December 17, 2012

 

A regular meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, December 17, 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 December 3, 2012 regular meeting was offered by Councilman Brown and seconded by Councilman Wazbinski.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 43

Director of Planning and Community Development Brad Kaye presented information on Conditional Use Permit No. 43.  A public hearing opened at 7:08 p.m., recognizing no public comments, the hearing closed at 7:08 p.m.   The following resolution was then presented by Councilman Adams and seconded by Councilman Brown:

 

WHEREAS, DeShano Construction Company submitted a request for a conditional land use permit for a 49 unit senior apartment building located at 300 Joseph Drive located in an Office Service zoning district on 2.97 acres; and

WHEREAS, the City Planning Commission has conducted a public hearing in accord with Section 28.02(A) of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Midland on said conditional use; and

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission has submitted its recommendation of approval, contingent upon the following: 

1.         The easterly access drive connecting with the adjacent Joseph Run Apartments development shall be secured through easement documents satisfactory to the City Attorney.

2.         A looped watermain system shall be provided by connecting to the existing public watermain within the adjacent Joseph Run Apartments development.  Easement documents acceptable to the City Attorney shall be provided. 

3.         The storm water management methods are designed and constructed in accordance with the City of Midland Engineering Department specifications.

4.         All landscaping shall comply with Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance.

5.         All exterior lighting shall comply with Section 3.12 of the Zoning Ordinance.

6.         All exterior signage shall comply with Article 8 of the Zoning Ordinance.

7.         A soil and sedimentation control plan must be approved.

8.         All required public easements shall be secured and provided to the City of Midland, to the satisfaction of the City Engineering, Water and Planning Departments.

9.         The sidewalk shall be moved to the west side of the property.

10.       The number of handicapped parking spaces shall be increased by a minimum of two spaces.

In accord with Section 28.02(B) of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Midland; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the City Council finds the request for the conditional use permit to be in accord with Section 28.03 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Midland, and hereby approves Conditional Use Permit No. 43, in accord with documents provided and submitted at the meeting of November 19, 2012.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No public comments were made.

 

COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT & SINGLE AUDIT REPORT

Assistant City Manager for Financial Services Dave Keenan presented information on the comprehensive Annual Financial Report & Single Audit Report.  David Youngstrom of Yeo & Yeo presented the 2012 audit.  Gabe Klotz, 1504 W. St. Andrews, commented on the information presented.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman Wazbinski and seconded by Councilman Brooks:

 

RESOLVED, that the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Single Audit Report of the City of Midland for the year ended June 30, 2012 are hereby received and ordered filed for public examination.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

MIDLAND AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (MATS) ADMINISTRATION FUNDS

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

 

WHEREAS, the City Engineer reported that the Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) planning organization for transportation is in the organizational stages and is continuing to evolve; and

WHEREAS, federal planning funds are available to administer the metropolitan planning process and the funds are available in two different categories including Federal Highway Administration Metropolitan Planning and Federal Transit Administration; and

WHEREAS, total planning funds, in said categories, allocated to MATS are estimated to be $157,000 for the 2013 MDOT calendar year that begins October 1, 2012 and ends September 30, 2013; and

WHEREAS, a  local fund  match of approximately 18% to 20%  is required to receive federal planning funds for MATS and said match costs will be equally shared by the City of Midland and the Midland County Road Commission; now therefore

RESOLVED, that City Council hereby agrees to fund 50% of the total required local match costs  for planning funds, in both the Federal Highway Administration Metropolitan Planning and Federal Transit Administration categories, for the first year as represented by the 2013 MDOT calendar year; and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the estimated total local match cost is estimated to be $36,000 and will be split equally between the City of Midland and Midland County Road Commission.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

SMARTZONE – SOUTH MIDLAND REDEVELOPMENT ZONE AREA

Director of Planning and Community Development Brad Kaye introduced Scott Walker, CEO of Midland Tomorrow, who spoke on the future establishment of a Midland SmartZone.  The following resolution was then offered by Councilman Adams and seconded by Councilman Brown:

 

WHEREAS, in 2011 Midland Tomorrow launched a redevelopment plan for legacy residential, commercial and industrial areas of the city called the South Midland Redevelopment Zone; and

WHEREAS, The Dow Chemical Company has funded the first phase of the concept and Midland Tomorrow is acquiring residential property for conversion into industrial park space; and

WHEREAS, in 2000 the Michigan Economic Development Corporation launched the Michigan SmartZoneSM Network—an innovative, statewide, technology business acceleration strategy to build entrepreneurial talent and infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, economic development tools available under a SmartZone designation are considered a reasonable and desirable approach to the redevelopment of the South Midland Redevelopment Zone; now therefore

RESOLVED, that Midland City Council approves in concept the establishment of a SmartZone in the South Midland Redevelopment Zone area and that Midland Tomorrow be authorized to make application to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for SmartZone designation on behalf of the City of Midland.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

MICHIGAN BUREAU OF FIRE SERVICES AGREEMENT

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

 

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan Bureau of Fire Services is seeking fire departments that are interested in being delegated for inspection of consumer fireworks retail sales facilities; and  

WHEREAS, the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Midland Fire Department is interested in accepting the delegation of inspection for facilities within our jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, it has been determined to be advantageous to the Midland Fire Department, in the proper discharge of its responsibilities, to make certain that businesses within our jurisdiction are conducted in a safe manner; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the agreement between the State of Michigan Bureau of Fire Services and the city of Midland for the delegation of inspections for consumer fireworks retail sales facilities for the timeframe of one year is authorized.  (Motion ADOPTED.)

 

Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 

 

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            Paula Whittington, Deputy City Clerk