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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
July 31, 2017
Conference Room #119
5:30 P.M.
 
Present: Commissioners: Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Brown, Betsy Artz, Robert Coughlin, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas, and Mayor Stephen Kepley. Also present: Deputy Finance Director Bhama Cairns, Finance Director Tom Chase, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Assistant Planner Joe Pung, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo and Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer.
 
PLANNING DEPARTMENT:
 
  1. RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR THE CITY OF KENTWOOD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEDC REDEVELOPMENT READY COMMUNITIES PROGRAM.
Economic Development Planner Golder spoke on the State Certifying Program to evaluate and improve the business climate and is voluntary, but allows for resources to become available to the City after we become certified, which could take up to several months. The program shows the community has deliberate, fair, consistent and transparent development processes for investment. The City is on the second step of the process which requires a resolution to participate in this program. Golder reviewed the six best practice criteria. Those are
  • Community Plans and Public outreach
  • Zoning regulations
  • Development review process.
  • Recruitment & education.
  • Economic development strategy.
  • Redevelopment ready sites.
    Planner Golder noted the benefits of certification and answered questions of the Committee. Commissioner Coughlin spoke of the recommendation of the EDC.
     
    Motion by Coughlin, seconded by DeMaagd, to recommend to the City commission to approve a resolution of support for Kentwood’s participation in the MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Community Program (RRC).
     
                                                                            Motion Carried.
     
    CITY CLERK AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT:
     
  1. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 6-92 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES RELATED TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR.
City Clerk Kasunic reviewed the proposed changes as directed by the prior discussion at the Committee of the Whole. Community Development Director Schweitzer and staff answered questions and clarified some of the concerns, with the understanding on some changes to the proposed ordinance and would return to the Committee for recommendation to the City Commission.
 
FINANCE DEPARTMENT:
 
  1. REVIEW OF AUDIT ENGAGEMENT LETTER.
Finance Director Chase stated the engagement letter is similar to the past letters and had budgeted more than the proposed cost, noting a new requirement for Act 51 audit. Commissioner DeMaagd inquired about the landfill obligation, wth staff to follow up. No action is needed.
 
  1. CASH AND POOLED INVESTMENTS REPORTS FOR MARCH 31, 2017 AND JUNE 30, 2017.
Finance Director Chase informed the Committee the two quarterly reports were different because of the low and high points of the tax collection season.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by DeMaagd, to receive and file the March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017 Cash & Pooled Investment Reports.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
  1. UPDATE ON PURCHASE OF PICNIC TABLES FOR PARKS AND 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.
Finance Director Chase explained the tables ordered were not of the quality implied and returned them. The City then ordered form the second lowest bidder with the understanding they would be shipped prior to the Kentwood 50th Celebration. This was information only.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 6:14 P.M.
 
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                               Michael Brown
City Clerk                                                                   Mayor Pro-Tem