Legislative Policy Committee Minutes 11-30-2022

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                                   CITY OF MUSKEGON
                             LEGISLATIVE POLICY COMMITTEE
                               Wednesday, November 30, 2022
                                         5:30 pm

Present: Commissioners Johnson, Ramsey, German, Gorman, Emory, and St. Clair.
Absent: Commissioner Hood.

Approval of Minutes
Motion by Commissioner Ramsey, seconded by Commissioner Emory to approve the
minutes as amended

                                                                   ROLL CALL VOTE:

Ayes: Johnson, Ramsey, German, Gorman, Emory, and St. Clair.
Nays: None.

                                                                   MOTION CARRIED.


Legislative Update - Pete Wills
Pete Wills reviewed several State policy issues. Mr. Wills will be applying for funding between
$250,000 to $400,000 for a splash pad to replace the broken splash pad in front of the post

Climate Emergency Declaration with Presentation by Montaue City Manager Jeff Auch -
Mayor Johnson
Mr. Auch presented a powerpoint and provided a document of their Climate Mobilization Action
Plan. The powerpoint provided a detailed step by step process the City of Montague went
through. Some of the process includes fleet conversion, alternative transportation, community
energy efficiency, waste management, etc.

It took approximately one year for the City of Montague to develop the Climate Emergency

Some challenges have been staff availability to work on the project.

City, staff, Climate Action, and Council were the key components to the program.

By consensus of the Commission, it was agreed the City is interested in pursuing a Climate
Emergency Declaration.
Review of City Policy/Ordinance Regulating the Keeping of Chickens in Residential Areas
- Mayor Johnson
Commission had a long discussion regarding chickens and the number that may be allowed.
Currently a household may have one chicken. Commissioners were mixed on their feelings on
this issue. The City Manager will gather more information and take to a future Legislative

Review of the City Dangerous Dog Policy - Commissioner St. Clair
Currently the ordinance indicates pit bulls are the only dog listed as a dangerous dog.
Commissioner St. Clair suggested the breed be removed in the ordinance.

Commissioners agreed the ordinance should be amended and breeds not be listed.


Commissioner Ramsey explained a new process to approve board members at the annual CRC
meeting in January. Commission was agreeable.

He suggested we create the Parks and Recreation board but not fill positions at this time until a
Parks and Recreational Supervisor is hired.


Public participation was accepted.

Motion by Commissioner Ramsey, seconded by Commissioner St. Clair to adjourn the
meeting at

                                                                   MOTION CARRIED.

                                                          Ann Marie Meisch, MMC
                                                                City Clerk

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