September 24, 2012

 

A regular meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, September 24, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.  Mayor Donker presided.  The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited in unison.

 

Councilmen present:

Thomas Adams, J. Dee Brooks, Diane Brown, Maureen Donker, Marty Wazbinski

Councilmen absent:

None

 

MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of the September 17, 2012 regular meeting was offered by Councilman Brown and seconded by Councilman Wazbinski.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

MIDLAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MONTH

Communications Coordinator Libby Richart introduced Midland Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sid Allen.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman Brooks and seconded by Councilman Adams:

 

RESOLVED, that the Mayor is authorized to issue the attached Proclamation recognizing the contributions of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce toward improving Midland’s quality of life and designating October as Chamber of Commerce Month in the city of Midland.  (Motion ADOPTED.)  Mayor Donker presented Mr. Allen with the proclamation.

 

GIRL SCOUT DAY – OCTOBER 20TH

Communications Coordinator Libby Richart introduced Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan CEO Jan Barker.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman Brown and seconded by Councilman Wazbinski:

 

RESOLVED, that the Mayor is authorized to issue the attached Proclamation designating Saturday, October 20, 2012, as Girl Scout Day in the city of Midland and congratulating the Girl Scouts organization on its 100th Birthday.  (Motion ADOPTED.)  Mayor Donker presented Ms. Barker with the proclamation.

 

ROLLER SKATING MONTH

Communications Coordinator Libby Richart introduced Sara Terburgh of the Midland Roll Arena.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman Brown and seconded by Councilman Adams:

 

RESOLVED, that the Mayor is authorized to issue the attached Proclamation designating October 2012, as Roller Skating Month in the city of Midland.  (Motion ADOPTED.)  Mayor Donker presented Ms. Terburgh with the proclamation.

 

100 BEST COMMUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN AMERICA AWARD

Communications Coordinator Libby Richart presented a review of the Greater Midland Area’s receipt of the 2012 Best Communities for Young People in America Award.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman Wazbinski and seconded by Councilman Brown:

 

RESOLVED, that the staff presentation on Greater Midland’s award as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in America is accepted.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No public comments were made.

 

TRAFFIC SIGNAL AGREEMENT – OLIVE GARDEN

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Brown and seconded by Councilman Wazbinski:

 

WHEREAS, the City Engineer has presented a report indicating the desire for driveway consolidation and access management along Eastman Avenue at the proposed Olive Garden Restaurant site;  and

WHEREAS, the work plan involves removing the driveways for Saylor Drive, a private street, and another site driveway north of Saylor Drive and installation of a new signalized driveway for the Olive Garden site; and

WHEREAS, the City Attorney has prepared the Traffic Signal Agreement Between City of Midland and P and P Opportunities, LLC that requires the City to install necessary changes to existing Midland Mall Drive/Eastman Avenue traffic signal, as well as own and operate the traffic signal;  and

WHEREAS, P and P Opportunities, LLC will physically remove the existing curb cuts being eliminated by the project and install the new driveway at the traffic signal; and

WHEREAS, P and P Opportunities and Midland Lodging, LLC have mutually entered into a letter of intent for access control and cross access use of their adjoining properties; and

WHEREAS, said traffic signal agreement is also an exhibit and/or part of a cross access agreement between P and P Opportunities, LLC and other property owners to the south of the Olive Garden site; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the Council approves Traffic Signal Agreement Between City of Midland and P and P Opportunities, LLC and authorizes the Mayor and City Clerk  to execute said agreement; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, approval is contingent upon a cross access easement agreement being executed by the property owners representing P and P Opportunities and Midland Lodging, LLC consistent with the presented letter of intent by the parties and approved by the City.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

2011-2012 LIBRARY BOARD ANNUAL REPORT

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Brown and seconded by Councilman Wazbinski:

WHEREAS, the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Board has submitted an annual report for fiscal year 2011-2012 in accord with Article I of Chapter 14 of the Midland Code of Ordinances; and

WHEREAS, the Library Board has identified in the annual report activities that are in compliance with the duties defined in the ordinance; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the 2011-2012 Annual Report of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Board be received.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

DOW CHEMICAL IFT APPLICATION

The following resolution was offered by Councilman Brown and seconded by Councilman Wazbinski:

 

RESOLVED, that an application dated September 12, 2012, was received September 12, 2012 from The Dow Chemical Company with supporting data pursuant to Public Act 198 of the Public Acts of the State of Michigan of 1974, as amended, for an industrial facilities tax exemption certificate within The Dow Chemical Company Plant Rehabilitation District No.1 relating to new real and personal property totaling $12,000,000 to improve the existing facility located at Buildings 719, 770, and 1360, is hereby acknowledged received and ordered and placed on file in the City Clerk's office; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that a hearing shall be held before the City Council on Monday, October 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the City Hall, 333 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, Michigan, for the purpose of affording the applicant, the City Assessor and representatives of the affected taxing units an opportunity for a hearing on the application and the City Clerk shall provide written notice thereof in accordance with Section 5 of Public Act 198.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

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            Selina Tisdale, City Clerk