City Commission Worksession Minutes 10-10-2016

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                               CITY OF MUSKEGON
                         CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION

                              Monday, October 10, 2016
                        Muskegon City Commission Chambers
                       933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440
                                       5:30 PM

Present:     Commissioners Johnson, Gawron, Hood, Warren, Rinsema-Sybenga (left
             at 7:15), and Turnquist
Absent:      Commissioner German

HUB (formerly MAREC) Presentation
Kevin Ricco presented information about the HUB which is going through some
branding and directional changes. The HUB offers businesses incubation opportunity
and their tenant space is currently full. The two components are either brick & mortar or
an affiliate program. The affiliate program offers coaching, marketing, funding
assistance, meeting space, and provides a legitimate business address. The brick and
mortar component offers up to 4,200 square feet of coworking space, assigned desk
space (at an additional cost), internet, printer, scanner, copier, and meeting rooms
along with free coffee and snacks. Fees begin from as little as $20.

SBDC – Business accelerator fund up to $50,000 start-up.

There will be an open house at the HUB on October 27, 2016 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Critical Dune Update (PM Park)
Jamie Pesch, intern for the Planning & Economic Development Department, presented
information to the Commission regarding potential action at Pere Marquette Park and is
proposing to create a Critical Dune Ordinance.

Miscellaneous Projects Update

      1.     Heritage District Lighting Update
      2.     Western Avenue Parking Lot for Sale
      3.     Reorganization at City Hall
                       a. CNS & Planning w/ DPW
                       b. Public Safety – all code related
                       c. Finance/Administrative
                                i. Clerk & Affirmative Action
                               ii. Clerk – Farmer’s Market
                       d. Planning Coordinator (Part time) to work with City Manager
                       e. Add a help desk – Automated kiosk
                        f. Use Management Teams
      4.     LC Walker Arena – information on utilization information
      5.     City Hall Improvements
                        a. New Elevator
                        b. HVAC
      6.     Price adjustment on Midtown Square
      7.     Two new NEZ’s coming
      8.     Re-evaluate HOME & CDBG – invest to create more mixed income
      9.     DPW Move to more central part of the City, Eight or Nine Million
             dollar expense
      10.    Marina – make improvements for public, replace dock
      11.    Clay & Jefferson Parking Lot
      12.    Street Improvements

2016-77 New Business
At the regular City Commission meeting held September 27, 2016 the City Commission
did adopt resolution 2016-75(B), creating a Special Assessment District for Downtown
Muskegon Business Improvement District (BID). The City Commission needs to appoint
two City Commissioners to a Board of Assessors along with the City Assessor, who is
directed to prepare an assessment roll.

MOTION by Commissioner Turnquist, second by Vice Mayor Hood, to appoint
Commissioners Dan Rinsema-Sybenga and Ken Johnson to the Board of
Assessors for the Business Improvement District Special Assessment District.

ROLL VOTE:                Ayes: Gawron, Hood, Warren, Turnquist, and Johnson


Moved by Hood, seconded by Johnson, to adjourn the meeting at 8:47 p.m.


                                                 Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk

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