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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD JANUARY 20, 2015
Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
 
AMVETS led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
John Helder gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Sharon R. Brinks, Michael W. Brown, Robert Coughlin, Erwin Haas, Jerry DeMaagd and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, Deputy Administrator Rich Houtteman, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Parks and Recreation Director Val Romeo, City Treasurer Laurie Sheldon, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett and Assistant City Engineer Dan Vander Heide.
 
Eighteen (18) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Haas, to approve the agenda.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:
 
ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF SHARON R. BRINKS AS COMMISSIONER- AT-LARGE.
Each commissioner commented on her commitment and the help and guidance she had given them. Commissioner Brinks spoke of her future.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Brown, to accept the resignation of Sharon R. Brinks as Commissioner-At-Large.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                    Brinks abstained.
 
County Commissioner Harold Mast read a proclamation from the Kent County Commission and declared January 20th as Sharon Brinks Day.
 
Former Mayor Richard Clanton read a proclamation from the State.
 
Mayor Kepley along with Mayor Pro-Tem Brown presented a plaque, a City Flag and a “Brinks” City street sign.
 
ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO WILLIAM G. KELLY AS 62-B DISTRICT COURT JUDGE.
 
City Clerk Kasunic administered a ceremonial Oath of Office to Judge Kelly.
 
Judge Kelly noted that he requested this because this will be his last term.
 
ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO SHARON R.  BRINKS AS ATTORNEY MAGISTRATE.
 
City Clerk Kasunic administered the Oath of Office to Sharon Brinks as Attorney Magistrate.
 
CONSENT AGENDA:
 
Motion by Coughlin, supported by DeMaagd, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
 
  1. Payables for the City totaling $4,801,595.27.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd commented on the need to have Consumer’s Energy maintain their streetlights.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  None.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                   
Motion by Coughlin, supported by DeMaagd, to approve the minutes of the January 6, 2015 City Commission Meeting.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Mayor Kepley-Informed the Commission the bill from the Drain Commission to have the drains cleared from the damage done by the tornado that came through Kentwood was $59,856.69 and was an emergency expenditure.
 
With the resignation of Commissioner Brinks, who was the City’s representative on the Kelloggsville School Board, the City is needing someone to represent the City.
 
He informed everyone that at the next meeting the City Commission seat will be declared vacant.
 
He reminded the Commission of the Work Session (Retreat) on Saturday January 31st at the Library beginning at 8:00 a.m. with topic including funding, fund balances, and the May Election concerning the way the roads are funded, and the consequences depending on the outcome.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:26 P.M.
 
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                                           Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk                                                                               Mayor