City Commission Worksession Minutes 07-11-2022

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                                CITY OF MUSKEGON
                          CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION

                                 Monday, July 11, 2022
                                       5:30 p.m.
                              City Commission Chambers
                        933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440



Present: Mayor Johnson, Vice Mayor German, Commissioners Gorman, St.Clair, and

Absent: Commissioner Hood and Commissioner Ramsey

City Park Concession Policy
Staff is seeking guidance regarding a formal concession policy to be applied to potential
concessionaires operating within the City Park system. Staff is presenting a draft policy
for accepting, reviewing, and approving applications to be a concessionaire within the
City Park system. Currently applications are accepted by DPW and approved at the
Commission level, with no formalized policy. This is the next step following the
concession fee waiver policy adopted at the May 24, 2022 meeting.

If enacted by future Commission decision, the policy would apply to any operation that
looks to sell a good or service within the traditionally recognized city park system. This
policy is not envisioned to apply to other similar operations like Western Market that
operate outside of the city park system.

Discussion took place regarding the proposed City Park Concession Policy and this
item will appear on the agenda at a later date.

Playground Inspection Results
Staff wishes to share results of a comprehensive playground inspection and discuss
how Parks Department funds should be prioritized for playgrounds in the future.

The inspection report recommended major repairs or closure of several playgrounds,
together with minor repairs to many more. Given the cost of recent playground
installations, staff seeks the Commission’s guidance on how to prioritize playground
funding in the future, together with share a brief financial analysis of playground
spending in the context of the Parks Department budget.
Dan VanderHeide, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works, presented
information obtained from an inspection that was conducted on all of the playground
equipment in the parks in the City. Discussion took place regarding the
recommendations that were made by the inspector. This topic will continue to be
addressed as appropriate.

Minimum Housing Unit Sizes
Staff is seeking Commission input on a proposed ordinance amendment that would
reduce the minimum sizes for residential units to help address affordability issues.

Discussion took place and this will be addressed at a later date.

Public Comment – Public comment was received

Adjournment: The City Commission Worksession Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

                                                Respectfully Submitted,

                                                Kimberly Young, Deputy City Clerk

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