City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
February 7, 2011
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, Wierengo, Wisneski, and Carter.
Absent: Mayor Warmington (excused).
City-GVSU Joint Permit-Offshore Buoy Project.
Arn Boezaart, Director GVSU/MAREC, explained that in order to place a research buoy in Lake
Michigan, GVSU/MAREC has requested that the City of Muskegon officially apply for a permit
with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Water Programs. GVSU/MAREC is unable to apply directly since the applicant must be a
riparian owner on the Lake Michigan waterfront. However, all application costs and staff time
needed to submit the permit will be absorbed by GVSU/MAREC. Since the City of Muskegon
and MAREC have formed a successful partnership, it is requested that this request be approved.
Motion by Commissioner Shepherd, second by Commissioner Wierengo to accept the
recommendation from staff to participate with GVSU/MAREC in submitting an
application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the MDEQ Water Programs to allow
for an offshore buoy to conduct wind assessment research on Lake Michigan.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Shepherd, Spataro, Wierengo, Wisneski, Carter, and Gawron
Discussion on Plowing of Alleys.
There are 300 miles of streets in the City. We attempt to accommodate all of our citizen’s. The
alleys are plowed by request and those requests have increased. We do accommodate the
property owners by allowing parking on the terrace during the winter snow months. It was asked
if the 2-6 a.m. parking ban is necessary. In reply it was stated that it gives the plow trucks an
advantage by having no cars on the street and also the cars will not have snow plowed around
them and possible damage done to the vehicles.
Motion by Commissioner Carter, seconded by Commissioner Shepherd to adjourn at 5:58
Ann Marie Becker, MMC