City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
February 12, 2007
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Spataro, Warmington, Wierengo, Davis, Gawron, and
Absent: Commissioner Carter
WMKG – TV38 Fenton L. Kelley’s Request for Letter to Comcast
Commissioners discussed Mr. Kelley’s request to send a letter to Comcast Cable
requesting the station to be placed on a lower channel.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, seconded by Commissioner Wierengo to call
Comcast and state our concern and to follow the telephone call with a letter
including the viewing station.
PUD’s that Don’t Fulfill their Obligations (Davis)
Commissioner Davis expressed frustration with PUD’s not fulfilling their agreements.
Mayor Warmington directed staff to contact Jacobson’s to express their disappointment
regarding the PUD and to seek advice from legal counsel.
Muskegon City Commission Goals
Commissioners discussed an action plan for each goal. Mayor Warmington suggested
that each commissioner review the goals and develop an action plan.
Commissioners will speak further regarding the goals at the Community Relations
Committee scheduled March 5, 2007.
Management Agreement for Fisherman’s Landing
A proposed agreement for management of Fisherman’s Landing was presented to the
Commission. Staff met with representatives on several occasions to work out details of
the agreement and to forge a stronger relationship with the group. Key provisions
Fisherman’s Landing assumes responsibility for grass mowing and peak-season electric
Fisherman’s Landing to provide financial reports and meet periodically with staff.
Fisherman’s Landing to submit for approval site plan of improvements and campground
Facility to move towards self-sufficiency and further relieve city of financial obligations.
It is also proposed to expand the number of campsites to 102.
Several Commissioners stated their support for the expansion of the Fisherman’s
It is also requested that a resolution be adopted to designate the channel from Muskegon
Lake into Fisherman’s Landing Launch & Campground as a “No Wake Zone” and that it
be posted and enforced and buoys be placed into the channel itself.
Sewer Back Up Claim at 1301 Eastwood Drive
There were two sewer back-ups within a month of each other. The amount to settle the
claim is $14,736.39.
Motion by Commissioner Shepherd, seconded by Commissioner Spataro to
authorize the payment of $14,736.39.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Ayes: Commissioners Shepherd, Spataro, Warmington, Wierengo, and Davis.
Commissioner Gawron absent during roll call.
Any Other Business:
A request was presented to designate the beaches as smoke free.
Cynthia Price, 1357 W. Summit, spoke in favor.
Donald Shampine, 12296 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven Township, spoke in favor.
Orville Crain, 530 E. Giles Road, Muskegon Township, spoke in favor.
Gail Law, 3085 Idlewild, spoke in favor.
Helen Sherman, 1347 Peck, spoke in favor.
Jamie Cross, Alliance for the Great Lakes, residence in Norton Shores, spoke in favor.
Discussion took place at great length among the commissioners. Enforcement was one of
the key topics.
City Manager, Bryon Mazade, was chosen to be the liaison between the committee and
commission. He will gather additional information regarding the subject.
Commissioner Spataro moved, Vice Mayor Gawron seconded, to approve the
following transfers in the General Fund:
Sidewalk Fund $150,000
Budget Stabilization $150,000
Local Street $100,000
Major Street $200,000
Rehab Loan Escrow $ 7,740
General Fund $607,740
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Ayes: Commissioners Spataro, Warmington, Wierengo, Davis, Gawron, Shepherd.
Commissioner Spataro moved, Commissioner Shepherd seconded, to adjourn the
meeting at 7:12 p.m.
Ann Marie Becker, MMC