City Commission Worksession Minutes 03-26-2019

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                                   CITY OF MUSKEGON
                                  GOAL SETTING MEETING

                                   Tuesday, March 26, 2019
                                           3:30 p.m.
                                  City Commission Chambers
                                       933 Terrace Street
                                     Muskegon, MI 49440


Present: Mayor Steve Gawron, Commissioners Turnquist, Warren, Hood, Johnson, and

Absent: Commissioner German.

Employees present include: Frank Peterson, Mike Franzak, Jim Maurer, Oneata Bailey, Leo
Evans, Leighann Mikesell, Jeff Lewis, Kirk Briggs, Dave Smith, Doug Sayles, Dwana
Thompson, Sarah Peterson, Ken Grant, and Ann Meisch.

Frank Peterson welcomed the group and reviewed what was covered at the March 1, 2019 Goal
Setting meeting.

   1. Discussion took place regarding devotion of staff time to areas that we didn’t devote time
      to in 2017 – particularly; community safety plan, education activities, street funding plan,
      Muskegon Lake Area of Concern designation, and parks/recreation improvements
      including the possibility of eliminating the Parks Commission.

   2. There was discussion regarding Programs/Policies that continue improving livability in
      our neighborhoods. Some ideas relative to this topic are front porch reclamation
      (CDBG), Infill Housing (affordable, semi-affordable, market-rate; attached, detached,
      etc.), Park Improvements (deferred maintenance, capital improvement, AP Affiliation
      (Listed by priority – over $15 Million, etc.), Local Street Improvements, and Curb Cuts

   3. The group discussed keeping Downtown as top priority – must be considered the
      epicenter for activity for all of Muskegon County. Some long term ideas regarding this
      are connectivity to the lakeshore, designated parking (structure), Mix of housing
      affordability levels, events, and walkability. There was also discussion of equity training
      or classes.
   4. There was also discussion regarding the need to update policies for development
      incentives focusing on thresholds for abatement levels, investment levels, and tax
      capture, including commercial and industrial abatements, residential abatements (NEZ),
      opportunity zone incentives, and miscellaneous development and investment incentives.
      There will be further discussion regarding this at June’s worksession meeting.

   5. Discussion took place regarding continued focus on Quality of Life Tenants, equity, and
      customer service. There was also discussion regarding a resolution not to give extension
      per property taxes per the County Treasurer. This will be addressed at the next City
      Commisson meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

                                                  Respectfully Submitted,

                                                  Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk

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