City Commission Minutes 07-23-2019

View the PDF version Google Docs PDF Viewer

     CITY OF MUSKEGON
       CITY COMMISSION MEETING
             JULY 23, 2019 @ 5:30 P.M.
   MUSKEGON CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS
  933 TERRACE STREET, MUSKEGON, MI 49440


                                  MINUTES

The Regular Commission Meeting of the City of Muskegon was held at City Hall,
933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Pastor Tim
Cross, Living Word Church, opened the meeting with prayer, after which the
Commission and public recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
ROLL CALL FOR THE REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING:
Present:   Mayor Stephen J. Gawron, Vice Mayor Eric Hood, Commissioners
Byron Turnquist, Debra Warren, and Willie German, Jr., Acting City Manager
LeighAnn Mikesell, City Attorney John Schrier, and City Clerk Ann Meisch.
Absent:     Commissioners Ken Johnson and Dan Rinsema-Sybenga
2019-58     CONSENT AGENDA:
   A. Approval of Minutes       City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the minutes of the July 8, 2019 Worksession
and July 9, 2019 Regular Meeting.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:       None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:         None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:           Approval of the minutes.
   B. Approval of the Fair Housing Agreement in Partnership with Muskegon
      Heights and Norton Shores      Community & Neighborhood Services
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The Cities of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, and Norton
Shores are entering into an agreement with the Fair Housing Center of West
Michigan, to provide fair housing service activities in the County of Muskegon.
This agreement will provide concentrated tests, surveys, education and support
of investigations within each CDBG grantee city for a period of 3 years,
beginning July 2019 – June 2022, with bi-annual reports.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:       Base on population, the City of Muskegon will pay the

                                         Page 1 of 5
annual cost determined in partnership with Muskegon Heights and Norton
Shores.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:            To approve the Agreement and authorize the
Mayor to sign.
   C. Approval of a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Certificate Planning &
      Economic Development
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: An application for a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone
(NEZ) Certificate has been received from John Spruit for the new construction of
a home at 301 Terrace Point. The applicant has met local and state
requirements for the issuance of the NEZ certificate.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        Taxation will be 50% of the State average for the next
12 years.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:          None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:            Approval of the NEZ certificate.
   D. Transfer of 235, 239, 240, and 250 Monroe; 395 Houston; 219 and 271
      Merrill; and 1261 5th Street from the City of Muskegon to the Brownfield
      Redevelopment Authority           Planning & Economic Development
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Staff is requesting that 235 Monroe, 239 Monroe, 240
Monroe, 250 Monroe, 395 Houston, 219 Merrill, 271 Merrill and 1261 5th Street be
transferred from the City of Muskegon to the Brownfield Redevelopment
Authority, a Municipal Authority of the City of Muskegon.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:          None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:            Approval of the transfer and for the Mayor and
Clerk to sign the deed.
   E. Prein & Newhof – SRF & DWRF Engineering Services Agreement
      Amendment #1      Department of Public Works
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Authorize the DPW Director to sign an amendment to
the engineering services agreement with Prein & Newhof. The amendment
covers an increase in engineering services primarily related to adding water
main work into several of the State Revolving Fund (SRF) sewer projects.
Costs for this work will be covered under the sale of bonds through the Drinking
Water Revolving Fund and State Revolving Fund program, and included within
the principal forgiveness offered by the MDEQ on these projects.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        $199,400.00
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:          None. This project was included in the 19-20
budget.

                                          Page 2 of 5
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:      Authorize the DPW Director to sign an
amendment to the engineering services agreement with Prien & Newhof.
   F. Musketawa Trail Connector – Contract Amendment          Department of
      Public Works
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Authorize the DPW Director to sign an amendment to
the engineering services agreement with Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (HRC) to
allow them to complete design engineering services on the project to MDOT
standards in preparation for construction in 2021.
HRC began work on this project in 2015, however work was suspended due to a
lack of funding to complete construction. MDOT has recently provided
conditional commitment for $400,000 to support the project and MDNR is also
anticipated to contribute funding for the project. HRC is the best situated team
to complete the design of the project based on their prior work.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        $42,360.00
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:         None. This project was included in the 19-20
budget. It is expected that the financial impact will be spread over 19-20 and
20-21 fiscal years.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:      Authorize the DPW Director to sign an
amendment to the engineering services agreement with Hubbell, Roth, & Clark,
Inc.
   H. Gaming License Request from Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce
      City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce is
requesting a resolution recognizing them as a non-profit organization operating
in the City for the purpose of obtaining a Gaming License.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:          None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:            Approval
Motion by Commissioner Warren, second by Commissioner German, to approve
the consent agenda as presented, except item G.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Turnquist, Gawron, Hood, Warren, and German
            Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
2019-59   REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA:
   A. Beach Street       Department of Public Works
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the Cost Sharing

                                            Page 3 of 5
Agreement with Muskegon County for the water main and road reconstruction
project on Beach Street.
Authorize the DPW Director to sign the Professional Services Agreement with
Johnson and Anderson for the Engineering work on the Beach Street Project.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        $800,000 ($685,000 Construction + $115,000
Engineering) Split approximately 50/50 between the Major Street and Water
Funds.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:        Non. This project was included in the 19-20
budget. The dollar amounts will be adjusted in a future reforecast to reflect the
construct cost estimates.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:           Authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the cost
sharing agreement with Muskegon County and authorize the DPW Director to
sign the Professional Services Agreement with Johnson and Anderson.
Motion by Commissioner Turnquist, second by Vice Mayor Hood, to authorize the
Mayor and Clerk to sign the cost sharing agreement with Muskegon County and
authorize the DPW Director to sign the Professional Services Agreement with
Johnson and Anderson.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Gawron, Hood, Warren, German, and Turnquist
            Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
2019-60     NEW BUSINESS:
   A. Sale of the Property at 159 Amity, 158 Allen, 923 Jay, 201 Jay, and 974
      Spring       Planning & Economic Development
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Staff is seeking approval to sell the five vacant parcels
at 159 Amity, 158 Allen, 923 Jay, 201 Jay, and 974 Spring to Grace Community,
LLC, a Michigan Limited Liability Company. Grace Community, LLC, will be
combining these with the adjacent properties that they are purchasing for the
development of retail and office space.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        Staff recommends a sale price of $11,288.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:        None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:        Approval of the sale and for the Mayor and Clerk
to sign the purchase agreement, resolution, and deed.
Motion by Commissioner German, second by Vice Mayor Hood, to approve the
sale and for the Mayor and Clerk to sign the purchase agreement, resolution,
and deed.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Gawron, Hood, Warren, German, and Turnquist
            Nays: None

                                         Page 4 of 5
MOTION PASSES
   B. Resolution Authorizing Ballot Language for Charter Amendment Regarding
      Civil Service      City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To adopt the resolution to place a question on the
November 5, 2019 ballot to amend the Civil Service procedure for filling positions
of employment to eliminate the “Rule of 3” for adoption by the voters of the City
of Muskegon.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:        None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:          None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:            Approval of the resolution.
Motion by Commissioner Warren, second by Vice Mayor Hood, to approve the
resolution authorizing ballot language for a charter amendment regarding civil
service.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Hood, Warren, German, Turnquist, and Gawron
            Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Public comments were received.
ADJOURNMENT: The City Commission meeting adjourned at 6:12 p.m.


                                              Respectfully Submitted,




                                              Ann Marie Meisch – MMC, City Clerk




                                          Page 5 of 5

Top of Page