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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
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.
 
Reverend Christine Barnes, of John Knox Presbyterian Church gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Robert Coughlin (7:15), Erwin Haas, Jerry DeMaagd, Steve Redmond and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Human Resources Director Gail Dewey, Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Fire Chief Brent Looman, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Community Development Director Terry Schweitzer, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett, Deputy Police Chief Don Tuuri.
 
Forty (40) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to approve the agenda with the following addenda: move 7(e) to 15(c) resolution regarding 9-1-1 surcharge, add 12(a) monthly reports from Police and Fire Departments.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
 
Steve Shoemaker introduced himself as the Democratic candidate for the 72nd District Representative.
 
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 Redmond, seconded by Haas, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
  1. Receive and file minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on September 6, 2016.
  2. Resolution 40–16 approving Findings of Fact to deny a request to rezone property located at 3924 Shaffer Ave., SE.
  3. Receive and file Second Quarter Investment Performance Review for City operating funds.
  4. Approve contract with Emergency Reporting for a web-based records management system.
  5. Receive and file minutes of the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting held on September 12, 2016.
  6. Payables for the City totaling $19,390,139.67.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent: None.
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
                                                                                   
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the September 6, 2016 City Commission Meeting.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS:
 
ADMINISTER OATHS OF OFFICE TO POLICE OFFICERS BROOKE LOWE AND TYLER SMITH.
Police Chief Hillen introduced Police Officers Lowe and Smith.
 
City Clerk Kasunic Administered the Oath of Office to Police Officers Lowe and Smith, who introduced family and friends present.
 
SPECIAL PROCLAMATION BY MAYOR KEPLEY.
Mayor Kepley presented a Special Proclamation to John Helder making October 4, 2016  John Helder Day in the City of Kentwood.
 
PUBLIC HEARING:
 
Cloverleaf Site Condos.
Mayor Kepley opened the public hearing to approve the Preliminary Site Plan for Cloverleaf Site Condominiums located off of Cloverleaf Drive.
 
Following a brief presentation by Economic Development Planner Golder with concerns from one of the residents regarding traffic:
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by DeMaagd, to close the public hearing.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
Motion by Haas, seconded by Redmond, to table the review of Case No. 12-16 at the request of the applicant until further written direction is received from the applicant, which shall toll the time limitations set out in the Zoning Ordinance.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES:
 
MONTHLY REPORT FROM THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
Police Chief Hillen reviewed the July 2016 Monthly Statistical Report.
Fire Chief Looman reviewed the July 2016 Monthly Statistical Report.
 
BIDS:
 
APPROVE AN INITIAL ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH MILLER JOHNSON FOR AS-NEEDED LABOR LEGAL SERVICES.
Human Resources Director Dewey reviewed her memorandum dated September 9, 2016 regarding the use of Labor Legal Services.
 
Motion by Artz seconded by Haas, to approve an initial one-year contract with Miller Johnson for as-needed Labor Legal Services, at an hourly rate of $250.00, with funds from the General Fund (Human Resources) Operating budget, and with the possibility of one, three-year contract extension and one-year contract extension (five years total).
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
AUTHORIZE PURCHASE OF A 4WD CHEVY TAHOE FROM BERGER CHEVROLET FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Fire Chief Looman reviewed his memorandum dated September 9, 2016 regarding the purchase of a replacement vehicle.
 
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Coughlin, to authorize the purchase of a 4WD Chevy Tahoe from Berger Chevrolet at a cost of $37,618.00; plus $6,418.00 in accessories, for a total cost of $44,036.00, with funds from the FY 2016-17 Fire Equipment Fund budget.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
RESOLUTIONS:
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 41–16 TO APPROVE NEW PRECINCT #17 AND PRECINCT BOUNDARIES FOR THE CITY OF KENTWOOD.
Motion by Redmond, seconded by Coughlin, to adopt Resolution 41–16 to approve new Precinct #17 and precinct boundaries for the City of Kentwood.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 42–16 TO APPROVE NEW PRECINCT #18 AND PRECINCT BOUNDARIES FOR THE CITY OF KENTWOOD.
Motion by Redmond, seconded by Brown, to adopt Resolution 42–16 to approve new Precinct #18 and precinct boundaries for the City of Kentwood.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.   Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 43—16 TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF 9-1-1 SURCHARGE.
Motion by Brown, seconded by Artz, to support Resolution 43–16 supporting passage of
9-1-1 Surcharge.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas: Artz, Brown, Coughlin, DeMaagd, Redmond and Mayor Kepley.     Nays: Haas.     Absent: None.
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Commissioner DeMaagd-Expressed his concern with “light pollution” with street lights and wanted a discussion with Consumers Energy prior to installation of new street lights.
 
Commissioner Redmond-Noted his thoughts that substance abuse is a health issue and needs to be addressed.
 
Commissioner Coughlin-Informed the Commission he will miss the next Committee of the Whole.
 
Mayor Kepley-Informed the Commission of an upcoming Nigerian event and inquired if anyone of the Commission could attend on October 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 P.M.
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                                           Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk                                                                               Mayor