City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
August 8, 2016
Muskegon City Chambers
933 Terrace, Muskegon, MI 49440
Present: Commissioners Hood, Gawron (left at 6:15 p.m.), Johnson, Turnquist, Rinsema-
Sybenga, and Warren.
Wes Ecklund, of Fleet Engineering, gave a presentation of Windward Pointe. Several members
of the community purchased the old Sappi property with plans to redevelop it. The property will
be mixed use with houses, marina, shopping, etc. Plans are not complete and much needs to be
done before development can commence but change is coming.
Steve Alsum, Executive Director of The Grand Rapids Red Project would like to begin a similar
program in Muskegon. The program allows people to exchange used needles for clean needles.
The program has proven very successful in Grand Rapids and has lowered the percentage of
those who contract a disease from a used needle.
Commission approval is mandated by law before such a program can begin. Commissioners did
request more information including the sites the needles would be available. More information
will be forthcoming.
A possible street lighting assessment was discussed. The assessment would pay for existing
lights to be replaced with higher efficiency lighting. There are 14,482 properties that would be
responsible for approximately $18.85 each year over a ten year period of time.
Some Commissioners showed reluctance or stated they would not support a special assessment
for this purpose. Others requested more information. Staff was requested to gather solid
numbers to share with the Commission.
Moved by Hood, seconded by Rinsema-Sybenga to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m.
Ann Marie Meisch, MMC