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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
September 5, 2017
Conference Room #119
6:00 P.M.
 
Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Richard Clanton, Robert Coughlin, Jerry DeMaagd, Erwin Haas, and Mayor Stephen Kepley. Also present: Deputy Finance Director Bhama Cairns, Finance Director Tom Chase, Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Deputy Police Chief Richard Roberts, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, and Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane.
 
 
CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT:
 
  1. RECOMMEND ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 6-92 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES RELATED TO LIQUOR LICENSES.
Community Development Director Schweitzer reviewed the addition to the proposed ordinance with the inclusion of seating and table requirements. He answered questions regarding food and noted that topic would be covered in the operations agreements.
 
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Haas, to recommend to the City Commission to adopt the proposed amendment to Chapter 6, Section 6-92 regarding Liquor Licensing as drafted of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Kentwood.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
FINANCE DEPARTMENT:
 
  1. MAY 31, 2017 GENERAL REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE REPORT.
Finance Director Chase noted all departments are within the range as expected for the time of year. He stated they are preparing the preliminary reports for the upcoming audit.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Haas, to receive and file the May 31, 2017 General Revenue and Expenditure Report.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd expressed his thoughts of the need for additional low income properties, and inquired on if the PILOT Program and other items listed in the GR Press that Grand Rapids City does that could be changed to help in developing those properties.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd spoke of the results reported of the change from sodium to LED streetlights and of the dollar savings for the City, also a discussion ensued regarding blinking traffic lights and if they could be changed back to a regular cycle. He inquired of detention ponds and the need for one behind Bowen School, with Mayor Kepley informing the Committee of this item being on the SCIP and the request for a grant to do the work. He also inquired of the landfill work that is being done by the county.
 
Commissioner Haas noted his concern with salt being in the detention ponds during rain events. Mayor Kepley stated the how the ponds are used.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 P.M.
 
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                               Robert Coughlin
City Clerk                                                                   Chair