City Commission Worksession Minutes 05-07-2018

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                               CITY OF MUSKEGON
                         CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION

                                 Monday, May 7, 2018
                                      5:30 p.m.
                              City Commission Chambers


Present:     Johnson, Hood, Turnquist, Gawron, Warren, German, and Rinsema-
Absent:      None

    1. Remembrance Road Preliminary and Construction Engineering
City staff is requesting to enter into an agreement with Moore & Bruggink for preliminary
and construction engineering services related to the reconstruction and widening of
Remembrance Road from Keating south to new project side in the Port City Industrial
Park. The requested consultant is currently working on the site development, has
familiarity with needs for the project site and has submitted a reasonable cost estimate
for the work. Discussion ensued. This item will be on the agenda for our next regular

    2. MMFLA Application
Staff has prepared a local application for the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act
licenses and is seeking commission input and approval. Discussion took place
regarding the application.

Motion by Commissioner Turnquist, second by Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga,
to approve the MMFLA local application as presented.

AYES:        Gawron, Rinsema-Sybenga, Turnquist
NAYS:        Johnson, Hood, Warren, and German


    3. MMFLA Overlay District
Staff is requesting an amendment to the zoning ordinance to include a new section for
the Medical Marihuana Facilities Overlay District. The amendment was discussed. This
item will be on the agenda for our next regular meeting.

   4. LC Walker Arena Improvements
Staff is seeking approval to make a number of investments at the LC Walker Arena
during the 2018 off-season. The improvements include updated ADA seating,
demolition and removal of old/unused HVAC equipment, painting, and ceiling repairs. In
addition to these improvements, staff will be requesting funds from the Downtown
Development Authority to replace the glass around the playing surface, replace ice
controllers, upgrade restrooms, reconfigure a portion of the arena’s seating, and
improve food and beverage offerings. Collectively, these items are expected to help
improve the fan/visitor experience and move the arena closer to self-sustainability.

ADA improvements: $20,000
Paint: $120,000
Selective Demolition:     $30,000
Ceiling Repairs:    $60,000

Discussion took place regarding the improvements. This item will appear on the agenda
for the next regular meeting.

    5. Presentation by Eric Foster – Director of Strategy, Banks & Company &
           Cannabis Practice Group (10 minutes)
The Michigan Canna Coalition Association provides information to advance legislative
action supporting marijuana decriminalization, equitable economic development, and
rapid toxicology testing technology. The presentation included information regarding the
myths and realities of cannabis, social equity, community benefits, economic
opportunities, and employment growth.

    6. Any Other Business
Frank Peterson provided budget information on some houses that the city bought
through the rehabilitation program.

Commissioner Johnson acknowledged and appreciates the work that staff has put into
the MMFLA licensing process.

Commissioner Turnquist asked what is being done with potholes. Would like to see
some improvements in Pere Marquette area.

Commissioner German asked about negotiations with Firefighters.

Ann Meisch told Commission about the quotes for getting the updates to fiber optics
that we need to have done in order to get back on television. Item will be on the agenda

The Worksession meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

                                               Respectfully Submitted,

                                               Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk

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