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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD MAY 11, 2015
Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
John Helder gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Erwin Haas, Jerry DeMaagd, Steve Redmond and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Brown, to excuse Commissioner Coughlin with prior notification.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ginebaugh, 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, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett and Assistant City Engineer Dan VanderHeide.
 
Thirty (30) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Brown, supported by Artz, to approve the agenda.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
 
Three South Christian students introduced themselves.
 
CONSENT AGENDA: (All items under this section are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion with no discussion. If discussion is desired by a Commission member, that member may request removal of an item from the Consent Agenda.)
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Haas, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
  1. Receive and file minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on April 21, 2015.
  2. Receive and file minutes of the Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting held on April 20, 2015.
  3. Approve 2015 Street Resurfacing and Routine Maintenance Program (with contracts to various vendors) at a total cost not to exceed $1,100,000.00 (including a 10% contingency), with funds from the Local and Major Street Funds (Act 51) as well as Operating and Capital funds for trail and parking lot maintenance from  the FY 2015-16 and FY 2016-17 budgets.
  4. Payables for the City totaling $1,716,710.72.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  Coughlin.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                   
Motion by Artz, supported by Haas, to approve the minutes of the April 21, 2015 City Commission Meeting.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                    DeMaagd Dissenting.
 
PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS:
 
ADMINISTER OATHS OF OFFICE TO FIRE FIGHTERS.
 
Fire Chief Looman introduced the fire fighters.
City Clerk Kasunic administered the Oaths of Office to Captain Michael Hipp, Lieutenant/Inspector Matthew Hollinrake and Fire Fighter Adam Tanis of the Fire Department. They in turn introduced family and friends in attendance.
 
BIDS:
 
PURCHASE OF SOFT BODY ARMOR FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Police Chief Hillen reviewed his memorandum dated May 6, 2015 regarding the replacement of body armor.
 
Motion by Brown, supported by Artz, to authorize the purchase of sixteen soft body armor vests for the Police Department from CMP Distributors, at a cost (including shipping and fitting) not to exceed $10,765.00, with funds from the FY 2015-16 General Fund budget (Police Department operating funds) and with an anticipated reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost from the U.S. Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:
 
CONFIRM APPOINTMENTS OF EMILY BRIDSON, RUSS SLATER, CHAD VAN SOELEN, DULANE COVAL AND MATT KOOIMAN.
Motion by DeMaagd, supported by Brown, to confirm the appointments of Emily Bridson to the Planning Commission until 1/17, Russ Slater and Chad Van Soelen (Alt) to the Zoning Board of Appeals until 1/18 and 1/17, Duane Coval to the Building Code Appeals Board until 1/18 and Matt Kooiman to the Local Officers Compensation Commission until 1/21.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Commissioner DeMaagd-Questioned the goal of the County to install a methane collection system at the landfill based on measurable need.
 
Commissioner Artz-Attended a Kentwood Community Coalition meeting and asked that she pass along information on the upcoming golf outing.
 
Mayor Kepley-Stated that next month will have information regarding the County Dispatch or County Landfill. Dave & Buster’s ribbon cutting on Friday at 11:30a.m.
 
Deputy Administrator Houtteman-EMS contract and dispatch amendment to come before the Commission in June or July. City Golf Outing has been postponed until September.
 
City Engineer Bradshaw-Noted the County Board of Public Works passed an ordinance to increase the surcharge fee to the users of the landfill that will take care of legacy cost, but will need to be approved by two additional board prior to it taking effect, and would likely reduce Kentwood’s cost. MDEQ does administer the care and requirements of the landfill on behalf of the EPA. He stated that the City does have a voice at the table and can ask questions regarding Commissioner DeMaagd’s question.
 
Commissioner Brown-Mentioned the EDC Breakfast for Business this Friday from 7:30-9:00a.m.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
 
 
Dan M. Kasunic                                                                      Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk                                                                               Mayor