APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
REGULAR MEETING OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD 8-15-2015


 
APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD AUGUST 18, 2015
Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
 
Commissioner Haas led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
Reverend Dave Poolman of Princeton Christian Reformed Church gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Robert Coughlin, Erwin Haas, Jerry DeMaagd, Steve Redmond and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Deputy Fire Chief Gregg Ginebaugh,  Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett, Deputy Police Chief Don Tuuri.
 
Six (6) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by DeMaagd, to approve the agenda.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
 
William Wenzel, 5102 Greenacres, requested the City not purchase the full automatic duty weapon and to have passive safeties on the Police handguns.
 
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, supported by Haas, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
  1. Payables for the City totaling $4,525,741.02.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  None.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                   
Motion by Coughlin, supported by Brown, to approve the minutes of the August 10, 2015 City Commission Meeting.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
 
 
PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS:
 
MONTHLY REPORTS FROM POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
 
Police Chief Hillen reviewed the Police Department Monthly Report for July 2015.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Ginebaugh reviewed the Fire Department Monthly Report for July 2015.
 
Each noted specific incidents of interest.
 
PUBLIC HEARING:
 
Justice Assistance Grant
Mayor Kepley opened the public hearing for a submitted proposal to the United States Bureau of Justice Assistance to utilize the Justice Assistance Granting funding for projects to reduce crime and improve public safety.
 
Following a brief presentation by Deputy Police Chief Tuuri:
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Coughlin, to close the public hearing.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
APPROVE THE PROPOSAL SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE FOR FUNDING PROJECTS TO REDUCE CRIME AND IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY.
Motion by Coughlin, seconded by Artz, to approve the submission to the JAG for $12,164.00 to purchase twelve EOTECH Holographic Hybrid Sight with g33.sts magnifier systems.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
BIDS:
 
PURCHASE OF FIREARMS FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Deputy Police Chief Turri reviewed Police Chief Hillen’s memorandum dated August 12, 2015 and addressed questions of the Commission. He noted that the firearms are not automatic weapons and explained why it is not an automatic weapon.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Coughlin, to approve the purchase of 21 replacement duty weapons and related accessories, from Interstate Arms Corporation, in the amount of $15,615.00, with JAG grant funds from the FY 2015-16 Police Equipment Fund budget.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
RESOLUTIONS:
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 36–15 TO APPROVE AMENDMENT 39 IN THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF GRAND VALLEY METROPOLITAN COUNCIL TO ADD NELSON TOWNSHIP AND THE VILLAGE OF SPARTA AS MEMBERS.
Mayor Kepley gave a brief explanation on what GVMC does and what it’s for.
 
Motion by Coughlin, supported by Artz, to adopt Resolution 36–15 to approve Amendment 39 in the Articles of Incorporation of Grand Valley Metropolitan Council to add Nelson Township and the Village of Sparta as Members.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Commissioner Redmond-Gave credit to the Parks & Recreation for their work on the Farmer’s Market.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd-Questioned when the new “Welcome to Kentwood” sign will be installed. DPW Director Gorney informed the Commission the sign will be installed next week, and another sign for Forest Hills is planned to be installed at a later date.
 
Commissioner Artz-Expressed thanks to the Police Department on the Bailey’s Grove issue.
 
Mayor Kepley-Informed the Commission that two additional vendors have been added to the Farmer’s Market and reminded the Commission of the MML Conference in Traverse City, September 17th and 18th and asked if any of the Commissioners would be attending.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:46 P.M.
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                                           Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk                                                                               Mayor