City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
September 12, 2016
Muskegon City Chambers
933 Terrace, Muskegon, MI 49440
Present: Commissioners Hood, Gawron (left at 6:15 p.m.), Johnson, Rinsema-Sybenga, German
(6:45 p.m.), and Warren.
Presentation on Downtown BID.
Dave Alexander of Muskegon Downtown Now requested the City Commission consider a
special assessment to extend the Business Improvement District assessment one year. A public
hearing will be held in September. If the BID assessment passes, the assessment will be placed
on the winter tax bill.
Boys & Girls Club Presentation.
Dakota Crow of Muskegon Boys & Girls Club gave an update of the club. The Boys & Girls
Club took over the summer programs previously ran by the YMCA. They had a very successful
summer and look forward to continuing the relationship with the city.
Special Projects Coordinator.
The City Manager is requesting the Commission consider creating a position for a Special
Projects Coordinator. The position would be for a licensed builder at a cost of $60,000 - $70,000
to work on various projects throughout the city.
The Commission will consider this request at its September 13, 2016 Commission Meeting.
NEZ at 965 W Western & 920 W Western – Watermark
Sara Sass, President of Watermark, and her attorney requested the Commission consider an NEZ
at 920 and 965 W. Western.
Commissioners questioned them about the corner building that some residents have complained
about being an eyesore to the community. Their attorney indicated a decision about the building
should be made by the end of the year if all approvals have been received.
The Commission will consider the request for an NEZ at its meeting on September 13, 2016.
The Commission discussed the possibility of a streetlight assessment to replace current lights for
a more cost-effective light. The cost would be under $20 annually per household. The
Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the request.
Moved by Hood, seconded by Johnson to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m.
Ann Marie Meisch, MMC