January 11, 2014


A special meeting of the City Council was held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall.  Mayor Donker presided.


Councilmen present:

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

Councilmen absent:




Scott Walker, Midland Tomorrow Executive Director, gave Council an update on activity related to establishment of the Midland SmartZone.


David Keenan, Assistant City Manager for Financial Services, provided an overview of the City’s finances, including expenditure estimates and revenue projections, as well as fiscal challenges likely to be faced during FY14-15.  He also outlined general assumptions and format for the FY 14-15 budget document.


Mr. Keenan next provided a review of how new public sector accounting rules will apply to the City’s outstanding pension and retiree health care obligations.


Paula Whittington, Assistant City Manager for Human Resources, explained for Council how elements of the Affordable Care Act impact the City’s health insurance coverage and costs.


Superintendent of Schools, Michael Sharrow, discussed with Council financial challenges confronting Midland Public Schools as well as the Midland County Revenue Enhancement Millage Renewal vote scheduled for February 25th.


At 12:45 p.m. Council adjourned to closed session for the purpose of discussing legal affairs with the City Attorney.


At 1:50 p.m. Council returned to open session.  City Manager Lynch discussed with Council internal governance principles focused on constituent outreach.


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 14-15 budget no increase in operating millage, sustained public services, and retaining unreserved fund balance.


Council received public comment requesting that more citizen input be accommodated earlier in the budget formation process.


Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.




                                                                        Jon Lynch, Deputy City Clerk