April 18, 2005

 

A special meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, April 18, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall.  Mayor Black presided.

 

Councilmen present:  Drummond Black, Bruce Johnson, Hollis McKeag, James Myers, Joseph Rokosz

Councilmen absent:    None

 

CIVIC ARENA CHANGE ORDERS #5 & 6

Director of Public Services Martin McGuire presented information on Change Orders #5 and #6 to amend the contract with Three Rivers Corporation for the Civic Arena Project.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman Myers and seconded by Councilman Rokosz:

 

RESOLVED, that the Director of Public Services is hereby authorized to execute change order #5 in the amount of $51,383.85 and change order #6 in the amount of $17,164.83, amending the contract with Three Rivers Corporation for the Civic Arena Project which was approved on August 9, 2004.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

GIFT FROM NORTHWOOD – DEDICATED TEAM ROOM AT CIVIC ARENA

Director of Public Services Martin McGuire presented a report on a $35,000 gift from Northwood University in support of a dedicated team room in the new Civic Arena facility.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman McKeag and seconded by Councilman Johnson:

 

WHEREAS, Northwood University has offered to donate $35,000 to the City in support of a dedicated team room in the new Civic Arena facility; and

WHEREAS, City staff has confirmed that space is available and such an addition would be an asset to the facility; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the City Council hereby accepts the gift of $35,000 from Northwood University.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

BUDGET ROUNDTABLES FINDINGS REVIEW

Assistant City Manager Jack Duso presented a review of findings from the 2005 Budget Priorities Community Roundtables.

 

CITY MASTER AND THOROUGHFARE PLAN UPDATE

Assistant City Manager Jon Lynch presented information on the City Master and Thoroughfare Plan Update (Eastman Avenue Study).

 

BARSTOW AIRPORT

City Engineer Brian McManus presented information on Barstow Airport as part of the general fund review. 

 

DIAL-A-RIDE TRANSPORTATION FUND

Director of Public Services Martin McGuire presented information on the Dial-A-Ride Transportation fund as part of the general fund review.

 

The City Council took a brief recess from 9:15 p.m. until 9:20 p.m.

 

PLYMOUTH POOL PROJECT

Not discussed.

 

FIRE STATION NO. 1 IMPROVEMENTS

Not discussed.

 

LIBRARY CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY PLAN

Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Director Melissa Barnard presented information on the Library’s capital and technology plan as part of the general fund review.

 

TAX APPEAL DEFENSE COSTS

Not discussed.

 

TAX APPEAL RESERVE

Not discussed.

 

STATE SHARED REVENUES/INVESTMENT INCOME

Not discussed.

 

USER FEES

Not discussed.

 

COMPARATIVE MILLAGE RATES REVIEW

Fiscal Services Director David Keenan presented a review of the City’s comparative millage rates.

 

HEALTH CARE EXPENSES

Human Resources Director Paula Whittington presented information on the City’s healthcare expenses as part of the general fund review.

 

PENSION EXPENSES

Human Resources Director Paula Whittington presented information on the City’s pension expenses as part of the general fund review.

 

PROJECTED 2006-07 MILLAGE RATES

Fiscal Services Director David Keenan presented a review of the City’s projected 2006-07 millage rates. 

 

CITY COUNCIL QUESTIONS/COMMENTS ON GENERAL FUND

None.

 

CLOSED SESSION – PENDING LITIGATION

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

 

RESOLVED, that in accord with Section 8(e) of Public Act 267 of the Public Acts of the State of Michigan of 1976, as amended, and upon adoption of this resolution by at least four affirmative votes of the City Council, the City Council shall immediately adjourn to a closed session to consult with its attorneys regarding trial or settlement strategy in connection with specific pending litigation, specifically Midland Cogeneration Venture vs. City of Midland and The Dow Chemical Company vs. City of Midland which, if discussed at an open meeting, would have a detrimental financial effect on the litigating or settlement position of the public body.  (Motion ADOPTED by a Roll Call Vote.)

 

Being no further business the meeting adjourned to a closed session at 10:00 p.m.

 

 

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Selina Tisdale, City Clerk