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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD OCTOBER 3, 2017
Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
 
Commissioner Coughlin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
Reverend James Kralt of East Paris Christian Reformed Church gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Richard Clanton, Robert Coughlin, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas and Mayor Kepley.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Assistant City Engineer Dan VanderHeide, Finance Director Tom Chase, Deputy Finance Director Bhama Cairns, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Deputy Police Chief Richard Roberts, Parks Trails and Grants Administrator Denise Dawson, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, Police Administrator Cindy Stevens, Deputy City Clerk Becky Schultz and City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett.
 
Thirty (30) citizens attended the meeting.
 
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS SPEAKING TO NON-AGENDA ITEMS.
Four speakers representing or supporting The RAPID transit worker’s union addressed the Commission regarding contract negotiations.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to approve the agenda.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
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 DeMaagd, seconded by Brown, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
 
  1. Receive and file minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting held on September 19, 2017.
  2. Res. 38 -17 to set a public hearing for the establishment of an Industrial Development District for Lacks Trim Systems, 4315  52nd St. SE.
  3. Receive and file minutes of the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting held on June 12, 2017.
  4. Receive and file June 2017 General Revenue & Expenditure report.
  5. Authorize a contract amendment with Prein & Newhof, Inc. for additional engineering services related to 44th St. rehabilitation from Shaffer Ave. to Broadmoor Ave.
  6. Payables for the City totaling $1,401,594.94.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  None.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Haas, to approve the minutes of the September 19, 2017 City Commission Meeting.
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
 
PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS:
 
PRESENTATION BY DR. BILL PINK, PRESIDENT, GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
Dr. Pink highlighted the history and impact of GRCC, noting the current focus of being relevant and responsive.  GRCC partners with four year universities and businesses to provide the education and training to best prepare students.  Dr. Pink sited statistics associated with Kentwood, noting 24% of EKHS graduates enrolling at GRCC and Kentwood residents making up approximately 10% of GRCC’s student body.
 
ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO POLICE CAPTAIN MIKE BOCKHEIM.
Police Chief Hillen introduced Captain Bockheim.  Deputy City Clerk Schultz administered the Oath of Office.  Captain Bockheim introduced family and friends present.
 
 
BIDS:
 
AUTHORIZE A THREE YEAR CONTRACT WITH PITSCH SANITARY DIVISION FOR THE REMOVAL OF COLLECTED LEAVES AND CHRISTMAS TREES.
Public Works Director Gorney reviewed his memorandum dated September 19, 2017.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown to authorize a three year contract, with the option to extend for two additional one year terms at the quoted rate, with Pitsch Sanitary Division for the removal of collected leaves and Christmas trees, at an estimated cost of $20,000.00 annually, with funds from the FY 2017-18 General Fund-Public Works budget.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
AUTHORIZE PURCHASE OF PLAYGROUND AND PARK AMENITIES FOR THREE CITY PARKS FROM SINCLAIR RECREATION, LLC.
Parks, Trails and Grants Coordinator Dawson reviewed her memorandum dated September 27, 2017.
 
Motion by Haas, seconded by Clanton to authorize the purchase of two playground climbers, a gaga pit, bleachers, and other park accessories for three City parks from Sinclair Recreation, LLC at a total cost of $44,350.00, including installation, with funds from the FY 2017-18 Parks Millage fund.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
RESOLUTIONS
 
RES. 39-17 TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL FOR A DISTILLERY LIQUOR LICENSE FOR BLACK OWL DISTILLERY LOCATED AT 4717 BROADMOOR AVENUE SE.
Economic Development Planner Golder introduced Ben Borisch, accountant and legal advisor for Black Owl Distillery.  Mr. Borisch reviewed his letter dated September 26, 2017.
 
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Brown to approve Resolution 39-17 to recommend approval by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission of a distillery license for Black Owl Distillery located at 4717 Broadmoor Avenue SE.
 
Roll call vote:  Yeas:  All.  Nays:  None.  Absent:  None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution adopted.
 
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Mayor Kepley – noted Trunk or Treat on October 21 and Leaf Drop-off beginning October 14.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 pm.
 
 
 
 
 
Becky Schultz                                                                         Stephen C.N. Kepley
Deputy City Clerk                                                                  Mayor