December 15, 2003

 

A regular meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, December 15, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.  Mayor Black presided.  The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited in unison.

 

Councilmen present:

Drummond Black, Bruce Johnson, Hollis McKeag, James Myers, Joseph Rokosz

Councilmen absent:

None

 

MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of the December 8, 2003 regular meeting was offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman McKeag.  (Motion adopted.)

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Helen Frye, 2200 Bayliss St., secretary to Wingate Village Condominium Association spoke in opposition to the change of address that the City is implementing for Wingate Village Condominiums.  James Bain, 2107 Bayliss, also spoke in opposition of the Wingate Village Condominiums address changes and stated that the City did not allow for enough time for the affected residents to notify their personal and business contacts about the address change.  Assistant City Manager Jon Lynch outlined the addresses that are being changed.  He explained that the address change is occurring in order to bring these addresses into accordance with standardized street numbering throughout the City and to enhance the ability for emergency response personnel to more quickly and accurately locate a home or business.

 

WINGATE VILLAGE ADDRESS CHANGES

The following resolution was offered by Councilman McKeag and seconded by Councilman Myers:

 

WHEREAS, at the City Council meeting held on December 15, 2003, there were several public comments made in opposition to the proposed address changes effective January 1, 2004, for Wingate Village; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the proposed address changes for Wingate Village are hereby postponed with the effective date to be March 1, 2004. (Motion adopted.)

 

PILOT PROGRAM REQUEST FOR CHARTER SQUARE AND GREEN HILL APARTMENTS

Assistant City Manager Jon Lynch presented information on Altman Management Group’s request for a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program for Charter Square and Green Hill Apartments.  On December 11, 2003, Altman Management Group sent the City correspondence indicating their desire to withdraw the request and resubmit it at a later date. The following resolution was offered by Councilman McKeag and seconded by Councilman Myers:

 

WHEREAS, the City Council received additional information from Altman Management Company in support of their request for a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) program for Charter Square and Green Hill Apartments; and

WHEREAS, the City Council referred this to the staff and directed that a report be prepared on the time required to analyze this and other necessary information; and

WHEREAS, the attached communications from the staff and Altman Management Company withdrew the request; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the attached communications be received and filed. (Motion adopted.)

 

 

PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR HANGAR 9B AT BARSTOW AIRPORT

City Engineer Brian McManus presented information on a purchase agreement between the City of Midland and Kent Properties, L.L.C. for the sale of Hangar 9B at Jack Barstow Airport.  Mr. McManus provided the City Clerk with a signed lease agreement from Kent Properties, L.L.C. and a $500.00 deposit check made out to the City of Midland from Kent Power, Inc.  Lynn Wollard, 736 N. Eight Mile Rd., representing Kent Properties, spoke in support of the sale and of Kent Properties’ utilization of Barstow Airport over the past ten years.  James Rieke, 4715 Swede Ave., spoke in opposition to Kent Properties’ purchase stating that Kent Properties’ plans for the hangar and the City’s zoning in that area do not agree.  Stephen Bile, 1318 E. Wackerly St., owner of Stephen’s Aviation, spoke in support of Kent Properties’ purchase of Hangar 9B.  Thomas Lind, 2608 Greenwich Circle, and a pilot member of the Barstow Airport Advisory Commission, spoke in favor of the purchase.  Mr. McManus spoke again detailing the zoning and use definitions utilized at Barstow Airport. The following resolution was offered by Councilman McKeag and seconded by Councilman Johnson:

 

RESOLVED, that the attached purchase agreement between the City of Midland and Kent Properties, L.L.C. for the sale of Hangar 9B at Jack Barstow Airport in the amount of $40,100 is hereby accepted; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the City Manager is authorized to execute a land lease for the property subject to approval by the City Attorney; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the City Attorney is authorized to prepare and execute the Instrument of Transfer and any other related transfer documents. (Motion adopted.)

 

ROLL ARENA LIQUOR LICENSE REQUEST

Assistant City Manager Jack Duso presented information on a request from the Roll Arena to transfer ownership of an escrowed Class C Liquor License from an establishment in Greendale Township to the Roll Arena.  Mr. Duso explained that the representative from the Roll Arena was unable to attend the meeting because he was out of town.

Councilman McKeag moved, seconded by Councilman Myers the resolution recommending approval of the request from the Roll Arena, Inc., to transfer ownership of a 2001 Class C Liquor License. The following resolution tabling action on the request was then offered by Councilman McKeag and seconded by Councilman Johnson:

 

WHEREAS, the requestor was not able to attend the Council meeting on December 15, 2003 regarding the Roll Arena, Inc. request to transfer ownership of 2001 Class C Licensed Business, located in escrow at 5480 W. Isabella, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Greendale Township, Midland County, from the Oil City Bar, Inc.; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the request from the Roll Arena, Inc. for said transfer be tabled until such time a representative from the Roll Arena will be available to attend the Council meeting. (Motion adopted.)

 

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION FOR FEDERALIZED EMPLOYEES

Human Resources Director Paula Speese presented information on the extension of benefits and compensation to two full-time City of Midland employees who have been federalized. The following resolution was offered by Councilman McKeag and seconded by Councilman Myers:

 

WHEREAS, two full-time City employees participating in the National Guard were federalized in February 2003 with varying deployment dates and have been informed that this federalization will be extended; and

WHEREAS, staff was authorized by Council to negotiate letters of agreement with the appropriate bargaining units to extend health benefits and compensate the difference between City and military pay for full-time federalized employees in six month periods; and

WHEREAS, City Council approval is required to extend benefits and compensation for an additional six months; now therefore

RESOLVED, that staff is authorized to extend health benefits and compensation to the federalized employees effective December 2003 with City Council review in June 2004. (Motion adopted.)

 

WARRANTY DEED – ELISENAL DRIVE

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman McKeag:

 

RESOLVED, that the attached Warranty Deed from Commercial Net Lease Realty Services, Inc., to the City of Midland, for the right of way for Elisenal Drive, a new street lying at the west end of the Home Depot site, in Section 33, T. 15 N., R. 2 E., is hereby accepted and that the Warranty Deed is ordered recorded; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that said right of way shall be used for public street purposes. (Motion adopted.)

 

VACANCY – SAG/MID MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY CORPORATION BOARD

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman McKeag:

 

WHEREAS, On October 14, 2003, Ken Shrier, a member of the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply System Board, passed away thereby creating a vacancy on the Board; and

WHEREAS, it is important to fill this vacancy as soon as possible because the Board consists of six members, three from Midland and three from Saginaw and this vacancy creates an unequal representation on the Board; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the City staff is hereby authorized to begin advertising for applicants for the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply System Board; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that Noel Bush, Utilities Director, is hereby appointed to the Board as the City of Midland’s representative until such time that the City Council makes an appointment to the Board for a term expiring December 31, 2008. (Motion adopted.)

 

2003 SAG/MID MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY CORPORATION ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND AUDITOR’S REPORT

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman McKeag:

 

RESOLVED, that the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corporation Annual Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report dated June 30, 2003, with comparative figures for June 30, 2002, be received and filed in the office of the City Clerk. (Motion adopted.)

 

TRAFFIC CONSULTING SERVICES CONTRACT

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman McKeag:

 

WHEREAS,  the City of Midland desires to have traffic consulting services performed by the firm of Reid, Cool & Michalski, Inc. of Southfield, Michigan in accordance with the attached proposal;  and

WHEREAS, Ordinance Section 2-19, Securing Professional Services provides that “No sealed proposals shall be required for the purchases of contracts for professional services”; and

WHEREAS, funding for these consulting services is provided in the Major Street Fund Budget; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the attached proposal submitted by Reid, Cool & Michalski, Inc. for traffic consulting services for 2004, is hereby accepted and the Purchasing Agent is authorized to issue a purchase order for said services; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the City Manager has the authority to approve change orders modifying or altering this contract in an aggregate amount not to exceed $5,000. (Motion adopted.)

 

TRUCK-MOUNTED STREET SWEEPER

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman McKeag:

 

WHEREAS, sealed proposals were advertised and received in accord with Article II of Chapter 2 of the Midland Code of Ordinances for the purchase of a Truck-Mounted Street Sweeper, Bid No. 2716; and

WHEREAS, sufficient funding for the new unit is included in the 2003-04 Equipment Revolving Fund and Public Works Sweeping budgets for Capital Outlay, Vehicles; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the Purchasing Agent is authorized to issue a purchase order to Bell Equipment of Lake Orion, Michigan in the net amount of $151,800.00 for the purchase of a truck-mounted street sweeper, including trade-in of city equipment number 4-85, in accordance with the proposal and city specifications. (Motion adopted.)

 

PROPOSED 2003 – 2004 EQUIPMENT REVOLVING FUND BUDGET AMENDMENT

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman McKeag:

 

RESOLVED, that in accord with Section 11.6 of the Charter of the City of Midland, a public hearing shall be conducted at 7:00 p.m., January 12, 2004 in the Council Chambers of City Hall on the proposal to amend the 2003-04 budget of the Equipment Revolving Fund to increase expenditures in the Capital Outlay, Vehicles account by $22,000 for the unanticipated replacement of a police car that was totaled in a recent accident and to increase the revenue by $13,706 to reflect insurance money collected for the wrecked vehicle. (Motion adopted.)

 

NEW BUSINESS

Council set a special meeting for January 12, 2004, at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of holding a joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission.

 

Council set a special meeting for January 17, 2004, at 8:00 a.m. for the purpose of City Council Goal Setting.

 

Council set a closed session to discuss the City Manager’s annual job performance review for Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at 4:00 p.m.

 

Council set a closed session to discuss the City Attorney’s annual job performance review for Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at 6:00 p.m.

 

Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

 

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            Selina Tisdale, City Clerk