City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
October 13, 2008
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Warmington, Wierengo, Wisneski, Gawron, Shepherd, and Spataro, and
Carter (arrived 5:42 p.m.).
Presentation: Old Landfill. David Farhat
David Farhat made a presentation to develop the old landfill located on the causeway by developing
a nature preserve and creating a regional law enforcement training facility.
He will continue to keep the City Manager informed of any developments.
Presentation: Milwaukee Clipper
Dr. Hilt made a presentation seeking the Commission’s input to move the Milwaukee Clipper be
moved to the old site of the Port City Princess at the Hartshorn Marina.
Wisneski moved, Carter seconded, to approve allowing the Milwaukee Clipper to move to the
Hartshorn Marina site as a temporary location till research can be completed to determine if
it is an appropriate long-term location, and that it has a specific timeline and that the final
agreement comes back to the City Commission for final approval.
Pigeon Key Boat Slip
Mr. Richard P. Stutzman made a presentation regarding a boat slip at Pigeon Key that the City
recently purchased from the County for back taxes. He is asking that the City re-consider and allow
him the boat slip.
Spataro moved, Shepherd seconded, to refer this matter back to staff for a recommendation
at next months worksession meeting.
DSE, Ann Bratsburg
This item will be placed on the next worksession agenda.
AmTrak, John Langdon
Mr. Langdon asked that the City Commission consider passing a resolution to increase current
funding level for the state-supported Pere Marquette passenger train to add a second daily train out
of Chicago to arrive in Grand Rapids before noon.
Spataro moved, Shepherd seconded, to adopt the resolution of support to increase current
funding level for the stat-supported Pere Marquette passenger train to add a second daily
train out of Chicago to arrive in Grand Rapids before noon.
Film & Music Policy – City of Muskegon. Planning & Economic Development
Cathy Brubaker-Clarke, Community & Economic Development Director, presented a proposed
Film & Music Policy.
Timeline – Tax Abatements. Bryon Mazade
The City has been approached by companies asking that the City consider a longer timeline than
what is currently in the City policy.
The City Commission will evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis.
Congress of Cities Registration. Commissioner Shepherd
Commissioner Shepherd requested that the City Commission consider paying the registration fee of
$525 to the Congress of Cities Registration.
Commissioner Wierengo and Carter have volunteered to take the fees from their budgets.
Branding. Vice Mayor Gawron
Vice Mayor Gawron presented the branding concept, Simply Muskegon! To the City Commission.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.
Ann Marie Becker, MMC