City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
June 11, 2007
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners Warmington, Davis, Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, Wierengo,
Vehicles for Hire Ordinance – City Clerk
The commission indicated taxicab companies need to provide proof of a background
checks for all drivers.
Port City Taxicab stated they have approached the County and will work on a county-
wide licensing requirement.
The City will continue to license drivers and issue a business license to taxicab
companies for one year. The issue will be revisited in one year.
Consumer Site – Chris Witham, City of North Muskegon Mayor
Chris Witham, Mayor of North Muskegon, asked the Commission to consider developing
a soccer field on the consumer site located on the causeway.
The Commission authorized Bryon Mazade to conduct meetings with the City Manager
of North Muskegon to consider the issue.
Smoke Free Beach
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, seconded by Commissioner Shepherd, to
designate the area between the bath house, breakwater, and sidewalk at Pere
Marquette as a non-smoking area and designate the remainder of the beach as a
smoking area; and to authorize the rental of a machine to clean the beach.
Ayes: Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, Wierengo, Carter, and Davis
Sewer Rate Adjustment - Finance
Tim Paul, Finance Director, explained that the sewer fund has an unexpected surge in
usage in the last two year. A 15% rate increase is recommended to stabilize the sewer
fund. The Commission will consider the request at its commission meeting.
Central Fire Station Sale – City Manager
There is a prospective buyer for the fire station. The buyer has asked for an additional 90
days to calculate construction costs. An additional 90 days will be granted but
prospective proposals will be considered during the timeframe.
Animal Control Ordinance – Commissioner Spataro
Karen Palmer, 914 Emerson, is requesting that the current Animal Control Ordinance be
amended to take exception to service animals and animal trainers.
The City Attorney will review the request and make a recommendation to the City
Mohammad Al-Shatel, City Engineer, recommended that phase one of the Musketawa
Trail be completed first. The commission agreed.
Engineering Services Agreement with Fleis & Vandenbrink for Sherman and Henry
Intersection and Sidewalk - Engineering
The Commission authorized an agreement with Fleis & Vandenbrink.
Site Assessment Grant Administration Contract - Planning
The Planning Department is requesting approval of a contract with Couture
Environmental Strategies LLC for continued administration of the Brownfield Grant in
an amount not to exceed $27,000.
The Commission will consider the request at its commission meeting.
Blue Lake Township Request – City Manager
Commissioners Warmington, Gawron, Spataro, Wierengo, Carter, and Davis authorized
$100 from each of their travel budgets for a total of $600 to go toward Blue Lake
Township legal fees, which is defending its zoning rights, and authorized a resolution of
support to the township.
City Maps – City Clerk
The Commission approved Map Group, Inc. to print 10,000 City maps at no cost to the
City and authorized the Mayor to sign a letter of support which will be mailed to local
PUD Enforcement Status – Commissioner Davis
There are no updates at this time.
Renaissance Place Update – Commissioner Davis
There are no updates at this time.
Closed Session – City Manager’s Evaluation
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, seconded by Vice Mayor Gawron, to go into
closed session to discuss the City Manager’s evaluation.
Ayes: Warmington, Wierengo, Davis, Gawron, Shepherd, and Spataro.
Motion by Commissioner Davis, seconded by Commissioner Wierengo, to go into
Motion by Commissioner Shepherd, seconded by Commissioner Spataro to adjourn
at 8:30 p.m.
Ann Marie Becker, MMC