CITY OF MUSKEGON
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
JULY 14, 2020 @ 5:30 P.M.
MUSKEGON CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS
933 TERRACE STREET, MUSKEGON, MI 49440
The Regular Commission Meeting of the City of Muskegon was held
electronically with the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Commissioners participating via
Zoom – a remote conferencing service, Clerk staff present at 933 Terrace Street,
Muskegon, MI at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
ROLL CALL FOR THE REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING:
Present: Mayor Stephen J. Gawron, Vice Mayor Eric Hood, Commissioners
Ken Johnson, Dan Rinsema-Sybenga, Willie German, Jr., Teresa Emory, and
Michael Ramsey, City Manager Frank Peterson, City Attorney John Schrier, and
City Clerk Ann Meisch.
2020-41 CONSENT AGENDA:
A. Approval of Minutes City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the minutes of the June 23, 2020 Regular
City Commission Meeting.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the minutes.
C. Human Resources Services Agreement EEO & Employee Relations
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The current contractual agreement with Muskegon
County for Human Resources Services ended as of the June 30, 2020. The City of
Muskegon is proposing to continue services with this new agreement that
proposes a 2% raise annually for the duration of the three-year contract that will
end June 30, 2023.
AMOUNT REQUESTED: 2% increase annually
FUND OR ACCOUNT: Civil Service Budget
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the agreement and authorize the
Mayor and Clerk to sign.
D. Setting Infill Housing Project Brownfield Public Hearing Economic
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SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will be
meeting on July 14 to consider approval of the Brownfield Plan Amendment for
the City of Muskegon’s Infill Housing Project (1st Amendment) and the City
Commission will be requested to schedule a public hearing on that plan for July
City staff has prepared and submitted a brownfield plan to include additional
parcels, primarily located within the Nelson and Jackson Hill Neighborhoods,
that will facilitate the development of infill housing at eligible properties.
Activities include the redevelopment and rehabilitation of subject parcels;
construction of new residential units; demolition of the former Froebel school in
order to redevelop that property with residential units; and public infrastructure
at the former farmers market to add additional residential units. The resolution of
approval by the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and a resolution setting the
July 28, 2020 hearing are attached.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the resolution setting a public hearing
for July 28, 2020 on the city’s Infill Housing Project Brownfield Plan Amendment
(1st Amendment) and notify the appropriate taxing units.
E. Sale of House at 254 W. Southern Avenue Planning
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Request to approve the sale of the City-owned home at
254 W. Southern to Filppin Awesome, LLC for $2,300. This is a vacant home that
the city acquired through the tax sale.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the sale of the City-owned home at
254 W Southern Avenue to Flippin Awesome, LLC for $2,300.
F. LMC Loan Agreement Loan # 41 Public Safety
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Review the Loan Agreement between the Lakeshore
Museum Center and the City of Muskegon for displaying the 1923 LaFrance Fire
Engine and attached equipment.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Accept the terms of Loan #41 between LMC and
the City of Muskegon.
H. Marina & Launch Ramp Parking Ordinance Amendments Public
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Review and approve the amended ordinances
including Sec 58-5 naming the Department of Public Works as the successor to
the Department of Leisure Services. Sec 92-73 parking violations bureau;
minimum parking fines, and 92-74 marina parking restrictions; violation as a
municipal civil infraction and public boat launch permit violation fines.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval of the amended ordinances for Marina
and Launch Ramp Parking.
I. Approval of Sale: City Home at 567 Leonard Avenue Community and
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SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the resolution and instruct the Community
and Neighborhood Services Department to complete the sales transaction with
Cassandra Wallace for the rehabilitated home at 567 Leonard Avenue for a
purchase Price of $85,000.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the resolution and direct the CNS staff
to complete the sale.
J. West Urban Properties Agreement City Manager – REMOVED FOR
K. Purchase Agreement 1188 4th Street City Manager – REMOVED PER STAFF
Motion by Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga second by Commissioner German,
to approve the consent agenda as presented, except items B and G.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Rinsema-Sybenga, Emory, Johnson, Gawron, Hood, Ramsey,
2020-42 REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA:
B. Notice of Intent Resolution – Capital Items including Central Dispatch
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: This resolution authorizes the publication of a Notice of
Intent relating to issuing capital bonds for the purpose of paying all or part of the
costs to acquire, construct, furnish and equip additions and improvements to the
Muskegon Central Dispatch 9-1-1 facility and fire station, Hartshorn Marina
including new docks, clubhouse and pool improvements, acquire police
department body camera equipment, and refinance existing obligations to
finance a new roof and heating and cooling ventilation to Mercy Health Arena.
The Notice of Intent Resolution indicates the City’s intent to issue its limited tax
full faith and credit Capital Improvement Bonds in an amount not to exceed
$11,000,000 to pay all or part of the cost of the above listed projects. It is
anticipated that Central Dispatch will pay the cost of the improvements to their
facility and it is anticipated that the Hartshorn Marina improvements will be paid
from the Brownfield Plan associated with that project. This resolution authorizes
the City Clerk to publish a notice which gives the voters a referendum right on
the issuance of the Bonds. The referendum period is 45 days. The commission will
be asked at a later date to approve the issuance of bonds once the exact costs
and bond details are known.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the Notice of Intent Resolution to
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issue Capital Improvement Bonds in an amount not to exceed $11,000,000.
Motion by Commissioner Johnson second by Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga,
to approve the Notice of Intent Resolution to issue Capital Improvement Bonds in
an amount not to exceed $11,000,000.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Emory, Johnson, Gawron, Hood, Ramsey, German, and
G. Muskegon Central Dispatch Tower Site Lease Agreement Public
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Review and approve the MCD tower site lease
agreement. As detailed in the lease agreement, the tower site lease includes all
communication equipment and buildings necessary for use and maintenance of
the newly constructed communications tower.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval of the tower site lease agreement
between the City of Muskegon and Muskegon Central Dispatch.
Motion by Commissioner Johnson second by Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga,
to approve the tower site lease agreement between the City of Muskegon and
Muskegon Central Dispatch.
Motion by Commissioner Johnson, second by Commissioner Ramsey, to
table the motion for approval of the tower site lease agreement between
the City of Muskegon and Muskegon Central Dispatch until August 11,
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Gawron, Hood, Ramsey, German, Rinsema-Sybenga,
Emory, and Johnson
PUBLIC COMMENT: No public comments were received.
ADJOURNMENT: The City Commission meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.
Ann Marie Meisch – MMC, City Clerk
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