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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD OCTOBER 20, 2015
Commission Chambers
 
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
Reverend Paul Bailey (retired) gave the invocation.
 
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Erwin Haas, Jerry DeMaagd, Steve Redmond and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
 
Motion by DeMaagd, supported by Artz, to excuse Commissioner Coughlin with prior notification.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, Deputy Fire Chief Gregg Ginebaugh,  Economic Development Planner Lisa Golder, Public Works Director John Gorney, Police Chief Tom Hillen, City Clerk Dan Kasunic, Assistant Finance Director Lorna Nenciarini, Deputy Administrator Mark Rambo, Parks and Recreation Director Val Romeo, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, and City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett.
 
Seven (7) citizens attended the meeting.
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Brown, to approve the agenda.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
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 Artz, supported by Haas, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
  1. Receive and file minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on October 6, 2015.
  2. Authorize purchase of a replacement gymnasium floor at the Kentwood Recreation Center from Dynamic Sports Construction in the amount of $47,320.00 (including a 10% contingency) and a $4,000.00 allowance for furniture, with a total proposed expenditure of $51,320.00, with funds from the FY 2015-16 Property and Building Fund budget.
  3. Authorize purchase of a chain link fencing installation for Kelloggwoods Park from Alto Fencing Services in the amount of $12,949.50 for the creation of a dog park with a total proposed expenditure of $15,650.00 (including a contingency of $1,500.00) with funds from the FY 2015-16 Park Millage Fund budget.
  4. Payables for the City totaling $2,563,302.03
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  Coughlin.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
                                                                                                                                   
Motion by Brown, supported by DeMaagd, to approve the minutes of the October 6, 2015 City Commission Meeting.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS:
 
REQUEST FOR FIREWORKS PERMIT FOR ART VAN FURNITURE STORE LOCATED AT 4375-28TH STREET, SE FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON NOVEMBER 12, 2015.
City Clerk Kasunic explained this request for a short fireworks display has been requested every year at this time for the last three years.
 
Motion by Haas, seconded by Brown, to approve the Fireworks Permit for Art Van Furniture Store located at 4375-28th St., SE for fireworks display on November 12, 2015.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
PUBLIC HEARING:
 
Soundtech Court.
 
Mayor Kepley opened the public hearing to establish an Industrial Development District for the building located at 3883 Soundtech Court, SE.
 
Following a brief presentation by Economic Development Planner Golder
 
Motion by Artz, supported by Brown, to close the public hearing.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
ADOPT RESOLUTION 43–15 TO APPROVE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT LOCATED AT 3883 SOUNDTECH COURT.
Motion by Brown, seconded by Haas, to adopt Resolution 43–15 to approve an Industrial Development District located at 3883 Soundtech Court, SE.
 
Roll Call Vote:  Yeas:  All.    Nays:  None.    Absent:  Coughlin
 
                                                                                    Resolution Adopted.
 
BIDS:
 
PURCHASE OF AMMUNITION FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Police Hillen noted this request is for all the anticipated needs for the year.
 
Motion by Artz, seconded by Brown, to authorize the purchase of ammunition from Kiesler Police Supply, piggybacking on a bid from the State of Michigan, in the amount of $32,425.00 with funds from the FY 2015-16 Police Department General Fund budget.
 
                                                                                    Motion Carried.
 
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
 
Commissioner Redmond-Noted that the sidewalk project along 28th Street is important to the community and took funding from many sources.
 
Commissioner DeMaagd-Informed the Commission he attended a state budget overview, and the take away was that road funding will come at a cost of cutting funding to other projects and increasing the gas tax. He stated that the City has the same problem in regards to the public not understanding the budget and a failure in communicating to the public.
He requested that the City hold an open house to review the budget with the public and to have all departments provide information with a five year projection and current plan.
 
Commissioner Brown-He had spoken to several employers along 28th Street and stated they were surprised on the amount of foot traffic there is along 28th Street and how much it is used. He went to the Land Bank open house today and expressed his thought that this house was the right call to have used the land bank.
 
Commissioner Haas-Questioned the MDEQ’s new restriction on stormwater permit water retention. Mayor Kepley explained the new restrictions and the City’s current application for stormwater permit.
 
Commissioner Artz-Spoke on the Truck n Treat event at Veteran Park this Saturday sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and agreed with Commissioner DeMaagd’s suggestion to hold a public open house on the budget.
 
Mayor Kepley-Congratulated Judge Kelly and Peter Letzmann on being presented with the “Give Peace a chance” award.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
 
 
Dan Kasunic                                                                           Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk                                                                               Mayor