City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
May 12, 2008
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Warmington, Carter (arrived 5:38 p.m.), Wisneski, Gawron, Shepherd,
Absent: Commissioner Wierengo.
House Move for 372 W. Muskegon. (City Manager)
Kevin Eden, 372 W. Muskegon, received a bill for $6,600 above the estimate he originally
received from the City’s Forestry Department to move his home from Peck Street to 372 W.
Muskegon. He is asking for some relief from the City.
Costs are much higher than originally estimated because of a last minute route change by the
homeowner. Verizon and Consumers Energy estimates were approximately four times larger
than their original estimate because of the route change.
The bill received from the City is $17,114.76. So far he has paid a $1,000 deposit plus permits.
The balance is $10,250.76. The tax bill is estimated to be approximately $1600.
Mr. Eden is asking for relief of the $10,250.76.
Discussion ensued by City Commissioners.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Commissioner Wisneski, to accept the money
that has been paid and waive $10,250.76 of the house moving bill of Kevin Eden, 372 W.
Ayes: Wisneski, Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, and Warmington.
Third Street Roundabout/Sculpture. (Engineering)
Arnold Boezart, Community Foundation, gave an update on the technical aspects and installation
of the sculpture to be placed at the roundabout in downtown Muskegon. A dedication will take
place on June 13, 2008.
Harry Wierenga of Fleis & Vandenbrink explained how the sculpture will be installed. It will be
approximately 36 feet tall and the base will be maintenance free.
The Muskegon Community Foundation will pay for any maintenance or upkeep of the statue.
Training of Volunteer Alcohol Servers. (Public Safety)
Chief Kleibecker delivered information regarding required alcohol training. One or two officers
are providing the training currently for free. Staff will work with groups and inspections will be
given to make sure that a trained volunteer is present at the event.
Impact of Special Events on the Police Department. (Public Safety)
Chief Kleibecker presented a spreadsheet listing the total manpower hours required for special
events. Special events currently require over 2000 hours of over-time from the police
department. These hours are reimbursed by individual groups, but the police force is spread thin
through the summer months. This issue may need to be visited by the City Commission and staff
in the future.
Docking for Milwaukee Clipper. (City Manager)
The Milwaukee Clipper committee has ended their discussion with Mart Dock and is pursuing
Resolution to Regulate Taxi Services.
The Muskegon County Treasurer forwarded a resolution asking that the City Commission
consider adopting the Resolution to Regulate Taxi Services.
Motion by Commissioner Carter, seconded by Commissioner Shepherd to adopt the
resolution asking Muskegon County to regulate taxi services throughout Muskegon
Ayes: Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, Warmington, and Wisneski.
Any Other Business
John Vanderstelt of Vans Car Wash, 1230 W. Sherman, presented a proposal to place a campsite
at the ovals at Pere Marquette.
Commissioners stated they are not interested in placing a campsite at the ovals at Pere Marquette
at this time.
Michael Miesch, 3393 Fulton, thanked the City Commission for its decision.
Barbara Udell, 3325 Lakeshore, also thanked the City Commission.
Motion by Commissioner Carter, seconded by Commissioner Shepherd to adjourn at 7:07
Ann Marie Becker, MMC