City Commission Worksession Minutes 08-12-2019

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                               CITY OF MUSKEGON
                         CITY COMMISSION WORKSESSION

                                Monday, August 12, 2019
                                       5:30 p.m.
                               City Commission Chambers


Present:      Mayor Gawron, Vice-Mayor Hood (arrived 5:36), Commissioners
              Turnquist, Johnson, and German

Absent:       Commissioners Rinsema-Sybenga and Warren

Disability Network of West Michigan – Brad Hastings, Presentation
Brad Hastings, Disability Network of West Michigan, presented information to the City
Commission regarding a proposed cooperation agreement. DNWM will help the City
and its customers to meet the minimum requirements of the Construction Coded and
the ADA and continue to education and influence toward implementing new best
practices that incorporate Universal Design concepts. This will be accomplished by
providing training and technical assistance to City staff and its customers. This work is
aimed at increasing the inclusiveness and accessibility of our built environment and
realizing the ultimate vision of access for all, regardless of ability.

Lease of Yuba Street Property to the Community Foundation for Muskegon
Lease a portion of the old farmer’s market property to the Community Foundation for
Muskegon County for up to 5 years with an option to purchase. The lease includes
approximately 7 of the total 15.3 acre site and the majority of the buildable land. The
property will be used to develop a food processing incubator and business development
center targeted at stage one or two entrepreneurial companies or existing mature
companies looking for an offsite location for test manufacturing of new products.

This item will appear on the City Commission’s Regular meeting agenda for Tuesday,
August 13, 2019.

Public Meeting Training
Approve funding for training on managing civil, productive public meetings. Beth Buelow
and a co-facilitator will lead a four session training target department and division heads
as well as the mayor and commissioners with the objective of preparing us to present
information and manage interactions in a proactive, positive, and productive manner.
Additional workshops will be offered to neighborhood associations with the objective to
provide them tools to communicate and collaborate with city leaders. Training is
expected to be scheduled fall of 2019.
This item will appear on the City Commission’s Regular meeting agenda for Tuesday,
August 13, 2019.
Lakeside Business Improvement District
Discussion of a resolution to be adopted establishing a Business Improvement District
for the Lakeside Commercial District along Lakeshore Drive from 1595 Lakeshore
(Wasserman’s Flowers) to 2801 Lakeshore (Muskegon County Club). The boundaries
are outlined in the map as the district are those commercial properties with frontage on
Lakeshore Drive. It is also requested that the commission establish an initial Lakeside
BID board with the following recommended individuals as offered by the Lakeside
District Association:

      Troy Wasserman – Wasserman’s Flowers, 1595 Lakeshore
      Richard Ghezzi – Ghezzi’s Market, 2017 Lakeshore
      Mark Flermoen – VF Ventures, 1845 Lakeshore
      Michael Kordecki – Marine Tap Room, 1983 Lakeshore
      Ann Funk – Auto Body Clinic, 2054 Lakeshore
      Blake Evans – Water’s Edge Fitness, 2465 Lakeshore
      City Manager (by statute) – City of Muskegon

This item will appear on the City Commission’s Regular meeting agenda for Tuesday,
August 13, 2019.

Opportunity Zone Incentive Program
The City of Muskegon is fortunate to have its entire downtown corridor within an
Opportunity Zone. The Economic Development Department is recommending additional
localized, Commission reviewed incentives in order to encourage large scale investment
in this competitive market.

This item will appear on the City Commission’s Regular meeting agenda for Tuesday,
August 13, 2019.

Recreational Marihuana
Discussion took place regarding license types, excise tax fund, fees, the district,
temporary events, proposed essentially 3 areas within the current MMFLA district for
recreational licensees.

Suburban Nation Review – Chapter 3
Discussion of Chapter 3 of the Suburban Nation focusing on housing.

Adjournment – The Worksession Meeting adjourned at 9:48 p.m.

                                         Respectfully Submitted,

                                         Ann Marie Meisch, City Clerk

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