CITY OF MUSKEGON
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
NOVEMBER 10, 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 at City Hall,
933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2020,
Commissioner Willie German, Jr., opened the meeting with a 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
Ken Johnson, Dan Rinsema-Sybenga, Willie German, Jr., and Michael Ramsey,
City Manager Frank Peterson, City Attorney John Schrier, and City Clerk Ann
Absent: Commissioner Teresa Emory
PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS: Public comments were received.
2020-82 CONSENT AGENDA:
A. Approval of Minutes City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the minutes of the October 27, 2020 Regular
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the minutes.
C. Update to the Lot Sale Policy Planning
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Staff has prepared an updated lot sale policy that
outlines procedures and incentives to direct the use and sale of vacant, city-
owned residential properties.
Amendments to the draft policy have been made since discussing at the
October Work Session and again after discussion at the November 9, 2020 Work
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the lot sale policy as presented.
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D. Muskegon County Designated Assessor Resolution & Interlocal Agreement
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To authorize the signing of the Resolution and Interlocal
agreement for Muskegon County Designated Assessor.
Public Act 660 of 2018 requires the appointment of a qualified individual to serve
as a Designated Assessor for the County for a five-year term. The appointment
must be made by December 31, 2020. This agreement must be approved by a
minimum of twelve (12) local boards as the next action step in the process of
appointing a Designated Assessor. Once this is complete all twelve boards will
then be asked to approve that the County’s Equalization Director Donna
VanderVries be appointed to serve.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the approval and signing of the
Resolution and Interlocal agreement for Muskegon County Designated Assessor.
E. 1st Quarter Budget Reforecast Finance
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: At this time staff is presenting the 1st Quarter Budget
Reforecast for FY2020-21. Due to COVID-19 there are more 1st quarter changes
than normal. In the General Fund we are now projecting revenues of $31,056,304
and Expense of $30,464,065 for a net surplus of $592,239.
The Finance Director’s 1st Quarter Budget Reforecast Highlights are attached.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the 1st Quarter FY 2020-21 Budget
Reforecast as presented.
F. Community EnCompass Infill Housing Development Agreement and
Funding Economic Development – REMOVED PER STAFF REQUEST
H. CRC Recommendations City Clerk
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To accept the resignations of: CDC – Kim Burr, HDC –
Tim Painter, and ZBA – Steve Warmington.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To concur with the recommendations of the
Community Relations Committee and approve the resignations.
Motion by Commissioner Johnson, second by Vice Mayor Hood, to accept the
consent agenda as presented, except items B and G.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Gawron, Hood, Ramsey, German, Rinsema-Sybenga, and
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2020-83 REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA:
B. Expanded Beach Parking Public Works
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Staff has worked to develop a proposed plan to
expand/improve parking and pedestrian/bike facilities at Pere Marquette Park
with a preliminary concept, schedule and budget presented here for discussion
Public Works Director, Leo Evans, was in attendance and reviewed with the City
Commission the proposed plan regarding expansion and improvements to
beach parking. Discussion took place.
G. Updated 4th Amendment to Lumberjacks Lease Agreement City
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: In August the City Commission approved the 4th
Amendment to the Lumberjacks Lease, which would amend paragraph 14 to
provide rent relief to the team during COVID-19 by reimbursing their facility
improvements earlier than originally planned. After further discussion with the
team’s ownership, they are rescinding this request and asking that we consider
an updated 4th Amendment that would allow for additional investment in the
arena by ownership group. The team proposes that their ownership would fund
the investments now, and be reimbursed by the city over the next several
We are proposing an amendment to one section of the lease to
accommodate anticipated reduced capacity at the arena:
Paragraph 14. The parties agree the amount of advanced funds to be
reimbursed by the City to the Lumberjacks is $260,215.35 $381,215.35, which
shall be paid through five seven annual offsets of $52,343.07 against Base Rent
owed by the Lumberjacks to the City during the First Option Period (i.e. years 3
through 7) under this Agreement. The annual offsets shall be applied to the first
rents coming due to the City during each year of the First Option Period, as
follows: 2020-21 Season: $54,459; 2021-22 Season $54,459; 2022-23 Season;
$54,459; 2023-24 Season; $54,459; 2024-25 Season; $54,459, 2025-26 Season;
$54,459 2026-27 Season; $54,461
Detailed Improvement Summary. Most of these items are either missing from
the arena today or nearing end-of life:
• Cabling for internet and phone service is not up to today’s standard.
Upgrading the wiring and adding free WIFI hotspot areas for visitors will
help year-round with internet access downtown. Estimate total cost:
• The main concession area has a number of necessary pieces of
equipment that are also failing or beyond normal life expectancy –
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specifically the commercial ice maker and the walk-in cooler both need
to be replaced or refurbished. Our food options are significantly limited
without access to a commercial hood. Estimated total cost: $55,000
• Finally, there are approximately $13,000 in upfront expenses to kick off our
efforts to host more hockey tournaments and showcases.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Authorized the proposed 4th Amendment to the
Motion by Commissioner German, second by Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga,
to authorize the proposed 4th Amendment to the Lease Agreement.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Ramsey, German, Rinsema-Sybenga, Johnson, Gawron, and
2020-84 NEW BUSINESS:
A. Sale – 219 Merrill Avenue City Manager
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: City staff is seeking authorization to sell the city-owned
home at 219 Merrill to Denisha Bartee.
The city constructed this house as part of the phase two of our infill housing
program. Our contract to construct the home was $197,464. We also anticipated
$11,844 in sales commissions. The accepted purchase price is $190,000. The City
will also contribute $5,000 toward closing costs. The total amount requiring
brownfield gap financing will be approximately $12,750. The 6.5% gap is larger
than the average 5.4% gap from the first two sales, but still significantly small
than the gap anticipated in the Brownfield Plan, and also significantly smaller
than gap in the initial phase of the in-fill project. (Midtown Square).
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the City Manager to complete the sale
of 219 Merrill Avenue, as described in the purchase agreement.
Motion by Commissioner Rinsema-Sybenga, second by Commissioner Ramsey,
authorize the City Manager to complete the sale of 219 Merrill Avenue, as
described in the purchase agreement.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: German, Rinsema-Sybenga, Johnson, Gawron, Hood, and
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Commissioner Ramsey thanked Mike Franzak for his efforts
on sending notices to affected properties on a rezoning issue.
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PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS: Public Comments were
ADJOURNMENT: The City Commission meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.
Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk
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