City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
March 10, 2014
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Gawron, Johnson, German, Hood, Turnquist, Rinsema-Sybenga, and
LC Walker Arena Utility Costs.
Staff has been in discussions with LC Walker Arena’s Management Company. There is concern
the building has high operating costs outside of those associated with the hockey team. The
management company has made a number of capital investments, but is still in need of some sort
of change in the management fee structure to free up capital to operate the arena and keep up on
The City Manager is requesting the Commission to consider reimbursing the management
company up to $15,000 per month for utility costs beginning in March 2014, and continuing
until we have a satisfactory (but not more than 12 months) to ensure the success of the arena.
The City Manager will draw up an agreement to take to the City Commission for consideration.
SAPPI Smoke Stack(s) Presentation & Discussion.
Representatives of Melching and Trinity Explosives gave an update on the planned implosion of
Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance Amendment.
Staff has updated the proposed ordinance to address the concerns of the Commissioners.
This item has been placed on the March 11, 2014 City Commission meeting for consideration by
Pilot Request (Nelson Place) – Ordinance Amendment, First Reading
Joe Hollander of Hollander Development Corporation (a partner in Nelson Place Limited
Dividend Housing Association Limited Partnership), is seeking new financing for Nelson Place.
There is currently a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) for Nelson Place which was executed on
March 26, 1996. Mr. Hollander intends to refinance the existing high interest loan from
MSHDA with a lower interest rate loan from another lender. However, the existing PILOT
Ordinance for Nelson Place terminates the exemption upon refinancing. Therefore, an
amendment to the current Ordinance is being requested to allow for the continuation of the
PILOT after refinancing. Mr. Hollander intends to continue with the present rent restrictions and
income limits. There will be no significant change to the existing PILOT (length of Contract,
PILOT payment). In addition, Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association will be paid
back for a portion of their initial investment in the property. The Commission is requested to
review and vote on the Ordinance Amendment at the March 10, 2014 Work Session. It is likely
that a second reading will be necessary on March 11, 2014.
Staff Recommendation: If the City Commission agrees that the continuation of the PILOT is
necessary for this property, staff recommends the ordinance amendment be approved and the
Clerk be authorized to sign the necessary documents.
Motion by Commissioner Hood, seconded by Commissioner German to approve the
ordinance amendment as presented and authorize the Clerk to sign the necessary
Ayes: Turnquist, Johnson, Gawron, Hood, and German.
Abstained: Rinsema-Sybenga and Spataro.
A second reading will be required.
Resolution to Place an Emergency Moratorium on the Establishment of Medical
In light of a number of changes in case law since the implementation of our current ordinance
regulating medical marijuana, our recommendation is to implement a 120 day moratorium while
staff works to update our ordinance.
This item has been placed on the March 11, 2014 City Commission Meeting for consideration by
the City Commission.
Motion by Commissioner Hood, seconded by Commissioner Johnson to adjourn at 6:50
Ann Marie Cummings, MMC