City Commission Packet 10-27-2009

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  CITY OF MUSKEGON
   CITY COMMISSION MEETING
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                     OCTOBER 27, 2009
 CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS @ 5:30 P.M.
                              AGENDA
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CALL TO ORDER:
PRAYER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
ROLL CALL:
HONORS AND AWARDS:
  A. 2009 Employee Service Awards. CIVIL SERVICE
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INTRODUCTIONS/PRESENTATION:
CONSENT AGENDA:
  A. Approval of Minutes. CITY CLERK
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  B. Donation Program for 2009 Individual Income Tax Returns.
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     TAX
  C. Request to Amend Encroachment Agreement #2007-23(k) – E. Western
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     and Marquette. ENGINEERING
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  D. Rezoning Request for Properties Located at 400 & 410 W. Laketon
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     Avenue. PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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  E. Vacation of the Southerly 159.5 feet of the Alley Bounded by W. Forest
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     Avenue, Sixth Street, W. Southern Avenue and Fifth Street. PLANNING &
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     ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  F. Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance – Adding Wind Turbine Facilities
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     as Special Uses in Business and Industrial Zones.  PLANNING &
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     ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  G. Revocation of a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Certificate for 1709
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     Pine. PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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PUBLIC HEARINGS:
  A. Completion of Neighborhood of Choice and Blight Elimination in
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     Downtown Muskegon CDBG Grants. FINANCE
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COMMUNICATIONS:
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT:
   UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
   NEW BUSINESS:
       A. Revocation of Eight Industrial Facility Tax Exemption Certificates for
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          Sappi Fine Paper. PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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       B. Revocation of Industrial Facility Tax Exemption Certificate for RC
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          Productions. PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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   ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
   PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:
   Reminder: Individuals who would like to address the City Commission shall do the following:
   Fill out a request to speak form attached to the agenda or located in the back of the room.
    Submit the form to the City Clerk.
   Be recognized by the Chair.
   Step forward to the microphone.
   State name and address.
   Limit of 3 minutes to address the Commission.
   (Speaker representing a group may be allowed 10 minutes if previously registered with City Clerk.)

   CLOSED SESSION:
   ADJOURNMENT:
ADA POLICY: The City of Muskegon will provide necessary auxiliary aids and services to individuals who
want to attend the meeting upon twenty four hour notice to the City of Muskegon. Please contact Ann
Marie Becker, City Clerk, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440 or by calling (231) 724-6705 or TDD:
(231) 724-4172.
Date:     October 27, 2009
To:       Honorable Mayor and City Commissioners
From:     Ann Marie Becker, City Clerk
RE:       Approval of Minutes




SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve minutes for the October 12th
Commission Worksession, and the October 13th Regular Commission
Meeting.


FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.


BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.


STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval of the minutes.
                                       City of Muskegon
                                 City Commission Worksession
                                       October 12, 2009
                                  City Commission Chambers
                                            5:30 PM

                                          MINUTES

2009-82
Present: Commissioners Warmington, Shepherd, Gawron, and Spataro.
Absent: Commissioners Carter, Wierengo, and Wisneski.

Appraisal Services.
In an effort to avoid a lengthy and costly property tax appeal, the new owner/developer of the
Shoreline Inn properties has approached the City with the concept of mutually selecting an
independent appraiser to set the value for the property. The property owner and city would share
appraisal costs and agree to the independently determined value. Staff believes this is a cost-
effective approach and will save attorney fees, interest charges and other costs associated with a
lengthy appeal. Moreover, if a traditional appeal were pursued, the city would still have to hire
an appraiser due to the complexity of the properties.

Staff recommends approval not to exceed $12,500.

This item has been placed on the October 13, 2009 Commission meeting for consideration.

Sewer Rate Adjustment.
City staff is recommending a 25% retail rate increase to be effective January 1, 2010. The
request is based on the recent announcement that Sappi Paper has announced it is permanently
closing the Muskegon mill operation and the state has announced closing of the Muskegon
Correction facility. Muskegon County has announced it will raise wholesale sewer rates to
municipal customers by an initial 15%.

This item has been placed on the October 13, 2009 Commission meeting for consideration.

Charter Amendments.
The following proposed charter amendments have been placed on the November 3, 2009 ballot
for consideration by the electors.

   1.      Charter amendment providing for changing the dates for submission of the budget
           and adoption of budget by City Commission shall be established by ordinance.
   2.      Charter amendment allowing City Commission to change fiscal year by ordinance.
   3.      Charter amendment to eliminate the Charter-provided date by which the annual
           appropriation resolution needs to be adopted.
   4.      Charter amendment to provide that the composition, sessions and regulations of
           Board of Review would be as provided by law.
   5.      Charter amendment to eliminate primaries for Mayor and City Commission.
   6.      Charter amendment to repeal the provisions dealing with Civil Service.

A link has been placed on the City website explaining each proposed amendment and a brochure
has been created for distribution.

Personnel Code.
The City Manager distributed a potential personnel code if Civil Service is eliminated. A link
will be placed on the City website.

Walgreens Liquor License.
Mayor Warmington will attend the appeal process for the Walgreens liquor license in Lansing on
November 3, 2009.

Temporary Liquor Licenses.
Tony Kleibecker, Public Safety Director, and Cathy Brubaker-Clarke, Planning and Economic
Development Director, stated the amount of temporary liquor licenses has increased dramatically
this year. The demand on staff time has made it difficult for staffing. Several suggestions were
made to help the situation including raising the fee for temporary liquor licenses.

Staff will put a list of proposed changes to present at a future meeting.

Smith Ryerson Park Improvements.
This is a request to authorize staff to negotiate with the lowest based bid, Lakewood
Construction, of Holland, Michigan on the Smith Ryerson Park Improvements project.

This item has been placed on the October 13, 2009 Commission meeting for consideration.

Many Commissioners stated they thought it better to re-bid the project based on inconsistencies
within the bid and the total amount of all bids was higher than the budgeted amount.

Equalization Office Move.
General consent was given by the City Commission to allow Equalization to move to the
Muskegon County building.

Mona Lake Watershed Presentation.
The Mona Lake Watershed Council is seeking permission to use part of the City’s property for
low impact storm water management to keep storm water from blasting downstream through the
Peerless Plating site.

Motion by Commissioner Spataro, seconded by Vice Mayor Gawron to authorize a letter of
support and refer future agreements to staff.

                                                                            ROLL CALL VOTE:

Ayes: Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, and Warmington.
Nays: None.

                                                                MOTION PASSES

Any Other Business.
Audience members were invited to participate.

Adjournment
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, seconded by Commissioner Shepherd to adjourn at 7:00
p.m.

                                                                MOTION PASSES



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                                                    Ann Marie Becker, MMC
                                                         City Clerk
     CITY OF MUSKEGON
       CITY COMMISSION MEETING
                     OCTOBER 13, 2009
    CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS @ 5:30 P.M.
                                 MINUTES
   The Regular Commission Meeting of the City of Muskegon was held at City
Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 13,
2009.
   Mayor Warmington opened the meeting with a prayer from Pastor Jonathan
Phillips, Jr. from the Love Fellowship Baptist Church after which the Commission
and public recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
ROLL CALL FOR THE REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING:
   Present: Mayor Stephen Warmington, Vice Mayor Stephen Gawron,
Commissioners Lawrence Spataro, Sue Wierengo, Chris Carter, and Clara
Shepherd, City Manager Bryon Mazade, City Attorney John Schrier, and City
Clerk Ann Marie Becker.
   Absent: Commissioner Steve Wisneski (excused).
2009-83 CONSENT AGENDA:
      A. Approval of Minutes. CITY CLERK
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the minutes of the Regular Commission
Meeting that was held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval of the minutes.
      B. SECOND READING: Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance – Wind
         Turbines. PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Request to amend Section 2311, #10 (Accessory
Structures and Buildings) of Article XXIII (General Provisions) to include “Wind
Turbines” as permitted accessory structures.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends amendment of the Zoning
Ordinance to include “Wind Turbines” as permitted accessory structures.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: The Planning Commission recommended
approval of the request at their September 10th meeting. The vote was
unanimous.
      C. SECOND READING: Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance – Wind
         Turbine Facilities. PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Request to amend Section 2310 of Article XXIII (General
Provisions) to add “Wind Turbine Facilities (WTF)”.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends amendment of the Zoning
Ordinance to include “Wind Turbine Facilities (WTF)”.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: The Planning Commission recommended
approval of the request at their September 10th meeting. The vote was
unanimous.
      D. SECOND READING: Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance – Definitions.
         PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Request to amend Article II (Definitions) to add
definitions for “Wind Turbine” and “Wind Turbine Facilities”.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends amendment of the Zoning
Ordinance to include definitions for “Wind Turbine” and Wind Turbine Facilities”.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: The Planning Commission recommended
approval of the request at their September 10th meeting. The vote was
unanimous.
      E. Liquor License Request for PCJ Enterprises, LLC, 435 & 441 W. Western.
         CITY CLERK
SUMMARY OF REQUEST:         The Liquor Control Commission is seeking local
recommendation on a request from PCJ Enterprises, LLC, to transfer ownership
of the 2008 Class C-SDM Licensed Business with Dance-Entertainment Permit
located in escrow at 435 & 441 W. Western Avenue from D&L of Michigan, LLC.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: All departments are recommending approval.
      F. Marshall Street Elevated Storage Tank Control Panel Relocation and
         Electrical Service Upgrade. WATER FILTRATION
SUMMARY OF REQUEST:             To relocate the remote site control and
communications equipment in a larger above-ground panel and upgrade the
electrical power circuit breaker panel.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: The total project cost is $12,805.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: The project is budgeted for this year.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Authorize staff to enter into an agreement with
Windemuller Electric for the relocation of the control panel and upgrade of the
electrical service at the Marshall Street elevated water storage tank.
      G. Request to       Amend     Encroachment       Agreement     #2000-112(j).
         ENGINEERING
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: AMEC/CSXT is requesting your permission to amend
agreement #2000-112(j) to install five additional monitoring wells in the public R-
O-W of E. Western and Marquette bringing the total to ten wells at that location.
The request was made through the encroachment agreement form.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the encroachment agreement subject
to the supplemental conditions.
      H. Amendment to the Commercial Rehabilitation Certificate Resolution for
         971 Washington. PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Pursuant to Public Act 210 of 2005, as amended, the
business at 971 Washington Avenue was approved for a commercial
rehabilitation certificate on July 28, 2009. The State Tax Commission has
requested additional language be put in the resolution.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval of the revised resolution.
      I. Sale of Buildable Vacant Lot at 323 Catawba.               PLANNING &
         ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the sale of a vacant buildable lot at 323
Catawba to Michael Harman of 315 Catawba, Muskegon, MI. The lot is 66 x 132
ft. and is being offered to Michael Harman for $1,000 plus the fee to register the
deed. Michael Harman will be combining this property with his existing property,
which would be considered unbuildable should his home be destroyed over
75%. His property is 52 x 66 ft. The True Cash Value for the property listed in the
Assessor’s office is $4,000, and our price is set at $2,200 which is 55% of that
amount. The City has owned the property since 2003 and there have been no
inquiries for potential construction. The Land Reutilization Committee is
recommending approval of the sale at a lesser price due to the size of Michael
Harman’s current property.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: The sale of this lot will generate additional tax revenue for
the City and will place the property back on the City’s tax rolls thus relieving the
City of continued maintenance costs.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the resolution and to authorize both the
Mayor and the Clerk to sign said resolution and deed.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:              The Land Reutilization Committee
recommends approval of the sale with the condition that the property be
combined with the owner’s original parcel.
      J. Sale of Buildable Vacant Lot at 1130 1st.        PLANNING & ECONOMIC
         DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the sale of a vacant buildable lot at 1130 1st
Street to Charles Wolters, 8745 146th Avenue, West Olive, MI (owner of 1124 1st
Street). The lot is 92 x 66 ft. and is being offered to Charles Wolters for $1,000 plus
the fee to register the deed. Charles Wolters will be combining this property with
his existing property, which would be considered unbuildable should his home
be destroyed over 75%. His property is 46 x 66 ft. The True Cash Value for the
property listed in the Assessor’s office is $10,000, and our price is set at $2,500
which is 25% of that amount. The City has owned the property since 2006 and
there have been no inquiries for potential construction. The Land Reutilization
Committee is recommending approval of the sale at a lesser price due to the
size of Charles Wolters’ current property.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: The sale of this lot will generate additional tax revenue for
the City and will place the property back on the City’s tax rolls thus relieving the
City of continued maintenance costs.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve the resolution and to authorize both the
Mayor and the Clerk to sign said resolution and deed.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:              The Land Reutilization Committee
recommends approval of the sale with the condition that the property be
combined with the owner’s original parcel.
      K. West Michigan Metropolitan Transportation Plan (WestPlan) Dues,
         October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010. CITY MANAGER
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To approve the City of Muskegon’s portion of the
WestPlan dues, payable to West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development
Commission.    This agency determines projects and distributes federal
transportation funds.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: $16,040.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To approve this request.
      L. Emergency Purchase – Sewer Lift Station Pump Replacement. PUBLIC
         WORKS
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: Approval to purchase a new pump from Kennedy
Industries for the Beach Street Lift Station at the quoted price of $11,597.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: Expenditures for the purchase would come from the Sewer
Fund.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To purchase the pump from Kennedy Industries.
      M. Purchase of Microfilm Scanner. PUBLIC SAFETY
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The Director of Public Safety is requesting Commission
approval to purchase a microfilm scanner for the Police Department.
Thousands of records are currently stored on microfilm. The microfilm is
beginning to deteriorate. This scanner will allow us to transfer these documents
onto a computer hard drive and thus ensure more reliable long-term storage.
Bids were solicited and we received the following:
      Hasselbring/Clark, Lansing                 $9,800.00
      Michigan Office Solutions, Grand Rapids    $8,462.00
Based upon the bids received, staff is recommending Michigan Office Solutions.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: Funding for this scanner is part of Byrne/Justice Assistance
Grant which was approved by the Department of Justice earlier this year. No
general fund monies will be expended.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval of the purchase.
      O. Appraisal Services. FINANCE
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: In an effort to avoid a lengthy and costly property tax
appeal, the new owner/developer of the Shoreline Inn properties has
approached the City with the concept of mutually selecting an independent
appraiser to set the value for the property. The property owner and City would
share appraisal costs and agree to the independently determined value. Staff
believes this is a cost-effective approach and will save attorney fees, interest
charges, and other costs associated with a lengthy appeal. Moreover, if a
traditional appeal were pursued, the City would still have to hire an appraiser
due to the complexity of the properties (i.e. hotel, marina, restaurant).
FINANCIAL IMPACT: City’s share is not to exceed $12,500. Costs will be paid
from the DDA fund since taxes on this property are collected as DDA tax
increments.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None at this time.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval.
Motion by Commissioner Carter, second by Commissioner Spataro to approve
the Consent Agenda as read minus items N, P, and Q.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Warmington, Wierengo, Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, and
           Spataro
            Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
2009-84 ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA:
      N. Hackley Park Former Fence Usage.            PLANNING & ECONOMIC
         DEVELOPMENT
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The McLaughlin Neighborhood Association would like
approval to use the former wrought iron fence around the Hackley Park statue.
The fence is in the process of being replaced and has already been taken down
and put in storage. The fence would be installed at the McLaughlin Pocket Park
along Isabella Street and Terrace Street.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval to use the fence at the McLaughlin Pocket
Park.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Vice Mayor Gawron to approve
the request to donate the fence to the McLaughlin Pocket Park.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes:   Wierengo,     Carter,   Gawron,   Shepherd,   Spataro,   and
           Warmington
            Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
      P. Special Event Liquor License Request – The Pelto Initiative.   LEISURE
         SERVICES
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The Pelto Initiative, 1937 Lakeshore Drive is requesting a
temporary liquor license to serve spirits on October 31, 2009, during their
Scarefest 2009 film festival with movie premiere event (Muskegon Athletic Club,
LLC holds the first license for October 30 thru October 31, 2009).
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
COMMITEE RECOMMENDATION: The Leisure Services Board approved this event
at their September 21st meeting.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Vice Mayor Gawron to approve
the special event liquor license request for The Pelto Initiative at the Harbour
Theater.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, and Wierengo
            Nays: Warmington
MOTION PASSES
      Q. Accept Resignation and Make Appointment to Various Boards and
         Committees. CITY CLERK
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To accept the resignation of Jason Bolton from the
Local Development Finance Authority and appoint Tiffanny Seals to the Historic
District Commission.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Approval of the resignation and the appointment.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:             The Community      Relations   Committee
approved this request at their October 12th meeting.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Vice Mayor Gawron to accept the
resignation of Jason Bolton from the Local Development Finance Authority and
appoint Tiffanny Seals to the Historic District Commission.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes:   Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, Warmington, and
           Wierengo
            Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
2009-85 PUBLIC HEARINGS:
      A. Public Hearing to Review 2008-2009 Consolidated Annual performance
         Evaluation Report (CAPER). COMMUNITY & NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To conduct a public hearing on October 13, 2009, to
review accomplishments and receive comments from the public concerning
the 2008-2009 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
developed by the Community and Neighborhood Services department.
After the public hearing has been conducted and all the comments have been
documented; the Community and Neighborhood Services office requests that
the Commission direct the staff to submit the required documents to the U. S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in compliance with 24
CFR 91.520, by no sooner than October 29, 2009.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: The City is required to submit the CAPER report in order to
continue receiving Community Development Block Grant and HOME funding.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To direct staff to gather comments from the public
and to submit the CAPER to HUD after the public comment period has elapsed.
COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: The document was reviewed by the Citizen
District Council.
The Public Hearing was opened to hear and consider any comments from the
public. No comments were made.
Motion by Commissioner Carter, second by Commissioner Wierengo to close the
Public Hearing and approve the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation
Report.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, Warmington, Wierengo, and
           Carter
           Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
2009-86 NEW BUSINESS:
     A. Consideration of Bids for B-238 Smith Ryerson Park Improvements.
        ENGINEERING
SUMMARY OF REQUEST:           Authorize staff to negotiate with Lakewood
Construction out of Holland, Michigan on the Smith Ryerson Park Improvements
project.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: None at this time.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:         Authorize staff to negotiate with Lakewood
Construction.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Commissioner Wierengo to reject
all bids because of computational errors and the fact that it was over bid.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Shepherd, Spataro, Warmington, Wierengo, Carter, and
           Gawron
           Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Commissioner Shepherd to rebid
the Smith Ryerson Park Improvement project with certain items removed and
other items listed as alternative bids.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes:   Spataro, Warmington, Wierengo, Carter, Gawron, and
           Shepherd
             Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
      B. Sewer Rate Adjustment. FINANCE
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: The City last adjusted sewer rates on January 1, 2009 (a
12% increase). Since then, Sappi Paper has announced it is permanently closing
the Muskegon mill operation and the state has announced closing of the
Muskegon Correctional facility. In response, Muskegon County has announced
it will raise wholesale sewer rates to municipal customers (including the City), by
an initial15%. It is certain that another substantial wholesale rate increase will
follow within the next year. City staff is recommending a 25% retail rate increase
to be effective 1/1/10.

The proposed retail increase is greater than 15% for two reasons: 1) the cash
position of the sewer fund is very poor and needs to be addressed quickly and,
2) within the year, we anticipate a second County rate increase that will be
equal to or larger than the announced 15%. We are hopeful that increasing
retail rates more substantially now will mitigate the level of increase needed
later.

We continue to work with the County on metering issues. Some progress has
been made as shown on the accompanying chart. Monthly flows have
decreased with use of the new “C” station meter as the basis for computing City
flows. Also, the new County leadership appears to recognize the importance of
fully metering City flows.

However, even as monthly flows have fallen, the City’s share of the total system
has grown dramatically with the downsizing and eventual closing of Sappi. The
40-year intergovernmental sewage treatment agreement expires in 2010. There
are many issues impacting the City that will need to be worked out in a new
agreement.
FINANCIAL IMPACT:          The proposed sewer rate adjustment will generate
$1,225,000 additional annual revenue for the City’s sewer fund. The financial
impact for a typical City residential user (15,000 gal/month) will be $118.20
annually ($9.85 monthly). The City will start monthly utility billing in the next few
weeks which will help residents budget for these costs and avoid the buildup of
extraordinarily large bills.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None at this time. If the rate increase is approved, it
will be incorporated into the quarterly budget reforecast together with the
higher anticipated County treatment costs.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of the fee adjustment resolution.
Motion by Vice Mayor Gawron, second by Commissioner Shepherd to adopt the
fee adjustment resolution for the sewer rates.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes: Warmington, Wierengo, Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, and
           Spataro
           Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
     C. Concurrence with the Housing Board of Appeals Notice and Order to
        Demolish the Following: PUBLIC SAFETY
        60 E. Walton Avenue
        1409 Nolan Avenue
        1478 Hoyt Street (Area 13)
        1968 Howden Street
        1969 Wood Street – Removed per staff request
SUMMARY OF REQUEST: This is to request that the City Commission concur with
the findings of the Housing Board of Appeals that the structures are unsafe,
substandard, a public nuisance and that they be demolished within 30 days. It
is further requested that administration be directed to obtain bids for the
demolition of the structures and that the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized
and directed to execute a contract for demolition with the lowest responsible
bidder.
FINANCIAL IMPACT: CDBG Funds.
BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:         To concur with the Housing Board of Appeals
decision to demolish.
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Commissioner Shepherd to concur
with the Housing Board of Appeals notice and order to demolish 60 E. Walton,
1478 Hoyt, and 1968 Howden.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes:   Wierengo,     Carter,   Gawron,   Shepherd,   Spataro,   and
           Warmington
           Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
Motion by Commissioner Spataro, second by Vice Mayor Gawron to concur with
the Housing Board of Appeals notice and order to demolish 1409 Nolan.
ROLL VOTE: Ayes:   Carter, Gawron, Shepherd, Spataro, Warmington, and
           Wierengo
           Nays: None
MOTION PASSES
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Mayor Warmington introduced State Representative Jeff
Hansen. Commissioner Shepherd shared plaques that were presented to the
Michigan Black Caucus – Local Elected Officials.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Various comments were heard.
ADJOURNMENT: The City Commission Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.


                                         Respectfully submitted,




                                         Ann Marie Becker, MMC
                                         City Clerk
Date:         October 27, 2009
To:           Honorable Mayor and City Commissioners
From:         Engineering
RE:           Request to Amend
              Encroachment Agreement #2007-23(k)


SUMMARY OF REQUEST:
WSP on behalf of Federal-Mogul is requesting your permission to amend agreement #2007-
23(k) to install two (2) additional monitoring wells in the public R-O-W of E. Western &
Marquette bringing the total to four (4) wells at that location (see attached location map). The
request was made through the attached letter dated 10/09/09 and an encroachment
agreement form.



FINANCIAL IMPACT:
None



BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED:
None


STAFF RECOMMENDATION:
To approve the encroachment agreement subject to the supplemental conditions.



COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:
                                  SUPPLEMENTAL CONDITIONS




•   Grantee shall notify Grantor of the date when the installation of the Wells shall begin and
    shall allow the City’s representative ample time to inspect the site before construction begins.

•   After completion of construction, the City shall be contacted for final
    inspection.

•   Grantee shall not disturb any installation in the right of way, including utilities of any kind without
    prior approval by the City and the affected company.

•   Grantee shall use all means necessary, including MISS DIG, to locate and /or have located all
    existing utilities in the vicinity of the proposed Wells.

•   If deemed necessary by the City due to public improvements, Grantee shall relocate or
    remove the wells as directed by the City within 7-days of notification.

•   The grantee shall be fully responsible for the maintenance of the wells and any relocation
    that might become necessary to facilitate other improvements within the right of way.

•   Grantee will not be allowed to close off roadway nor will he be allowed to hinder the
    traffic flow without prior approval by the City.
Date:       October 20, 2009

To:         Honorable Mayor and City Commissioners

From:       Assistant Finance Director

RE:         Public Hearing - Completion of Neighborhood Of Choice and
            Blight Elimination in Downtown Muskegon CDBG Grants



SUMMARY OF REQUEST: To hold a required public hearing for the purpose of
receiving public comments on the completion of Neighborhood of Choice and Blight
Elimination in Downtown Muskegon grants. Both grants were funded through
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and were administered through Michigan
Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

FINANCIAL IMPACT: None

BUDGET ACTION REQUIRED: None.


STAFF RECOMMENDATION: To hold the public hearing to provide for public
comment


COMMITTEE RECOMMENATION:

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