A regular meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, April 14, 2003.  Mayor Black presided with all Council members present.


Proclaimed April 21-27 as Support Your Troops Week in the City of Midland.


Authorized placement of U.S. flags along Main Street from April 21 through May 26 and granted permission for volunteers to tie yellow ribbons in Downtown Midland along Main Street and Eastman Avenue and on street trees throughout the City.


Accepted report on Affordable Housing and PILOT agreements and received public comments on the report.


Held a public hearing of necessity and approved the 2003 Countryside & Green Sanitary Sewer Improvement.  (Yeas:  Griggs, McKeag, Wazbinski   Nays:  Black, Currie)


Accepted the special assessment roll for the “2003 Countryside & Green Sanitary Sewer Special Assessment District” and set a public hearing on the roll for April 28, 2003, at 7:00 p.m.


Gave tentative approval of the Preliminary Plat of Countryside Estates.


Approved Site Plan No. 223 for Fountain Park Office Center.


Approved Site Plan No. 225 for a Dialysis Clinic.


Gave final approval of the Preliminary Plat of Broadhead Estates.


Approved a six-month time extension for the Preliminary Plat of City Forest Estates.


Approved the final plat of City Forest Estates No. 2 Subdivision.


Received and ordered filed the City Manager’s 2003-04 Proposed Budget and set two public hearings on the budget, April 28, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. and May 12, 2003, at 7:00 p.m.


Received and ordered filed a report regarding special assessment district improvements for the Shopping Area Redevelopment District and set a public hearing of necessity on the proposed improvements for April 28, 2003, at 7:00 p.m.


Named City Manager Karl S. Tomion as Transportation Coordinator and stated the City’s intentions to apply for Federal and State Financial Assistance.


Authorized City Manager Karl S. Tomion to enter into and execute all contracts of $20,000 or less with the Michigan Department of Transportation.


Accepted recommendation of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Board to provide a coffee service in the library in partnership with the Arnold Center, Inc.


Confirmed the City Manager’s reappointment of Jody Cooley and Claudia Wallin to the Downtown Development Authority for terms to expire May 1, 2007.


Appointed Joe DuFort as the Township Representative to the Library Board to fill an unexpired term expiring June 30, 2004.


Made the following Traffic Control Orders permanent:

      D-03-01     Established that traffic signal at the intersection of Eastman Road and Dilloway Drive operate in full color mode 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

      P-03-01     Established that parking be prohibited on the west side Jefferson Avenue between George Street and Nelson Street.

      P-03-04     Established that parking shall be prohibited on the north side of Carpenter Street, between Jerome Street and Suncrist Street, 50 feet east and west of the Carpenter School pedestrian crossing. 

      R-03-01     Established that “No Turn on Red” control for eastbound Wackerly Street at Jefferson Avenue be removed.

      S-03-02     Established that Vandemere Drive shall stop for Dublin Avenue.

      S-03-03     Established that Clay Street shall yield for Quincy Drive at the northbound and southbound approaches (two intersections). 

      S-03-04     Established that yield control for eastbound Soper Street at Burch Street be removed.


Approved request from Northwood University Outreach Programs Director and the Downtown Development Authority to utilize the public right of way for the purpose of placing fox sculptures in various locations in the downtown area.


Approved request from the Midland Soccer Club to conduct a fireworks display on May 10, 2003.


Authorized execution of a contract with Central Asphalt, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan for the “2003 Local Street Reconstruction, Phase I; Contract No. 1”, in the amount of $209,476.85.


Authorized payment to Walsh & Associates, Inc., George E. Sansoucy, A. A. Schoenwald Associates, Inc. and Whitfield Russell Associates for contracted appraisal services related to the City’s defense in the Midland Cogeneration Venture tax appeal for an additional amount of $230,000 for the total amount not to exceed $4,480,000.


Authorized purchase of snow and ice control salt through the State of Michigan Extended Purchasing Program for prices to be determined by a competitive bidding system in a total amount not to exceed the 2003-04 budgeted sum for this purpose.


Authorized execution of contract with Republic Services of Northern Michigan, LLC of Pinconning, Michigan for recycling collections services commencing July 1, 2003, at a rate of $1.21 per stop per month.


Authorized execution of a contract with Carol J. Schaefer, doing business as “In New Ways” to operate a food concession at the Currie Clubhouse for $2,500 over the first three months of the contract and to receive 5% of the gross revenue for the final four months of the season.


Accepted bid and authorized issuance of purchase order for Phase I of the bid to Siegal/Tuomaala of Farmington Hills, Michigan for architectural services for the Midland Civic Arena project in the amount of $17,500.


Set a public hearing of necessity on the 2003 Sidewalk Improvement Program for May 12, 2003, at 7:00 p.m.


Set a public hearing for April 28, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. to receive comments on a request from Electro Panel, Inc., to establish an Industrial Development District.


Set a public hearing for April 28, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. to receive comments on the proposed Community Development Block Grant budget for fiscal year 2003-04.


Approved request for revised route for the Cruise ‘N Car Show.




Summary contains only City Council action.  Discussion items by citizens are not included.  Details on Council meetings may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office or a video of the entire meeting may be purchased from MCTV at 837-3477.






Penny K. Kovacevich                                                 

City Clerk                                                                    

Midland, Michigan