A regular meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, January 25, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.  Mayor Donker presided.


Councilmen present:  Thomas Adams, Maureen Donker, Scott Gaynor, Bruce Johnson

Councilmen absent:     Marty Wazbinski


Proclaimed February 14, 2010, as “LWV Making Democracy Work Day” in Midland, in honor of the 90th birthday of the League of Women Voters.


Held public hearing and approved amendment to the General Fund Budget to recognize as revenue a gift from the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation for $350,000 and recognize the unanticipated expenditure of $350,000 for the renovation of Thrune Park.


Held public hearing and approved amendment to the newly-created 2009-10 Renewable Energy Services Fund Budget to increase revenues from Michigan State Revolving Loan proceeds by $10,000,000 and to increase appropriations for costs associated with the gas-to-energy system.


Held first reading of an ordinance amending Article X of Chapter 21 – Parking Fees.


Postponed action on Zoning Petition No. 563 – Earl D. Bennett Construction – to conditionally rezone property at 204 Commerce Drive from Larkin Township to Residential B zoning classification until Monday, February 15, 2010.


Received and filed the 2010-11 Construction Project Priorities List.


Endorsed the application for “Category A” Economic Development Grant funds from MDOT for street improvements surrounding expansions at The Dow Chemical Company.


Made the following Traffic Control Orders permanent:

         R-09-04     The speed limit on Whiffletree Lane shall be 25 mph.

         R-09-05     The speed limit on Fast Ice Drive shall be 35 mph and that Traffic Control Order R-07-09 shall be rescinded.

         S-09-13     Springwood Drive shall stop for Woodcliff Drive.


Authorized execution of a quitclaim deed and property easements for access and use by the City for the installation of its new landfill gas pipeline.


Opposed the potential closure of the Ashman Street Post Office and encouraged the U.S. Postal Service to maintain the downtown post office in its current location.  (Yeas:  Adams, Donker, Gaynor   Nays:  Johnson)


Approved request from H.H. Dow High Student Union to conduct a Walk Against Hunger event on February 6th utilizing the Rail Trail and charging an entry fee.


Waived bids and approved purchase of 13,401 gallons of diesel fuel from Karbowski Oil for $28,603.09 that was executed by the Purchasing Agent on January 13, 2010.




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.





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Selina Tisdale                                                              John E. Duso

City Clerk                                                                    Assistant City Manager

Midland, Michigan