May 1, 2006
A special meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, May 1, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall. Mayor Johnson presided.
Thomas Adams, Bruce Johnson, Hollis McKeag, James Myers, Joseph Rokosz
MCTV Director Ron Beacom presented information regarding the Cable Communications Fund.
Jim Malek, 3701 Westbrier Terrace, expressed MCTV is an important service to the community and reaches a lot of people. He feels the proposed budget cuts will severely affect this service. He encouraged Council to take responsibility for supporting the MCTV service.
Joan Most, 713 Buchanan Street, stated she felt it is important for the City to maintain this service. She feels it provides a public forum for those who might not otherwise have a voice in the community. She read a letter on behalf of MCTV Access User George Widiger, 116 Harrison Street, who encouraged Council to support MCTV and the service it provides.
Mark Oliver, 2212 Wisconsin Street, spoke in support of maintaining MCTV’s service to the community.
Michael Headstrom, 4430 Cedar Court, Mt. Pleasant, MI, and employed with Community Mental Health in Midland, stated he works in Midland because of its reputation for being community-friendly and having more amenities than most area cities. MCTV has been one of the factors that separate Midland from neighboring communities and dilution of this service could have a negative impact on the community.
Judy Kuehl, 1204 Marriet Court and a teacher with Midland Public Schools video communications class, stated MCTV has been great partners in the education of many kids throughout the duration of this class. MCTV provides a public forum not only for the kids but also for public speech and other creative outlets. She stated MCTV makes our City unique and the City should seek funding to maintain MCTV services.
Discussed items from the first budget session including the sidewalk installation, replacement and maintenance functions; contract services to the City of Midland; horticulture operating supplies; health insurance; and the City’s tax appeal reserve.
Council took a recess from 9:30 p.m. to 9:38 p.m.
NON-GENERAL FUND ITEMS
Conducted a review of other non-general funds including the equipment revolving fund and the water and sewer funds.
Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:50 p.m.