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Minutes for 10/16/2007
APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD OCTOBER 16, 2007
Mayor Richard L. Root called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Sharon R. Brinks, Michael W. Brown, Richard Clanton, Frank Cummings, Frank Raha III and Mayor Richard L. Root.
Motion by Cummings, supported by Raha, to excuse Commissioner Robert Coughlin with prior notification.
Motion by Clanton, supported by Brinks, to adjourn to Closed Executive Session to consider the purchase of real property as permitted under Section 8(d) of P.A. 267 of 1975, as amended by Act 256 of the 1978 Open Meetings Act.
Roll Call Vote: Yeas: All. Nay: None. Absent: Coughlin.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:01 P.M.
The meeting reconvened at 7:36 P.M.
Reverend Jerry DeRuiter of Kentwood Community Church gave the invocation.
Commissioner Brinks led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Staff Present: Fire Chief Jim Carr, Finance Director Tom Chase, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Police Chief Rick Mattice, City Assessor Deb Ring, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett, Deputy Administrator Keith Van Beek and Public Works Director Ron Woods
Eight (8) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
Motion by Clanton, supported by Brinks, to approve the agenda with the following addenda: move 9(d) Service Committee Minutes to 14(a) Reports of Committees.
Motion by Brinks, supported by Clanton, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
A. Receive and file minutes of the Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting held on October 8, 2007.
B. To designate a freestanding promotional sign at the Kentwood Library at 4700 Kalamazoo Ave., SE as an ?official city sign? for the ?Halloween Hoopla? with the sign being displayed Oct 22-Nov 1, 2007 and to waive the permit fee.
C. Receive and file minutes of the Combined City and Planning Commission Meeting held October 9, 2007.
D. Payables for the City of $567,758.58, Roads of $174,026.23, Water/Sewer of $11,289.03, Taxes of $494,808.00, totaling $1,247,881.84.
Roll Call Vote: Yeas: All. Nays: None. Absent: Coughlin.
Motion by Raha, supported by Brown, to approve the minutes of the October 2, 2007 City Commission Meeting.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS:
APPROVE TRAFFIC CONTROL ORDERS #398 THROUGH 405.
Motion by Cummings, supported by Raha, to approve Traffic Control Orders #398 and #399 to Install a YIELD SIGNS on S and N LaCasa Ct at its intersections with 59th Street and Traffic Control Orders #400 through #405 to install NO PARKING SIGNS on the north side of Montebello Street for its entire length, on the west side of Jefferson Avenue between Montebello Street and Harp Street, on the west side of Jefferson Avenue between Montebello Street and 44th Street, on the west side of Madison Avenue between Montebello Street and 44th Street, on the north side of Ridgewood Street between S. Division Avenue and Julivan Avenue, and on the north side of Farnham Street between S. Division Avenue and Madison Avenue.
APPROVE THE CELL TOWER LAND LEASE AGREEMENT WITH CENTENNIAL WIRELESS TO INSTALL A CELLULAR PHONE CABINET ADJACENT TO FIRE STATION #1 AT 4775 WALMA AVENUE.
Fire Chief Carr reviewed his memorandum dated October 11, 2007 regarding a land lease agreement and asked for additional contingencies.
Motion by Cummings, supported by Raha, to approve the cell tower land lease agreement with Centennial Wireless to install a cellular phone cabinet adjacent to Fire Station #1 located at 4775 Walma Avenue, SE. with the following contingencies: City Attorney?s approval, Planning Commission?s Final Site Plan approval, receiving all permits as required and an approved Landscaping Plan.
Mayor Root opened the public hearing to approve an application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate in the City of Kentwood for Borisch Manufacturing Corporation located at 4511 East Paris Ave., SE; under Act 198.
After a brief presentation by Economic Development Planner Golder and Controller Daniel Hislop:
Motion by Brown, supported by Clanton, to close the public hearing.
ADOPT RESOLUTION 82?07 TO APPROVE AN APPLICATION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE FOR BORISCH.
Motion by Cummings, supported by Clanton, to adopt Resolution 82?07 to approve an application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate in the City of Kentwood for Borisch Manufacturing Corporation located at 4511 East Paris Ave., SE; under Act 198.
Roll call Vote: Yeas: All. Nays: None. Absent: Coughlin.
Agricultural Processing Renaissance Zone.
Mayor Root opened the public hearing to establish an Agricultural Processing Renaissance Zone in the City of Kentwood.
Following a brief Presentation by Economic Development Planner Golder, MEDC Business Development Manager Kathleen White, Dept of Agriculture Representative Bob Craig and Renaissance Specialist John Czarnrcki:
Motion by Clanton, supported by Brown, to close the public hearing.
The Commission requested additional information and a timeline for any action needed. No action was taken with the understanding that action will be needed at the November 12, 2007 City Commission Meeting to have the zone in place for a 2008 tax abatement.
REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES:
Commissioner Brinks had requested the minutes be moved to Reports of Committees to clarify action taken. She asked about the timeline given to the homeowner to fix the sidewalk and if an indemnity was received. The Committee explained the timeline was given so work could be done if the homeowner hired a private contractor. The Committee explained action made regarding the sidewalk appeal that the City requires a ? inch raise in any slab be replaced; however? the State requires a 2? rise to be replaced and Commissioner Brinks concern the City would be held liable to legal action. She asked Risk Management to review the current timelines, with Attorney Sluggett volunteering to meet with Risk Management (Phil Tietz) regarding this issue. Commissioner Clanton reviewed Commissioner Brinks? concern on any precedence made by moving the shed on an easement to another section of the easement. Staff explained the shed had been moved at no cost to the City and that they believe the easement section where the shed would be relocated was planned to be abandoned. It was noted that a hold harmless agreement had been signed by the homeowner. Commissioner Brinks requested the Service Committee minutes be amended to have information added explaining the action and why no precedence was set and have those minutes approved at the next City Commission Meeting.
Motion by Brown, supported by Brown, to receive and file minutes of the Service Committee Meeting held on October 11, 2007, with the easement item to return to the City Commission November 12, 2007.
ADOPT RESOLUTION 83?07 TO CHANGE BRIDLE CREEK STREET AND BRIDLECREEK STREET TO BRIDLE CREEK DRIVE, SE.
Motion by Cummings, supported by Brown, to adopt Resolution 83?07 to change Bridle Creek Street and Bridlecreek Street to Bridle Creek Drive, SE in the City of Kentwood.
Roll Call Vote: Yeas: All. Nays: None. Absent: None.
ADOPT RESOLUTION 84?07 TO CHANGE MAPLECREEK AVENUE TO MAPLE CREEK AVENUE SE IN THE CITY OF KENTWOOD.
Motion by Cummings, supported by Brown, to adopt Resolution 84?07 to change Maplecreek Avenue to Maple Creek Avenue, SE in the City of Kentwood.
Roll call Vote: Yeas: All. Nays: None. Absent: Coughlin.
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
Commissioner Clanton-Informed the Commission that a representative from the Right Place spoke at the EDC meeting giving them a lot of good information.
Commissioner Raha-Expressed his same concerns the Mayor expressed earlier regarding follow-up by the State on compliance to the renaissance zones.
Commissioner Brown-Informed the Commission of his and others participation in the Fire Department?s ?campfire? and expressed how educational it was and thanked the union and the Fire Department.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 P.M.
Dan Kasunic Richard L. Root
City Clerk Mayor