CITY OF MUSKEGON
CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION
Thursday, June 10, 2019
City Commission Chambers
Present: Mayor Gawron, Commissioners Turnquist, Warren, Hood, Johnson, German, and
Mid-Town Square Phase Two
Staff is proposing to use our $3,000,000 loan to develop Midtown Square II along with up to
eight other new homes in close proximity. Dave Dussendang’s proposal for Midtown Square II
anticipated construction cost to be around $155,000 per unit, however, with construction costs
rising, we can probably assume they could be closer to $165,000 per unit. This would allow for
the construction of 10 rowhouses at the Midtown Square II location and up to eight other homes
located within the boundaries of our Nelson Neighborhood Infill Development Brownfield. A
detailed map depicting staff’s recommended lots to start with along with the number of units that
could go on each lot.
A timeline for the possible sale of Froebel School was presented to City Commission. The
timeline was submitted by Melching. Mike Franzak, Planning Director, indicated Melching is
interested in preserving the building for possible housing.
Mike Oliver gave an overview of his vision for the building indicating he has a passion for
Update Parks and Streets Plan
A plan was submitted for a requested millage for local street improvements and parks. The
overall expense summary is $26,226.986 with a breakdown of a proposed millage rate of 10
years at 5.21%, 15 years at 3.73, and 20 years with a 2.99% millage rate.
Mike Franzak, Planning Director, gave an overview of the options that Commission has.
Municipalities will not be receiving a sales tax percentage for medical marihuana. Percentages
will only be given to municipalities offering recreational marihuana.
Take no action and the municipality is automatically in. The State will issue a license to anyone
as long as they are not within 1000 feet of schools or in a residential district.
The City may choose to opt-out.
The City may choose to opt in and regulate what areas it is allowed in.
Commissioners do need to make a decision before the end of the year.
Greg Maki, 420 Causeway, owner of dispensary at 1922 Park Street, is hoping the City will opt
into recreational marihuana.
Aaron Smith, 410 Causeway, need to look at parking and traffic patterns when looking at
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Michigan Department of Civil Rights
A proposal was received from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion training solutions for Commissioners and employees. The cost of the program is
Civil Service is proposing putting a question on the ballot to eliminate the rule of three. Currently
the rule of three allows only the top three candidates to be interviewed for a position. By
eliminating the rule of three, all qualified candidates may be interviewed and considered for a
880 First Street- Ameribank Building Update
Staff is seeking approval to publicize a request for proposals for redevelopment of 880 First
Street because the previous developer has withdrawn his purchase option agreement.
The Mayor is exploring different options and has reached out to other municipalities to gather
more information. He indicated he wants to place this on a Legislative Policy meeting in July.
Adjourn at 9:13 pm.
Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk