January 12, 2013


A special meeting of the City Council was held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall.  Mayor Donker presided.


Councilmen present:

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

Councilmen absent:

Diane Brown



Assistant City Manager for Financial Services David Keenan provided an overview of the City’s finances, including expenditure estimates and revenue projections, as well as fiscal challenges likely to be faced during FY13-14.


Paula Whittington, Assistant City Manager for Human Resources, explained for Council the City’s projected future obligations related to civilian and public safety employee pensions and other post employment benefits. 


David Keenan next provided a review of financial performance and applicable deficit elimination plans for the City’s enterprise recreation funds.


Paula Whittington discussed with Council the anticipated impact that federal healthcare reform mandates will have on the City.


At 10:30 a.m. Council adjourned to separate closed sessions for the purpose of discussing upcoming labor agreements as well as updates on litigation pertaining to tax appeals.


At 11:40 a.m. Council returned to open session, receiving from Noel Bush, Director of Public Utilities, a report on operational progress at the Midland Landfill Gas to Energy project.


Mary Draves, Dow Global Remediation and Michigan Dioxin Initiative Director and Steve Lucas, Dow Senior Remediation Leader, updated Council on local dioxin remediation efforts.


David Keenan discussed with Council options and methods to introduce comprehensive financial forecasts into the City’s adopted budget.  Two year projections will be integrated into the budget beginning FY 2014-2015.


City Manager Lynch discussed with Council internal governance principles focused on the most important attributes of a high performing elected representative and, collectively, a high performing City Council.


Council discussed the following three City Council goals; 1. Ensure economic sustainability, 2. Provide outstanding quality of life via excellent services and amenities, and 3. Provide effective stewardship of community resources.  Council directed the City Manager to address in preparation of the FY 13-14 budget operations millage increase not exceeding ˝ mill, sustained public services, and retaining unreserved fund balance.


Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.




                                                                        Jon Lynch, Deputy City Clerk