CITY OF MUSKEGON
CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION
January 7, 2013
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Gawron, Spataro, Hood, German, Wierengo, Turnquist, and Markowski
Liability Claim: 1491 Lexington – Estate of Ruth Achterhoff.
On December 8, 2011, a sewage backup was discovered at 1491 Lexington. The home was
vacant at the time so the backup had occurred over a several day period causing 8 to 10 inches of
sewage in the basemen. A blockage in the City main was determined to cause the backup. The
home is owned by the Ruth Achterhoff Estate and the trustees of the estate have filed a liability
claim against the City of Muskegon for damages and costs associated with the City main
blockage. The trustees and MMRMA have agreed on a settlement of this claim for $26,250.
The basement was a finished basement and required $22,250 to repair, the balance of the claim is
for contents. The dollar amount of this claim requires City Commission approval.
Motion by Vice Mayor Spataro, second by Commissioner German to approve the proposed
recommended settlement regarding the sewer claim.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Spataro, German, Wierengo, Turnquist, Markowski, Gawron, Hood
Mayor Gawron welcomed Congressman Huizenga who thanked the Commission for inviting
him to speak. He explained his office schedule and expenses and then answered questions on
regional transit and the importance of the Great Lakes.
City Commission Goal Setting Date.
City Manager Bryon Mazade asked if Friday, February 8th would work for the annual Goal
Setting meeting. Information will be sent out.
Any Other Business.
Discussion was held on vacating of alleys, addressing system, standards for plowing streets, use
of tasers, false alarms, and parking on terrace.
Motion by Commissioner Wierengo, second by Commissioner Hood to adjourn at 6:28p.m.
Ann Marie Cummings, MMC