APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
REGULAR MEETING OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD June 16, 2015


Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
 
Commissioner Artz led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
Pastor (retired) Paul Bailey gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Robert Coughlin, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas, Steve Redmond and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Public Works Director John Gorney, Deputy Administrator Rich Houtteman, City Assessor Andy Johnson, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Assistant Planner Joe Pung, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett, Deputy Police Chief Don Tuuri.
 
Twenty (20) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Coughlin, supported by Artz, to approve the agenda with the following addenda: move 7(f) to 10(c).
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
 
The owner of Little Smiles Daycare is requesting they be allow to place sign for two weeks for enrollment at 1718-44th Street. Mayor Kepley took the information and will have staff contact her.
 
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 Brown, supported by Haas, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
  1. Receive and file minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on June 2, 2015.
  2. Resolution 28–15 to approve the Water and Sewer Operating and Capital Budgets and to set the rates for Water and Sewer services in the City of Kentwood (Wyoming District) for Fiscal Year 2015-16.
  3. Authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with Mark 1 Restoration Services for the amount not to exceed $73,000.00 (including a 15% contingency) for the tuck pointing and staining of the City Hall exterior with funds from the FY 2015-16 Property and Building Funds budget.
  4. Resolution 29–15 to adopt the Freedom of Information Policy.
  5. Resolution 30–15 to revoke Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate No. 2006-147 issued to Borisch Manufacturing Corporation located at 4550 Air West Drive, SE; under Act 198.
  6. Resolution 31–15 to extend payment terms for a Confirmed Special Assessment District for Ravines Neighborhood B1.
  7. Payables for the City totaling $417,057.23.
  8. Authorize the Mayor to enter into a construction agreement with Bosco Construction, LLC, owners of the property known as Wildflower Creek #2 which is located north of 52nd Street and west of East Paris Avenue, to authorize the Developer to install storm sewers and streets in preparation for the City’s acceptance of them as public, and to set up escrow arrangements to offset the City’s costs relative to construction inspection of those improvements.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  None.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                    Resolutions Adopted.
                                                                                   
Motion by Artz supported by Haas, to approve the minutes of the June 2, 2015 City Commission Meeting.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS:
 
DENY REQUEST BY TOTAL HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC FOR A POLE SIGN AT 2172 EAST PARIS AVENUE.
Economic Development Planner Golder reviewed the request and the recommendation of the Planning Commission’s Findings of Fact dated June 9, 2015.
 
Motion by Haas, supported by DeMaagd, to deny the request by Total Health Chiropractic for a pole sign at 2172 East Paris Avenue, SE. based on the reasons provided by the Planning Commission’s Findings of Fact dated June 9, 2015.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
APPROVE REQUEST FOR WAIVER FROM THE SIGN ORDINANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR SHELDON CLEANERS AT 3000 BRETON AVENUE,
Assistant Planner Pung reviewed the request and the recommendations of the Planning Commission’s Findings of Fact dated June 10, 2015.
 
Motion by Artz supported by DeMaagd, to approve the request to waive the sign ordinance requirements for Sheldon Cleaners located at 3000 Breton Ave., SE.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
APPROVE THE CITY’S ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE EMPLOYEE PENSION PLAN.
Finance Director Chase reviewed the decisions and actions of the Pension Board.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Haas, to approve the City’s annual contribution of $1,560,000.00 to the City of Kentwood Employee Pension Plan custody account at Fifth Third Bank.
           
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
BIDS:
 
SALT STORAGE BUILDING ROOF REPLACEMENT FOR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS.
Public Works Director Gorney reviewed his memorandum dated June 9, 2015 regarding the roof replacement.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Coughlin, to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with Free Spirit Construction, Inc. (low bidder) for the re-shingling of the salt storage building roof at a cost not-to-exceed $25,000.00 (including a 15% contingency), with funds from the FY 2015-16 DPW Equipment Fund budget.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
TRUCK HOIST FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS.
Public Works Director Gorney reviewed his memorandum dated June 10, 2015 regarding the purchase of a replacement truck hoist and the benefits to a wireless system.
 
Motion by DeMaagd, supported by Haas, to approve the purchase of a “Rotary” brand wireless portable truck hoist system for the City’s Public Works Department from American Hoist, Air & Lube Equipment Company in the amount of $41,053.00 (after trade-in), with funds from the FY 2015-16 DPW Equipment Fund budget.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
RESOLUTIONS:
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 32–15 TO APPROVE AN APPLICATION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE FOR LACKS.
Economic Development Planner Golder reviewed the improvement dollars and proposed additional jobs.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by DeMaagd, to adopt Resolution 32–15 to approve an application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate in the City of Kentwood for Lacks Enterprises, Inc. located at 4975 Broadmoor Avenue, SE; under Act 198.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
ADOPT RESOLUTION 33–15 REGARDING THE INSTALLATION OF SIDEWALKS ON ARTERIAL AND COLLECTOR STREETS.
Assistant City Engineer VanderHeide reviewed the resolution and brief discussion ensued pertaining to the wording used and working with the Madison Ave. Church to reduce the financial burden installing sidewalks.
 
Motion by Coughlin, supported by Brown, to adopt Resolution 33–15 regarding the installation of sidewalks on arterial and collector streets.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  Artz, Brown, Coughlin, Redmond and Kepley.    Nays: DeMaagd and Haas.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:
 
CONFIRM APPOINTMENT OF EVAN ANDREW JOHNSON AS CITY ASSESSOR.
Mayor Kepley gave a brief history of Andy’s time with the City and level of education as an assessor.
 
Motion by Coughlin, supported by Haas, to confirm the appointment of Evan Andrew Johnson as City Assessor.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO EVAN ANDREW JOHNSON AS CITY ASSESSOR.
City Clerk Kasunic administered the Oath of Office to Evan (Andy) Johnson as City Assessor, with family members in attendance.
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Commissioner Coughlin-Spoke of the first Farmer’s Market turnout last Saturday.
 
Mayor Kepley-Spoke of the non-motorized trail that is close by the site and of the Library.
 
Commissioner Artz-Informed the Commission of the Kentwoodpalooza this Wednesday.
 
Commissioner Haas-Informed the Commission of pending legislation at the State regarding asset forfeiture and requested the commission to learn more about this pending legislation.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                                           Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk                                                                               Mayor