CITY COMMISSION GOAL SETTING SESSION
FEBRUARY 19, 2010
Present: Mayor Warmington, Vice Mayor Gawron, Commissioners Carter, Shepherd, Spataro,
Wierengo, and Wisneski.
Staff Present: Mazade, Al-Shatel, Grant, Kleibecker, Maurer, Kincaid, Kuhn, Brubaker-Clarke,
Griffin, Paul, Lewis, Smith, Thompson, Scholle, and Becker.
Others: Dave Alexander, Muskegon Chronicle
Opening remarks were given by Mayor Warmington.
Bob Kuhn facilitated the session. Meeting began at 9:00 a.m.
The Mission, Vision and Value Statements were reviewed.
The 2010 Goal Setting meeting centered around proposed financial and program cuts to the 2010
and 2011 fiscal years.
Commissioners offered suggestions of services that could be further evaluated for possible
elimination or reduction of services. The following categories and suggestions were made:
Get out of the business
Youth services (eliminate completely, partially, or partnership with another organization(s))
Senior citizen transit
Is this duplicated
LC Walker Arena
Job descriptions (regionally or internally)
Level of service reduction
Extend vehicle rentals
Wages and benefits
Cost sharing of benefits
Healthcare costs target 15% for employee responsibility
Physical consolidation of City Hall
Prevailing wage rates
Discussion also took place on a possible millage increase. Tim Paul indicated that a two mill
increase is the equivalent of $1.5 million in revenue.
Commissioners agreed that cuts to the budget need to be made before a millage increase can be
City Staff left the meeting/session at 12:30 p.m.
City Manager and Commission continued discussions immediately following.
Ann Marie Becker, MMC