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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD JUNE 29, 2017
Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:38 A.M.
 
Commissioner Robert Coughlin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
Roll Call:  Present:  Commissioners Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Richard Clanton, Robert Coughlin, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas, and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Staff Present:  Deputy Finance Director Bhama Cairns, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, City Assessor Andrew Johnson, City Treasurer Laurie Sheldon, Fire Assistant Nancy Shane, and City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett.
 
Five (5) citizens attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Coughlin, supported by Artz, to approve the agenda.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried
 
There were no people wishing to speak to non-agenda items.
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 32-17 APPROVING A BROWNFIELD PLAN FOR WOODLAND MALL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT (3099 28TH ST. SE)
Economic Development Planner Golder explained that a public hearing on the brownfield redevelopment plan was held on June 20, but action on the resolution was postponed pending additional cost information.  Staff has reviewed the information and recommends approval with conditions and modifications.  Much of the discussion involved whether to include recapture of part of the interest expenses related to environmental remediation.
 
Motion by Clanton, supported by Coughlin, to adopt Resolution 32-17 approving a brownfield plan for Brownfield Redevelopment Authority of the City of Kentwood pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Act 381 of the Public Acts of the State of Michigan of 1996, as amended for the Woodland Mall Redevelopment Project located at 3099 28th Street SE, with the following modifications to the combined Brownfield Plan and Work Plan:
  • Interest will not be a reimbursable expense of the Plan.
  • Applicant must remove ineligible expenses from the 15% contingency allowance.
  • The City and developer work out a mutually agreeable Development and Reimbursement Agreement, including Developer’s affirmation that no Michigan Tax Tribunal appeals shall be filed during the term of the Agreement.
  • The City reserves the right to discontinue the capture of tax increment revenue for the local revolving fund and/or administrative fee, or to decrease the amount of such capture(s) during the term of the Plan.
  • The parties acknowledge and agree that the City may engage and pay for an independent consultant to review and verify invoices and operational measures for which reimbursement is sought.
  • The term of the Plan will be limited to not more than 15 years.
  • The base taxable value shall be as established by the City of the 2018 tax year
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  Brown, Clanton, Coughlin, Haas and Mayor Kepley.  Nays:  Artz and DeMaagd.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR
Commissioner Clanton noted that the City Commission should remain protective of taxpayer dollars.  He will be absent from the July 10 meeting.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd said that regulations are necessary but sometimes become onerous and burdensome.
 
Commissioner Artz said that July 4th is coming.  Commissioners Brown and Coughlin will be walking in parade.
 
Mayor Kepley will be absent from the July 10 meeting.
 
Motion by Brown, supported by Artz, to adjourn.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried
 
The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 A.M.
 
 
 
Nancy Shane                                                           Stephen C. N. Kepley
Recording Clerk                                                       Mayor