staff
agreed and will change the wording to better reflect the intent in the future.

Mayor Gawron and Vice Mayor Spataro both indicated they are in favor of the special
assessment citing the rise in costs.

Any Other Business
City Manager Peterson indicated he did an interview with WZZM about the speed limit on
Marquette Avenue.

Commissioner Johnson asked how MCI’s are currently being handled by Safebuilt.
Motion by Commissioner Hood, seconded by Vice Mayor Spataro to adjourn at 7:34 p.m.

                                                                 MOTION PASSES

                                                     Ann Marie Meisch, MMC
                                                             City Clerk

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