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Public Notice – Conflict of Interest 8-13-21

August 13, 2021

Mayor Stephen Gawron
Muskegon City Hall
933 Terrace Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

Re: Conflict of Interest: Community enCompass

Dear Mayor Gawron:

The City of Muskegon is considering entering into a contract with Bethany Housing Ministries d/b/a Community enCompass (“Community enCompass”). As a City Commissioner for the City of Muskegon, the following letter is provided.

As you are aware, I am employed by Community enCompass. More specifically, I am the Director of Homeless Services, which focuses solely on providing housing services and financial assistance to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, which includes eviction prevention services. I oversee 25 full-time and part-time employees and a budget of approximately $7.9 million, including the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program.

It is my understanding that the City of Muskegon sought proposals:

  1. to provide child care services and financial assistance for children of low-income households; and
  2. to provide youth with work and educational experiences between June of2021 and May of 2022.

Community enCompass submitted a proposal for its Youth Empowerment Project (“YEP Youth Program”). The YEP Youth program provides early work experiences for children in low to moderate income households and provides educational opportunities promoting leadership skills. Approximately 21 high school youth are involved, with an anticipated budget of approximately $100,000, which include the $20,000 from the City of Muskegon CDBG funds presently under consideration.

I receive no direct benefit from the City funding this program. I have no involvement in the YEP Youth Program. The programs I oversee do not receive any monies from the YEP Youth Program. My salary will not change based upon whether the City of Muskegon funds or does not fund the YEP Youth Program.

I do not foresee any indirect benefit from the City funding this program. I have no knowledge as to whether any of the money proposed for this program would go towards general operating expenses of Community enCornpass. Further, it would be unlikely that anyone participating in one of my programs would also benefit from the YEP Youth Program.

I have had no involvement or discussions with the city of Muskegon’s staff or Community enCompass’ staff, concerning this matter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Very truly yours,

Michael Ramsey

Ward III Commissioner

C: Ann Meisch
Oneata Bailey
Frank Peterson


Request For Qualifications For Developers To Carry Out Scattered-Site Single-Family Construction Activities


The City of Muskegon(“City”) invites qualified for-profit and/or nonprofit developers (“Developers”) with extensive experience in single-family real estate construction to submit their qualifications for the City’s Scattered-Site Housing Construction Program (“Program”). The City has allocated American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds totaling $5,000,000 to address the need for new housing in our community. The City will utilize these funds to help finance developers to construct market-rate single-family housing throughout our city on a 1 to 1 basis, providing 50% of the construction costs to the developer. 50% of the properties must be sold to homeowners earning less than 125% of the Area Median Income (AMI), as calculated for Muskegon County by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority effective April 1, 2021. Each Developer selected will be required to enter into a Development Agreement with the City. A sample agreement is included as Attachment A as background information; the final form may differ. The City is requesting potential Developers to provide the following services:

  • Acquisition of vacant residential lots
  • Surveying and grading of building sites
  • Construction of new residential buildings
  • Asset management of sites during the development period
  • Sales of constructed homes to eligible households
  • Other eligible activity, as approved by the City

Respondents should transmit their submissions in hard copy only by U.S. Mail, express delivery or hand delivery to the following address by 3:00 PM August 31, 2021:

933 Terrace Street
City Clerk’s Office
Muskegon, MI 49440

The number of Developers selected to participate in the program will be based upon available funding, capacity and qualifications of Developers, and volume of available properties.

Respondents will be notified of the City’s action on proposals within approximately 10 days of the submission deadline.

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Wood Street Resurfacing – Apple to Marquette

Project: H92102 Wood Street; Apple to Marquette

The City of Muskegon, Michigan will receive sealed bids until 2:00 p.m. local time on
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following items of work to include:

0.75 miles of milling and resurfacing, including manhole and valve box adjustment, and sidewalk upgrades alone Wood Street, located in the City of Muskegon, Muskegon County.

Electronic copies of Plans and Specifications may be obtained on or after Friday, July 30, 2021 from the City of Muskegon website, or by request to the Engineering Department via phone or email; 231.724.6707 or Printed copies can be obtained by request from the Engineering Department located at 1350 E. Keating Ave, Muskegon MI, 49442 for a cost of $40.

An amount equal to five percent (5%) of the Bid must be submitted with each Bid Proposal in one of three forms acceptable to the City of Muskegon.

Contract documents may be examined at the following locations:

  • Public Services Building, 1350 E. Keating Ave., Muskegon MI  49442
  • City of Muskegon website:
  • Grand Rapids Builders Exchange

Attention is called to the fact that the City requires: the Contractor consider hiring local work force insofar as possible, not less than the salaries and wages set forth in the Specifications must be paid, 14% minority and 6.9% female are the goals established for participation in each trade, the Contractor must ensure employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against based upon their race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicapped condition nor veteran background, and all pertinent regulations must be complied with. Bids may not be withdrawn within sixty (60) days after bid opening. The City of Muskegon reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bidding.

A Pre-Bid Conference will NOT be held. All questions should be directed to Joel Brookens (phone: 231-724-6900; email: NO QUESTIONS regarding this project will be entertained by the City after 12:00 pm on Friday, August 13, 2021.


01 H92102 Wood St Specs [PDF]

02 H92102 Wood St Plan Set [PDF]



By:  Ann Meisch, City Clerk
PUBLISH: 07/30/2021

The City will provide necessary appropriate auxiliary aids services, for example, signers for the hearing impaired, audio tapes for the visually impaired, etc., for disabled persons who want to attend the meeting, upon twenty-four hour notice to the City.  Contact:
Ann Meisch, City Clerk
City of Muskegon, City Hall
933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI  49440
(231) 724-6705 or TDD (231) 724-6773


RFP – Laketon Avenue Trail Lighting


The City of Muskegon is seeking proposals from electrical contractors to furnish and install an outdoor pedestrian street lighting system along a portion of the Laketon Trail between Peck Street and Park Street.

The conceptual layout is included in this RFP as Attachment A and includes one light at each of intersections within the project limits and one to two midblock lights within each block. The total number of lights locations is estimated at twelve (12).

Actual final layout of light locations is subject to field adjustment to any accepted recommendations for change provided by the selected provider.  For the purpose of this proposal the conceptual layout should be used as a basis for bidding.

Lights fixtures are proposed to be Parkway Square style as shown in Attachment B.  Poles are proposed to be plain round 4 inch diameter poles in matte black.  Foundations shall be concrete as specified by the pole and fixture manufacturer.  Wiring shall be as specified by the fixture and pole manufacturer.  Payment for Lighting Fixtures will be by the each and is considered inclusive of all items necessary for the foundation, pole, fixture, wiring, fuses and any other items required for a complete installation.

All buried cable shall be located in conduit.  Directional drilling is required for street crossings.  All splices shall be located at accessible locations.

A lighting control panel will be required and is to be located near the mid-point of the system (approximately 5th Street).  Lighting Control Panel shall include NEMA 4X stainless steel cabinet, steel posts and mounting hardware, meter socket, disconnect switch, 100A service panel, photocell, and other equipment as required to provide a complete operable system.

Questions submitted to Leo Evans via email ( prior to Monday, August 16th, 2021 will be accommodated prior to the bid opening.  Requests received after that date will be accommodated pending staff availability.

Subcontractors, if any, shall be approved by the Project Manager prior to acceptance on this contract.  It is the responsibility and duty of the contractor to verify that the subcontractor meets all conditions.  The contractor shall furnish any subcontractor’s proof of insurance.

Construction shall be per applicable industry standards, the enclosed drawings/specifications, and any additional details provided via addenda.

Work shall be completed on or before April 30th, 2022.

The City has allocated a preliminary budget of $100,000 for completion of this project.

RFP – Laketon Avenue Trail Lighting [PDF]

Attachment A – Lightning Locations [PDF]

Attachment B – Fixture Details [PDF]


Bid Tabulation – Laketon Trail Lighting (2021-08-24) [PDF]


Legislative Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled 7-28-21

July 21, 2021


The Legislative Policy Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2021 has been cancelled.


C:  City Clerk


RFP Water Filtration Plant – Gate & Fence Replacement

The City of Muskegon Water Filtration Plant is seeking proposals from qualified gate/fence contractors for the replacement of fencing along the east side of the plant grounds. Approximately 544 feet of fencing needs to be removed and replaced. A new sliding gate will also be installed. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the Water Filtration Plant on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Proposals will be due on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

[RFP Water Filtration Plant Fencing]

RFP – HVAC System Improvements at DPW


The City of Muskegon is seeking proposals from interested consulting engineers to provide inspection, review of facilities, and design related to improvements of the HVAC system at the City’s DPW building located at 1350 E Keating.

Over the years, the HVAC system at DPW has been modified several times. The city has been dealing with poor heating and cooling issues for some time. The City would like a review of our current system; along with known problems and issues; and a recommended solution, including design, size and layout of plumbing, size of proposed units and/or air handlers, and estimated cost of improvements. Final documents provided to the City should be in a manner in which the City is able collect bids for the installation work.

The City will make available the original blue prints for the Department of Public Works building. Attached are pages from the plans, showing the areas of concern. Main areas of concern are as follows:

  • Breakroom/Lunch room and men’s locker room area: This area is controlled by two units, one of which does not have AC, therefore the men’s locker room (including bathroom and shower areas) are not air conditioned but does have constant air flow. The AC that is located here, does not cool properly nor does it heat properly.
  • Women’s locker room: heated by a constant heating system and variable air exchanger. This area sees little use and the current system is not efficient for the use of the area.
  • Office areas highlighted in green: These areas do not have an air handling unit and are heated and cool by individual mini-split units. These units are nearing the end of their expected life and are not efficient.

It is the City’s intent to replace or add air handling units under the direction of the selected contractor. The City will most likely have to add this expense in future budgets and may have to post pone the actual work until future dates.

City of Muskegon will host a site meeting (non-mandatory) on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 10:00 am (at DPW building, 1350 E Keating Ave) to answer questions and review the project site.  Questions submitted to Joel Brookens via email ( prior to Friday, July 30 at 4:00 pm will be accommodated prior to the bid opening.  Requests received after that date will be accommodated pending staff availability.

Subcontractors, if any, shall be approved by the Project Manager prior to acceptance on this contract and shall bound by these specifications.  It is the responsibility and duty of the contractor to verify that the subcontractor meets all conditions.  The contractor shall furnish any subcontractor’s proof of insurance meeting city requirements.

Construction shall be per applicable industry and City of Muskegon standards and shall comply with all applicable City of Muskegon policies and procedures.

RFP – HVAC System Improvements DPW [PDF]

DPW Building Plans Marked [PDF]

City of Muskegon Zoning Board of Appeals Cancellation Notice 7-13-2021




The regular meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021, has been cancelled.

RFQ – Kruse Park Boardwalk


The City of Muskegon is seeking proposals from architectural firms to provide preliminary design concepts and cost estimates relative to replacing the Lake Michigan Beach Access at Kruse Park.

Kruse Park –

Kruse Park is located on the shores of Lake Michigan at the southern end of the City of Muskegon Limits.  Access to the site is via Sherman Boulevard from US-31.

The park serves as one of the primary access points to Lake Michigan within the City of Muskegon and also serves as the designated dog beach within the City. Access from the parking lot to the beach is provided via a handicap accessible boardwalk which traverses from the parking lot down to the beach, approximately a 30 FT elevation difference.

During the high water events on Lake Michigan in 2019-2020 portions of the boardwalk were compromised and eroded requiring the closure of the boardwalk and removal of several sections of decking before they were washed into the lake.  Currently the portion of the boardwalk providing access to the lakefront is closed and remains unusable due to the sections that required removal.

The City is seeking qualified firms to provide the following services:

  • Review of the site and assessment of the existing conditions
  • Identify options for the site to restore access between the lakefront and parking lot
  • Prepare conceptual renderings and cost estimates for the identified options
  • Hosting an public meeting to solicit feedback on the identified options
  • Preparing a final recommendation inclusive of the conceptual designs, cost estimates, public feedback, any revisions/changes to the conceptual designs, and identification potential funding sources to move the project forward

The City is seeking firms with prior experience working on projects of similar scope.

The City has allocated a preliminary budget of $15,000 for completion of the items identified in this proposal.

RFQ – Kruse Park Boardwalk [PDF]

Attachment A – Area Map [PDF]

Kruse Park Boardwalk RFP Scoresheet (2021-08-18)[PDF]