City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
May 11, 2009
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Warmington, Carter (arrived 5:35 p.m.), Wierengo, Shepherd,
Wisneski, Gawron, and Spataro.
Amoco Seawall Presentation.
Sidock Group, Inc. presented a report regarding the seawall located at the Amoco Terminal site.
Sidock Group has been asked to recommend alternatives to the city seawall that has failed in
some locations. Three alternatives were offered. They include partial replacement, complete
replacement, and shoreline re-naturalization.
Mohammad Al-Shatel reminded the Commission that a fourth option is to do nothing.
The City Commission received the report and will give it further consideration.
Richards Park – Muskegon Conservation District.
Jeff Hout and Harry Wierenga, of the Muskegon Conservation District, made a conceptual
presentation to the City Commission to build a 6,000 to 8,000 square foot building at Richards
Park to host a variety of events and activities.
Muskegon Conservation District raises most of their funding through grants.
The Commission agreed that it is worth looking into further.
Retirement Prescription Program.
Moved by Commissioner Spataro, seconded by Commissioner Wisneski to approve the
police and fire prescription services for retirees as presented.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
Ayes: Warmington, Wierengo, Wisneski, Carter, Gawron, and Spataro.
Assessor’s Office Move.
Muskegon County has approached the City of Muskegon asking that the city’s assessing office
be moved to the Muskegon County Equalization Department.
Tim Paul, Finance Director, stated that he can not recommend approval of the request at this
time. He indicated that staff has concerns that information will not be available electronically
making it difficult for departments who access the information on a regular basis.
Commissioners indicated they will review the request once Muskegon County is able to have a
computer system up and running so information will be available in electronic format to city
National League of Cities Update.
The National League of Cities Economic Steering Committee has indicated an interest in hosting
its September meeting in Muskegon. A list of host responsibilities has been presented and the
cost is estimated to be $5,000.
City Clerk, Ann Marie Becker, informed the Commission that $3,000 in sponsorships has been
secured. They include:
Muskegon Convention Visitors Bureau $750
City of North Muskegon $250
Michigan Municipal League $1,000
The City of Norton Shores will consider a $250 sponsorship at its May meeting.
All tours for the committee have been donated as well.
Commissioners Spataro, Wierengo, and Gawron volunteered funds from their travel budget.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, seconded by Commissioner Wierengo to sponsor the
National League of Cities Economic Steering Committee’s September visit and contribute
$1,000 toward the cost.
Resolution of Support – Bike Time.
Motion by Commissioner Shepherd, seconded by Commissioner Spataro to approve the
resolution supporting Bike Time 2009 contingent upon approval of the application from
the Leisure Services Board.
Deficit Elimination Plan for Home Rehabilitation Fund and Brownfield Redevelopment
Motion by Commissioner Wisneski, seconded by Vice Mayor Gawron to adopt the Deficit
Elimination Plan for Home Rehabilitation Fund and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
Fund resolution as presented.
Any Other Business.
Motion by Commissioner Carter, seconded by Commissioner Spataro to extend the
deadline for a business plan for the Milwaukee Clipper until August 15, 2009.
Ayes: Warmington, Wierengo, Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, and Spataro.
Motion by Commissioner Carter, seconded by Commissioner Shepherd to adjourn at 7:03
Ann Marie Becker, MMC