January 15, 2011


A special meeting of the City Council was held on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall.  Mayor Donker presided.


Councilmen present:

Thomas Adams, J. Dee Brooks, Maureen Donker, Bruce Johnson, Marty Wazbinski

Councilmen absent:




Jon Lynch, City Manager, reviewed local demographic trends and provided an overview of the City’s finances, including expenditure estimates and revenue projections, as well as fiscal challenges likely to be faced during FY10-11.


Paula Whittington, Assistant City Manager for Human Resources, provided Council with a report on results of personnel costs benchmarking.


At 11:00 am Council adjourned to closed session for the purpose of discussing collective bargaining strategy.


At noon the session resumed with Brian McManus, City Engineer, providing a status report regarding street maintenance costs and the role played by the county-wide road millage.  He was joined in the presentation by Deepak Gupta, Chief Engineer and Eugene R. Smith, Chairman of the Midland County Road Commission.


Noel Bush, Director of Public Utilities, reviewed recent actions taken by the City to address capacity issues in the sanitary and storm sewer systems during peak rain events.


Leonardo Garcia, Fire Chief, and Chris Coughlin, Fire Inspector, provided a report to Council recommending implementation of fire service and inspection fees.  Proceeds from fees would be utilized to support additional fire inspection personnel.


Bart Heil, Parks Supervisor, gave a presentation on the status and eradication of Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest attacking local ash trees. 


Ken Arthur, Assistant Human Resources Director, reviewed a proposed performance measurement program conducted by the International City and County Management Association.


Council discussed the following three City Council goals:

1.    Ensure economic sustainability.

2.    Provide outstanding quality of life via excellent services and amenities.

3.    Provide effective stewardship of community resources.


Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 4:07 p.m.





                                                                        Jon Lynch, Deputy City Clerk