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APPROVED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE KENTWOOD CITY COMMISSION
HELD NOVEMBER 9, 2015
Mayor Stephen Kepley called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Commissioner Coughlin led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
John Helder gave the invocation.
Roll Call: Present: Commissioners: Betsy Artz, Michael W. Brown, Robert Coughlin, Erwin Haas, Jerry DeMaagd, Steve Redmond and Mayor Stephen Kepley.
Staff Present: City Engineer Tim Bradshaw, Finance Director Tom Chase, IT Consultant Bob Coe, 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, Fire Department Administrative Assistant Nancy Shane, City Attorney Jeffrey Sluggett, and Assistant City Engineer Dan Vander Heide.
Fifteen (15) citizens and members of the news media attended the meeting.
Motion by Brown, supported by Artz, to approve the agenda.
ACKNOWLEDGE VISITORS AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:
One South Christian High School student introduced herself.
(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, seconded by Artz, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:
- Receive and file minutes of the Committee of the Whole Meeting held on October 20, 2015.
- Receive and file minutes of the Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting held on October 12, 2015.
- Resolution 43–15 to set a public hearing for the establishment of an Industrial Development District and the approval of the Industrial Facilities Exemption certificate in the City of Kentwood for ETO Magnetic Corp. located at 5925 Paterson Ave., SE.
- Receive and file General Revenue and Expenditure Report for months ended July 31, 2015 and August 31, 2015.
- Payables for the City totaling $2,365,547.71
Roll Call Vote: Yeas: All. Nays: None. Absent: None.
Motion by Redmond, seconded by Artz, to approve the minutes
of the October 20, 2015 City Commission Meeting.
APPROVE A CONTRACT WITH PITSCH COMPANIES FOR DEMOLITION OF THE CITY-OWNED STRUCTURE LOCATED AT 5040 BRETON.
City Engineer Bradshaw reviewed his memorandum dated November 9, 2015 regarding the demolition of a city owned building.
Motion by Artz, seconded by Coughlin, to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with Pitsch Companies for demolition of the City-owned structure located at 5040 Breton Ave., SE in an amount not to exceed $30,800.00 (including a 10% contingency) with funds from the FY 2015-16 Property and Building Fund.
APPROVE A CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING, INSPECTIONS AND TESTING SERVICES WITH PREIN & NEWHOF FOR THE REHABILITATION OF WALNUT HILLS DRIVE.
Assistant City Engineer Vander Heide reviewed his memorandum dated November 9, 2015 regarding the rehabilitation of Walnut Hills Drive.
Motion by Artz, seconded by Haas, to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract for construction engineering, inspection and testing services with Prein & Newhof, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $55,000.00 (including a 10% contingency) for the rehabilitation of Walnut Hills Drive with funds from the FY 2015-16 Local Streets Fund (Act 51).
APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF DATA CENTER RACK REPLACEMENT PARTS FROM CDWG
IT Consultant Bob Coe explained the replacement needs for IT.
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Coughlin, to authorize the purchase for rack replacement parts for the City’s Data Center from CDWG at a cost of $10,865.00, with funds from the FY 2015-16 Property and Building, Police Equipment and Fire Equipment Funds.
APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:
ELECTION OF MAYOR PRO-TEM FOR 2016-2017.
Mayor Kepley opened the floor for nominations for Mayor Pro-Tem.
There were nominations for Commissioner Brown and Coughlin.
Motion by DeMaagd, seconded by Haas to close the nominations.
Both were given a time to speak.
Motion by Haas, supported by Artz, to elect Commissioner Brown as Mayor Pro-Tem.
COMMENTS OF COMMISSIONERS AND MAYOR:
Commissioner DeMaagd-Spoke of the passing of former State Senator and City Leader Robert Vander Laan. He spoke on some of the issues raised during the election. He made no apologies for supporting the May millage for roads and the need for city buildings and explained his reasons. He suggested having a year round yard waste site.
Mayor Kepley-Stated he is open to the year round site; however there is a cost, and requested the DPW Director research the possible cost and how it would work.
He spoke on a having an open house to inform the public of the finances of the City in February at the Library and have it recorded by WKTV. He spoke of his thoughts pertaining to the newly passed road bill. Also there will be a tree lighting ceremony on December 2nd
at the Library.
Commissioner Haas-Commented on the tax rise and of the construction of buildings and his calculations. Mayor Kepley provided his analysis of the road funding.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 P.M.
Dan Kasunic Stephen C.N. Kepley
City Clerk Mayor