CITY OF MUSKEGON
CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION
Monday, March 12, 2018
City Commission Chambers
Present: Gawron, German, Rinsema-Sybenga, Johnson, Warren, Hood, and Turnquist
Purchase Agreement – 241 and 255 West Western, 1251 8th Street
City staff has been working with a housing developer that is interested in creating
multifamily housing in Muskegon. After careful consideration, the developer has
identified three parcels: 241 West Western, 255 West Western, and 1251 8th Street.
This item is on the agenda for the regular meeting tomorrow, March 13, 2018.
880 First Selective Demolition, Abatement, and Site Prep
City staff is seeking permission to begin selective demolition of the five story office
building located at 880 First Street. Three bids were received, with the lowest
responsible bidder being Melching, Inc. Staff is seeking approval to reimburse Port City
Construction up to $350,000 to undertake the selective demolition, abatement, and site
preparation. This item is on the agenda for the regular meeting tomorrow, March 13,
Service Firearm Program
The Director of Public Safety requests that the Commission authorize the amount of
$49,962.10; for the purchase of department issued primary hand guns for all Muskegon
sworn police officers. This firearms platform proposed (GLOCK 17 Gen 5 pistol), will
replace our current system where officers purchase and attempt to maintain a primary
duty weapon at their expense, which has been less than successful. Muskegon Police
Officers currently carry a Sig-Sauer semi-auto pistol with multiple ammunition options
(POLC contract). This firearm is expensive to purchase, and the use of three (3)
options of ammunition is costly for the department and can present logistical issues in
the field. Allowing different caliber(s) in primary service weapons is not recommended
and ammunition is not interchangeable in the handguns, again causing logistical issues.
Our proposed platform increases officer safety, efficiency with the move to a one (1)
caliber system (9mm) department wide for the proposed primary duty weapon. The
department will own, maintain, issue, and check-in firearms and support equipment as
officers pass through our department from hire to retirement. This item is on the agenda
for the regular meeting tomorrow, March 13, 2018.
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Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act – Opt in or Out
Staff is requesting that the City Commission make a determination whether to opt in or
out of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). We have
included an excerpt from the February 15 Planning Commission meeting, the proposed
zoning ordinance amendment with the overlay districts, and the proposed regulatory
ordinance. The Planning Commission voted in favor (4-2) of recommending to the City
Commission to approve the zoning ordinance amendment for the MMFLA overlay
district at their February 15 meeting.
Discussion took place regarding whether the city should or should not opt in and about
adding some incentives for local residents. There was also discussion as to the size of
the area and license classes to be allowed. This matter will be placed on the
Worksession Agenda for April 9, 2018
Any Other Business
Per the City Manager, Frank Peterson, two items need to be added to the agenda for
the regular meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The items are Administrative
Vehicle Replacement and 1000 W. Western and Hartshorn Marina.
Public Comments were received.
The Worksession meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.
Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk
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